Julius Thomas is one of several tight ends worth targeting if you're looking for a pretty decent value on Draft Day. After missing a chunk of the first half of last season with injuries, Thomas closed out his last eight games with five games with seven Fantasy points and a 6.8 Fantasy point average in non-PPR. Maybe it was a lost season for the Jaguars tight end, maybe he got lost in the passing game shuffle in Jacksonville, or maybe he's not the player he once was in Denver, but Thomas has the feel of a tight end who is a touchdown target and might offer nothing more than three grabs and 40 yards per game.
Thomas concluded the 2015 season with 46 catches for 455 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. Thomas underwent surgery on his finger after suffering an injury during the preseason, which kept him out of the Jaguars' first four regular season games. He got off to a slow start in his first game against Tampa Bay, catching just two passes for 20 yards but was able to get on track the following week, hauling in seven catches (13 targets) for 78 yards and a score in a loss to Houston. Thomas' production varied greatly week-to-week, but he came into his own midway through the year when he reached the endzone in four straight games between Nov. 19 and Dec. 13. Included in that span was a nine-catch, 116-yard performance in a loss to the Chargers, a game that would prove to be his most productive in a Jaguars uniform. Coming off of a relatively disappointing first season, Thomas has the makings of a decent buy-low candidate in 2016, as he'll have an entire offseason to get healthy and jell with quarterback Blake Bortles and the rest of the Jaguaras' young receiving corps.
Thomas (arm) is questionable to return Sunday against the Texans. Thomas was unable to catch any of his four pass targets before exiting the game. In his absence, Marcedes Lewis is likely to see an increase in snaps.
Thomas was held to two catches on two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Thomas had taken on a larger role in the passing game over previous weeks, catching at least five passes in four of his last five contests, but that was not the case Sunday, as Blake Bortles leaned more heavily on the trio of Allen Hurns, Denard Robinson and Allen Robinson, who combined for 26 targets of the team's 35 targets. The 6-5 Thomas remains a dangerous red zone weapon, but he has only five touchdown receptions on the year after registering 12 touchdowns in each of the previous two seasons.
Thomas caught six of nine targets for a team-high 79 receiving yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. The big tight end has developed a nice rapport with Blake Bortles since missing the first portion of the season, with at least 79 yards or a touchdown in each of the last five games. Thomas failed to score for the first time in that span, and should remain a popular target for Bortles, especially in the red zone. He is primed for another strong showing versus the Saints next week.
Thomas caught five passes on seven targets -- both team-highs -- for 54 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Colts. Thomas missed the first four games of the season due to injury, but he's developed excellent chemistry with quarterback Blake Bortles, as the two have hooked up for a touchdown in four straight games. Thomas isn't likely to be a huge source of yards, but the touchdowns certainly make him an intriguing fantasy option in Week 15 against the Falcons.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|2||09/18||@San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|9||11/06||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|3 Year Avg||76||51||577||10||32||11.31||117|