| Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
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|Draft: 2010 Round 1 (22)
College: Georgia Tech
Ht: 6’3” Wt: 229 DOB: 1987-12-25 Age: 28
|Not much was expected of Thomas last season due to the ruptured Achilles suffered in the off-season. He missed the first six weeks but came back with a vengeance, catching 32 passes for 551 yards and four touchdowns over the Broncos final 11 games despite having two games where he received one total target. Even more impressive was his performance in the post-season where he caught four passes for 204 yards and the game winning touchdown against the Steelers and then followed that up with a six-reception, 93-yard game in a losing cause against the Patriots. Just imagine what he could have done without scattered arm Tim Tebow chucking him the ball. Oh wait, no imagining required. Peyton Manning is in town for the 2012 season. Manning has said that Thomas is the most physically gifted wide receiver that he has ever played with but letís not confuse physically gifted with production. Since Thomas hasnít come anywhere close to reaching the heights of Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, the question is Ė will he? Thomas possesses freakish natural ability with outstanding speed and strength to go along with a willingness to be a physical player. While Thomas was a top five fantasy wide receiver from Week 10 on last year, those lofty heights arenít likely to be reached in 2012. Consider him an upper tier WR3 with a huge upside in redraft formats and an outstanding dynasty league prospect.
| Demaryius will test hip in pregame warmups -- Sun Sep 18 8:45 am --|
|Broncos operating as if Demaryius Thomas will be able to play through hip injury. But they do want to see him test it pregame to make sure. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas has a tasty matchup against the Colts depleted secondary but even if he does play his risk is off the chart. He could be limited. Of the two, Emmanuel Sanders is the better receiver play for fantasy owners.
| Demaryius Thomas practices Fri, Questionable -- Fri Sep 16 1:30 pm --|
|Demaryius Thomas has been dealing with a hip injury that flared up last week, but he played through it. He saw limited work Wednesday and Thursday, working about one-third of the snaps each day. "Leading up to [the game], it's coming out of cuts and getting hit, but come game time, there's nothing to worry about then," he said Thursday. "You're either going to go out and be 100 to help the team, or you're going to be on the sideline." (DenverBroncos.com)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas is likely to play this week, but is unlikely to be 100 percent. This game sets up in favor of the Broncos rushing attack and could lead Thomas to take a back seat in the game plan. He's on the WR3 radar.
| Demaryius Thomas still hurting -- Thu Sep 15 11:55 pm --|
Suffered hip injury early in Week 1 win
|Demaryius Thomas (hip) again stood on the sideline twice as long as he practiced Thursday at Broncos headquarters. The veteran wide receiver tried to shrug off the seriousness of a left hip injury. But a full week after first suffering pain, the hurt is lingering. Just like he did Wednesday, Thomas on Thursday participated in only one-third of the Broncosí practice snaps, coach Gary Kubiak said. He has spent most of this week on the sideline.
ďItís day by day. I ainít gonna be feeling great. But itís getting better every day. ... Stopping out of breaks, going down field, even taking hits. With the hip, you never know,Ē Thomas said. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas owners need to start making other plans for Week 2, if not beyond. It is a lot to ask any player to play through a hip injury to begin with, and hip injuries are almost serious in nature. Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer would be the receivers most likely to fill in should DT miss time, but Emmanuel Sanders and Virgil Green would be the ones to benefit most statistically from his absence.
| Demaryius Thomas hobbled at practice -- Wed Sep 14 6:11 pm --|
Hip could limit Denver's top receiver this weekend
|Demaryius Thomas hobbled his way through a Broncos practice Wednesday at Dove Valley with limited field time. And the Broncos are trying desperately to get him square to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Denver.
The Broncosí No. 1 wide receiver continually rapped a fist at his injured left hip during practice and, at one point, he stopped to take a knee after running a hard route. Thomas was involved for only about 33 percent of the Broncosí practice, coach Gary Kubiak said.
FF Today's Take: Demaryius Thomas (hip) owners should be concerned considering that he is still in noticeable pain after playing on Thursday and had an MRI on Monday. Denver HC Gary Kubiak is expecting to have Thomas available Sunday, but how effective he can be remains to be seen. He hauled in four catches for 48 yards in a tough match up with the Panthers last week but may not be healthy enough to take advantage of a more favorable opponent in Week 2.
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