By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 9:07pm EST
This is excellent news for the Broncos and fantasy players alike. Last week he was active but was limited so it stands too reason, since he was a full participant, that he should have a much larger role in Monday's game against the Bengals. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: If he is on your roster, you almost have to start him, despite reservations about Manning's health and the game plan. He's a top-three TE across all formats, barring any setbacks.
By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 9:21pm EST
After missing three weeks with an ankle injury, Julius Thomas saw only one of the Broncos' 22 targets.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners who waited for Julius Thomas to return to action were very disappointed yet again this week. Thomas, who has 12 TDs on the season, has not seen the end zone since week 10. In addition, Thomas has not had more than four receptions since Week 5. However, with the scarcity at the position this year, Julius Thomas remains a top three TE.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 8:26pm EST
Thomas himself says he is looking forward to this week. Active in the win against the Bills in Week 14, Thomas nonetheless sat the entire game. (Source: Mike Klis
Fantasy Impact: This will make Thomas owners ecstatic, as the fantasy playoffs are upon us and he is a start in all formats as a top tier TE against the Chargers.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 10:32pm EST
He was sighted laughing with teammates on the sideline during the game and evidently was there as insurance only and never had any intention of playing.
Fantasy Impact: Hopefully, owners made other plans and stuck to them in spite of the decision to make him active. Owners will have to check back for updates through the week to determine his status for Week 15 against the Chargers.
By Dale Redman, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 2:49pm EST
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is active against the Bills in Week 14. Thomas has missed the Broncos last 2 games with an injured ankle. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: Great news for all Thomas fantasy owners. Thomas leads all tight ends with 12 touchdowns this season. Despite the tough match-up with Buffalo, plug him into all lineups wherever possible.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 3:44pm EST
Most likely, he will be limited until the game Sunday against Buffalo but he is on target to start the game. (Source: Jeff Legwold
Fantasy Impact: Thomas is an immediate start in all formats. He leads all receivers and tight ends in the NFL with 12 TDs. Owners will want to check back for updates to see if there are any setbacks, but it's all systems go for now.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Dec 2nd 12:21am EST
Thomas states this injury is nothing like the one that ruined the 2011-12 seasons. His biggest concern is getting the strength back. He very well could be back this week against the Bills. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Returning for the fantasy playoffs would be awesome for owners. An immediate start in all formats, he would give hope to many teams that rely on his weekly production.
By Chris Zolli, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 6:32pm EST
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos will be without Julius Thomas tonight.
Fantasy Impact: Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green will take care of the duties at tight end tonight. Add Tamme if you can for the injured Thomas, especially if you have not already from Thomas missing last week's game.
By Dale Redman, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 11:14am EST
After consecutive limited practices Thursday and Friday, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is questionable for tonight's game against Kansas City. Thomas is dealing with an ankle injury that forced him to miss last week's game. (Source: Denverbroncos.com
Fantasy Impact: With Thomas being a game time decision and the Broncos playing the dreaded night game, owners must be prepared with all available options. If owners are willing to gamble on Thomas's status, Dion Sims for Miami and Jacob Tamme for Denver are widely available as a backup option. It doesn't look good for Thomas playing so I recommend sitting the Broncos tight end and finding the best available play from the early games.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 6:21pm EST
He was listed as a DNP again Friday and he hasn't been able to do more than stretch so far this week. Officially, he's a game-time decision but it's tricky in fantasy circles because it's a late game Sunday afternoon. (Source: Troy Renck
Fantasy Impact: It is now time for owners to make other plans. Jacob Tamme is a must own for Thomas owners now. Updates will be provided as news develops but it's looking unlikely Orange Julius suits up.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:42pm EST
Once again, he stretched with the team and then observed, dressed in sweats. It's encouraging he is not constantly in the training room getting treatment. (Source: Mike Klis
Fantasy Impact: Thomas is probably 50/50 to suit up Sunday. Owners should have a backup plan in mind, but keep an eye on the news for updates. It is not out of the question that he plays without practicing.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 2:27pm EST
At least he is not in a walking boot or even limping around. He did stretch with the team, but then called it a day. It appears he has a chance of playing Week 12 against Miami. Check back for daily updates. (Source: Jeff Legwold
Fantasy Impact: Owners I'm sure are fretting, at least those with no other options at TE. Updates will be given daily and I encourage patience until at least Friday so that a determination can be made about playing Sunday.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 8:49pm EST
In basketball shoes reveals that there is no swelling. No boot means Thomas avoided a major injury. Both Thomas and his team appear to have dodged what would have been a devastating blow to the Broncos, a team that has become beset with injury news recently. (Source: Mike Klis
Fantasy Impact: Owners have a dilemma, drop a bench player, who may have mixed value, so a backup TE can be acquired or sit tight and be patient. Each day there will be updates, since Denver returns to practice Wednesday. I advise patience, but if you must scoop up a TE tonight or before any significant updates then you must realize there is not much fantasy talent to choose from. Fleener and Tamme, considered to be the best available, are decent guys, but are relatively limited in fantasy production.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 3:41pm EST
It's just not a good day for the Broncos, who have also lost Emmanuel Sanders and Montee Ball. Thomas has a history of ankle problems but there are no updates yet on the extent of this one. He is done for the day though. His stat line was a rather dismal 2 catches for 3 yards.
Fantasy Impact: If this turns into a big injury, it will be devastating for fantasy owners, as Thomas is elite and at this point in the season, sort of non-replaceable. With fantasy playoffs approaching owners may have to rely on Jacob Tamme to fill the slot, as most probably do not carry 2 TEs on their roster. Tamme is no Thomas, but in Manning's offense he might be serviceable.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 9:39pm EDT
Denver has a lot of targets, but the limited use of Julius Thomas today was surprising. He caught 3 passes for 17 yards and a TD.
Fantasy Impact: A lot of people were expecting a bigger role for Thomas in today's game, especially after Antonio Gates success last week against the Legion of Boom, but it was like he was an afterthought in the game plan. Rest assured that Thomas is an elite, proven talent and that his time for stat building will come. After next weeks bye, Denver plays the Cardinals, and that defense has no answer for someone like Julius Thomas.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:09am EDT
Julius Thomas had 7 receptions for 104 yards, along with 3 touchdowns in Sunday night's game against the Colts.
Fantasy Impact: He led Denver in receiving and is set to have a great year. His talent is elite and he is a must start every week in all formats. The tight end enjoys a mismatch on defense almost every week and will not disappoint his owners this year.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 9:38am EDT
Julius Thomas is projected to have 5 receptions and 72 yards in the week one game against the Colts. (Source: FantasyPros)
Fantasy Impact: Thomas is an elite tight end in the same class as Graham and Gronkowski. He is difficult to cover and is a favorite of Peyton Manning in that high-octane offense in Denver. He is a must start, every week, in all formats.
By Brandon Solemsaas, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 9:25pm EDT
Julius Thomas had plenty of plays drawn up for him on day 1, including a deep pass off a corner route for a touchdown. (Source: Denver Post)
Fantasy Impact: Julius Thomas is still a raw talent, who only started playing football in 2010. Expectations are high going into this season for J. Thomas after finishing last year with 65 receptions, 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 14 games.
Rotoworld | Dec 18th
Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 16.
ESPN | Dec 12th
Christopher Harris analyzes tight ends Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas for Week 15.
RotoBaller | Dec 5th
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