De'Anthony Thomas, WR, Chiefs
|WR - #85||267.64||KC||Active||1 year||22||5' 8||176|
2015 Outlook:Last updated on Jun-15-2015 by Shawn Childs
He has a lot in common with RB Dri Archer, but Archer has more speed and much more strength. He had a nice start to his junior season in college with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (252 yards and 5 TDs) before going down in Week 3 with an ankle injury that cost him over a month of the season. When he returned, De'Anthony wasn't the same player he showed in his first two years at Oregon (2,346 total rushing and receiving yards with 32 TDs). His biggest asset is his value in the passing game (113 catches in his career). At the combine in 2014, he ran a 4.50 - forty yard dash which was just about NFL average for RBs. His eight reps in the bench press just shows he has a lot of work to do before making an impact in the NFL. Thomas' future value at the next level will be a pass- receiving back on specialty plays where an offensive coordinator will try to get him matched up with linebackers. He has no value in pass-protection so he'll be on the sideline on most third downs and long passing plays. As a runner, he won't run the ball up the middle with success. He'll offer speed to the outside and he could be electric if he can get in the open field. Thomas is an upside returner, but his lack of strength could lead to fumbles. The Chiefs gave him 37 touches for 269 combined yards and two TDs (one on a punt return) in 2014. De'Anthony is still young with explosiveness. The Chiefs are going to try to get him involved by using him in the slot this year. Kansas City has weakness at WR2 and WR3 so Thomas may have a 50-catch opportunity will occasional value as a RB2. He's a must-watch this summer. Think you've got what it takes to win the Fantasy Football World Championship? Click here to learn more!
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