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Thursday, July 30, 2015

2015 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT DEBATE: DEMARYUIS THOMAS/DEZ BRYANT WIDE RECEIVERS

We are set for another 2015 fantasy football draft debate as drafts continue to rage on as NFL training camps get underway.  Today we go right to the top of the wide receiver rankings behind only Antonio Brown in order to determine who in fact should come off second among this group.  The two obvious candidates are freshly re-signed Demaryuis Thomas and Dez Bryant, two guys who are extremely similar in skill and numbers. As always we compare the two between their relevant fantasy football scoring categories in order to determine who comes out on top. 

RECEPTIONS:  Thomas is the only one who has crossed the 100-catch plateau, coming in 2014 with 111.  The two years prior to that excellent haul, Thomas grabbed 94 and 92 balls as the number 1 target of QB Peyton Manning. Bryant meanwhile has never caught 100 passes and in fact only got his hands on 88 last season compared to the 92 and 93 the two seasons prior.  Clearly Thomas has been a bit more active in the receptions department over the last three seasons and the same could be true again in 2015.  Of course the Cowboys will be throwing it more now that DeMarco Murray is in Philadelphia but on track record Thomas wins.
ADVANTAGE:  Demaryuis Thomas

TOUCHDOWNS:  This is one category where Bryant stands supreme as he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2014 with 16 and over the last three seasons has a total of 41 scores.  Thomas meanwhile went for 11 in 2014 and over the last three seasons has a still excellent 35.  Bryant has fewer competition on the other side when it comes to touchdowns unlike Thomas, as Emmanuel Sanders is a trusted outlet in the red zone as well.  With Cowboys likely throwing a whole bunch more in 2015, it would be a shock if Bryant didn't collect at least 15 which is a number Thomas has never reached. 
ADVANTAGE:  Dez Bryant

YARDAGE:  As easily as Bryant has led Thomas in touchdowns over the last three seasons, the same can be said for Thomas over his counterpart in receiving yardage.  Thomas has exceeded Bryant in receiving yardage each of the last three seasons and he has gone for over 1,400 in all three campaigns.  That is a strong track record we can't ignore.
ADVANTAGE:  Demaryuis Thomas

WINNER:  Demaryuis Thomas

You really can't go wrong with either guy but Thomas is the slightly better choice when it comes to overall numbers, especially in PPR formats. 

 

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