• Ian Thomas

  • TE
  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 24
  • 248 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
In the nine games over the last two seasons that Ian Thomas has played without Greg Olsen in the lineup, he has produced at a 62-619-5.3 pace on 6.1 targets per game. That would have been good enough for a No. 9 finish in 2019. With the addition of Robby Anderson and a change at quarterback and offensive coordinator, it’s possible that his targets get pinched, but there’s enough here to generate excitement about Thomas as a 2020 breakout candidate.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR TE Ian Thomas - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Ian Thomas steps into this season as the starter now that Greg Olsen is in Seattle. Olsen and Thomas combined for 112 targets last year, so there should be plenty of opportunity for the third-year tight end. Tight ends often take time to develop and the combination of natural progression and increased opportunity could catapult Thomas into fantasy starter material. He’s a nice combo player, with suitable blocking skills and solid enough hands and athleticism. He lined up in the slot or out wide on 60% of his offensive snaps last season.

Fantasy Downside

Thomas hasn’t been great when given the opportunity to be the guy. Olsen was on and off the field the past two seasons and Thomas’ production was still lacking the kind of pizzazz you typically look for in an explosive pass catcher. He struggled last season, catching just 16 of the 30 balls thrown his way and he’s only scored three touchdowns over his first two years. While the opportunity is solid, expectations for improvement are purely speculative at this point.

2020 Bottom Line

Thomas is basically free with an undrafted ADP in most formats. That’s pretty good value for a player with his target potential. While Thomas has had limited success when he’s been given full snaps thus far, his age and the tendency for tight ends to take a little time to develop make him a potential breakout candidate. As a TE2 that won’t cost you anything but a roster spot, he’s worth a gamble.

2020 Strength of Schedule - CAR

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
31
LV
20
@TB
7
@LAC
32
ARI
16
@ATL
10
CHI
9
@NO
16
ATL
23
@KC
20
TB
21
DET
1
@MIN
BYE12
DEN
22
@GB
27
@WAS
9
NO

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

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1LAR00010.0000000.000.00.04/676.0%
2TB00000.0000000.000.00.02/792.5%
3@ARI00000.0000000.000.00.07/6311.1%
4@HOU00000.0000000.000.00.010/6814.7%
5JAX00000.0000000.000.00.012/6518.5%
6@TB00000.0000000.000.00.05/667.6%
7BYE--------------
8@SF00000.0000000.000.00.015/6921.7%
9TEN00000.0000000.000.00.05/717.0%
10@GB00000.0000000.000.00.04/735.5%
11ATL00010.0000000.000.00.03/754.0%
12@NO14024.0000000.000.41.42/762.6%
13WAS424046.0000000.002.46.432/7542.7%
14@ATL55711011.4000000.0011.716.761/7185.9%
15SEA2230411.5000000.002.34.369/7295.8%
16@IND316035.3300000.001.64.632/7045.7%
17NO1120512.0000000.001.22.242/7159.2%
Per game1.008.500.061.888.5000000.001.232.2319.06/70.6926.91%
Totals161361308.5000000.0019.635.6305/113126.91%
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