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by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 12, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 – DeAnthony Thomas at Oakland Raiders
Rookie DeAnthony Thomas, out of Oregon, continues to give the Chiefs an occasional spark. In Sunday’s victory over Seattle, Thomas rushed three times for 22 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards. While De’Anthony is helping Kansas City win games, he is going to need a lot more work before he will be able to help your team follow the same path as the Chiefs.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 11, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 – DeAnthony Thomas vs. Seattle Seahawks
Although DeAnthony Thomas continues to be used extensively on returns for Kansas City, he has a very limited role on offense. He had just one carry in Week 10 and did not catch a pass. Unless drastic things happen, he needs to remain a mainstay on the waiver wire.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 10, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 – DeAnthony Thomas at Buffalo Bills
DeAnthony Thomas received only one carry in Week 9, but made the most of it, gaining 26 yards. He also caught one pass for five yards. While Thomas has some potential, he is not getting enough touches to warrant any kind of fantasy buzz.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 9, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 – De'Anthony Thomas vs. New York Jets
Playing the old Dexter McCluster jack of all trades role in the Kansas City offense, De'Anthony Thomas had three receptions for 17 yards and four punt returns for 27 yards in Kansas City's 34-7 conquest of St. Louis. Thomas may ultimately be a better player than McCluster, but he's going to need more touches to prove it. And until that happens, fantasy coaches should steer clear of him.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - Week 8, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 – De’Anthony Thomas vs. St. Louis Rams
Rookie DeAnthony Thomas is being used mostly on special teams. He generated 83 return yards in week seven. DeAnthony also caught two passes for 21 yards in limited offense work. Until he becomes a larger part of Kansas City’s plans, he can be left on the waiver wire.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB Thomas DeAnthony - Week 1, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 – De’Anthony Thomas vs. Tennessee Titans

De’Anthony Thomas missed Thursday’s practice because of a hamstring injury. Only owners needing productivity in return yardage leagues should be concerned about De’Anthony’s status, as Thomas is not projected to get enough touches on offense to assist fantasy owners on a quest for victory.

by Andy Rioux

KC RB DeAnthony Thomas - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

For four seasons, Dexter McCluster was Kansas City’s jack-of-all-trades player. He returned kicks, lined up frequently in the slot, and made occasional appearances in the backfield. McCluster’s reputation was greater than his play, but his departure in free agency to the Tennessee Titans left a void. To fill that void, the Chiefs drafted former Oregon standout De’Anthony Thomas. Can Thomas take the Chiefs places that McCluster couldn’t?

Fantasy Upside
If the first game of the preseason was any indication, the Chiefs made the right choice. Thomas returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in a victory over Cincinnati. Of course, anyone who saw Thomas at Oregon knows how big of a threat he can be. For example, last year in a lopsided victory over Virginia, De’Anthony rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries. You can bet the Kansas City coaches will load the playbook with some calls designed to feature De’Anthony.

Fantasy Downside
Maybe Thomas is a better player than McCluster. But even if that’s the case, the same factors that worked against McCluster are also working against Thomas. Jamaal Charles anchors the offense, with Knile Davis providing quality depth. Dwayne Bowe is the top wide receiver. Tight end Travis Kelce looks like the team’s number two receiver. There simply aren’t going to be enough touches for a smaller player like Thomas. Kansas City’s offensive line is in shambles to boot.

Bottom Line
While Thomas will break some big plays, he will not get enough usage to regularly help fantasy teams. The only place he might come in handy is in a return yardage league.

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