WR Demaryius Thomas - Houston Texans
|6-3, 224||Born: 12-25-1987||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2010|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Demaryius Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 16 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec - 5.2 points, $5300)
Thomas continued to be a reliable target when needed, his longest reception was 15 yards. He continued to work within the system but It ended up being the game no one wanted for Thomas after tearing his achilles trying to block on a smoke screen.
2018 Week 15 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec - 8.9 points, $5300)
His stats are not saying it but Demaryius Thomas is getting open and it is just a matter of Deshaun Watson getting him the football. Thomas had 6 receptions for 59 yards with his two longest receptions for 20 and 27 yards. On his 27-yard receptions, he caught a comeback put a move on the defensive back and turned back inside to put up some yards after the catch. Then on his 20-yard reception, he improvised on a broken play and worked up field and snagged a low pass from Watson to pick up a key first down. Thomas is getting his chances but it is up to Watson to get him the football so he can work.
2018 Week 14 vs IND (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec - 6.8 points, $5400)
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 - 4.7 points, $5300)
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 - 17.8 points, $5300)
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 - 0 points, $5600)
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 - 7.6 points, $5800)
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 - 4.5 points, $6300)
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 - 6.7 points, $0)
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 - 13.2 points, $6500)
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 - 19 points, $6500)
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 - 4.4 points, $6500)
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 - 8.8 points, $6700)
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 - 4.3 points, $7000)
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 - 15.3 points, $7000)
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.
Latest NewsTexans | Demaryius Thomas not ready to retire (Mon Jan 7, 12:05 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') told the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson he's 'not thinking about retirement' and 'would love to finish my career (with the Texans).' Our View: Thomas wants to stay with the Texans and he's got one year left on his contract. It's a helluva year on paper as Thomas is set to make $14 million in 2019...but there is zero left in dead money on his deal. That means he'll either restructure with the Texans or get released.
link to story Texans | Demaryius Thomas hopes to return (Sun Jan 6, 04:03 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') said he hopes to return to the Texans next season. Our View: Thomas was traded to the Texans in 2018 and he made it through a few games before having his season cut short by an Achilles' injury. He's got a big cap number in 2019 and may have to restructure his deal if he wants to stay in Houston. Thomas is currently on the books for $14 million in 2019 but there is zero remaining in dead money. Expect him to rework his deal or get released this offseason.
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