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WR Demaryius Thomas - Houston Texans

6-3, 224Born: 12-25-1987College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 2010

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Week 15: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. DeShaun Watson has not exceeded 300+ yards passing since week 5 and has multiple passing touchdowns in just three of his last nine games. The Texans are winning though because Watson is making the most of every pass, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt with a 70% completion percentage and only two interceptions in his last seven games. The Texans running game has vastly improved as the season has progressed, which in turn has limited Watson's passing volume. The limited passing volume has also affected star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. After starting the season off with five straight games of 78+ yards receiving, he has hit that mark in only three of his last eight games. There is reason for hope this week, as the Jets rank 30th in points allowed to opposing wide receivers, and have given up nine games of 100+ yards receiving. Demaryius Thomas has yet to really emerge as a secondary weapon for the Texans, averaging 39 yards receiving on 3.6 receptions per game. Thomas is not the player he once was, but similar to Hopkins, there just isn't enough volume for him to make much noise on a weekly basis. KeKe Coutee hasn't played since week 12 and continues to be limited in practice. Coach Bill O'Brien said Coutee is trending towards being able to play on Saturday and more news on his status should emerge as the week progresses. While the New York Jets rushing defense is one of the worst units in the league, the secondary has overachieved this season, as they currently rank 16th in the league in passing yards allowed (243.8 yards) per game. This is impressive considering the advantageous passing situations that have frequently occurred for opposing teams due to the Jets poor run defense, and while cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Trumaine Johnson have had their problems in coverage as of late, this unit has played above their potential for much of their season. The problems in the last two weeks can directly be attributed to the loss of Marcus Maye, who despite playing in only six games this season, had flashed great potential alongside fellow safety Jamal Adams. Since week 12, the Jets have allowed four receivers to go over 70+ yards receiving, including 104 yards to Taywan Taylor and 104 yards to Robert Foster this past week. With superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins coming to town this week, the Jets secondary has their work cut out for them, and they will receive no help from their defensive line who will be overmatched in the run game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at WAS 46 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs TEN 54 0 0 0 5 4 38 2 0 15.8
13 vs CLE 60 0 0 0 5 3 32 0 0 3.2
14 vs IND 68 0 0 0 6 4 48 0 0 4.8
15 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
15 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
15 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Demaryius Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs IND (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Demaryius Thomas continues to find his way in this offense and his biggest play was on a nice deep in on a play action pass that Deshaun Watson hit him for 20-yards. Thomas continues to be used in smoke screen looks and on a 2nd and 19, Watson hit Thomas for a 19-yard catch and run that helped set up a touchdown. The Texans set up a good look for Thomas and was able to beat coverage on a corner route but Watson just put it just out of his reach. That would have been a big play and would have been a touchdown if he put it in the right spot.

2018 Week 13 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

The Texans might get caught up on getting the ball to Hopkins but they are doing a better job on getting Demaryius Thomas involved in the offense. Thomas had reception for 15, 9 and 7. The 15-yard gain was on a good in-route deep in the middle of the field and his route opened up a nice window for Watson to hit him. There is still work to be done but they are working to keep Thomas involved in the offense.

2018 Week 12 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 38 / 2 rec)

Bill O'Brien made it clear that the Texans needed to get Demaryius Thomas more involved in the offense and they did just that, especially in the redone. Thomas caught two touchdowns for the first time since 2014 and he also had 38 yards. He was a key target to get first downs but his work against Adoree Jackson for his touchdowns saw Thomas toe-tap right before going out of bound on two well thrown ball for only Thomas to pluck out of the air.

2018 Week 11 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Thomas was only targeted once in the game and appears to have taken a backseat to Keke Coutee in the low volume passing game.

2018 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

The Texans had Demaryius Thomas involved early and two of his catches came on the first drive of the game. Thomas had a smoke screen go for 31 yards and then was hit for 18 yards on a deep in cutting route in front of two Broncos defensive backs. He also had a 12-yard reception on the next drive.

2018 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Thomas had another slow outing, catching three balls in the 1st half and disappearing in the 2nd. DT hauled in a shallow crossing route and turned it up the sideline for his first catch of the 1st quarter. He secured a slant route later in the quarter for 1st down yardage. DT caught a slant route in the 2nd quarter, and wasn't heard from on the stat sheet in the 2nd half of game. Thomas was the target of Keenum's interception, but it was an amazing diving effort by cornerback Kendall Fuller. Thomas caught a long pass from Keenum late in the 4th quarter, but couldn't get his feet down inbounds down the right sideline. Thomas led the team in targets with 7, but continues to be quite inefficient.

2018 Week 7 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Thomas secured his first target on an out route that picked up a 1st down on third and long in the 1st quarter. His defender left him wide open on the sideline for another short completion on the next play. Keenum looked to Thomas on a bubble screen later in the 1st on 3rd and short, but a Cardinals player diagnosed the play early and brought Thomas down behind the line of scrimmage. Thomas made another strong catch near the sideline for a 1st down later in the 2nd quarter. Thomas converted 3rd and 11 with a precise out route with less than a minute remaining in the 1st half, setting up the Broncos last touchdown of the 2nd quarter. DT drew 6 total targets on a day that didn't see the Broncos passing much.

2018 Week 6 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 57 / 1 rec)

Thomas wasn't heard from at all in the 1st half, but finally got on the board with a big 45 yard reception(his longest of the season so far) down the left sidelines in the 3rd quarter. It was a questionable pass by Keenum, but Thomas managed to backtrack to secure the underthrown pass. He let an easy catch clang off of his hands on a crossing route later in the same drive. Keenum hit him on a quick slant at the end of the 4th quarter for a 1st down in the Rams red zone. A couple of plays later, DT lined up in the left slot on the Rams goal line and caught a beautiful over the shoulder pass in the back of the end zone. The score brought Denver to within 3 points of the Rams, but Denver couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick with seconds remaining in the game. DT finished the game with just 4 targets total, tied with Sutton for 4th behind Sanders, Lindsay, and Heuerman.

2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)

Thomas hauled in his first target with a strong catch on an out route late in the 2nd quarter that picked up a first down on 2nd and long. He followed it up with a beautiful reception on a corner route from a 3WR bunch formation on the next play, deftly securing an over-the shoulder pass between two defenders for a big gain. Thomas hauled in a short slant route at the end of the 1st half, and was overthrown on a deep ball on 3rd and long on the next play. Thomas hauled in a deep comeback route for a nice gain up the left sideline on Denver's first offensive drive of the 2nd half. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a big 42 yard touchdown catch, lining up wide right and beating single man coverage down the right sideline. He secured the pass with an off balance fingertip catch and managed to stumble into the end zone. Keenum targeted Thomas on the ensuing two-point attempt but couldn't hit the receiver on a crossing route in the end zone. Thomas was out-targeted by Sanders 14-6.

2018 Week 4 vs KC (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Thomas tied with Sanders and Heuerman for the most targets(7), but only managed 24 yards total. He lined up in the slot and had a nifty catch to convert 3rd and 6 at the end of the 1st quarter. Thomas made a really nice effort play to convert 4th and short at the end of the 1st half, but got stonewalled behind the line of scrimmage on the next play. Thomas hauled in a curl route down the left sideline on the final drive game, keeping the chains moving. DT got wide open down the right sideline with seconds left in the game, but Keenum threw the sure game-winning touchdown over his head.

2018 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)

Thomas didn't put up a big fantasy day, but he did look much sharper than he did in week 2. He lined up wide left and hauled in a curl route for short gain to start his day late in the 1st quarter. Thomas hauled in an out route in the 2nd quarter that missed converting 3rd and 7 by mere inches. Thomas hauled in a deep post for a huge gain in the 3rd quarter, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. DT made a beautiful adjustment on a back shoulder throw later in the drive, hauling in the pass over his defender down the right sideline for a 22 yard gain. Thomas drew a big PI flag in the 4th quarter the kept a Denver drive alive, then caught a 9 yard curl route on the next play. Keenum hit Thomas one last time late in the 4th quarter on a skinny post that took Denver inside the Baltimore red zone. Thomas finished with 5 targets, trailing Sanders(8) and Booker(7).

2018 Week 2 vs OAK (11 / 5 / 18 / 0 rec)

Thomas dominated the target totals with 11, but he was completely ineffective with them. Thomas sniffed paydirt when he caught a slant route in the Raiders end zone in the 3rd quarter, but he was brought down at the 1 yard line. Thomas had a bad drop on an open curl route late in the third, then another brutal drop during the final two minute drill of the game. His completions were quick slants or bubble screens that just went no where. Thomas was targeted once down the right sideline on a deep ball in the 3rd, but Keenum overthrew him.

2018 Week 1 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)

Keenum looked to Thomas plenty, but the two struggled to connect on anything other than short curls and slants. Thomas had a bit of a rough start in the first half, letting a couple of passes clang off his hands and getting called for a holding penalty. DT had a great catch and run late in the first that picked up 23 yards and moved the Broncos out of their own end zone. Denver was down on their own 2 yard line until Thomas caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and wove his way through defenders for the pickup. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a late touchdown in the 4th quarter. Denver drove down to the Seattle 4 yard line and Thomas made an amazing toe-tapping effort as he fell out of bounds on a quick out route from Keenum. Thomas finished with 10 targets to Sanders' 11, but Sanders had a much better day. Still, the offense clearly runs through the top two receivers.

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Latest News

Texans | Demaryius Thomas has average day (Sun Dec 9, 09:27 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas went for four grabs and 48 yards on six targets in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Texans | Demaryius Thomas posts 32 yards (Sun Dec 2, 05:13 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas caught three passes for 32 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13.

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Texans | DeMaryius Thomas not on injury report (Fri Nov 30, 08:00 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeMaryius Thomas (wrist) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and is not on the injury repot for Week 13.

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Texans | Week 13 injury report for Houston (Fri Nov 30, 04:26 PM) - Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) and DE J.J. Watt (knee) were limited in practice for a third straight day Friday, Nov. 30, and are listed as questionable for Week 13 versus the Cleveland Browns. OL Zach Fulton (shoulder), WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot), DB Kareem Jackson (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle, knee) and OG Senio Kelemete (ankle) were limited in practice Friday but removed from the injury report. RB Alfred Blue (thigh), LB Dylan Cole (wrist, knee), CB Aaron Colvin (ankle), LB Zach Cunningham (knee), LB Duke Ejiofor (shoulder), LB Whitney Mercilus (ankle), LB Brian Peters (ankle), S Justin Reid (knee), WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) and TE Jordan Thomas (hamstring) were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

Our View: There's no sign that Watt is in danger of missing the game, but Coutee will be a game time decision and shouldn't be in lineups this week.
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