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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 16: at Cincinnati Bengals

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season. No day off for Peyton Manning this week, friends. Manning has been mediocre over the past two weeks, looking frankly awful vs. Buffalo two games back (14/20 for 173 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown), and then so-so in San Diego last week (14/20 for 233 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). His frustrated fantasy owners have watched Manning flame out just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Ouch! Last week, Demaryius Thomas got back into form (11 targets for 6/123/1 receiving at San Diego) after looking bad vs. Buffalo. Julius Thomas returned to action with two targets for 1/30/0 receiving - hopefully he'll get more work here in Week 16 now that he's getting back into 'game shape'. The Bengals' pass D feasted on a very unready Johnny Manziel last week, limiting the Browns' once-effective passing attack to 10/18 for 54 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (three sacks taken for -26 yards). No money was made for fantasy owners who threw Manziel into their lineups last week! However, two weeks ago the Steelers ripped this unit apart (25/39 for 350 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown). To date, Cincinnati is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 233.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions generated (11th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (31st in the NFL) put up. Manning is perhaps the exact opposite of Manziel, as a seasoned veteran quarterback, but he has not looked good of late, while Cincinnati has swung wildly in recent weeks - on balance this is a neutral matchup for the visiting Broncos.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 vs MIA 0 0 0 13 10 87 3 0
13 at KC 0 0 0 13 6 63 1 0
14 vs BUF 0 0 0 5 2 11 0 0
15 at SD 0 0 0 11 6 123 1 0
16 at CIN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
16 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
16 at CIN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs KC (13 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)

Demaryius Thomas' first catch of the night-- a 24-yard fade for a touchdown on 3rd-and-6-- proved an early harbinger of things to come. With Peyton Manning mostly restricted to throwing in obvious passing situations, Demaryius converted 3 of his first 4 targets on 3rd-and-long for a new set of downs. Unfortunately, the one miss in that stretch is one he wishes he could have back, as he badly misjudged a ball in flight and dropped an easy touchdown reception, forcing Denver to settle for a field goal. As the weather turned colder and the winds picked up in the second half, Thomas became a non-factor, with just 12 yards on 6 targets after halftime, (and five of those yards given back on a false start penalty). With the entire passing game out of sync, Manning and Thomas couldn't connect even on quick routine passes designed to get the offense into a rhythm.

2014 Week 14 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Demaryius Thomas had a tough game to evaluate against the Buffalo Bills, earning only five targets, two of which were horribly off-target and uncatchable. Demaryius caught a couple of dump-offs in long-yardage situations and couldn't make anything happen, had a nice 13-yard catch-and-run on a WR screen called back to offensive holding, and was otherwise invisible against the Bills as Denver got an early lead and executed a run-heavy gameplan the rest of the way.

2014 Week 15 vs SD (11 / 6 / 123 / 1 rec)

After a couple of down games, Demaryius Thomas was once again the focal point of Denver's passing attack against San Diego, accounting for a whopping 50% of all targets by the Broncos and 53% of all passing yards. Thomas drew four targets that came at least 20 yards downfield, catching three of them for gains of 36, 29, and 28 yards. The last of those receptions resulted in Denver's lone touchdown on the day, as Thomas was able to secure a back-shoulder fade, immediately halt his momentum and come to a stop, then quickly get back up to full speed as Chargers' CB Brandon Flowers blew right past him on the stop-and-start. The touchdown was a truly impressive display of body control, especially for such a large receiver. As good as Thomas' day was, it could have been even better; Thomas was targeted twice at the goal line, and the latter target looked like it could have resulted in a touchdown, but Thomas appeared to give up early on his route and Denver settled for a field goal, instead.

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Latest News

Broncos | Demaryius Thomas hits century mark (Sun Dec 14, 06:15 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas went over 100 yards receiving in the third quarter of the Week 15 game against the San Diego Chargers. He has eight 100-yard games, tying former WR Rod Smith for the most 100-yard receiving games in a single season in franchise history.

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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas probable (Fri Dec 12, 04:09 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers.

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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker practice (Thu Dec 11, 05:25 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and Wes Welker (ankle) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 11, after sitting out Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Our View: Welker is useless for fantasy purposes, maybe a WR8 which is no help at all. Demaryius Thomas on the other hand, should be a solid WR1 start as nobody in the Chargers secondary can contain him..
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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas not practicing (Wed Dec 10, 01:51 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Our View: Keep an eye on this situation. Thomas did not look like himself in the Week 14 game against the Bills. We should see him practice later in the week and play against the Chargers on Sunday.
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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas OK with more run game (Tue Dec 9, 06:59 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he's fine with the team running the football more. 'If you're still playing in January and February, it seems like every good football team has some kind of running game,' Thomas said. 'If you get that balance between run and pass, I think we can go deeper and deeper.'

Our View: We have a feeling the Broncos offense will have more passing this week against the San Diego Chargers. Fantasy owners who were burned by Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Peyton Manning in Week 14 should stick with them in Week 15.
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Schedule

16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders