Catching passes from Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will instantly make you a serviceable fantasy football option and WR Demaryius Thomas has taken full advantage of having the Hall of Fame quarterback throwing him the ball.
D-Train has matured into a top-five fantasy wideout and has become a bonafide number one wideout. He may not receive the recognition of Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green, but Thomas can be just as valuable of a fantasy option.
Thomas has hauled in 24 touchdowns in the two seasons he has played with Manning, including a career-high 14 on 2013. He has become a touchdown machine and will continue to haul in 10-plus touchdowns with Manning under center. The team may be loaded with talent, but there is not doubting that Thomas is Manning’s favorite target.
Thomas ended the year on fire as well. In his last 11 games (including playoffs), Thomas had seven 100-yard games and caught 11 touchdowns. He was outperforming almost every wideout in fantasy over that stretch and was an elite option to plug in week after week.
There are so many other weapons in Denver’s offense (Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders), Thomas will occasionally be overlooked. Manning simply loves to spread the ball around too much and use every nice of the field. Thomas posted four games last season in which he racked up 60 receiving yards or fewer, and in those games he caught just one touchdown. Thomas is a serious All-Pro fantasy option, but he isn’t impervious to the occasional dud.
Fantasy fans can pencil in the D-Train for a guaranteed 1,200 yards and 10-plus touchdowns in 2014. He will be a second round pick in most formats, but consider him absolute steal if he manages to slip into the early third round.
Bye Week: 4
Projected Round: 2
Auction Value: $40