TE Julius Thomas - Miami Dolphins
|6-5, 246||Born: 6-27-1988||College: Portland St.||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 15 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught two of four targets for 15 yards against the Bills on Sunday. Thomas is usually given one or two isolation plays where he lines up on the outside and has a chance to make a play down the field, he has only been able to take advantage of those plays once this season, while also drawing one pass interference call. Cutler likes to look his way in the red zone, but the Dolphins have not been down there nearly enough to make him a viable fantasy starter, and in this game, Thomas dropped what should have been an easy touchdown catch. Even worse, it looks as though he will be an off-season cap casualty, so the Dolphins coaching staff could be looking at some of the other younger tight ends on the roster in the last two games.
2017 Week 14 vs NE (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas two of his four targets for 11 yards against the Patriots, although his stat line could have very easily been much bigger had Jay Cutler not missed him on two deep throws. The Dolphins lined Thomas up on the outside looking to exploit the matchup against the Patriots cornerbacks where he has the size and strength to outmuscle them down the field. On one such play, Thomas actually had a step on his defender but Cutler led him too far down the field. Cutler also had Thomas wide open down the field when the Patriots safeties took a poor angle, but once again he threw the ball too high for Thomas to corral and it went as an incompletion. Thomas also did not help his cause by fumbling the ball on one of his two catches, although he did recover the ball to keep the Dolphins drive alive. Thomas is never going to be a high volume receiver in the Dolphins offense, and he is nothing more than a touchdown dependent option at this point in the season.
2017 Week 13 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)
Julius Thomas caught all three of his targets for 21 yards and a touchdown. Thomas was targeted on a back shoulder fade in the red zone where he was lined up on the right side of the formation. He is too big for the average cornerback, but he also has the athleticism to line up on the outside and run a precise route as he did on this play. It says something that the Dolphins (and Jay Cutler) targeted Thomas on this type of route, and he remains a big part of their red zone offense. He doesn't quite have the upside to be a weekly fantasy play, but with touchdowns in three of his last five games he can be a desperation play.
2017 Week 12 vs NE (6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught five passes for 52 yards on six targets against the Patriots. The 52 yards was the third most yards that Thomas has gained this year. He was targeted in the middle of the field and did get open frequently with the Patriots electing to put more men in the box and put pressure on Matt Moore. Thomas is more involved in the offense than he was in the first half of the season, but that doesn't mean much when you are the fourth or fifth option in the passing game. He does have a positive matchup against the Broncos next week, but it is hard to predict whether he will be worthy of playing in your fantasy matchup.
2017 Week 11 vs TB (4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Thomas was more involved with Matt Moore in during the second half. He had a few catches in the red zone and showed some stubbornness running after the catch, even breaking a tackle on one of his receptions.
2017 Week 10 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Julius Thomas caught two passes for eight yards and a touchdown on five targets against the Panthers. Thomas's touchdown catch came on an interesting play where he lined up on the right side of the formation and ran behind his offensive line while Jay Cutler scrambled left and then threw him a shovel pass. Thomas was used mostly as a blocker against the Panthers and the small number of targets he did see were either thrown inaccurately by Cutler where he had no chance of making the catch, or dropped by Thomas, including one easy pass where he just took his eye off the ball trying to look downfield before securing the catch.
2017 Week 9 vs OAK (8 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)
Julius Thomas caught six of eight passes for 84 yards a touchdown, leading Dolphins receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns. It was the first time that Thomas had seen five or more targets in a game, and he responded like the player we remember in Denver. He has a lost a step in terms of his speed, but he is still very quick for a big guy and runs precise routes. On Thomas's 15 yard touchdown, he lined up on the right side of the formation and ran a deep crossing route. Thomas made a subtle move to the inside of the field and instead of cutting sharply, he rounded his route so that he could be three yards deeper than the Raiders linebackers. Cutler delivered an accurate pass and Thomas made an easy touchdown catch, his first of the season.
2017 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught two passes for two yards on three targets against the Ravens. Thomas was not a factor at all in this game, but it was not his fault. He was asked to block frequently against an aggressive Ravens pass rush that was daring the Dolphins to throw the ball all game. Thomas is not being used in the same capacity as we saw in Denver, although he has shown flashes of the athleticism that he displayed early in his career. The Dolphins passing game cannot consistently sustain more than two fantasy worthy receivers as they just don't pass the ball enough. Unfortunately for Thomas, he is the most likely victim.
2017 Week 7 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
Thomas caught a ball downfield to open the game on a nicely executed rollout play, but wasn't able to reel in another downfield target from Jay Cutler when the adjustment to the ball was too much for him. He later made a highlight reel one-handed catch on a ball from Moore and had a two-minute drill reception to give him his best fantasy day of the season, which isn't saying much.
2017 Week 6 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught three passes for 22 yards on five targets against the Falcons. While Thomas has mainly be used in the short passing game, he did get targeted down the field once, but was unable to come down with the catch. With the exception of DeVante Parker, the Miami receivers are undersized, so Thomas is an important part of the Miami passing game, despite not seeing a heavy volume of targets. Three of Thomas's five targets came on third down, but two of those passes were incompletions (the only two passes that Thomas did not catch).
2017 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught one of his four targets for 15 yards against a stout Titans secondary on Sunday. With DeVante Parker out with an injury, Thomas saw a target or two more than he normally would, but was unable to make them mean anything. Thomas's only catch showed that he had a little more left in the tank that I had originally thought, as he took a short pass over the middle and managed to fake out a defender, lowering his shoulder and running over a Titans defender before being tackled at the Tennessee five yard line. The play set up Jarvis Landry's touchdown, which ended up being the deciding factor in the game.
2017 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught two passes for 29 yards on four targets against the Saints on Sunday. Thomas had the long gain of the day for the Dolphins offense, turning a short six yard catch into a 23 yard gain that went all the way down to the four yard line. Unfortunately, Thomas saw Jay Cutler target him on a jump ball on the very next play that was intercepted when Thomas was unable to get proper position on his defender, despite the fact that he had at least a five inch height advantage and forty pounds on his defender. This wasn't exactly Thomas's fault though, as Cutler did not give him time to establish position, nor did he give him time to make a play on a jump ball fade in the corner of the end zone. Cutler's pass was intercepted, and that ended the only red zone opportunity of the day for the Dolphins.
2017 Week 3 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught three passes for 16 yards on five targets. The five targets were a season high for Thomas, but that was also a function of Jay Cutler having to throw the ball 44 times. Thomas is a solid option, showing he can catch the ball in traffic, but it looks as though his previous injuries have robbed him of the athleticism we saw when he played in Denver.
2017 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Julius Thomas caught three passes for 26 yards on three targets, but was more of an afterthought in the Dolphins passing game. Adam Gase's offense does like to target tight ends in the red zone, and that will be where Thomas sees the majority of his targets. Thomas did show that he still has something left in the tank on a ten yard catch, where he was able to shake off one defender before turning the ball up the field. He is not the same game breaking player he was in Denver, but that is also because he won't see the same opportunities. With the Dolphins have diverse options in the passing game, Thomas can certainly make his mark in single coverage, especially in the red zone where his size and catch radius is something that Jay Cutler can exploit.
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