| 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: 27
|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.
Comment: A healthy Peyton Manning will do wonders for Thomas' fantasy value.
| Trio of Broncos return to practice -- Thu Dec 11 3:00 pm --|
D. Thomas, Anderson and Welker all battling ankle injuries
|For Broncos, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and C.J. Anderson back in practice, working with offense. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas' lack of involvement last week was curious and Anderson made the comment after the Broncos' win over the Bills that his ankle was bothering him, perhaps suggesting that Thomas' ankle was in worse shape than Anderson's. Ronnie Hillman also returned to practice on Thursday, although his Week 15 availability will probably limited at best. Anderson's owners should be able to breathe easy for this week at least, although it entirely possible that he has done enough in the coaches' minds to remain the featured back.
| Several notable Denver players miss practice -- Wed Dec 10 5:20 pm --|
Julius Thomas limited
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Head Coach John Fox had to take a deep breath after his 47-second recitation of an injury report that included 16 names, eight of whom did not practice Wednesday, with six others working on a limited basis. Headlining the eight players who did not practice were running back C.J. Anderson and wide receivers Wes Welker -- who missed last Wednesday's work -- and Demaryius Thomas, who played Sunday after suffering an ankle bruise when he was stepped on during practice Dec. 3.
Joining Anderson, Welker and Thomas in missing practice were running back Montee Ball (groin), and tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs). Limited participants: running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Juwan Thompson (knee), and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Thomas said this has been "a much better week for me" than recent weeks, in which he also worked on a limited basis but did not play in the game.
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners of Denver's players will need to pay attention to the practice reports over the next couple of days. Some players, like Demaryius Thomas, would have suited up if needed but needed an extra day of rest. As the week progress, the injury picture in Denver should start to take form. Additionally, the running game could become muddled very quickly depending on who is healthy enough to play this weekend.
| Broncos battered in win over Buffalo -- Mon Dec 8 3:30 pm --|
Three key starters limited in Week 14
|Demaryius Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury in practice this past Wednesday when he was stepped on by a teammate, finished the win with two catches for 11 yards. Julius Thomas, who has not played since injuring his left ankle in the first quarter of the team's Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, was in uniform for the game but did not play.
C.J. Anderson injured his left ankle in the win and briefly left the lineup. He played with the ankle heavily taped over his shoe in the second half and had 10 of his 21 carries after halftime. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Injuries were not just limited to the skill-position players as G Orlando Franklin, G Louis Vasquez, reserve OT Paul Cornick, DE Derek Wolfe and TE Jacob Tamme were all hurt in some way against Buffalo. The rash of injuries may help to explain the Broncos' conservative game plan. In regards to the relevant fantasy players, all three players (Thomas, Thomas and Anderson) appear to be good to go at San Diego in Week 15.
| Demaryius Thomas dealing with sore ankle -- Wed Dec 3 5:30 pm --|
Denver's top wideout limited in practice Wednesday
|Demaryius Thomas walked gingerly through the locker room after his right ankle was stepped on during the workout.
"It hurt, too," Demaryius Thomas said.
There's no concern yet over Demaryius Thomas' injury, but it bears watching given how much he was favoring it.
FF Today's Take: For now it seems the team is downplaying the injury, but Demaryius Thomas' ankle injury bears monitoring. With critical week 14 lineup decisions upcoming fantasy owners will surely want to follow his progress as the week progresses.
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