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TE Julius Thomas - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-5, 246Born: 6-27-1988College: Portland St.Drafted: Round 4

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Thomas has expected to need surgery on tendon in his finger and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He will get a second opinion.


Unfortunately Julius Thomas is going to have to start his first season with the Jaguars with a tendon injury in his finger that will require surgery and likely keep him out of the first 4 or 5 weeks. Julius Thomas was the Jaguars big splash in the Free Agency pool this offseason as they continue to add weapons to the offense for QB Blake Bortles. Thomas has caught 24 touchdown passes in 27 games the last two seasons thanks to being a big Redzone target for the one and only Peyton Manning. Now with no Manning anywhere in sight and going to a fantasy wasteland such as Jacksonville, he is going to have to prove that he deserves the big contract and once again be that big Redzone target but this time for 2nd year QB Blake Bortles. The Jaguars are slowly growing their offensive passing game and Julius Thomas could play a big part in that development as he can be a nice outlet for Bortles in the redzone. (August 31)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 13, 6, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 18, 19, 19, 20, 21
Overall Redraft - 95, 51
TE Redraft PPR - 12, 6, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 20, 20, 20
Overall Redraft PPR - 97, 51
TE Dynasty - 8, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14
Overall Dynasty - 89, 62, 72

Stats and Projections

2012 DEN 4 0 0 0
2013 DEN 14 65 788 12
2014 DEN 13 43 489 12
2015 PROJ-Dodds 12 43 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 11 48 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 12 45 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 12 34 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 81
TE: 8
Overall-PPR: 84

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Latest News

Jaguars | Julius Thomas to have surgery (Tue Sep 1, 05:18 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to a source. Thomas is expected to miss four to five weeks.

Our View: This is a blow to fantasy owners who had already drafted and why we like to wait until after the third week of the preseason before drafting. Already down at the end of the TE1 ranks, Thomas will slip now down to around a TE2, as you will be without his services for that month.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas expected to miss 4-5 weeks (Mon Aug 31, 04:30 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) is expected to need surgery on a tendon in his finger and is expected to be out four to five weeks, according to a source. Thomas will receive a second opinion on his finger Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Our View: Thomas is incredibly talented, but he's injury prone and has never played a full 16-game season during his four-year pro career. Entering year five (and his first year with the Jagaurs), Thomas will miss more time. Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor will cover the TE spot if Thomas is out. We like what we've seen from Lewis.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas on track for opener (Sat Aug 29, 12:31 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) appears to be on track to play in the team's Week 1 game, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

Our View: Things are going to be different for Thomas this year, and fantasy owners need to react. He's not catching passes from Peyton Manning anymore, and his stats should fall with Blake Bortles tossing him the rock. Thomas is still a TE1 if healthy, but he's more of a low-end TE1 than a top-5 guy like he was in Denver.
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