The Denver Broncos have an excellent group of pass-catchers in Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas, and it’s among the best group of weapons in NFL history. And even though the other three players are terrific in their own right, Demaryius Thomas is clearly the best and most dangerous receiver on the Denver Broncos. His ability to do it all as a receiver has to be highlighted, because he can line up anywhere on the field and either stretch the field or move the chains. He’s a weapon and elite receiver in every sense, and he certainly had an elite game against the San Diego Chargers.
The struggles of the Chargers secondary, especially surprising free agent bust Derek Cox, have been well-documented in this space throughout the season, and Thomas took advantage of their inability to stop him. He produced huge numbers with seven receptions for 108 yards and a whopping three receiving touchdowns, which means that fantasy owners received 28 points from Thomas.
Before yesterday’s game, we highlighted Thomas’s league-leading yards after the catch as something to watch for, and he showcased his explosive ability after the catch on a 34-yard touchdown reception. It came on a screen play, and it was reminiscent of the screen pass TD he caught in the opener. Like in Week 1, Thomas turned on the jets and just exploded past the defense for six points; it’s always awesome to watch a guy with Thomas’s speed go to work.
Demaryius Thomas was targeted ten times in total, so he averaged 10.8 yards per attempt, caught 70% of everything thrown at him, and he also managed to average 15.4 yards per reception (his two other TD receptions were excellent red zone TDs that showcased Thomas’s ability to thrive in possession-receiver-type situations).