WR Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos
|6-3, 224||Born: 12-25-1987||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 0|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Thomas contended with Marcus Peters against Kansas City, but he was still acceptable in PPR leagues, and Trevor Siemian's deep passing finally came into focus. Consider Thomas a solid WR2 against Jacksonville this week.
Week 13: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Trevor Siemian (20/34 for 368 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -28 yards) and Emmanuel Sanders (10 targets for 7/162/1 receiving) did everything they could to get Denver a 'W' last Sunday night, but were forced into the 'L' column by a missed field goal in overtime. Bennie Fowler (two for 1/76/1) and Jordan Taylor (four targets for 1/6/1) handled the other TDs for Siemian, while Julius Thomas (eight targets for 5/60/0 receiving) and recent arrival (via trade from New England) tight end A.J. Derby (four for 4/43/0) kept the chains moving. Against a quality pass defense, Siemian showed he's improved across the course of the 2016 season. We'll see if the momentum carries over to this contest at Jacksonville. Speaking of the Jaguars, they currently average just 204.3 yards passing allowed per game (third in the NFL), but they have given out 15 passing scores to date vs. a mere three interceptions generated (worst in the league in this category) and 24 sacks recorded (tied for 15th in the NFL). From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Jacksonville has averaged 16.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-least in the NFL); and 12.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (least in the NFL); with 9.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-most in the league). Buffalo managed 12/18 for 151 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week (with five sacks taken for -15 yards); two games ago Matthew Stafford posted 24/33 for 263 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -15 yards vs. the Jaguars. Siemian is on fire entering Week 13, but he's got a tough secondary to deal with again on Sunday.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 12 vs KC (8 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a slow week 12, falling behind Sanders in targets, receptions, and yards with 5 catches on 8 targets for 60 yards. DT was shadowed a lot by Marcus Peters, who had a solid game in coverage. This left Sanders open for a huge day. Thomas had a short gain on a quick slant to start the Broncos' first offensive drive. He hauled his biggest gain (24 yards) down the left sideline early in the 3rd quarter, leaping over his defender for the acrobatic catch. He secured a quick slant in tight coverage for a gain of 6 at the very end of the 3rd. He hauled in another slant route for 9 in overtime, also drawing a pass interference penalty to set the Broncos up in the Kansas City redzone in overtime.
2016 Week 10 vs NO (11 / 8 / 87 / 1 rec)
Thomas had one of his best games of the year against the Saints. He got to work early, hauling in Siemian's first pass attempt of the game one-handed on a play action bootleg for a 14 yard gain. Thomas drew a deep target down the left sideline in the 1st quarter, but he was slowed down by some questionable contact from his defender and could not haul in the pass. DT made another amazing one-handed grab in the 2nd quarter on a crossing route. Siemian launched a bullet on 3rd and long that was a bit high for Thomas, but he extended his right arm and deftly plucked it out of the air for a 1st down. Thomas hauled in a deep curl route later in the 3rd, and a post route at the end of the quarter to set the Broncos up in the New Orleans red zone. Thomas scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter on a jump ball from Siemian. With the Broncos on the 2 yard line, Thomas split out to the left of the formation and used his height advantage to secure the lofty pass from Siemian over cornerback Delvin Breux. DT finished the day with 8 catches for 87 yards and a score on 11 targets.
2016 Week 9 vs OAK (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Thomas drew 10 targets to Emmanuel Sanders' 11, with DT getting more looks in the 1st half. Thomas missed a couple of early targets and didn't snag his first reception until midway through the 2nd quarter. Siemian was facing stiff pressure from the defense, and threw a deep ball up to Thomas, who was able to high-point it over his shorter defenders for a 23 yard gain. Thomas caught a slant route for 12 yards in the last minutes of the 2nd quarter, as the Broncos tried to drive down with the 2 minute offense. He followed the play up with another catch on a slant for a short gain. DT jumped over a defender for another short gain on a crossing route to help the Broncos set up a field goal later in that same drive. Thomas drew a pass interference call on a deep route in the 3rd quarter that got the Broncos out of their own endzone. Emmanuel Sanders drew most of the targets in the 2nd half, leaving Thomas to finish with 5 catches for 56 yards.
2016 Week 8 vs SD (10 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Thomas and Sanders tied with 10 targets each in week 8, and the Broncos tried to get both receivers involved in the downfield passing game. Thomas had 1 more catch and a slight edge in yardage. The Broncos dialed up a deep ball to Thomas early, as Siemian targeted him on a deep corner route with his 2nd pass attempt of the day. Thomas was unable to haul in the pass against tight coverage. Later in the drive, Thomas hauled in 2 consecutive slant routes that each picked up 1st downs. Thomas was quiet for the middle quarters until hauling in a sideline catch in the 4th to get the Broncos out of their own end zone. DT finished his day and nearly scored on a late 4th quarter deep ball that he hauled in with a highlight reel catch, leaping over his defender before hitting the turf and rolling out of bounds at the 3 yard line for a 40 yard gain.
2016 Week 7 vs HOU (10 / 6 / 40 / 1 rec)
Thomas led the team in targets for the 2nd week in a row, and had a couple of narrowly missed opportunities for some big yardage plays. Thomas got drilled for no gain on his first reception of the game, a WR bubble screen on Denver's first drive. DT had a beautiful catch on a deep crossing route negated by a holding penalty later in the 1st quarter. Thomas caught a slant route for a gain of 11 at the start of the 2nd quarter, then a quick out route, and another short slant route inside the Houston 10 yard line later in the same drive, which eventually ended with a CJ Anderson touchdown run. DT scored Denver's 2nd touchdown of the day on a short out route right over the goal line in the 2nd quarter. Thomas split out to the left of the formation with 3 bunched receivers on the right side at the Houston 5. At the snap, Thomas cut left to the side of the end zone and hauled in the pass just before he reached the corner. Thomas missed another big gain late in the 4th when he let a back shoulder throw on a deep curl clang off of his hands. It was a tough ball that had him twisted around backwards for the catch, but he did get both hands on it.
2016 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Thomas led the team in targets(10) for the first time this season, but struggled along with the rest of the Denver offense. He drew his first target in the 2nd quarter, on a 3rd and 7 crossing route that was overthrown by Siemian. DT got leveled after his first catch on a short out route later in the 2nd. Thomas gathered several targets on Denver's first drive of the 3rd quarter, catching a short slant for a 6 yard gain and missing an overthrown pass on a deep crossing route. Thomas was targeted on a deep route down the right sideline later in the 3rd, but the play was closely defended by San Diego. Siemian again missed Thomas high on a wide open crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Thomas was targeted in the end zone on an over-the-shoulder throw in the 4th quarter, but he couldn't quite get both feet down inbounds as he made a beautiful catch. Thomas was targeted again in the end zone on the next play, but Siemian overthew him on a well-defended slant route. Thomas's last reception of the night was a slant route for 8 yards later in the 4th. Thomas killed a late 4th quarter drive with a fumble, losing a deep slant route that would have gone for a big gain. San Diego linebacker Jatavis Brown popped the ball out on the tackle, driving his helmet through the ball perfectly.
2016 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)
Thomas was targeted 7 times on the day, just shy of the 9 targets that Emmanuel Sanders drew. Sanders led yardage and target totals, but it was Thomas who got the late score. Despite aggravating his old hip injury last week, Thomas did not look to be slowed by the ailment. DT caught his first pass of the day late in the 1st quarter on a shallow crossing route. Thomas showed great focus on a 3rd quarter reception that was deflected by an Atlanta defender, reaching backwards with one hand to pluck the ball after it had bounced off of the defender's hands. The catch fell just short of 1st down yardage on 3rd and 14, however. Thomas was targeted on a deep ball late in the 4th that would have significantly padded his yardage stats, but the big receiver couldn't quite secure the ball, which was a bit high, but definitely close enough for a player of his caliber to reel in. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a short touchdown reception late in the 4th quarter. Lined up in a trio bunch formation on the right side of the offense, DT caught a quick pass from Lynch and was immediately stonewalled at the goal line. He kept his feet and managed to deftly reach his right arm out from the scrum to break the plane briefly with the football. It was Denver's only touchdown of the day.
2016 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 6 / 94 / 1 rec)
Though Thomas was outpaced by Emmanuel Sanders in the target department for the 4th consecutive week this year(7 for DT, 13 for Sanders), he still gained more yards on his 6 catches and found the end zone early in the 1st quarter. Thomas scored on Denver's first offensive play of the game. An Aqib Talib interception set the Broncos up inside of the Tampa Bay red zone, and Thomas caught a short curl route before dodging a couple of defenders and scampering into the end zone. DT made a leaping grab over a defender on a 2nd quarter deep route to set the Broncos up inside Tampa Bay's red zone, eventually leading to CJ Anderson's touchdown run. Thomas got his legs knocked out from under him on the catch and went down awkwardly, limping off with what looked to be an aggravation of his hip injury from previous weeks. He left briefly but returned and finished the game. Emmanuel Sanders was targeted heavily by rookie QB Paxton Lynch after he entered the game, but Lynch finally started looking Thomas's way in the 3rd quarter with a nice connection on a post right on the right side of the field. Lynch found Thomas again down the left sideline early in the 4th quarter for a nice catch-and-run off of play action.
2016 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)
Thomas gathered the second most targets on the team, but the difference between him(7 targets) and team leader Sanders (13 targets) was pretty significant. DT reeled in his first target of the day late in the 1st quarter for a short gain on a slant, then followed it up with another short catch on a curl route on the next play. Thomas was targeted a third consecutive time on the next play, but the bail sailed high and DT's defender drew an illegal contact penalty in the back of the end zone. Thomas lost a fumble during Denver's first drive of the 2nd half. DT caught the ball on a slant route for a nice gain, but cornerback Adam Jones punched the ball loose on the tackle and Cincinnati recovered. DT saved what would have been a slow statistical day with a beautiful touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He split out wide left with three other receivers in a bunch on the right side of the formation. Siemian took the snap and DT streaked down the field. Cincinnati's defender was all over Demaryius, but the big receiver went up over the shorter corner and hauled in the pass, dancing away to the end zone for a 55 yard TD to ice the game. This play was the only deep throw to Thomas all day.
2016 Week 2 vs IND (7 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec)
If Thomas' hip bothered him at all, he sure didn't show it on his first reception of the day. DT lined up wide left and Siemian looked his way for a WR quick screen, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Thomas scooped up the fluttering pass and shot downfield in between defenders, ripping off 44 yards on one of the catch-and-run plays that show how dangerous he is regardless of what route he's running. DT had a bad drop later in the 1st quarter. Siemian laid a beautiful pass right over the defender and into Thomas's hands deep down the left sideline, but Thomas couldn't secure the ball for the catch. Thomas came back on the next drive and caught Siemian's first pass on a nice curl route for 10 yards. Thomas drew a pass interference call deep down the field in the 2nd quarter to set the Broncos up in the red zone, and another late in the 4th quarter to extend another Broncos drive. DT had another nice reception on an out route at the end of the 2nd quarter to help set the Broncos up for a last-second field goal. Thomas made a great effort on a late 4th quarter reception, catching a slant and stretching for a 1st down despite having two defenders hanging off his back. DT, despite his hip injury, was by far the most effective receiver for the Broncos, with 90 yards on 5 catches. His 7 targets were second only to Sanders' 8.
2016 Week 1 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Denver's offense opened the game up with a nice play-action bubble screen to Thomas, who picked up 11 yards and a first down on the catch. Thomas caught his second target of the game on a curl route during Denver's next offensive drive. DT had a nice leaping grab on an out route later in the same drive to convert 3rd and 2. Thomas hauled in a beautiful pass on a deep post route to start the 2nd quarter, gaining 23 yards on his biggest play of the night. He drew a pass interference call two plays later in the same drive. Thomas displayed some great blocking as well, especially on the 25 yard halfback screen that CJ Anderson scored on in the 4th quarter. DT was targeted on the goal line late in the 4th on a crossing route, but a defender popped him right when the ball hit his hands, jarring it loose. It was reported that Thomas was scheduled for an MRI Friday because of a hip injury, though he did not miss any significant time during Thursday's game and did not appear limited at any point. If Thomas were to miss time, it is unclear who would pick up the slack in his absence. Jordan Taylor seems a likely candidate, but no one on the team has the unique combination of size/strength/and speed that makes Thomas such a home run threat on even short completions.
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