| Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
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|Draft: 2010 Round 1 (22)
College: Georgia Tech
Ht: 6’3” Wt: 229 DOB: 1987-12-25 Age: 27
|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.
| D. Thomas, C.J. Anderson nursing minor injuries -- Mon Sep 14 4:40 pm --|
Top WR dealing with hand concern, RB has sprained toe
|Demaryius Thomas finished Sunday's season opener with seven catches for 60 yards and a sore hand. He said he planned to have his hand X-rayed after injuring it during the game.
C.J. Anderson said he suffered a sprained toe, although he didn't miss much time. The Broncos' starting running back slogged through tough runs against the Ravens' stout defense, gaining 29 yards on 12 carries. Ronnie Hillman led the Broncos with 41 yards on 12 attempts. The Broncos rushed 25 times, with 11 coming on their final scoring drive. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: HC Gary Kubiak called both players "fine", so owners can probably expect Thomas and Anderson to resume their usual roles against Kansas City on Thursday night. Much has been made about Anderson rough 12-carry, 29-yard outing in Week 1, but it is not as if Ronnie Hillman (12 carries, 41 yards) thrived. Baltimore should be the toughest test the Denver running game should see all season, so unless there is a setback with the toe, Anderson should be a RB1 moving forward.
|Demaryius Thomas likely to play against HOU -- Sat Aug 15 7:20 pm --|
Kubiak pleased with progress
|Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he's pleased with Demaryius Thomas' progress after he missed the offseason workouts because of contract negotiations. Kubiak said the starting receiver will play Saturday in Houston. How much will be determined by the coaches later this week.
"I think he's ready to go play as long as Peyton (Manning) plays," Kubiak said. He said Manning will probably play through at least part of the second quarter.
FF Today's Take: Demaryius Thomas is ready for game action and figures to lead the Broncos receiving corps again in 2015. With Emmanuel Sanders' nagging hamstring woes, Thomas should be Peyton Manning's top target right out of the gates this season.
|Demaryius Thomas gets 5-year deal -- Wed Jul 15 3:35 pm --|
$43.5 million guaranteed
|The Denver Broncos and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million deal that includes $43.5 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas got basically the same deal as Dez Bryant but with $1.5 million less in guaranteed money. Thomas has posted double-digit touchdowns in each of the last three seasons and recorded a staggering 39 redzone targets last season. He's easily a top five fantasy wide receiver.
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