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Thomas caught 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in Thursday's 35-21 win over the Chargers.
Thomas doesn't get nearly as many looks as teammates Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, which can lead to some lean games when the always-dangerous tight end doesn't reach the end zone. While it's frustrating for owners that two of those games have come successively, Thomas should venture back to the painted grass soon enough. Just keep in mind that he's averaging a modest 4.3 receptions, 5.8 targets and 46.7 receiving yards per game. Also worth noting is that the last two matchups favored Denver's wide receivers over the tight ends and running backs in the passing game. Next week's road contest against the Patriots, while a fairly tough matchup for all involved, should tilt back toward the tight ends and backs a bit.
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Thomas caught 4-of-6 targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 42-17 win over the 49ers.
Thomas had a surprisingly poor night, especially given that Peyton Manning completed 22-of-26 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. One of the four incompletions was an ugly drop by Thomas, who even after the rough night has an NFL-leading nine touchdowns. His other numbers are quite a bit more modest, as he's on pace for 75 receptions and 811 receiving yards, numbers similar to what he produced in 14 games last season. The only thing holding him back is volume, though he's made up for the modest total of 36 targets by turning one-quarter of them into scores.
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Thomas had four catches on six targets for 51 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Jets.
Thomas' excellent season just keeps on rolling, as his touchdown streak has now hit five games and he leads the NFL with nine receiving touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, something that has bothered him for much of his career, he could have a shot at breaking Rob Gronkowski's record of 17 touchdowns by a tight end, which he set back in 2011. Thomas will look to extend his touchdown streak to six games in Week 7 against the 49ers.
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Thomas had six catches on seven targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Cardinals.
Thomas' first score was the 500th career touchdown pass for quarterback Peyton Manning, making him an important side-note in the record books. It was Thomas' second multi-touchdown game this season, and he has now found the end zone seven times in four games, giving him the league-lead ahead of Packers wide Randall Cobb's six. Thomas' excellent play should continue in Week 6 against the Jets, who have really struggled defending the pass this season and allowed two touchdowns to Antonio Gates in Week 5.
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Thomas had three catches on four targets for 17 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Seahawks.
Thomas was very quiet for most of the game, with his touchdown coming on a shovel pass with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter. His receiving yards have declined from 104 to 39 to 17, but he has scored a touchdown in every game this season (five overall), which keeps him as a valuable fantasy piece despite the decrease in yards. His streak will take a week off, as the Broncos head out on bye before facing the Cardinals in Week 5.
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Thomas had four catches on five targets for 39 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chiefs.
Thomas' touchdown was his fourth of the season after his monster 104-yard, three-touchdown performance in Week 1. While the volume wasn't there Sunday, he remains a trusted receiver for quarterback Peyton Manning, which should keep him heavily involved in the passing game. Up next is a very tough game at Seattle.
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Thomas caught seven passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns on eight targets in Sunday's win over the Colts.
Thomas was dominant early on, catching all three of his touchdowns in the second quarter. He did have one slip up in the second half, as he put the ball on the ground, and was fortunate to have it roll to a teammate. On a night in which WR Demaryius Thomas uncharacteristically did very little with his 11 targets, (Julius) Thomas ranked third on the team with eight targets, one behind Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas seems to be enjoying life without Wes Welker (concussion) and Eric Decker, as there isn't quite as much competition for Peyton Manning's attention.
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Thomas had four catches on four targets for 32 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
The expectations for Thomas were already high after his breakout 2013 season, especially with Eric Decker signing with the Jets in the offseason. With the news that Wes Welker could miss Week 1 after he suffered a concussion Saturday, Thomas could be the beneficiary of even more targets, particularly in the red zone.
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Thomas had three catches on three targets for 35 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.
Thomas dealt with a bruised thigh earlier this month, but there was nothing Sunday that indicated it's still bothering him. As long as he's healthy, Thomas is an elite fantasy tight end, who could see even more red zone targets this season with Eric Decker now with the Jets.
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Julius Thomas spent time working with Tony Gonzalez this offseason.
Thomas and Gonzalez live near each other in the Los Angeles area. "I picked his brain on, what are sort of the things you're looking for?" Thomas said. "Not just technique, but what's going through your mind during plays? What do you focus on? How do you prepare for the day? His routine." By all accounts, Orange Julius has not rested on his breakout 2013 season that saw him finish as fantasy's No. 3 tight end. With Eric Decker gone and Thomas in a contract year, there's room for significant statistical growth.