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Friday, August 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: DEMARYUIS THOMAS WR DENVER BRONCOS

When evaluating the skills of Denver Broncos ace wideout Demaryius Thomas on paper, the easy conclusion to draw would be that he is a slam-dunk WR 1 in all fantasy football formats.  Blessed with uncanny size and speed, Thomas has all the tools needed to be a top-tier talent at the position; which is something we began to see from him back in 2012 when he caught 94 balls for 1,434 yards and 10 scores.  That season started a four-year stretch where Thomas was as good as any other receiver in football and it jived with the presence of Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning getting the most out of his talents.  Alas, the last three seasons have been a bit of a different story for Thomas who had to deal with some truly putrid play from the awful collection of passers that have followed Manning's retirement in Denver and so as a result, it pushed his status in fantasy football down to a more moderate WR 2.  2017 seemed to be rock bottom for Thomas as well, since the 83 catches for 949 yards and 5 scores were his worst totals by a mile since 2012.  Some brighter times seem to be ahead now for Thomas however and that primarily has to do with the Broncos bringing in the very competent Case Keenum to man the QB position.  While Keenum is no Tom Brady, he did an excellent job in bringing the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game a year ago and he also helped make a star out of wideout Adam Thielen.  Count on Keenum getting quickly acquainted with Thomas this season and so the latter has every chance to now get back to his old WR 1 status.  With Thomas' ADP remaining affordable, do yourself a favor and grab a share of this comeback story.

2018 PROJECTION:  93 catches 1,285 yards 9 TD

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