WR Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos
|6-3, 224||Born: 12-25-1987||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 0|
Week 12: at Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Great matchup. Paxton Lynch takes over for the Broncos this week and while it is the third quarterback that the Broncos have used this season, it is not difficult to make a case that this is an upgrade for the Broncos compared to Brock Osweiler. The truth of the matter is that we just do not know what to make of Lynch as while he had a ton of talent coming out of college, he was not asked to do very much in the games that he started last season. This is a player who in theory is in a spot that is better than most first-round quarterback selections as he has one of the best wide receiver tandems in the NFL in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and in his two starts last season Lynch utilized both heavily as the two receivers had 36 total targets in the two games. The Oakland secondary is one that is one of the worst in the league and is quickly becoming the worst in the league. The Raiders still do not have an interception this season and will be without one of their best cornerbacks in David Amerson this week. Over the last five weeks, the Raiders have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks as they are allowing 289 yards passing with 2.5 touchdowns per game given up. This is a defense that also has just 14 sacks on the year which ties for the worst in the NFL which is a big reason why this secondary has been as bad as it has been as the team just does not get any pressure on the quarterback.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
Thomas was held without a catch in the 1st half against the Bengals. He let an easy catch bounce off his hands on a 1st quarter slant route. Thomas had a step on his defender and was open in the end zone two plays before CJ Anderson's 1st quarter touchdown run, but Osweiler had to scramble away from pressure and missed the throw. Osweiler also misfired on a bubble screen to Thomas later in the 2nd quarter. DT finally got rolling in the 3rd quarter, hauling in a slant route from the left receiver position for his first catch. Osweiler connected with him four times on the Broncos' 4th quarter scoring drive. He found DT on a skinny post route and a short crossing route two plays later. Thomas hauled in a short swing route from the slot to move Denver into the Cincy red zone, then sealed the drive with a beautiful over-the-shoulder fade route down the left sidelines for a touchdown two plays later.
2017 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 5 / 44 / 1 rec)
Thomas lined up in the backfield and hauled in his first target, a swing pass for a minimal gain in the 1st. Thomas was targeted again on a short out route later in the 1st, nearly breaking a tackle for a bigger gain. Osweiler found Thomas for Denver's only touchdown of the day in the 3rd quarter. Lined up on the 7 yard line, Thomas split out wide right and worked his way inside on a crossing route, using his big frame to box out his defender for the score. Thomas had a nice stiff-arm on an out route later in the 4th, picking up extra yardage after the catch. Thomas finished well behind Sanders in catches and yards, but managed to save his fantasy performance with the TD.
2017 Week 9 vs PHI (12 / 8 / 70 / 1 rec)
Thomas, the only player to survive Osweiler's reuturn with any fantasy relevance, posted a team-high 12 targets. Emmanuel Sanders posted the next-highest target total with 12. Osweiler found Thomas on a slant for the first play of the day, and continued to look his way, oftentimes forcing the ball. Thomas was the target of Osweiler's first interception on a slant route that should have never been thrown. DT made a nice contested catch on a deep curl route in the 2nd quarter, then caught a deep crossing route two plays later. Thomas caught a crossing route inside the Philadelphia 10 yard line later in the drive, but couldn't shake the last defender between him and the end zone. Thomas was also the target on Osweiler's second interception. The QB threw the ball straight up into the air in the face of a pass rush, resulting in an easy pick for the deep safety. Thomas caught a WR bubble screen and followed his blockers to the Philadelphia 2 yard line in the 4th quarter. After a failed rushing attempt, Denver dialed up the same bubble screen to Thomas and he scored from the 2 yard line, ending his season long touchdown drought.
2017 Week 8 vs KC (9 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a slow 1st quarter but heated up as the Broncos began moving him around the formation to find more opportunistic matchups in coverage. DT did most of his damage up the seam or outside the numbers on out routes and curls.. Siemian targeted DT in the end zone at the end of the 3rd quarter, drawing a big pass interference flag on Thomas' defender. Siemian found Thomas on a deep crossing route for a big gain early in the 4th quarter. Thomas was the target on Siemian's 4th quarter interception, but the ball should have never been thrown as Siemian was running full speed towards the opposite side of the field.
2017 Week 7 vs LAC (6 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not appear limited by the calf injury that kept him out of a couple practices last week, but he did draw stout coverage from Casey Hayward as the Bolts defensive front terrorized Siemian. DT caught a quick screen in the 1st quarter that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. Thomas had an 81 yard catch and run down the right sideline negated by a very questionable offensive pass interference penalty in the 3rd quarter. Despite Sanders' absence, Thomas only drew 7 targets.
2017 Week 6 vs NYG (14 / 10 / 133 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the only source of offense for the Broncos in the 1st half. He caught a short curl route then had a 12 yard gain negated by a holding penalty in the 1st quarter. He hauled in a slant route for a good gain later in the 2nd quarter, then followed it up with a deep curl route from the slot position for another 1st down. Thomas hauled in another pass later in the drive and had the ball pop out as he was tackled, but the ball was ruled down by contact. Siemian targeted Thomas on a deep route down the right sideline on the next play, drawing a pass interference penalty for a big gain. Siemian went back to Thomas yet again 2 plays later, sailing the pass high and into the arms of safety Landon Collins. DT's biggest catch of the day was a deep seam down the left side of the field late in the 2nd. Thomas was completely bracketed by two defenders, but leaped over them in-stride for a 40 yard catch. Siemian looked his way in the end zone on the next play, but the ball was swatted away by a defender. Thomas stayed hot in the 2nd half, hauling in a deep comeback route for a 25 yard gain on a well-executed play action pass in the 3rd quarter. Eli Apple stripped the ball from Thomas' grasp after a short catch at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Thomas pulled in a deep crossing route on the next drive, then saved the drive on 4th and 15 by drawing a pass interference call on a deep route near the end zone. Thomas left the game briefly in the 4th quarter with an injury, but was able to return and finish the game. X-rays came back negative and Thomas could continue to soak up a heavy target volume if Sanders misses time with an ankle injury.
2017 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas continued to be shut out of the end zone in week 4 with a terrible showing. He was targeted early in the 1st quarter on a deep route down the right sideline that was well defended. He drew a pass interference penalty on another deep route on the next drive that set Denver up in the red zone, but disappeared until he finally caught a quick comeback route at the end of the 1st half. Siemian looked for DT on a slant route in the end zone late in the 3rd quarter, but the pass was batted up into the air at the LOS by a defensive lineman. Two plays later Siemian threw a skinny post route that glanced off Thomas' fingertips in the end zone. DT finished the day with the lone catch for 11 yards on 5 targets.
2017 Week 3 vs BUF (9 / 6 / 98 / 0 rec)
Sanders led the team in targets by a considerable margin, but Thomas was able to do more with his, racking up 6 catches for 98 yards on his 9 targets. DT's biggest gain of the day was a deep comeback route down the right sideline at the end of the 2nd quarter. Thomas went up strong and used his frame to box out the defender for a gain of 29. Siemian looked for DT in the endzone late in the 3rd quarter, but the ball was knocked away by a defender. He had another big gain on a deep crossing route in the 3rd, catching the ball in stride and turning it up the right sideline. Siemian found Thomas on a deep corner route for a beautiful connection as the Broncos attempted a comeback late in the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Thomas got right to work on Denver's first drive, catching a quick slant for a short gain, then turning another curl into a big catch and run down the right sideline for a gain of 27, his longest of the day. Thomas looked sharp all day, working the short and intermediate game with slants, curls, and out routes. He was the intended target on a deep post when Siemian threw his 3rd quarter interception. It is unclear who miscommunicated on the play. Thomas was only targeted downfield the once, but this is hopefully just playcalling designed to deal with the wet, rainy conditions. We'll see if he gets to stretch the field a little more in week 3. Thomas tied with Sanders for most targets(8) and catches (6. Thomas had a slight edge in yards, but Sanders got the touchdowns this week.
2017 Week 1 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Thomas missed several practices since injuring his groin in week 3 of the preseason, but the injury didn't appear to slow him any after resuming practice Wednesday in full. DT had a diving catch for a 11 yards on an out route in the 1st quarter. He let a good pass glance off his hands on a quick slant in the 3rd quarter, but Siemian went right back to him on the next play for a big gain on an over-the-shoulder catch down the right sideline. Thomas hauled in an out route for a 12 yard gain midway through the 3rd quarter. Though he did not find the end zone, DT finished the night with the team-high target, catch, and yardage totals.
Latest NewsBroncos | Demaryius Thomas scores again (Sun Nov 19, 11:47 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas caught five passes on nine targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, his third straight game with a touchdown. link to story Broncos | Demaryius Thomas ready to play (Fri Nov 17, 06:32 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is not on the injury report for Week 11. Our View: Thomas is good to go for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He's got WR1 upside, but most fantasy owners are likely to start him as a WR2 with the struggles of the Broncos offense.
link to story Broncos | Denver's injury report for Week 11 (Fri Nov 17, 03:26 PM) - Denver Broncos TE A.J. Derby (shoulder) and TE Jeff Heuerman (knee) did not practice all week and have been ruled for Week 11 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. OT Donald Stephenson (calf) logged a full practice Friday, Nov. 17, while WR Cody Latimer (knee, Achilles') was limited; both players are listed as questionable. RB Jamaal Charles (non-injury related), LB Todd Davis (ankle), WR Bennie Fowler (ankle), DE Adam Gotsis (hamstring), OG Ronald Leary (elbow), LB Brandon M. Marshall (shoulder), QB Brock Osweiler (shoulder), DL Domata Peko (non-injury related), LB Shane Ray (wrist), CB Aqib Talib (non-injury related) and WR Demaryius Thomas (knee) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Broncos | Demaryius Thomas logs full practice (Thu Nov 16, 06:36 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 16. Our View: Brock Osweiler does make us hesitant, but seeing that Thomas is a full participant in practice makes us happy. We think he could be a decent option as a mid-range WR2, with upside. The question will be if this Denver offense can find the end zone.
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas limited (Wed Nov 15, 05:41 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. Our View: Thomas should be good to go against the Bengals on Sunday. We like him as a low-end WR2 or flex play for fantasy owners this week.
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