Demaryius Thomas at New England Patriots
After being the top receiver taken at the 2010 draft, injuries have plagued Demaryius Thomas and limited his ability to flash the skills that had many hyped about this NFL prospect coming out of Georgia Tech.
While Thomas took over fellow receiver Eric Decker’s role as Tim Tebow’s No. 1 receiver a month ago, it was his dominant performance against Ike Taylor on Sunday that has put him on the map as one of the up-and-coming elite, big-play receivers in the game.
Taylor has had a good year against No.1 receivers throughout, but Thomas consistently got separation, and the Steelers didn’t seem to be concerned about rolling coverage over the top to help him out, as they focused on the running game.
If I had to rank Thomas with this week in mind only, he would be one of the top three receivers to start, facing arguably the worst secondary in football. Because teams are forced into throwing the football late in games against the Patriots (playing from behind), it only enhances Thomas’ odds of posting over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown this week.
That said, it’s likely that Thomas will play his final game of the year in the divisional round, and because of that his playoff fantasy stock is limited when compared against other receivers on teams like the Packers, Patriots and so on.
If you believe that the Broncos will advance past the Patriots, by all means consider putting Thomas in as one of your receivers, if you get bonus points in future weeks.
If not, you may want to go with a receiver like Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz, as they are on underdog teams this week, but their team has proven in the past that they can play elite teams, on the road, and win in the playoffs.
Greg Jennings vs. New York Giants
The Packers are expected to have Greg Jennings in the lineup this week, but fantasy owners shouldn’t anticipate Jennings playing at his normal level coming off a knee injury. That said, if the Packers do make it to the Super Bowl, he should have over 200 yards receiving and a few touchdowns in three playoff performances.
What will be interesting this week is to see if the Giants use top cornerback Corey Webster against Jennings, or will they opt to use him against Jordy Nelson?
If Jennings was at full speed, I would be concerned about his production this week, because he posted seven receptions for 94 yards and a score in their first meeting against the Giants in Week 13, but likely limited, he will probably struggle if Webster shadows him throughout.
|3||Victor Cruz||at Packers|
|4||Hakeem Nicks||at Packers|
|6||Marques Colston||at 49ers|
|7||Greg Jennings (I)||Giants|
|8||Demaryius Thomas||at Patriots|
|9||Andre Johnson (I)||at Ravens|
|12||Mario Manningham||at Packers|
|13||Robert Meachem||at 49ers|
|14||Deion Branch (I)||Broncos|
|18||Devery Henderson||at 49ers|
|19||Eddie Royal||at Patriots|
|20||Ted Ginn Jr.||Saints|
|21||Lance Moore (I)||at 49ers|
|23||Kevin Walter||at Ravens|