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TE Julius Thomas - Denver Broncos

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

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What a difference a year makes! Entering the 2013 season, Thomas had career totals of seven targets and one reception for five yards in two years as a pro. An ankle injury during his rookie season (and the surgery required to repair it) had stunted his growth in the NFL. It was shaping up to be a make-or-break season for Thomas last year. Thomas didn't only make it, but he made it big in 2013. His season-opening performance against the Ravens (five catches, 110 yards, two touchdowns) put him on the fantasy map and he didn't slow down much after that. The former basketball star at Portland State still has tremendous upside. He's only been playing organized football for five years now, and he's still learning the nuances of the position. Thomas has worked hard to build strong chemistry with Peyton Manning, and his work ethic shows through on the field. Thomas is a mismatch every time he lines up. Linebackers can't cover him because he's too fast and athletic in the open field. Safeties struggle to cover him because he's too big and knows how to effectively "box out" smaller defenders. He missed two games last year due to a knee injury, and Thomas still finished as the 3rd-best fantasy tight end in 2013. If he stays healthy for the full season he should push Jimmy Graham (Saints) as the best tight end in the league. Thomas is a weapon, and he's one the Broncos will use time and time again to move the chains and threaten defenses. He should be selected as high as the second tight end off the board in your fantasy draft behind Graham. Now that he's arrived, everybody knows his name--and Julius Thomas can be a great asset for your fantasy team. (June 5)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
Overall Redraft - 28, 17, 21, 23, 23, 23, 23, 24, 26, 27, 27, 32, 35, 37, 39, 42, 42, 43
TE Redraft PPR - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
Overall Redraft PPR - 29, 15, 23, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 27, 32, 32, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
TE Dynasty - 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Dynasty - 33, 22, 29, 35, 55

Stats and Projections

2011 DEN 4 1 5 0
2012 DEN 4 0 0 0
2013 DEN 14 65 788 12
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 70 * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 75 * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 70 * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 73 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 30
TE: 3
Overall-PPR: 28

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Latest News

Broncos | Elway says Julius Thomas not at Jimmy Graham level (Thu Jul 17, 12:29 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is a priority for the team to sign to a long-term deal, but general manager John Elway isn't willing to pay him close to what New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham received. Elway said the team hasn't received a response from Thomas' representation after the team's initial offer. 'Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he's not at that level,' Elway said.

Our View: Elway is correct. Julius Thomas is one of the best young tight ends in the game today, and he might be the second-best in the league behind Graham. However, he's yet to play a full season in three years and has only one year of production as a pro. Thomas has the upside to get much better after only one year of high school football and one year of college football.
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