Logan Thomas had a breakout campaign in 2020, and hopefully he can play at a high level once again this year. He's worth drafting as a low-end starter in all leagues. Thomas finished as the No. 3 PPR tight end last season, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in eight games, including three of his final four outings of the year. Hopefully, Thomas can continue to be a valuable target for new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and we'll see how Thomas does with Washington adding Curtis Samuel this offseason. Thomas should be drafted with a mid- to late-round pick in all formats, with his value slightly higher in PPR leagues.
Thomas is signing a three-year extension with Washington, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The two-year, $6.15 million contract Thomas signed last offseason ended up being a bargain for Washington, as the tight end entered the year with 317 career receiving yards before catching 72 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns. Thomas did it on the strength of volume, with 110 targets in 16 games, but he also improved his efficiency after a rough start, producing 3.3 YPT in Weeks 1-5 and 7.2 YPT in Weeks 6-17. He averaged 5.3 catches for 51.3 yards over those final 11 games, then added five receptions for 74 yards in the playoff loss to Tampa. In any case, Thomas turned 30 this summer, but he could still be on the upswing given that it wasn't until 2014 that he began the transition from quarterback to tight end. That said, he's unlikely to see 110 targets again, as Washington no longer has an empty cupboard behind Terry McLaurin at wide receiver. The team now has Thomas under contract through 2024, Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson signed through 2023, and McLaurin through 2022. It's a solid group of pass catchers for 38-year-old QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who should be an upgrade on last year's disastrous QB room -- Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Alex Smith and Taylor Heinicke all made starts.
Thomas said earlier this month that he believes he'll continue to improve as he prepares for his fifth season of playing tight end, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. The former college quarterback broke out for a 72-670-6 receiving line in his age-29 season after signing last offseason with a Washington team that had minimal talent at tight end. The team's offense has stiffer competition for targets this year, but Thomas' starting job appears secure, and it's reasonable to expect continued development given that he didn't start playing at tight end until 2017. This will also be the first time he's played in the same offensive scheme in back-to-back seasons, as Thomas spent time with the Cardinals, Dolphins, Giants, Lions and Bills before finding his first starting job in Washington in 2021. His late breakout was driven by volume (110 targets) rather than efficiency (6.1 yards per target), but Thomas could improve the latter to make up for the loss of the former if he's seeing more accurate passes in a better offense. Washington is counting on 38-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to match his strong performances in Miami the past two years.
Thomas brought in five of nine targets for 74 yards in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night. The veteran tight end followed up a career-best regular season with a strong showing in the season-ending loss, checking in third in receptions and receiving yards and second in targets. Thomas totaled between 63 and 101 receiving yards in four of his last six games including Saturday's contest, and he'll look to improve on 2020's 72-670-6 regular-season line during his 2021 contract year.
Thomas had three receptions (six targets) for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Eagles. Thomas was able to hit pay dirt to salvage what would have been a lackluster finale to the regular season. The tight end saw his targets come back down to earth with the return of Alex Smith (six compared to 27 over the previous two weeks), but a trip to the end zone makes up for the dip in volume. The 28-year-old has handled his first full year of significant action well, posting 72 receptions, 670 yards and six scores as Washington's primary tight end this year. Thomas has put himself on the fantasy map, and could see his stock rise next season if the team upgrades its situation under center.
Thomas recorded seven receptions on 12 targets for 63 yards in Week 16 against the Panthers. Thomas struggled to get going with Dwayne Haskins under center but showed good rapport with Taylor Heinicke late in the fourth quarter. After struggling to 15 yards with Haskins, Thomas recorded big gains of 19 and 12 yards with Heinicke under center. Thomas narrowly missed an even bigger performance, as he appeared to score a 10-yard touchdown that was nullified by a holding penalty. Nearing the end of a breakout campaign, Thomas will look to end the season strong in Week 17 against the Eagles.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||10||6.63|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||18||7.56|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||5||5.78|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|18||01/09||@New York Giants||10||6.63|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||52||33||307||2||16||9.30||42|