WR Demaryius Thomas - Houston Texans
|6-3, 224||Born: 12-25-1987||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2010|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Thomas's role and targets didn't spike with Keke Coutee out in Week 13. The Texans are going to remain a balanced offense, so he's more bench depth than WR3/Flex material right now.
Week 14: vs Indianapolis Colts
FBG says: Good matchup. Deshaun Watson continues to lose the volume game as a passer, but win the efficiency war. With Will Fuller on injured reserve and the Texans dominating games so often, Watson's dynamic arm isn't being called on much. He hasn't thrown for more than 239 yards in a game since Week 5, averaging just 26 attempts over that span. But he's completed 65% of those throws at a solid 7.9 yards apiece, and he's still producing touchdowns (13 over 7 games). That's more than enough efficiency to supplement Watson's rushing production in fantasy. Unfortunately, it doesn't look able to support more than one reliable fantasy receiver. DeAndre Hopkins continues to excel, averaging 74 yards per game and scoring 6 times over the volume dip. But Demaryius Thomas is little more than window dressing on the other side, and no one has been pushed into Fuller's deep ball role. Watson and Hopkins are maintaining their fantasy value just fine through different game scripts, but no one else can be counted on to do so. The Colts pass defense has improved of late on paper, but remains a mess under closer examination. They've looked passable against a handful of lower-tier passing games, though Alex Smith (292 yards) and Blake Bortles (26 of 38 for 320 and 2 touchdowns) both posted big weeks earlier in the year. Even Ryan Tannehill and Cody Kessler (a combined 71% completions and 4 touchdowns) found efficiency over the last 2 weeks. The Colts pass defense, like that of the Buccaneers, seems designed to sit back and allow, then tackle, open receptions. Good passers - like this week's opponent, Deshaun Watson (375 yards their first meeting) - have picked them apart all season with after-the-catch routes and timing throws. There's no real matchup here for DeAndre Hopkins, who could find himself running free all day through this under-talented secondary.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Demaryius Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Texans might get caught up on getting the ball to Hopkins but they are doing a better job on getting Demaryius Thomas involved in the offense. Thomas had reception for 15, 9 and 7. The 15-yard gain was on a good in-route deep in the middle of the field and his route opened up a nice window for Watson to hit him. There is still work to be done but they are working to keep Thomas involved in the offense.
2018 Week 12 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 38 / 2 rec)
Bill O'Brien made it clear that the Texans needed to get Demaryius Thomas more involved in the offense and they did just that, especially in the redone. Thomas caught two touchdowns for the first time since 2014 and he also had 38 yards. He was a key target to get first downs but his work against Adoree Jackson for his touchdowns saw Thomas toe-tap right before going out of bound on two well thrown ball for only Thomas to pluck out of the air.
2018 Week 11 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was only targeted once in the game and appears to have taken a backseat to Keke Coutee in the low volume passing game.
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
The Texans had Demaryius Thomas involved early and two of his catches came on the first drive of the game. Thomas had a smoke screen go for 31 yards and then was hit for 18 yards on a deep in cutting route in front of two Broncos defensive backs. He also had a 12-yard reception on the next drive.
2018 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Thomas had another slow outing, catching three balls in the 1st half and disappearing in the 2nd. DT hauled in a shallow crossing route and turned it up the sideline for his first catch of the 1st quarter. He secured a slant route later in the quarter for 1st down yardage. DT caught a slant route in the 2nd quarter, and wasn't heard from on the stat sheet in the 2nd half of game. Thomas was the target of Keenum's interception, but it was an amazing diving effort by cornerback Kendall Fuller. Thomas caught a long pass from Keenum late in the 4th quarter, but couldn't get his feet down inbounds down the right sideline. Thomas led the team in targets with 7, but continues to be quite inefficient.
2018 Week 7 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Thomas secured his first target on an out route that picked up a 1st down on third and long in the 1st quarter. His defender left him wide open on the sideline for another short completion on the next play. Keenum looked to Thomas on a bubble screen later in the 1st on 3rd and short, but a Cardinals player diagnosed the play early and brought Thomas down behind the line of scrimmage. Thomas made another strong catch near the sideline for a 1st down later in the 2nd quarter. Thomas converted 3rd and 11 with a precise out route with less than a minute remaining in the 1st half, setting up the Broncos last touchdown of the 2nd quarter. DT drew 6 total targets on a day that didn't see the Broncos passing much.
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 57 / 1 rec)
Thomas wasn't heard from at all in the 1st half, but finally got on the board with a big 45 yard reception(his longest of the season so far) down the left sidelines in the 3rd quarter. It was a questionable pass by Keenum, but Thomas managed to backtrack to secure the underthrown pass. He let an easy catch clang off of his hands on a crossing route later in the same drive. Keenum hit him on a quick slant at the end of the 4th quarter for a 1st down in the Rams red zone. A couple of plays later, DT lined up in the left slot on the Rams goal line and caught a beautiful over the shoulder pass in the back of the end zone. The score brought Denver to within 3 points of the Rams, but Denver couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick with seconds remaining in the game. DT finished the game with just 4 targets total, tied with Sutton for 4th behind Sanders, Lindsay, and Heuerman.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)
Thomas hauled in his first target with a strong catch on an out route late in the 2nd quarter that picked up a first down on 2nd and long. He followed it up with a beautiful reception on a corner route from a 3WR bunch formation on the next play, deftly securing an over-the shoulder pass between two defenders for a big gain. Thomas hauled in a short slant route at the end of the 1st half, and was overthrown on a deep ball on 3rd and long on the next play. Thomas hauled in a deep comeback route for a nice gain up the left sideline on Denver's first offensive drive of the 2nd half. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a big 42 yard touchdown catch, lining up wide right and beating single man coverage down the right sideline. He secured the pass with an off balance fingertip catch and managed to stumble into the end zone. Keenum targeted Thomas on the ensuing two-point attempt but couldn't hit the receiver on a crossing route in the end zone. Thomas was out-targeted by Sanders 14-6.
2018 Week 4 vs KC (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Thomas tied with Sanders and Heuerman for the most targets(7), but only managed 24 yards total. He lined up in the slot and had a nifty catch to convert 3rd and 6 at the end of the 1st quarter. Thomas made a really nice effort play to convert 4th and short at the end of the 1st half, but got stonewalled behind the line of scrimmage on the next play. Thomas hauled in a curl route down the left sideline on the final drive game, keeping the chains moving. DT got wide open down the right sideline with seconds left in the game, but Keenum threw the sure game-winning touchdown over his head.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Thomas didn't put up a big fantasy day, but he did look much sharper than he did in week 2. He lined up wide left and hauled in a curl route for short gain to start his day late in the 1st quarter. Thomas hauled in an out route in the 2nd quarter that missed converting 3rd and 7 by mere inches. Thomas hauled in a deep post for a huge gain in the 3rd quarter, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. DT made a beautiful adjustment on a back shoulder throw later in the drive, hauling in the pass over his defender down the right sideline for a 22 yard gain. Thomas drew a big PI flag in the 4th quarter the kept a Denver drive alive, then caught a 9 yard curl route on the next play. Keenum hit Thomas one last time late in the 4th quarter on a skinny post that took Denver inside the Baltimore red zone. Thomas finished with 5 targets, trailing Sanders(8) and Booker(7).
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (11 / 5 / 18 / 0 rec)
Thomas dominated the target totals with 11, but he was completely ineffective with them. Thomas sniffed paydirt when he caught a slant route in the Raiders end zone in the 3rd quarter, but he was brought down at the 1 yard line. Thomas had a bad drop on an open curl route late in the third, then another brutal drop during the final two minute drill of the game. His completions were quick slants or bubble screens that just went no where. Thomas was targeted once down the right sideline on a deep ball in the 3rd, but Keenum overthrew him.
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Keenum looked to Thomas plenty, but the two struggled to connect on anything other than short curls and slants. Thomas had a bit of a rough start in the first half, letting a couple of passes clang off his hands and getting called for a holding penalty. DT had a great catch and run late in the first that picked up 23 yards and moved the Broncos out of their own end zone. Denver was down on their own 2 yard line until Thomas caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and wove his way through defenders for the pickup. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a late touchdown in the 4th quarter. Denver drove down to the Seattle 4 yard line and Thomas made an amazing toe-tapping effort as he fell out of bounds on a quick out route from Keenum. Thomas finished with 10 targets to Sanders' 11, but Sanders had a much better day. Still, the offense clearly runs through the top two receivers.
Latest NewsTexans | Demaryius Thomas has average day (Sun Dec 9, 09:27 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas went for four grabs and 48 yards on six targets in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts. link to story Texans | Demaryius Thomas posts 32 yards (Sun Dec 2, 05:13 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas caught three passes for 32 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. link to story Texans | DeMaryius Thomas not on injury report (Fri Nov 30, 08:00 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeMaryius Thomas (wrist) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and is not on the injury repot for Week 13. link to story Texans | Week 13 injury report for Houston (Fri Nov 30, 04:26 PM) - Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) and DE J.J. Watt (knee) were limited in practice for a third straight day Friday, Nov. 30, and are listed as questionable for Week 13 versus the Cleveland Browns. OL Zach Fulton (shoulder), WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot), DB Kareem Jackson (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle, knee) and OG Senio Kelemete (ankle) were limited in practice Friday but removed from the injury report. RB Alfred Blue (thigh), LB Dylan Cole (wrist, knee), CB Aaron Colvin (ankle), LB Zach Cunningham (knee), LB Duke Ejiofor (shoulder), LB Whitney Mercilus (ankle), LB Brian Peters (ankle), S Justin Reid (knee), WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) and TE Jordan Thomas (hamstring) were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. Our View: There's no sign that Watt is in danger of missing the game, but Coutee will be a game time decision and shouldn't be in lineups this week.
link to story Texans | Demaryius Thomas practices in full (Thu Nov 29, 05:56 PM) - Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29. Our View: Thomas was a touchdown hog for the Texans the last time out. While those targets in the red zone may vary slightly from week to week, Thomas has shown enough in this offense to be a WR3 or flex play at least for Fantasy GMs.
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