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TE Julius Thomas - Denver Broncos

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

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday.

General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season. No day off for Peyton Manning this week, friends. Manning has been mediocre over the past two weeks, looking frankly awful vs. Buffalo two games back (14/20 for 173 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown), and then so-so in San Diego last week (14/20 for 233 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). His frustrated fantasy owners have watched Manning flame out just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Ouch! Last week, Demaryius Thomas got back into form (11 targets for 6/123/1 receiving at San Diego) after looking bad vs. Buffalo. Julius Thomas returned to action with two targets for 1/30/0 receiving - hopefully he'll get more work here in Week 16 now that he's getting back into 'game shape'. The Bengals' pass D feasted on a very unready Johnny Manziel last week, limiting the Browns' once-effective passing attack to 10/18 for 54 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (three sacks taken for -26 yards). No money was made for fantasy owners who threw Manziel into their lineups last week! However, two weeks ago the Steelers ripped this unit apart (25/39 for 350 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown). To date, Cincinnati is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 233.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions generated (11th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (31st in the NFL) put up. Manning is perhaps the exact opposite of Manziel, as a seasoned veteran quarterback, but he has not looked good of late, while Cincinnati has swung wildly in recent weeks - on balance this is a neutral matchup for the visiting Broncos.

Recent Stats and Projections

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15 at SD 1 30 0 0
16 at CIN PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
16 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
16 at CIN PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 15 vs SD (2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

In his first game back from an ankle injury that had sidelined him for three weeks, Julius Thomas received a very limited workload against the San Diego Chargers. Thomas played on less than half of Denver's offensive snaps, including just one of their first twelve, and ran only 10 routes all game. Thomas did have a beautiful catch 30 yards down the sideline where he showed off his impressive catch radius to convert 3rd-and-6.

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Latest News

Broncos | Julius Thomas probable for Monday (Sat Dec 20, 03:15 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is probable for Week 16.

Our View: He's a TE1 for your fantasy team. However, that's on the lower end of the TE1 scale since the Broncos have been running the ball on 54 percent of their offensive plays over the last month.
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Broncos | Demaryius, Julius Thomas practice in full (Fri Dec 19, 04:21 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and TE Julius Thomas (ankle) both practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 19.

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Broncos | Julius Thomas back to full health? (Fri Dec 19, 02:16 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) looks closer to 100 percent at practice Friday, Dec. 19, than he has at any time since suffering his left ankle injury against the St. Louis Rams.

Our View: Thomas isn't quite a top five option, but he's still one of the best of the rest now that he's healthy and Peyton Manning isn't sick.
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Broncos | Julius Thomas played limited snaps (Thu Dec 18, 06:47 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) played just 29 snaps in Week 15; only ten of them were pass routes, according to Pro Football Focus.

Our View: We think he'll see more, so TE1 numbers are a good bet. get him in your lineups.
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Broncos | Demaryius, Julius Thomas full participants (Thu Dec 18, 06:32 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and TE Julius Thomas (ankle) both practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: Demaryius Thomas will get WR1 numbers this week, while "Orange" Julius will get TE1 numbers, so you should get both in your lineup.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

TE Dynasty - 3, 3, 3, 5
Overall Dynasty - 24, 22, 25

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Schedule

16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders