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TE Julius Thomas - Denver Broncos

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): At some point, Peyton Manning will go back to favoring Thomas in the red zone, but he is not making plays after the catch enough to provide upside when that doesn't happen. You're not trading or benching Thomas, but you are lowering expectations of his contributions.

Week 9: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning: 10 TDs, zero interceptions, and 69/94 for 841 yards passing over the past three games (73.4% completion percentage during that time span). Any of his given receivers can go off for a giant game in any given week this season. It was Emmanuel Sanders turn last week vs. San Diego (nine targets for 9/120/3 receiving). It was Demaryius Thomas' turn vs. San Francisco two games back (nine targets for 8/171/2). Julius Thomas had multiple TDs vs. the Jets three weeks back (five for 4/51/2), while Demaryius Thomas threw down for 10/124/1 receiving out of 12 targets. Perhaps Wes Welker will be the apple of Manning's eye at New England? "It could be his [Welker's] day next Sunday against New England," Manning said after San Diego was blown out last week. Bottom line here is that Manning has to be in your starting lineup if you managed to land him for your fantasy team. The Patriots' pass D allowed 21/35 for 231 net yards, three TDs (and two two-point conversion passes) and one interception to Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen last week (with three sacks for -18 yards), and coughed up 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks for -21 yards) to now-benched Geno Smith two games back. To date they are second in the NFL averaging 210.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores allowed over eight games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for ninth) generated so far. However, Denver has allowed just eight sacks this season (tied for second-best in the NFL), and gave up zero to San Diego last week after allowing two sacks to San Francisco and the New York Jets during the previous two games. This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Manning and company, but he's so automatic that you have to keep him in the saddle for this showdown against his rival for MVP most years (Tom Brady).

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs ARI 6 66 2 0
6 at NYJ 4 51 2 0
7 vs SF 4 27 0 0
8 vs SD 2 23 0 0
9 at NE PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 51 / 2 rec)

Julius Thomas continues to make the most of his limited opportunities. He matched his season average with six targets against New York, but converted two of those six targets into touchdowns, giving him a league-leading nine for the season on just thirty targets. The fact that he is on pace to demolish scoring records is likely not lost on Thomas; after his second touchdown of the day, microphones picked up Julius yelling "It's so easy!" during his celebration.

2014 Week 7 vs SF (6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Julius Thomas, Manning's favorite red-zone receiver this season, had a quiet night overall but came just inches away from securing the record-breaking touchdown pass. Lining up outside from the 1-yard line, Thomas drew single-coverage from a 49ers CB and managed to beat him, but the pass was just a little bit behind and Thomas could not quite bring it in. Outside of his near-miss, Thomas finished second on the team in targets but mostly just ran short routes against San Francisco's reserve linebackers; none of Thomas' four catches gained more than 10 yards.

2014 Week 8 vs SD (6 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Julius Thomas' quiet streak continued against the Chargers, as Thomas had just 6 targets for the third consecutive week, catching a season-low two passes. Thomas was held under 30 yards for the third time this season, and was held out of the end zone for the second straight week after scoring in each of the first five. Once again, Denver faced a team with injuries at cornerback and Julius Thomas was de-emphasized in favor of Denver's outside receivers.


Latest News

Broncos | No new deal for Julius Thomas soon (Thu Oct 23, 11:21 AM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is not expected to have contract extension talks with the team during the season. Thomas will be a free agent this offseason, and the two sides are expected to talk after the season.

Our View: Hopefully this won't be a distraction, but so far it hasn't bothered Thomas that we can see. Expect another top TE1 game this Thursday against the San Diego Chargers and another zero or two added to his contract demands this offseason.
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Broncos | Week 11 Return for Montee Ball? (Tue Oct 21, 08:45 PM) - In a recent interview on ESPN Denver radio, Mike Klis of the Denver Post speculated that Montee Ball might be able to return by the Week 11 game against the St. Louis Rams. At this time, it seems like Ball is still a couple of weeks away from returning from the groin injury he suffered in the Week 5 game against the Cardinals.

Our View: Ball might return to a much different role. Ronnie Hillman has been productive as the team's starter over the last two weeks. If Hillman continues to produce (and hang onto the rock), we could see Ball as a backup. Right now, Juwan Thompson serves as the primary backup behind Hillman.
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