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By Clinton, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Jul 15th 4:25pm EDT

Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos reached an agreement that will pay the wide receiver $70M over 5 years. The deal includes $43.5M in guaranteed money. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius Thomas had a star-caliber season last year with the Broncos and he will now be paid like one. His overall contract is worth the same amount as Dez Bryant's which means the two will be the second highest paid receivers only behind Calvin Johnson.

 

By Tyler Baddick, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Jul 15th 3:38pm EDT

Demaryius Thomas has agreed on an extension with the Denver Broncos for 5-yr/70M with 43.5M guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter )

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius will be an elite fantasy option this season. Fantasy owners should look to draft Demaryius in the mid to late 1st round.

 

By Tyler Baddick, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Jul 13th 9:47pm EDT

The Denver Broncos have offered star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas a deal worth $12M-plus per year with the deadline to make a deal being on Wednesday. (Source: Rotoworld)

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius will be a top tier receiver regardless of what the contract deal is. Fantasy owners should look to grab him mid to late of the first round of fantasy football drafts.

 

By Tyler Baddick, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Jul 10th 11:20pm EDT

The NFLPA is currently looking into the possibility that both the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys were contacting each other over Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant's contract. This such thing if true, is not allowed due to the collective bargaining agreement. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius Thomas is still going to play this season, no matter what. Look for Thomas to be an elite receiver and fantasy owners should look to draft him within the first round.

 

By Tyler Baddick, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Jul 10th 5:32pm EDT

Demaryius Thomas wants the same level of money as Calvin Johnson. That would mean around $16M per year. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius is going to play this season with the franchise tag or not. With quarterback Peyton Manning, Thomas should easily be a top 5 fantasy receiver and has a good shot at being a top 3. Demaryius is a mid to late 1st round pick in fantasy drafts.

 

By Blaine Blontz, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Jul 7th 11:38am EDT

There has been no progress between the Denver Broncos and WR Demaryius Thomas on contract negotiations, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. (Source: Troy Renck)

Fantasy Impact: This is basically a status quo report, except for the fact that Renck provides a case for Thomas to serious consider holding out this season. The elite WR would do so in order to potentially avoid the Broncos using the franchise tag on him next year. This would allow him to reach free agency sooner, something that could be appealing to him considering QB Peyton Manning's future is currently up in the air. A holdout would obviously have significant fantasy impact, so the situation will need to be monitored as Thomas is currently considered a WR1.

 

By Austin Payne Miller V, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Jun 9th 12:11am EDT

Demaryius Thomas is not expected to be seen working with the Broncos at minicamp this offseason. He continues to hold out in order to attain a long-term deal. (Source: 9news.com)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas' stock may be slipping due to several different questions. Coach Gary Kubiak's run-heavy scheme, an aging Peyton Manning, WR Cody Latimer's potential, and money tension all add uncertainty to Thomas' 2015 campaign. Stay updated on him throughout the offseason - he may start dropping down draft boards.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Mar 9th 8:25pm EDT

Peyton Manning announced Thursday that he will be returning to the Denver Broncos for the 2015 NFL season. Last season, Manning threw for 4,727 and 39 TDs, the second and third most respectively in his 17 year career. (Source: New York Times)

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius owners should rejoice. Although Thomas would be a top tier WR with almost any QB, the Demaryius Thomas and Peyton Manning duo is primed and ready for success in 2015. Look for big numbers again out of Demaryius next season.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Mar 2nd 8:35pm EST

On March 2nd, the Denver Broncos placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The team is working with Demaryius Thomas on a possible long-term contract. In the mean time, the franchise tag will all but guarantee Demaryius' return to Denver in 2015. With all signs pointing up that Peyton Manning will return as Denver's QB, Demaryius' fantasy value remains approximately the same as in 2014. Over the past three seasons, only Calvin Johnson has more receiving yards than Thomas; 4,533 and 4,483 respectively.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Jan 20th 11:04pm EST

Gary Kubiak, the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2014, is coming home to Denver after signing a four year contract on January 19th to be the Broncos head coach. After being drafted by the Broncos and playing nine years as a backup QB for John Elway, Kubiak was offensive coordinator and QB coach for the Denver Broncos for 11 years. Gary Kubiak then spent eight years in Houston as head coach and one year in Baltimore as the offensive coordinator. Kubiak was 61-64 in his tenure as head coach in Houston, winning two division championships. During this time, Gary Kubiak had David Carr and Matt Schaub at quarterback; yet Kubiak was able to maintain a record of just under .500 and a respectable passing game throughout his stay in Houston. Indeed, in 2009, Kubiak's offense (with Schaub) led the league in passing yards and was ranked in the top five for passing attempts and passing TDs. Rick Dennison and Gary Kubiak are both known for their play-action passing scheme. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: A lot is still up in the air for Demaryius Thomas' fantasy value in 2015. Thomas will remain a top tier WR if he signs again with the Denver Broncos and Peyton stays out of retirement. There is speculation, however, that Demaryius Thomas could follow former offensive coordinator Adam Gase. If Thomas remains in Denver but Peyton does not, Thomas' fantasy value could take a hit.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Jan 12th 9:19pm EST

Demaryius Thomas caught only five of his 12 targets and had a couple of bad drops in Denver's loss to Indianapolis on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: An injured, ineffective Peyton Manning on Sunday was not the only one to blame for Demaryius's mediocre fantasy day. Thomas did not play well either. A TD on the first drive saved his value for fantasy owners. Thomas ended the year with 111 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. This season, Thomas led the league in targets with 184 and was behind only Antonio Brown in both catches and receiving yards. Demaryius Thomas's rookie contract is up, but it would be surprising if the Broncos do not sign their star WR to a large contract in the off-season (although they may resort to franchise tagging him). Thomas will be a top WR again next year; however, his value will vary greatly depending on if Peyton is back. His value could also fluctuate depending on who the Broncos' next head coach will be.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Jan 9th 7:36pm EST

Demaryius Thomas (ankle) practiced fully all week leading up to Denver's divisional round playoff game against Indianapolis. In fact, for the first time since Week 5, everyone on Denver's 53-man roster practiced. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In Week 1 against the Colts, Demaryius Thomas had only 48 yards on four receptions while leading the team with 11 targets. Demaryius Thomas ended the season with three consecutive games over 100 yards, giving him ten 100-yard games on the year. The weather should be amiable on Sunday; we expect Thomas to have a good fantasy day in this high scoring playoff tilt.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 8:00pm EST

During the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders, Demaryius Thomas injured his finger. Thomas was seen in the locker room with a splint after the game, but X-rays came back negative. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The first-round playoff bye is big for Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos; the time off will give this beat up squad time to heal. A healthy Thomas is vital for fantasy owners and fans alike if the Broncos have any hope of making it back to the Super Bowl.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 9:04pm EST

Demaryius Thomas led the team with 17 targets, snagging eight of them for 115 yards. During Week 17, Thomas topped Rod Smith's record and became the Broncos' single season receiving yards leader.

Fantasy Impact: Demaryius Thomas could have had a more productive fantasy week had he not dropped an easy touchdown in the third quarter of Sunday's game. Capping off a great season, Demaryius Thomas becomes the seventh player in NFL history with ten or more 100 yard receiving games in a season. With the win, the Denver Broncos secured the AFC's second seed and a bye next week. Demaryius Thomas remains a top tier fantasy WR during the NFL playoffs.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Dec 23rd 12:04am EST

Demaryius Thomas had a long gain called back due to holding in the first half. A phantom face mask call nullified a 30 yard gain in the second half. Thomas's big game on Monday night could have been a much bigger game.

Fantasy Impact: Peyton continues to target Demaryius Thomas heavily. Thomas saw 13 targets on Monday night (excluding targets on plays that were called back due to penalties), bringing him close to 1,400 receiving yards this season. Despite not getting into the end zone, Thomas ended the night with decent fantasy numbers and remains a WR1 heading into week 17.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 9:15pm EST

After not participating in last Wednesday's practice and being a limited participant in last Thursday's practice, Demaryius Thomas appears to be on pace for a full week of practice in week 16. (Source: Denver Broncos on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for fantasy owners. Ankle injuries can linger, and although Demaryius Thomas is still listed on the injury report, Thomas's ankle appears to be doing better than it was a week ago. Demaryius Thomas remains a top 10 WR this week against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 8:36pm EST

Demaryius Thomas gobbled up 11 targets in Sunday's game in which Manning had just 20 pass attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas remains a must start for owners, but the obvious change in game plan should make owners cautious. That's two weeks in a row that Peyton Manning has only tallied 20 pass attempts, and four games in a row that he's been under 40; albeit, the offense may have relied more heavily on the run this week because Peyton was not feeling well, needing an IV during halftime and suffering a thigh injury during the game.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 10:56pm EST

The Broncos relied on their run game and defense in the game where Manning had just 20 pass attempts. Thomas was only targeted five times in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos insist there is nothing wrong with Manning, but one can't help but notice a shift in game planning for them. Thomas owners realize he is a must start every week but are becoming wary of the change.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 6:42pm EST

Coach John Fox said today that Thomas will be fine for Sundays game against the Bills. He got stepped on in Wednesdays practice and that bruised his foot. He sat out todays practice from the soreness. (Source: denverbroncos.com)

Fantasy Impact: Great news for owners, bad news for the opponents. Fire Thomas up for this weeks #1 WR with confidence.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 3:52pm EST

Thomas had his foot stepped on during practice Wednesday and was in sweats observing today. Important to note he was outside observing rather than getting treatment. (Source: Jeff Legwold)

Fantasy Impact: Owners need to monitor this closely and check back for updates, especially to see if he practices Friday. There is no substantial reason for sitting out Sundays game at this point but it is playoff time so be prepared.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 1:01am EST

He was targeted a team-high 13 times. With the injury to Julius Thomas, the pass routes have become shorter and the offense on the whole has become more run-friendly.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is an elite WR1 and will remain so against next weeks' opponent, the Buffalo Bills. Owners should just plug and play because he is as reliable as they come this year.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 8:15pm EST

And he had 3 scores. Thomas is a top 3 WR in an offense that just keeps feeding him the ball. His performance has been amazing this year, as he has 9 TDs and close to 1200 yards so far.

Fantasy Impact: Just start him and leave him alone. No questions here about whether to play him in whatever matchup you have. It's always a good matchup for DT. If you drafted him or traded for him, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the playoffs.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 5:18pm EST

Thomas must have felt like the last man standing in the Broncos offense, given the injuries to his teammates, but he had another productive day even though he was held scoreless.

Fantasy Impact: With the injuries to Sanders, Julius Thomas, and Ball, Thomas' value increases significantly. He is a must start every week and we all know that Denver will make the necessary adjustments and once again put up prolific points going forward.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 9:21pm EST

He was held out of the end zone but he kept the chains moving for the high-flying Manning offense. Oakland has been kind to Thomas, who enjoys an astronomical 87.1% catch rate in his last three games against them.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas simply plays at a different level than most. He is an every week starter in all formats who continues to produce winning numbers for his owners. Next week the victims will be the Rams, and he should, once again, find the end zone.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 9:25pm EST

Thomas has established himself as Peyton Manning's favorite receiver and is on target for an All-Pro year with a line of 108/1,788/12.

Fantasy Impact: He has a tasty matchup against the Raiders next week and owners should just sit back and reap the rewards for having this stud on their rosters.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 12:18am EDT

Thomas now has 4 straight 100 yard games, which leads the NFL. He was held scoreless but nonetheless remains a favorite target of Peyton Manning.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is a WR1 who is a must play every week. He presents massive problems for every defense that tries to cover him. He won't be held scoreless in too many games so owners should have zero concerns.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 11:58pm EDT

Football fans everywhere were watching to see who would catch Peyton Manning's record-breaking pass and it was Demaryius Thomas whose name will be forever etched in NFL history. And there was a game as well, with Thomas having 8 receptions on 9 targets for 171 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is part of the high-octane Manning offense and is an ongoing WR1, to be started every week in all formats.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 5:36pm EDT

Thomas had 10 receptions on 12 targets for the day. He also has 18 receptions and 350 yards for the last 2 games.

Fantasy Impact: Any thoughts of Thomas dropping off the radar have been extinguished as he once again appears set for another dominant season. Owners can breathe easy now and buyers will have to ante up big time if they want the star on their team.

 

By Jonathan Dunkin, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 10:19pm EDT

Demaryius Thomas set a Denver Broncos single game record for receiving yards in a dominant performance against the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas looks to be back to his 2013 form, as he had a career day against a tough Cardinals defense. With his confidence back, he should continue to perform at a high level.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 11:08pm EDT

Targeted 16 times. Thomas caught 8 for a record-setting 226 yards. This comes on the heels of games that left Thomas owners wondering about his year.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is back, and he came roaring back. It's the game he needed to breakout of the mini-slump he was in. He routinely beat Antonio Cromartie down the sidelines and even had a 77 yard TD called back. Owners can now start him with confidence and he'll keep rolling next week in a juicy tilt against the Jets.

 

By Jonathan Dunkin, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 8:26pm EDT

Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos still need to work out a deal for a contract, but neither that, nor an injury that both he and the team deny exists are the reason for his diminished production. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is one of the most talented WRs in the NFL. If he is not distracted by his contract situation or hobbled by injury, then it is only a matter of time before he starts having big games. Patience!

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 12:25am EDT

Thomas had 4 receptions for 31 yards on the day and appears off his usual game.

Fantasy Impact: He had 2 more drops today, and yes, at times he was defended by Richard Sherman, but also struggled against the coverage of Byron Maxwell. Owners can only hope he comes out of next week's bye ready to give the game full effort. He has good matchups coming against the Cardinals, Jets, and 49ers.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 11:08pm EDT

Demaryius Thomas was targeted 7 times and had 5 receptions for 69 yards and a TD in the game against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Great news for Owners as Thomas had a good day as opposed to last weeks outing. Thomas had an exciting TD catch for 12 yards and worked through a foot issue that cropped up in pregame warmups. He faces Seattle next week.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:15pm EDT

Thomas was held in check by good coverage from Greg Toler. He had at least two drops, but did execute a 26 yard screen play in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 4 receptions for 48 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is the clear #1 receiver in Denver and is a prime bounce back candidate against the Chiefs next week. Clearly an elite player, owners should not have any doubts about starting him every week.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 9:20am EDT

Demaryius Thomas is projected to have 99 yards receiving with 7 receptions for the week 1 tilt against the Colts. (Source: FantasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: DT had a great camp and is just a steady, elite talent in the Broncos offense. He enjoys having the most prolific passer in the game calling his number each and every week. He is a must start in all formats.

 

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 5:17pm EDT

Thomas caught 5 passes for 52 yards in last Thursday's preseason tilt against Seattle and has shined in camp so far.

Fantasy Impact: Barring injury, Thomas could achieve number 1 status amongst all WR's for fantasy scoring this year. With Decker gone he joins Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders in the starting group of Peyton Manning's powerful offense. He is certainly worth consideration as a first rounder in fantasy drafts.

 

By Braiden Albrecht-Reed, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Jul 29th 11:44am EDT

Demaryius Thomas' grandmother passed away last week and the star receiver was excused from practice. He has not appeared at training camp. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Don't expect Thomas' time away from camp to impact his season. He is looking for a third consecutive 90+ catch, 1400+ yard, 10+ TD season in what is also a contract year for him. He will remain the Broncos' top weapon and missing a few practices does nothing to change that.

 

By Clinton, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Jul 16th 7:18pm EDT

The Denver Broncos have made a contract offers to star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and will continue negotiating after training camp opens July 24, Broncos general manager John Elway said Wednesday. Demaryius Thomas, coming off back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons, is on the verge of superstardom and fast becoming one of the league's elite receivers. He caught 14 touchdowns last year, plus three more in the postseason. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Playing into the final year of his rookie contract, it doesn't look like it'll have any affect on the young star wide receiver. Bottom line, Thomas will still have Peyton Manning throwing to him and even with Eric Decker gone, there are still targets in Welker and Julius Thomas to keep defenses from doubling him up.

 
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
DT is in Denver for at least 2015 but more running in this new offense could see his numbers take a minor hit
Fantasy Football Empire | Jul 30th
As long as his quarterback (Peyton Manning) stays healthy, Demaryius Thomas is a safe bet for 100 receptions, 1,400 - 1,500 receiving yards, and 10+ TDs. It will be interesting how the distribution of passes from Manning changes, if any, now that tight end Julius Thomas is in Jacksonville and his replacement is 33 year old Owen Daniels. Owen had only 48 receptions for 527 yards last season, so this may result in additional targets for Thomas, who led the league in targets last season with 184. His fantasy playoff schedule includes a neutral matchup versus Oakland in week 14, a tough matchup at Pittsburgh in week 15, and a neutral matchup versus Cincinnati in week 16.
The NY Times | Jul 30th
Owners shouldn't fear new coach Gary Kubiak as Andre Johnson shined under him.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
Thomas had his fair share of red-zone targets last season, but had poor efficiency as he caught just 15 percent of those targets for touchdowns. Thankfully we know that Thomas isn't as bad as that stat shows because he caught 35 percent for touchdowns in '12 and 29% in '13. Helped by sheer volume, he still caught 111 passes for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, but we will most likely see a more methodical Denver offense this season, which might cut down on the volume. The loss of Julius Thomas though should be a nice boon for the other Thomas this season as he'll be the main red-zone target.
FFLockerRoom | Jul 29th
He's one of the best and the loss of Thomas means his TD upside has just increased.
RotoBaller | Jul 28th
Peyton's arm looked like it was ready to fall off in 2014. Kubiak should look to lean more on the run game in order to save Peyton's arm for as long as he can.
Breaking Football | Jul 17th
Shortly after news broke that Dez Bryant would be signing a five-year deal worth $70 million with the Dallas Cowboys, Demaryius Thomas signed, like, the…
EDSFootball | Jul 15th
Within the past hour, the Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant agreed to a five-year deal, which increased the odds of Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos getting a deal done. And they have. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is also for five years and worth $70 million with $43.5 million guaranteed. In his three seasons playing with Peyton Manning, Thomas has exceeded 90 receptions and 1,400 yards w...
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jul 15th
I think Thomas is the one player in this passing game that is not dependent on 39-year old QB Peyton Manning playing at an All-Pro level. Even when Manning was struggling the 2nd half of the 2013 season, Thomas was putting up monster receiving numbers. He received the franchise tag while they try to workout a long-term deal.