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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 8: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. An aside - according to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning himself planned the 'keep away' prank after Manning broke the NFL career-TD mark with 509 TDs during the destruction of San Francisco last week. In true Manning fashion, he reportedly had his receivers practice it during the week, too. Manning plans all aspects of his offensive performance each week, friends. He is a model of preparation and hard work. The Broncos have benefited from Manning's hard work this year, currently sitting at 5-1 after destroying the 49ers 42-17 last week. Manning threw 22/26 for 318 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions before taking the fourth quarter off and letting Brock Osweiler get some regular-season snaps under his belt (Osweiler mostly handed the ball off, with just one passing attempt for zero yards). Demaryius Thomas continued on his insane tear through the league with nine targets for 8/171/2 receiving, catching TD 509 from Manning, while Emmanuel Sanders (three for 3/41/1) and Wes Welker (three for 3/50/1) both also found pay dirt. Only favorite tight end Julius Thomas (six targets for 4/27/0) missed out on the TD catch party last weekend. It's all good for the Broncos' passing attack, friends. The Chargers' pass D is ranked third in the NFL allowing an average of 209.6 net yards per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied for 16th in the NFL) generated to date. The Chargers coughed up a modest 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Alex Smith last week (three sacks taken for -11 yards), but were bombed for four TDs by Derek Carr two weeks ago (18/34 for 282 net yards, with one interception thrown and zero sacks taken). It's fair to say this secondary has been up and down over the recent past. Denver has home field advantage, but San Diego isn't a pushover in this phase of the game - we see this as a neutral matchup with neither side holding a huge edge, but Peyton Manning is so hot right now you shouldn't let a neutral matchup scare you off of him as your starting quarterback.

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 PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs ARI (16 / 8 / 226 / 2 rec)

After the game against the Arizona Cardinals, Peyton Manning's former coach Tony Dungy suggested that the quarterback had a habit of featuring WRs who were struggling to help break them out of their slump. The idea certainly seems plausible, as Demaryius was the clear focus of the game plan against a stout Arizona pass defense from start to finish, earning five targets on Denver's opening drive and never looking back from there. Thomas delivered on Manning's trust to the tune of a franchise-record 226 receiving yards, including six gains of 19 or more yards; those numbers don't even include a 77-yard touchdown reception that was called back due to a chop block penalty on Julius Thomas. Demaryius was unstoppable all over the field, doing damage in the short, intermediate, and deep game. Over 200 of his yards and both of his touchdowns came with Antonio Cromartie in coverage, and nearly two-thirds of his yards came after the reception, though Denver refrained from calling any of the WR screens that Demaryius has done so much damage on in the past.

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.

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Latest News

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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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas on fire early (Sun Oct 12, 02:40 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas caught five passes for 83 yards and one touchdown in the first half of the team's Week 6 game.

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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas refocused (Thu Oct 9, 10:07 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said that he let his first drop of the season affect his confidence until he was able to clear his head during the bye week.

Our View: Thomas certainly looked better in Week 5 than he had all year. The Broncos have abandoned balance, and they are back to being the pass-happy team they were last season. That's great news for fantasy owners.
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Schedule

8vs San Diego Chargers
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