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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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Week 9: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning: 10 TDs, zero interceptions, and 69/94 for 841 yards passing over the past three games (73.4% completion percentage during that time span). Any of his given receivers can go off for a giant game in any given week this season. It was Emmanuel Sanders turn last week vs. San Diego (nine targets for 9/120/3 receiving). It was Demaryius Thomas' turn vs. San Francisco two games back (nine targets for 8/171/2). Julius Thomas had multiple TDs vs. the Jets three weeks back (five for 4/51/2), while Demaryius Thomas threw down for 10/124/1 receiving out of 12 targets. Perhaps Wes Welker will be the apple of Manning's eye at New England? "It could be his [Welker's] day next Sunday against New England," Manning said after San Diego was blown out last week. Bottom line here is that Manning has to be in your starting lineup if you managed to land him for your fantasy team. The Patriots' pass D allowed 21/35 for 231 net yards, three TDs (and two two-point conversion passes) and one interception to Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen last week (with three sacks for -18 yards), and coughed up 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks for -21 yards) to now-benched Geno Smith two games back. To date they are second in the NFL averaging 210.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores allowed over eight games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for ninth) generated so far. However, Denver has allowed just eight sacks this season (tied for second-best in the NFL), and gave up zero to San Diego last week after allowing two sacks to San Francisco and the New York Jets during the previous two games. This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Manning and company, but he's so automatic that you have to keep him in the saddle for this showdown against his rival for MVP most years (Tom Brady).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
5 vs ARI 0 0 0 16 8 226 2 0
6 at NYJ 0 0 0 12 10 124 1 0
7 vs SF 0 0 0 9 8 171 2 0
8 vs SD 0 0 0 12 8 105 0 0
9 at NE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NYJ (12 / 10 / 124 / 1 rec)

Demaryius Thomas continued to show that all is well with his second big game of the season. Demaryius caught 10 of the 12 passes directed his way, including the first play of the game, a deep shot down the field that saw Thomas wide open and netted him 54 of his 124 yards. Demaryius' touchdown came on a play where everything went wrong for Denver, with Jets defenders bringing early pressure on Manning and Peyton forced to scramble out of trouble and just toss the ball at his biggest target in the middle of the field. After two straight weeks, it's safe to say that whatever concerns plagued Thomas early in the season seem to have been put behind him.

2014 Week 7 vs SF (9 / 8 / 171 / 2 rec)

Demaryius Thomas is an offensive weapon with the ball in his hands, and entered the game against San Francisco with more yards after the catch than yards through the air. Demaryius had a chance to show those skills off early with a 32-yard catch-and-run on 2nd-and-12, but he also demonstrated that that's not all there is to his game. Thomas caught a pair of beautifully-thrown deep passes from Manning for 40+ yards each, one for a touchdown. Demaryius Thomas also caught Manning's record-breaking 509th career touchdown on an out route in the end zone just before halftime. It was a spectacular catch, with Demaryius planting his front foot, dragging his back foot, and extending out for the ball all simultaneously, managing to coordinate a seemingly impossible grab that was confirmed on replay. After a slow September, Demaryius Thomas has really come alive since Denver's bye week, topping 8 receptions, 100 yards, and a touchdown for the third consecutive week. Thomas' 521 yards over the last three weeks is a team record for any three-week span.

2014 Week 8 vs SD (12 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)

Demaryius Thomas continues to earn accolades as this week he broke the team record for most consecutive 100-yard games with his fourth straight. Thomas received a team-high 12 targets, as he spent most of the day lined up against reserve cornerback Shareece Wright and Manning continued to exploit the matchup. Demaryius didn't receive a deep target for the first time in weeks, and had a few issues with failing to secure catchable balls, but for the most part he did exactly what he was supposed to do; he physically dominated an overmatched opponent and helped Denver move the ball down the field.

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Latest News

Broncos | No deal with Demaryius Thomas yet (Thu Oct 23, 11:19 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is not expected to have contract extension talks with the team during the season. Thomas will be a free agent this offseason, and the two sides are expected to talk after the season.

Our View: The Broncos have several players due contracts, including key receiver Thomas. After a sluggish start, Thomas has gone HAM on opposing defenses, with 26 catches for 521 yards and five touchdowns over the last three weeks. It's safe to say he should be in your lineup as a WR1 this week and also safe to say that Denver GM John Elway had best save some of that care dealership money for his top wide receiver. Maybe Peyton Manning can kick in a few Papa Johns pizzas or something. Either way, Demaryius Thomas is looking at a big-money deal for his next contract.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning sets NFL record (Sun Oct 19, 09:26 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw his third touchdown of the first half of Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers to WR Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. It was the 509th touchdown pass of Manning's career, as he moved into the top spot in NFL history for career touchdown passes.

Our View: Manning is in the greatest ever discussion, and he continues to win fans with his dominant fantasy production.
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Schedule

9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders