TE Ian Thomas - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 248Born: 6-6-1996College: IndianaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2018

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Week 11: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Great matchup. Kyle Allen probably isn't the Panthers' franchise quarterback, but he's held the job unwaveringly for seven weeks with Cam Newton on injured reserve. He's found some success in game-manager mode, yet there's very little dynamism in his game: dating back to Week 2, he's posted an anemic 6.4 yards per attempt. He's also been a walking miscue, with six turnovers over the past three weeks and a handful of dropped interceptions. The Panthers did reach their pass-game ceiling last week, though, with big lines from D.J. Moore (9 catches for 120 yards) and Greg Olsen (8 for 98) and a touchdown for Curtis Samuel. Perhaps Allen, who totaled 307 yards, is on the verge of a bump. Moore is winning on routes all over the field, while Olsen and Samuel are wild cards with strong weekly upside. Of course, Christian McCaffrey looms as a dynamic receiver on his own, and he's a fine check-down target for Allen. Most weeks, this should be treated as a volatile attack with a scary-low floor. But the Falcons make for an ideal matchup if Allen is going to build on an impressive Week 10. Try as they might, the Falcons still can't stop anyone through the air. Four of their 9 opponents have topped 300 yards, and they've given up the league's fifth-most touchdowns. The efficiency numbers have been just as bad: they sit 28th in net yards per attempt and 27th in pressure rate (just 13 sacks on the year). As a result, this makes for one of fantasy's most attractive matchups. The pass rush is largely a one-man show, and while Grady Jarrett can beat double-teams, he has little help up front. That forces the wildly inconsistent cornerbacks to hold downfield coverage for far too long. Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, and Bidi Wreh-Wilson have all struggled badly, and the safeties have offered little help down the field. With so many vulnerabilities, it's always fair to project big efficiency boosts - and big-play opportunity - for their opponents. The Panthers' D.J. Moore should find openings across the field while Curtis Samuel tests the deep zones. Kyle Allen has come up short more often than not, but is in great Week 11 position.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at SF 15 0.0 0 0 0 0
9 vs TEN 5 0.0 0 0 0 0
10 at GB 4 0.0 0 0 0 0
11 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0.2 * * * *
11 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

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

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