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Broncos QB Peyton Manning said last week that TE Julius Thomas will have 'big role' this year

This seems like a "Well, duh" statement for anyone who watched last night's game, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said last week that he expects tight Julius Thomas to have a "big role" this season.
"We've had some injuries at tight end, and Julius Thomas is a guy that I'm sure not many people know about but he has taken advantage of the repetitions he's received with the first team," Manning said. "He's an athlete, he's a big guy that can really run and he really is taking advantage of the time with the starters and has made the most of it. I think he'll play a big role for our team this year."
Of course, Thomas caught two of Manning's record-tying seven touchdowns Thursday night.

Fantasy Analysis:

I said on Twitter after the game last night that "I feel like we just witnessed a Kevin Ogletree moment from Julius Thomas." After a night to sleep on it, that's probably too harsh. I'm not saying that Thomas, like Ogletree last year, will have a big opening act and then just 24 catches for the rest of the season. It was more of a broader statement that Thomas just had the best game of his season, people are climbing over their grandmother to own him in fantasy, and I think he will be a relative disappointment for the rest of the year. I still consider him a TE2, outside of the top 12 at the position. I think he will be inconsistent -- or rather consistently not good. Specifically, I think we will see a lot of 30-40-yard games out of him, because a large number of passes will continue to go to Demaryius Thomas @DemaryiusT and Wes Welker @WesWelker. Plus, Eric Decker @EricDecker87 should be much better than last night, and that running game will improve as the season continues.
Could Thomas be one of the biggest draft steals or waiver-wire finds this year? Sure. It helps that he has Manning throwing the rock. And he should be owned in all leagues right now; not doing that much is gross negligence. But for those who think Thomas is going to be a top-10 or even top-12 tight end this year, I am not in that camp.

Pro Football Talk

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He's not Ogletree. Ogletree was wr3 at Dallas, Thomas is TE 1 at Denver. If he averages 50 yds a game and if he plays 16 games that would be 800 yds....if he scores 6-8 TD's he is top 10. If he doesn't get hurt and continues to work he'll be solid all year.

Posted by:
dirtybastard2 09/06/13 07:09 PM

I drafted Thomas in the 17th rd of a 20rd draft. My other TE is Jason Witten of Dallas. So no I did not play him. But I now have a great backup TE. I also got Dwayne Allen in the 19th rd. So pretty set at TE rest of year. Knock on wood.

Posted by:
tjirish34 09/06/13 08:07 PM

was going to take either Thomas or Sudfield in the last round as a back-up to Jimmy Graham that could end up being decent trade fodder - right now, wishing I had gone with Thomas a little, but I'll let Patriots play before I feel any worse as I still think Sudfield was the right call based on the respective roster situations

Posted by:
mootown2 09/07/13 08:45 AM

Picked up Thomas off the waiver wire and started him this week, fortunately. I agree with dirtybastard that he's not a one-week wonder, but of course nobody expects him to have 2 TDs (or even 1) every week. Still feel confident starting him for the rest of the season, although no one can predict the future.

Posted by:
jdoug 09/07/13 02:43 PM

I remember when Manning had Harrison, Wayne, Clark, and Stokley (I think it was Stokley)... Clark and Stokley caught their fair amount of balls and TDs. And they even had a much better running game with Addai... Manning's history shows he likes having a good tight end and J. Thomas might can take looks away from Decker.

Posted by:
rickynewport 09/09/13 07:36 PM

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