Demaryius Thomas, WR Denver Broncos

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Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas back at practice

Monday, August 20, 2018, 4:18pm

Troy Renck on Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas practicing Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas injured his wrist last week and was a bit of surprise inactive on Saturday in the team's preseason game. The injury didn't seem too concerning and his return is good news for potential owners. We have Thomas ranked as our No. 17 WR.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

For the past two seasons, Demaryius Thomas has been catching passes from Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. He should see an upgrade at QB for the 2018 campaign with Case Keenum, which should allow for his numbers to increase. You can pretty much lock Thomas into your starting fantasy lineup, as he has played in every contest the past six years, recording over 90 receptions and 1,000 yards during five of them.

Fantasy Downside

Despite playing in all 16 games last year, Thomas registered 949 receiving yards, the first time since 2011 he failed to reach 1,000 yards. He caught 35 TDs from 2012 to 2014 but has totaled only 16 the past three seasons. He had just one 100-yard outing in 2017 and was held out of the end zone in each of the final seven games. Even though he has over 600 career receptions, drops have plagued No. 88 throughout his career.

2018 Bottom Line

Once again, Thomas will be the Broncos' No. 1 WR and should receive plenty of looks throughout the season. The 30-year-old has averaged 147 targets, resulting in 96 catches over the past six seasons. There is no reason to believe he won’t post similar numbers again with Keenum at the helm. He is still an elite WR and makes for a solid fourth- or fifth-round selection.

2018 Strength of Schedule - DEN
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
18
SEA
26
OAK
2
@BAL
32
KC
22
@NYJ
13
LAR
23
@ARI
32
@KC
24
HOU
BYE11
@LAC
17
PIT
7
@CIN
20
@SF
8
CLE
26
@OAK
11
LAC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1LAC5670813.400000-6.711.760/6987.0%
2DAL6710811.830000-7.113.168/7788.3%
3@BUF6980916.330000-9.815.861/7087.1%
4OAK1110511.000000-1.12.156/6487.5%
5BYE--------------
6NYG1013301413.300001-11.321.357/8170.4%
7@LAC29064.500000-0.92.950/6478.1%
8@KC5660913.200000-6.611.659/7380.8%
9@PHI8701128.750000-13.021.053/6482.8%
10NE544188.800000-10.415.450/6379.4%
11CIN5641912.800000-12.417.471/8187.7%
12@OAK518083.600000-1.86.848/5981.4%
13@MIA22701013.500000-2.74.757/7279.2%
14NYJ89311211.620000-15.323.345/7064.3%
15@IND5690813.800000-6.911.954/7968.4%
16@WAS4520613.000000-5.29.262/7483.8%
17KC657189.500000-11.717.735/6553.8%
Per game5.1959.310.318.7511.430000.060.007.6812.8755.38/70.3178.74%
Totals83949514011.4300010.00122.9205.9886/112578.74%