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|Not much was expected of Thomas last season due to the ruptured Achilles suffered in the off-season. He missed the first six weeks but came back with a vengeance, catching 32 passes for 551 yards and four touchdowns over the Broncos final 11 games despite having two games where he received one total target. Even more impressive was his performance in the post-season where he caught four passes for 204 yards and the game winning touchdown against the Steelers and then followed that up with a six-reception, 93-yard game in a losing cause against the Patriots. Just imagine what he could have done without scattered arm Tim Tebow chucking him the ball. Oh wait, no imagining required. Peyton Manning is in town for the 2012 season. Manning has said that Thomas is the most physically gifted wide receiver that he has ever played with but letís not confuse physically gifted with production. Since Thomas hasnít come anywhere close to reaching the heights of Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, the question is Ė will he? Thomas possesses freakish natural ability with outstanding speed and strength to go along with a willingness to be a physical player. While Thomas was a top five fantasy wide receiver from Week 10 on last year, those lofty heights arenít likely to be reached in 2012. Consider him an upper tier WR3 with a huge upside in redraft formats and an outstanding dynasty league prospect.
|Norman to shadow Demaryius Thomas after all? -- Thu Feb 4 7:20 pm --|
Struggling WR might see more of All-Pro CB than expected
|Josh Norman intimated that he would be facing Demaryius Thomas and not Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: It would be a minor surprise if Norman locks onto Thomas in Super Bowl 50, if only because DT has only six catches for 52 yards and no scores in this year's playoffs against much worse competition than Norman. If Norman does shadow Thomas, look for a heavy dose of Sanders all game long.
| Emmanuel Sanders inactive -- Sun Nov 22 11:20 am --|
|A surprise: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders won't play today. This comes after the team saw him warmup (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders (ankle) didn't look comfortable during pregame warmups and has been ruled out. Demaryius Thomas should be the most targeted wideout for new QB Brock Osweiler.
| Peyton Manning has plantar fasciitis in left foot -- Mon Nov 16 11:30 am --|
Brock Osweiler replaced Manning in Week 10
|Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has plantar fasciitis in his foot, including a partial tear of tissue, an NFL source confirmed Monday.
Manning began experiencing pain two weeks ago, then aggravated the injury on the artifical turf at Lucas Oil Stadium eight days ago. He completed 5-of -20 passes for 35 yards and 4 INTS on Sunday against the Chiefs. He is worst in the NFL with 17 interceptions, leaving him on pace for a career-high 30. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Nothing is official but you can expect Brock Osweiler to be under center for the Broncos in Week 11 against the Bears as rest is the best cure for Manning's foot injury. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are performing more like low-end WR2s than WR1s through ten weeks of the season.