Broncos QB Peyton Manning said last week that TE Julius Thomas will have 'big role' this year


Broncos QB Peyton Manning said last week that TE Julius Thomas will have 'big role' this year

This seems like a "Well, duh" statement for anyone who watched last night's game, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said last week that he expects tight Julius Thomas @Julius_Thomas to have a "big role" this season.
"We've had some injuries at tight end, and Julius Thomas is a guy that I'm sure not many people know about but he has taken advantage of the repetitions he's received with the first team," Manning said. "He's an athlete, he's a big guy that can really run and he really is taking advantage of the time with the starters and has made the most of it. I think he'll play a big role for our team this year."
Of course, Thomas caught two of Manning's record-tying seven touchdowns Thursday night.

Fantasy Analysis:

I said on Twitter after the game last night that "I feel like we just witnessed a Kevin Ogletree moment from Julius Thomas." After a night to sleep on it, that's probably too harsh. I'm not saying that Thomas, like Ogletree last year, will have a big opening act and then just 24 catches for the rest of the season. It was more of a broader statement that Thomas just had the best game of his season, people are climbing over their grandmother to own him in fantasy, and I think he will be a relative disappointment for the rest of the year. I still consider him a TE2, outside of the top 12 at the position. I think he will be inconsistent -- or rather consistently not good. Specifically, I think we will see a lot of 30-40-yard games out of him, because a large number of passes will continue to go to Demaryius Thomas @DemaryiusT and Wes Welker @WesWelker. Plus, Eric Decker @EricDecker87 should be much better than last night, and that running game will improve as the season continues.
Could Thomas be one of the biggest draft steals or waiver-wire finds this year? Sure. It helps that he has Manning throwing the rock. And he should be owned in all leagues right now; not doing that much is gross negligence. But for those who think Thomas is going to be a top-10 or even top-12 tight end this year, I am not in that camp.

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5 Comments | Add Yours

He's not Ogletree. Ogletree was wr3 at Dallas, Thomas is TE 1 at Denver. If he averages 50 yds a game and if he plays 16 games that would be 800 yds....if he scores 6-8 TD's he is top 10. If he doesn't get hurt and continues to work he'll be solid all year.

Posted by:
dirtybastard2 09/06/13 07:09 PM

I drafted Thomas in the 17th rd of a 20rd draft. My other TE is Jason Witten of Dallas. So no I did not play him. But I now have a great backup TE. I also got Dwayne Allen in the 19th rd. So pretty set at TE rest of year. Knock on wood.

Posted by:
tjirish34 09/06/13 08:07 PM

was going to take either Thomas or Sudfield in the last round as a back-up to Jimmy Graham that could end up being decent trade fodder - right now, wishing I had gone with Thomas a little, but I'll let Patriots play before I feel any worse as I still think Sudfield was the right call based on the respective roster situations

Posted by:
mootown2 09/07/13 08:45 AM

Picked up Thomas off the waiver wire and started him this week, fortunately. I agree with dirtybastard that he's not a one-week wonder, but of course nobody expects him to have 2 TDs (or even 1) every week. Still feel confident starting him for the rest of the season, although no one can predict the future.

Posted by:
jdoug 09/07/13 02:43 PM

I remember when Manning had Harrison, Wayne, Clark, and Stokley (I think it was Stokley)... Clark and Stokley caught their fair amount of balls and TDs. And they even had a much better running game with Addai... Manning's history shows he likes having a good tight end and J. Thomas might can take looks away from Decker.

Posted by:
rickynewport 09/09/13 07:36 PM

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