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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 Sep 26): Thomas had a signature win in the air for a long score and he appears to have put his early season hip issue behind him, at least insomuch that it would affect his play. He's a solid WR1 play against the mistake-prone Bucs secondary this week.

Week 4: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Trevor Siemian started to perk up the Denver passing game last week, finding both Emmanuel Sanders (13 targets for 9/117/2) and Demaryius Thomas (seven for 6/100/1) for over 100 yards receiving in Cincinnati. Siemian also hooked up with John Phillips (four targets for 2/9/1) for a score on the way to an outstanding 23/35 for 303 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -9 yards. We'll see if Siemian can string together two strong games as the Broncos travel to Tampa Bay this weekend. The Buccaneers lost in a shootout against the Rams last weekend 32-37, allowing 14/26 for 183 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception with one sack for -7 yards of Case Keenum. So far this year, Tampa Bay averages 272.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given out vs. a mere one intercception recorded - the team has generated a mediocre five sacks so far. Over the first three weeks of the season, Tampa Bay has averaged 23.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-most in the NFL); and 31.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most); with 3.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (eighth-least in the league). Siemian and company have a good matchup to work with here despite being on the road to the Buccaneers' house.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs CAR 44 0 0 0 6 4 48 0 0 4.8
2 vs IND 56 0 0 0 7 5 90 0 0 9
3 at CIN 57 0 0 0 7 6 100 1 1 15
4 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
4 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
4 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Broncos | Demaryius Thomas has 100-yard week (Sun Sep 25, 05:43 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas caught six passes for 100 yards and scored a touchdown in a 29-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Our View: Thomas had a long score that used his brute size and strength to win the ball in the air and be left as the last man standing when the ball arrives. He should be a WR2 play as the hip issue seems to be behind him heading into a matchup against the sometimes suspect Bucs secondary.
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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas not on injury report (Fri Sep 23, 07:44 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Our View: Thomas's hip issue did not seem to materially affect him in Week 2. He said he has been dealing with it for years, so we won't ding him in projections while he's playing through the injury. That he is not on the injury report is a terrific sign for his season-long outlook with this injury.

Broncos | Demaryius Thomas practices in full (Thu Sep 22, 09:23 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas fully practices (Wed Sep 21, 07:14 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Our View: Thomas looked much better in practice on Wednesday than he did a week ago. He should be considered a WR2 for fantasy owners in Week 3.

Broncos | Denver receivers face tough test (Mon Sep 19, 04:07 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders face a stingy Cincinnati Bengals pass defense in Week 3. The Bengals have allowed a combined nine catches for 108 yards to New York Jets WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown through the first two weeks of the season.

Our View: Not only do the Broncos WRs face a tough test, but QB Trevor Siemian also faces a tough defense. We've seen Siemian check down multiple passes as the Broncos starter over two games. That may not work against a swarming Bengals defense who is playing at home.

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4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5vs Atlanta Falcons
6@ San Diego Chargers
7vs Houston Texans
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ Oakland Raiders
10@ New Orleans Saints
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Kansas City Chiefs
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Oakland Raiders