Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas

Jacksonville Jaguars

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By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Tue, Jun 23rd 6:16pm EDT

The Jags can't be blamed for wanting to showcase their $46M investment but Thomas/Manning is not going to be the same as Thomas/Bortles. But they have devised plays featuring Thomas, in doing what he does best, catching the ball. Some plays it'll be split formation for him, but the concern is on who is throwing the ball to him. There is no question about Thomas' talent. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is being drafted as if he was still with Peyton Manning, which is dangerous. I suppose Bortles can show improvement and thus, edge Thomas up a bit, but it is not going to be like it was with Manning. Draft accordingly.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Mar 9th 9:51pm EDT

It's for a ridiculous amount of money, $9M per season, for a player whose stats were inflated by Peyton Manning. The Jags have money to burn and they are wasting no time. (Source: Charles Robinson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is a one-dimensional TE and fantasy players should not expect the same numbers he accumulated the Broncos. He is a mismatch creator but Blake Bortles is no Peyton Manning.

 

By Brian Dowdy, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Mar 8th 3:13pm EDT

Thomas is currently negotiating with the Jaguars, and deal is "just about done." In addition to the Jaguars, the Seahawks have also reportedly shown strong interest in the Bronco TE. (Source: Jason Cole on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jaguars and Seahawks are clearly looking to upgrade the TE position. Seattle cut veteran TE Zach Miller on Friday, and the Jaguars will likely cut veteran TE Marcedes Lewis in the following weeks. Clearly, neither Blake Bortles nor Russell Wilson is in Peyton Manning's neighborhood, so expect a drop in Thomas' numbers next season.

 

By Brian Dowdy, Jaguars Correspondent, Sat, Mar 7th 6:27pm EST

As the Jaguars are likely to miss out on top free agents Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb, and DeMarco Murray, rumors are that they will make signing Julius Thomas a top priority. (Source: Charles Robinson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jaguars have the 2nd most cap space in the league, behind only the Raiders. In addition, they must spend like crazy this offseason to reach minimum spending requirements. As a result, they will need to be aggressive in free agency, creating a great opportunity for them to overpay on players such as Julius Thomas.

 

By Jen Ryan, Jaguars Correspondent, Thu, Mar 5th 1:35pm EST

Adam Schefter reported on Sirius XM radio this morning that the Raiders will look to add offensive weapons Julius Thomas and Randall Cobb over Ndamukong Suh. (Source: raidersbeat.com)

Fantasy Impact: With the buzz surrounding Randall Cobb to the Raiders already out there, the addition of Julius Thomas would upgrade this offense even more. Oakland has over $50 million in cap space to spend on free agency, and Suh's expected massive contract could force the Raiders to focus on upgrading the offense. Unfortunately, this signing would not only downgrade Julius Thomas, but Mychal Rivera as well. Owners of either tight end may look to get ahead of the game by unloading both players in anticipation of this potential transaction.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Mar 2nd 8:51pm EST

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

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos chose to franchise tag Demaryius Thomas over Julius Thomas. Julius' fantasy value could significantly deteriorate depending on how the next few weeks go in free agency. The Browns and Jaguars are currently the leading candidates to sign Julius. It appears that the Broncos will be giving TE Virgil Green a larger role in Gary Kubiak's run-based offense.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Jaguars Correspondent, Tue, Jan 20th 11:31pm 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: This will be an interesting off season for Julius Thomas' fantasy value. Peyton Manning has not stated whether or not he will be back in 2015. Julius and Demaryius are set to be free agents, and Demaryius is expected to be the higher priority for the Broncos to sign. If Julius Thomas stays in Denver, his usage might see a decline in Kubiak's play-action offense which leans strongly on having a TE that can both block and catch. Julius Thomas is not known for his blocking abilities. Virgil Green, the Broncos backup TE, saw an increased role in the second half of the season as Denver became more run-heavy.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Jan 12th 9:51pm EST

Julius Thomas caught six of seven targets for 53 yards in Denver's divisional round playoff loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Consistent with the Broncos' recent trend, Virgil Green saw some snaps in place of Julius Thomas in early downs as the Broncos sought to utilize Green's blocking ability rather than Thomas' receiving skills. Julius Thomas started the season strong with 12 touchdowns in the first 11 games, but he limped his way through the end of the season. After missing three weeks with an ankle injury, Thomas saw three total receptions in the final three games of the regular season. Thomas ended the year with 43 receptions, 489 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Julius Thomas will be a free agent this year, but re-signing Demaryius Thomas will be a higher priority for the Broncos. Where Julius ends up and what other personnel changes the Broncos make in the off-season could significantly affect Thomas' fantasy value next year.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Jaguars Correspondent, Fri, Jan 9th 7:26pm EST

Julius Thomas put in a full week of practice prior to Denver's divisional round playoff matchup against Indianapolis. The bye week was very needed. On Wednesday, for the first time since Week 5, everyone on Denver's 53-man roster practiced. (Source: Denver Broncos on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the season opener against the Colts, Julius Thomas led the team with seven receptions, 104 yards, and three touchdowns. A healthy Thomas will be a key component to the Broncos' offense as they begin their 2014 playoff push. Expect to see a revitalized Julius Thomas in this game.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 7:52pm EST

After practicing all week, Julius Thomas did not see a target in Sunday's game. Thomas appears to still be dealing with a lingering ankle injury. The Broncos may have been playing it safe with Thomas prior to the playoffs, using him strictly as a decoy on Sunday. Virgil Green caught the only Broncos' TD reception in Week 17. Julius has only three receptions since returning from his ankle injury in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact: Julius Thomas has not scored a touchdown since Week 10. Thomas did not live up to expectations in the regular season fantasy playoffs. With the win, the Denver Broncos secured the AFC's second seed and a bye next week. With such scarcity at the TE position, Julius Thomas remains a mid-tier fantasy TE during the NFL playoffs.

 

By Joseph Rysavy, Jaguars Correspondent, Tue, Dec 23rd 12:15am EST

Julius Thomas caught only two of his six targets on Monday. Since returning in week 15, Thomas has a measly 63 yards on three receptions.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas wasn't able to make cuts very effectively during the game. In the second quarter, Bengals safety Reggie Nelson took the ball right out of Thomas's hands on the sideline. Luckily for Thomas owners, it was officially ruled an interception rather than a catch and fumble. Despite only totaling three receptions over the last two weeks, Thomas remains a must start TE due to scarcity at the position.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Fri, Dec 12th 2:48pm EST

He has been limited all week so this is indeed reassuring news for Bronco fans and fantasy owners. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a situation where, if he starts, and he is, then you have to roll with him. He is easily a top five TE this week. That said, understand there may be limits placed on him.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Thu, Dec 11th 4:13pm EST

Thomas says he feels "far better" than this time last week and hopes to suit up in Sundays game with the Chargers. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There is still some uncertainty in the air but signs are positive for a return. Question is, will he be limited at all? Stay tuned for updates. If he starts and considered a full go, he's a top five TE against San Diego.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 4:35pm EST

Thomas is still having problems with his balky ankle and feels "unsure" and "iffy" for the game Sunday against the Bills. (Source: Troy Renck)

Fantasy Impact: He appears to be on the doubtful side of the questionable tag he has on the injury report. This is a blow to owners who hoped he had turned the corner on his way to play Sunday. Owners now must look to other options for the third straight week and hope for the best during fantasy playoffs.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 9:03pm EST

Barring any setback, Thomas will return this week against the Bills. (Source: Jeff Legwold)

Fantasy Impact: This is exceptional news for owners as the playoffs begin. He is a must start anytime he suits up and this Sunday is no exception.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 3:48pm EST

He is probably a game-time decision but he seems unlikely to play. (Source: Mike Klis)

Fantasy Impact: With Thomas out last week, Demaryius Thomas took over in the red-zone and Jacob Tamme did not even play 50% of the offensive snaps. Owners must once again have other plans in place this week.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 10:49pm EST

He has a chance to return for Sunday's game against the Chiefs but it is troubling that he did not practice today.

Fantasy Impact: Owners will have to watch for updates on Friday and then decide who to roll with this week. Probably not too many worthwhile options on the waiver wire but most have already picked up another TE.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Tue, Nov 25th 6:00pm EST

Thomas says one day he feels good the next day not so good. The Broncos really need him to step up for the game against the Chiefs. (Source: Mike Klis)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners most likely have made their move but whatever that was cannot match the points that Thomas can produce. Continue watching for updates.

 

By Tom, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 3:43pm EST

Thomas will sit out Week 12 with an ankle injury. Jacob Tamme will start for Denver.

Fantasy Impact: Peyton Manning will have one less weapon at his disposal as the Broncos look to bounce back against Miami.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 2:23pm EST

Broncos don't seem overly concerned, which is good news. Look for a truer update on Wednesday as the players return to practice. (Source: Chris Mortensen)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas may have dodged a bullet here, as his history with ankle problems looms large with this injury. Fantasy owners should have a backup just in case but so far, so good.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 9:58pm EST

Nobody can cover this guy, period. He has 12 TDs so far this year with 7 games left, which puts him on track for 20 scores this season.

Fantasy Impact: He is usually good for a score each week in the Manning offense, which means that he is an every week starter in all formats.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 9:09pm EST

At least he scored a touchdown on a 15 yard toss from Manning. It was his 10th TD of the year as he is on track for 20 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas hadn't scored since Week 6, so this was a relief. Hopefully, he can get back on track the last half of the season. The belief here is that he will.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 12:48am EDT

A slow night for the elite star that in no way affects his week to week status as a top 3 TE.

Fantasy Impact: He started the season in a mighty way, scoring 9 TD's but has cooled off the last 2 weeks. The drop-off was expected and owners should continue to start him every week due the the fact that he is an ever present red-zone threat.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 12:21am EDT

Thomas totaled 49 yards and was held scoreless in the tilt but again proved that there is virtually no one who can cover him.

Fantasy Impact: The TE1 may have had a limited night but that is more of the give and take of the game flow than anything else. He will remain a TE1 for every game and can be counted on to produce on a weekly basis.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 5:27pm EDT

Thomas had 4 receptions on 6 targets for the game. A CBS mic caught him screaming "it's so easy" after his second touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is creeping into consideration as the top TE in the NFL. 20 TD's are realistic on the season in the Peyton Manning express. Owners have zero concerns and can just relax and watch the best play this season out.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 11:37pm EDT

Targeted 7 times, Thomas caught 6 passes for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game today with the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Julius Thomas is the epitome of the modern day TE. He is simply uncoverable in the red-zone and today was no exception as he scored twice in the high-octane offense of Peyton Manning.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 10:42pm EDT

Julius Thomas had 5 targets, 4 receptions and a TD against the Chiefs Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas missed out on a red-zone TD that went to Tamme. He remains a top-tier play in all formats as opposing teams have no answer for the elite tight end. The Broncos play Seattle Week 3.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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 Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:19am EDT

Julius Thomas caught 4 passes for 32 yards in the game against the Texans.

Fantasy Impact: This is his contract year and with Eric Decker gone and Wes Welker's concussion issues, Thomas is set for a big year. Fantasy players should grab Thomas in drafts and never look back. It's going to be a wild year in Denver.

 

By Brandon Solemsaas, Jaguars 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.

 

By Steve Painter, Jaguars Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 6:51pm EDT

Julius Thomas was a favorite target of Peyton Manning in first day of training camp. One pass was a floater that he turned into a long TD. (Source: denverbroncos.com)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is a powerful target of Manning and will be a stellar choice for those who draft him in fantasy. His upside is really unlimited as he will challenge the perennial leaders at that position for some time to come.

 
The NY Times | Jul 6th
Peyton to Bortles an obvious nosedive at quarterback. A red zone standout nonetheless.
Breaking Football | Jul 5th
He's athletic and a terror in the red-zone...as a Bronco. In Jax? No clue
Fantasy Couch | Jul 3rd
Going from one of the best QBs to one of the worst is going to severely hurt Orange Julius' production
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jun 5th
Thomas was not able to duplicate his impressive 2013 campaign and finished with only 43 receptions for 489 yards. He did manage 12 receiving touchdowns though, which helped maintain his TE1 value. He is going to lose value in Jacksonville, but I think he still has TE1 potential playing with an improving QB Blake Bortles.
RotoBaller | Jun 5th
Leading up to the 2015 NFL Season, Rotoballer’s fantasy football expert Frankie Soler will be looking at the offseason’s biggest winners and losers. In the second installment of the series, we take a look at newly acquired Jaguars Tight End Julius Thomas. The previous post in the series on Drew Brees can be found here. Of... Read More
FFLockerRoom | May 19th
His value is going to take a hit just going to an offense that doesn't move efficiently. He'll get more looks but they won't be coming from Peyton anymore.