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WR Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

6-3, 224Born: 12-25-1987College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 0

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Thomas got end zone targets, but not much else, and he also had a costly fumble in the loss to the Chargers. Trevor Siemian doesn't seem to be improving or getting emboldened as a downfield passer, so Thomas's weekly scoring range is going to have a WR2 ceiling and bench-worthy floor. Things should get better this week against the Texans banged up secondary, but Thomas clearly isn't going to deliver on his third-round ADP.

Week 7: vs Houston Texans

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Trevor Siemian struggled in San Diego, tossing a lot of passes (50!), but only generating one TD and 230 yards passing (30/50 for 230 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). As usual, Demaryius Thomas was the most-targeted receiver, with 10 for 5/35/0 receiving, followed by Jordan Norwood (seven for 5/39/0) and Emmanuel Sanders (six for 4/40/0) - Bennie Fowler also saw seven targets for 3/22/1 and hauled in the lone score. The long pass of the night went for 20 yards - Siemian didn't go deep much at all in his return from a separated shoulder, and his passes lacked velocity. We'll see if another week of treatments with the trainers can get him to a better place for Week Seven. The Houston pass defense is hard on the opposition, currently ranking second in the NFL with an average of 189.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with just four passing scores given up vs. three interceptions and 16 sacks generated to date. Last week, Andrew Luck was allowed 21/32 for 231 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, while taking three sacks for -21 yards from the Texans. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Houston has averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-least in the NFL); and 19.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-least); with 7.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th-least). This looks like a tough matchup for Siemian and company even in the friendly confines of Mile High Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at CIN 57 0 0 0 7 6 100 1 1 15
4 at TB 51 0 0 0 7 6 94 1 0 15.4
5 vs ATL 56 0 0 0 7 5 49 1 0 10.9
6 at SD 67 0 0 0 10 5 35 0 1 2.5
7 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Thomas led the team in targets(10) for the first time this season, but struggled along with the rest of the Denver offense. He drew his first target in the 2nd quarter, on a 3rd and 7 crossing route that was overthrown by Siemian. DT got leveled after his first catch on a short out route later in the 2nd. Thomas gathered several targets on Denver's first drive of the 3rd quarter, catching a short slant for a 6 yard gain and missing an overthrown pass on a deep crossing route. Thomas was targeted on a deep route down the right sideline later in the 3rd, but the play was closely defended by San Diego. Siemian again missed Thomas high on a wide open crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Thomas was targeted in the end zone on an over-the-shoulder throw in the 4th quarter, but he couldn't quite get both feet down inbounds as he made a beautiful catch. Thomas was targeted again in the end zone on the next play, but Siemian overthew him on a well-defended slant route. Thomas's last reception of the night was a slant route for 8 yards later in the 4th. Thomas killed a late 4th quarter drive with a fumble, losing a deep slant route that would have gone for a big gain. San Diego linebacker Jatavis Brown popped the ball out on the tackle, driving his helmet through the ball perfectly.

2016 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)

Thomas was targeted 7 times on the day, just shy of the 9 targets that Emmanuel Sanders drew. Sanders led yardage and target totals, but it was Thomas who got the late score. Despite aggravating his old hip injury last week, Thomas did not look to be slowed by the ailment. DT caught his first pass of the day late in the 1st quarter on a shallow crossing route. Thomas showed great focus on a 3rd quarter reception that was deflected by an Atlanta defender, reaching backwards with one hand to pluck the ball after it had bounced off of the defender's hands. The catch fell just short of 1st down yardage on 3rd and 14, however. Thomas was targeted on a deep ball late in the 4th that would have significantly padded his yardage stats, but the big receiver couldn't quite secure the ball, which was a bit high, but definitely close enough for a player of his caliber to reel in. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a short touchdown reception late in the 4th quarter. Lined up in a trio bunch formation on the right side of the offense, DT caught a quick pass from Lynch and was immediately stonewalled at the goal line. He kept his feet and managed to deftly reach his right arm out from the scrum to break the plane briefly with the football. It was Denver's only touchdown of the day.

2016 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 6 / 94 / 1 rec)

Though Thomas was outpaced by Emmanuel Sanders in the target department for the 4th consecutive week this year(7 for DT, 13 for Sanders), he still gained more yards on his 6 catches and found the end zone early in the 1st quarter. Thomas scored on Denver's first offensive play of the game. An Aqib Talib interception set the Broncos up inside of the Tampa Bay red zone, and Thomas caught a short curl route before dodging a couple of defenders and scampering into the end zone. DT made a leaping grab over a defender on a 2nd quarter deep route to set the Broncos up inside Tampa Bay's red zone, eventually leading to CJ Anderson's touchdown run. Thomas got his legs knocked out from under him on the catch and went down awkwardly, limping off with what looked to be an aggravation of his hip injury from previous weeks. He left briefly but returned and finished the game. Emmanuel Sanders was targeted heavily by rookie QB Paxton Lynch after he entered the game, but Lynch finally started looking Thomas's way in the 3rd quarter with a nice connection on a post right on the right side of the field. Lynch found Thomas again down the left sideline early in the 4th quarter for a nice catch-and-run off of play action.

2016 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)

Thomas gathered the second most targets on the team, but the difference between him(7 targets) and team leader Sanders (13 targets) was pretty significant. DT reeled in his first target of the day late in the 1st quarter for a short gain on a slant, then followed it up with another short catch on a curl route on the next play. Thomas was targeted a third consecutive time on the next play, but the bail sailed high and DT's defender drew an illegal contact penalty in the back of the end zone. Thomas lost a fumble during Denver's first drive of the 2nd half. DT caught the ball on a slant route for a nice gain, but cornerback Adam Jones punched the ball loose on the tackle and Cincinnati recovered. DT saved what would have been a slow statistical day with a beautiful touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He split out wide left with three other receivers in a bunch on the right side of the formation. Siemian took the snap and DT streaked down the field. Cincinnati's defender was all over Demaryius, but the big receiver went up over the shorter corner and hauled in the pass, dancing away to the end zone for a 55 yard TD to ice the game. This play was the only deep throw to Thomas all day.

2016 Week 2 vs IND (7 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec)

If Thomas' hip bothered him at all, he sure didn't show it on his first reception of the day. DT lined up wide left and Siemian looked his way for a WR quick screen, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Thomas scooped up the fluttering pass and shot downfield in between defenders, ripping off 44 yards on one of the catch-and-run plays that show how dangerous he is regardless of what route he's running. DT had a bad drop later in the 1st quarter. Siemian laid a beautiful pass right over the defender and into Thomas's hands deep down the left sideline, but Thomas couldn't secure the ball for the catch. Thomas came back on the next drive and caught Siemian's first pass on a nice curl route for 10 yards. Thomas drew a pass interference call deep down the field in the 2nd quarter to set the Broncos up in the red zone, and another late in the 4th quarter to extend another Broncos drive. DT had another nice reception on an out route at the end of the 2nd quarter to help set the Broncos up for a last-second field goal. Thomas made a great effort on a late 4th quarter reception, catching a slant and stretching for a 1st down despite having two defenders hanging off his back. DT, despite his hip injury, was by far the most effective receiver for the Broncos, with 90 yards on 5 catches. His 7 targets were second only to Sanders' 8.

2016 Week 1 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Denver's offense opened the game up with a nice play-action bubble screen to Thomas, who picked up 11 yards and a first down on the catch. Thomas caught his second target of the game on a curl route during Denver's next offensive drive. DT had a nice leaping grab on an out route later in the same drive to convert 3rd and 2. Thomas hauled in a beautiful pass on a deep post route to start the 2nd quarter, gaining 23 yards on his biggest play of the night. He drew a pass interference call two plays later in the same drive. Thomas displayed some great blocking as well, especially on the 25 yard halfback screen that CJ Anderson scored on in the 4th quarter. DT was targeted on the goal line late in the 4th on a crossing route, but a defender popped him right when the ball hit his hands, jarring it loose. It was reported that Thomas was scheduled for an MRI Friday because of a hip injury, though he did not miss any significant time during Thursday's game and did not appear limited at any point. If Thomas were to miss time, it is unclear who would pick up the slack in his absence. Jordan Taylor seems a likely candidate, but no one on the team has the unique combination of size/strength/and speed that makes Thomas such a home run threat on even short completions.


Latest News

Broncos | Quiet night for Demaryius Thomas (Fri Oct 14, 12:16 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas had five catches for 35 yards and lost a fumble in a 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 6.

Our View: Thomas's fumble was crushing the small chance the Broncos had to stay in the game late in the fourth quarter. Emmanuel Sanders missed some time in this one, but when both were on the field, Thomas seemed to be lower in the pecking order for targets, except in the red zone. He'll be a low ceiling WR2 next week against Houston.
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