Julius Thomas Fantasy News

Broncos exercise option on Wes Welker
Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:16am

SI - [Full Article]

Denver has exercised its 2014 option on Wes Welker, who will make $8 million (including bonuses) at age 33 this fall, and then become a free agent for what might be one final (minor) payday in 2015.

How the Broncos likely will line their receivers up in 2014: Julius Thomas tight to the formation, either left or right; Demaryius Thomas split wide, either left or right; Welker most often in the slot; and Emmanuel Sanders mostly opposite Demaryius Thomas. But here’s the changeup: Sanders started in the slot 11 times for Pittsburgh in 2012 before moving mostly outside in 2013. One of the things offensive coordinator Adam Gase likes to do is move Welker around so he doesn’t get beat up too much in the slot, so don’t be surprised to see Sanders learning all the spots.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker should post similar numbers in 2014 if he can stay healthy. He was #20 in standard formats and #21 in PPR. On a per game basis, he was #16 and #17, respectively.

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Jets sign Eric Decker to a five-year deal
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:48am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets are giving former Broncos WR Eric Decker a 5-year, $36.25 M deal, including $15 M guaranteed, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Decker was expected to command as much as $9 million per season, so this seems like a reasonable deal. Decker is a solid receiver, but it remains to be seen if he can produce when drawing the attention of the defense's top corner. The Jets don't have a Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker or a Julius Thomas to occupy the defense. He's also seeing a downgrade at quarterback from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith, which is like going from Chipotle to a Taco Bell Dumpster. Still, he'll have decent value as a real-world WR1. It's doubtful that the Jets will be able to do any better this offseason.

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Julius Thomas active for Broncos
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2:42pm

Broncos Inactives
Champ Bailey CB
Zac Dysert QB
Ronnie Hillman RB
Trindon Holliday WR
Chris Kuper G
J.D. Walton C
Derek Wolfe DE

Fantasy Impact:

Julius Thomas is active as expected.

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Moreno active, Julius Thomas OUT for Broncos
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 3:13pm

Broncos Inactives
C.J. Anderson RB
Chris Clark T
Zac Dysert QB
Chris Kuper G
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB
Julius Thomas TE
J.D. Walton C
Derek Wolfe DE

Fantasy Impact:

Knowshon Moreno is active as expected. Jacob Tamme should be serviceable for those who rolled the dice and waited on Thomas.

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Julius Thomas expected back Week 13
Monday, November 25, 2013, 6:00pm

Mike Klis on Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said he expects CB Champ Bailey (foot) and TE Julius Thomas (knee) to play this week against Kansas City.

Fantasy Impact:

The Broncos will need all their targets backs with the possibility RB Knowshon Moreno is unable to play next week. If Thomas doesn't go, we like Jacob Tamme as an option, but it already looks good for Thomas in a big matchup against the Chiefs.

Welker IN, Thomas OUT for Broncos
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 7:26pm

Broncos Inactives
Champ Bailey CB
Zac Dysert QB
Ronnie Hillman RB
Michael Huff FS
Chris Kuper G
Julius Thomas TE

Fantasy Impact:

As expected, TE Julius Thomas is inactive. Joel Dreessen is dealing with a knee injury, but is active and a serviceable fill-in for desperate Thomas owners. Wes Welker is active and will play against his old team.