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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

KC WR DeAnthony Thomas - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at Oakland Raiders

DeAnthony Thomas has made himself fantasy relevant now, scoring a touchdown in back-to-back games. While Thomas is no doubt an explosive player, getting more playing time due to Chris Conley’s injury, he’s producing on limited touches. His touchdown two weeks ago was his only offensive touch of the game, and last week he had 61 yards, 57 of which came on one play.

He’s not reliable enough to really be a trustworthy option in fantasy.

by Andy Rioux

KC WR DeAnthony Thomas - 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

During the 2014 offseason, the Chiefs let Dexter McCluster, their versatile returner/runner/receiver, sign with the Tennessee Titans. McCluster’s replacement, former Oregon Duck De’Anthony Thomas, came out of the draft and ultimately proved to be a better player than McCluster, who did nothing in Nashville. There were occasional flashes of excitement from Thomas last season and the Chiefs are hoping to further his development by having him focus on just playing wide receiver, as opposed to being a hybrid runner/receiver. With the Chiefs having a weak group at the position last year, can Thomas migrate into the fantasy mainstream?

2015 Upside
Thomas is the kind of player who can score from anywhere on the field. Against Oakland last December, he had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. He is already one of the best punt returners in the NFL and also had a 30-yard reception in the season finale when the Chiefs beat San Diego. With defenses focusing on Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin, Thomas may be able to fly under the radar break more big plays.

2015 Downside
At 5’8” and under 200 pounds, Thomas is the type of player who will likely never get the kind of usage necessary to yield steady fantasy production. The move to wide receiver sounds promising on paper, until you realize that Maclin, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson seem to have a lock on the top three spots. De’Anthony will be in some packages, but not the vast majority of them.

Bottom Line
Thomas can help you if you are in a format where return yardage comes into play. Otherwise, it is best to leave him on the waiver wire.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 17, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 – De’Anthony Thomas vs. San Diego Chargers
With Kansas City once again going pass-happy in Week 16, DeAnthony Thomas ended up with six receptions for 47 yards. However, he lost yardage on his only carry. The Chiefs offense continues to be puzzling, but for the most part, the only regular playing time Thomas sees is on special teams. With that being the case, his fantasy contributions are pretty much limited to niche return yardage leagues.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 16, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 – DeAnthony Thomas at Pittsburgh Steelers
DeAnthony Thomas took home AFC special teams player of the week honors after playing a big role in Kansas City’s 31-13 triumph over Oakland. Thomas had an 81-yard punt return for a score and racked up 156 yards on returns. Clearly, he can help you in a niche league that utilizes return yards, but with a limited role on offense, he is not going to boost your chances of success in other formats.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 15, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 – De’Anthony Thomas vs. Oakland Raiders
The same old story continues for De’Anthony Thomas. He was utilized mostly on returns in Week 14, as he had just two carries and one reception. Barring a sudden increase in usage, he will close out the season on the waiver wire in most leagues.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 14, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 – De’Anthony Thomas at Arizona Cardinals
In Week 12, when he was targeted six times, it looked like De’Anthony Thomas might be getting a larger role in the Kansas City offense. However, things were different in Week 13, as Thomas was targeted just twice and did not receive a carry. The low usage makes him nothing more than waiver wire fodder.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 13, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 – De’Anthony Thomas vs. Denver Broncos

The Chiefs, perhaps finally realizing most of their wide receivers are terrible, actually made De’Anthony Thomas a bigger part of their attack last week. Thomas was targeted six times, second only to Jamaal Charles. This is smart on Kansas City’s part, as Thomas has the potential to make sparks fly on an offense in desperate need of explosive chemistry. However, Thomas caught just two of those targets. Combined with one carry, it was again a case of his stat line being too limited to help fantasy coaches. Significant progress needs to be seen soon, or else Thomas will languish on waivers the rest of the year.

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