TE Julius Thomas - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 246||Born: 6-27-1988||College: Portland St.||Drafted: Round 4|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Thomas had his worst game of the year as the Jaguars pass offense went into a shell against the Ravens. This week against the Colts in London should be better, but Thomas's status as an everyweek starting fantasy tight end took a hit this week.
General News (Thu Sep 29): did not practice on Thursday. Thomas reportedly will be a game-time decision for the team's Week 4 game.
General News (Wed Sep 28): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 4: vs Indianapolis Colts
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Blake Bortles had a bad game last weekend, throwing three interceptions and taking four sacks for -26 yards from the Ravens (24/38 for 194 yards passing with two TDs thrown, both to Allen Robinson (11 targets for 7/57/2)). Aside from Robinson, Marqise Lee (seven targets for 5/44/0) and Allen Hurns (eight targets for 4/40/0) were not compelling fantasy receivers during Week Three. So far this season Bortles has thrown 79/127 for 843 yards passing, five TDs and six interceptions - the Jaguars' passing attack is up and down to begin the year. The Colts' pass defense has been down all year long - they are a doormat secondary when it comes to yards allowed, averaging 305.7 net yards allowed per game, but they have only three TDs handed out vs. just one interception and only four sacks generated so far, near the bottom of the league in both the latter two categories. Over the first three weeks of the season, Indianapolis has averaged 18.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-least in the NFL); and 18 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (sixth-least); with 8.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). So far this defense has bent-but-not-broken most of the time. Bortles and company have a decent matchup to work with against their divisional rivals, over the pond in Merry Old England.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Thomas and Bortles just were not on the same page today. Thomas failed to create much separation and when he did, Bortles failed to capitalize. A day to forget.
2016 Week 2 vs SD (7 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
Thomas, along with Hurns, was one of the view offensive players who showed up. They used him to stretch the middle of the field to some success but for some reason went away from it. He was able to get open on a go route near the end zone but Bortles overthrew him by a country mile. If you evaluate him with the context of his situation, he has had a very good start to the season.
2016 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
Thomas had one of the best, if not the best, games of his Jaguar career from a consistency and efficiency standpoint. He did not drop a single target that came his way and showed his terrific versatility throughout the game, lining up both in-line, in the slot, and flexed out wide. He converted several first down receptions for the offense and was a constant threat up the seam of the defense. His big play of the day came when he was flexed out wide in the redzone and beat the defender by a step, creating a deep window for Bortles to place the touchdown pass in. If this game showed anything, it is that the Jaguars are going to use Thomas all over the field to ensure that they get the ball in his hands.
Latest NewsJaguars | Julius Thomas does not practice (Thu Sep 29, 02:43 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (elbow) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 29. Our View: That's not great news but we're not tossing dirt on his grave quite yet. We still see him as a game time decision who, if he plays, he could be borderline TE1/TE2 option this week. At least it's a very early game (9:30 am EST) so you can make the decision before most other tight ends play.
link to story Jaguars | Julius Thomas a game-time decision (Thu Sep 29, 01:14 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (elbow) will be a game-time decision for the team's Week 4 game. Our View: If he plays, he could be borderline TE1/TE2 option this week against a Colts defense which is not all that good.
link to story Jaguars | No practice for Julius Thomas (Wed Sep 28, 03:49 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (elbow) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 28. Our View: Thomas should be fine -- even though he's banged up....AGAIN. Consider him a low-end TE1 this week against the Colts.
link to story Jaguars | Julius Thomas injured elbow (Mon Sep 26, 07:51 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (elbow) suffered an elbow injury during the team's Week 3 game but was able to finish the game. Our View: Thomas is banged up quite a bit -- always has been, and likely always will be. Monitor his progress through practice this week before just automatically plugging him into your lineup. The Jaguars take on the Colts this week, but they have a bye in Week 5.
link to story Jaguars | Julius Thomas takes part in practice (Fri Sep 16, 06:36 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 2. Our View: Thomas has had ankle issues in the past that robbed him of a lot of playing time, so this is a great sign. He's a solid TE1 heading into San Diego this week.
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