Julius Thomas
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By Steve Painter, Broncos 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, Broncos 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, Broncos 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Broncos 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, Broncos 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, Broncos 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, Broncos 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, Broncos 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, 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, 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, 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 Steve Painter, Broncos 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, 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.

By Steve Painter, Broncos 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.

ProFootballTalk | Nov 27th
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who hasn’t done much since injuring an ankle 11 days ago, participated in Thursday’s practice on a limited basis. Via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, it’s the most Thomas has done in the aftermath of the injury. Coach John Fox declined to say much about whether Thomas will face the Chiefs…
Rotoworld | Nov 27th
Julius Thomas (ankle) returned to Broncos practice Thursday.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Nov 27th
Thomas should be back after resting his ankle in Week 11, if he starts, he has TE1 upside against the Chiefs 14th ranked fantasy tight end defense.
ESPN | Oct 14th
Which plays are the most difficult for NFL defenses to stop? Christopher Harris diagrams and ranks the top five, with a Peyton Manning-Julius Thomas red-zone combination coming in at No. 1.
EDSFootball | Oct 13th
In today's win over the Jets, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw three more touchdown passes as he closes in on Brett Favre's all-time record. Manning threw one of those scores to Demaryius Thomas, who has three touchdowns in the past two games, but he threw two more touchdowns to Julius Thomas. Not only has (Julius) Thomas scored in all five games this season, but he has nine touchdow...