Denver Broncos' Julius Thomas Claims Fantasy Dominance In NFL Opener

By Josh Sippie
Ron Chenoy – USA TODAY Sports

For a guy that garnered nearly zero preseason targets or press coverage whatsoever, Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas stole the fantasy spotlight in the NFL season opener on Thursday night.

Thomas claimed 97 yards on four receptions and two touchdowns in just the first half of play — this coming from a guy that rarely cracked any top-50 tight ends lists. Simply put, we may have found our first player to rise from fantasy obscurity into the spotlight.

With Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker already checking in as prominent targets for the ageless Peyton Manning, very few could have seen the break out of a tight end the likes of Thomas.

In his three-year career, Thomas had been targeted just seven times and caught one reception for just five yards. Compare that to what he did in just the first half, and Thomas may have been the most well-kept secret this offseason.

Now I’m not one for anointing a guy a must-pickup after a one-game wonder, but at a position like tight end, where the elite fantasy options are a small crowd as seen in the tight end rankings, it may be prime time to nab this new target of Manning’s. Unless of course you have Jimmy Graham.

Even then, the guy is potential trade bait for that unfortunate owner that invested all their hope in someone like Brandon Pettigrew, who could do literally anything.

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