Daniel Thomas Updated Fantasy Football Profile, Outlook After Reggie Bush Injury

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

Sep 25, 2011; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (33) scores a touchdown during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Daniel Thomas has patiently awaited a chance to step out from fellow Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush's shadow, and an injury to Bush may award him his opportunity.

Thomas will still have to battle rookie Lamar Miller for carries during any Bush absence, but he is a viable fantasy option moving forward and is more than capable of contributing to the Dolphins offense.

Let's break down the fantasy essentials for Thomas.



Thomas is a second-year running back out of Kansas State. He received a plethora of carries last season as the team's No. 2 back. 

He had 165 carries for 581 yards, and surprisingly, zero touchdowns.

Thomas has a solid 6'1", 233-pound frame and is somewhat of a hybrid-type back. He is not your typical downhill runner or speed back, but is instead a jack-of-all-trades with no real strength.

Thomas is good at everything, but not great at anything.


Fantasy Outlook

After Bush went down in Week 3, Thomas assumed the bulk of the rushing workload. He had 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets, amounting to a 3.6 yards-per-carry average.

Miami runs a well-balanced offense that is going to consistently ensure running backs get their touches, and if Bush is out for any period of time then Thomas is a lock for upwards of 15 carries per game.

That number would be higher if it weren't for Miller, a fast-as-lightning back who is going to demand time on the field due to the sheer electricity and dynamic abilities he brings to the offense.

For now, however, Thomas is the go-to guy and is a better fantasy option than Miller.



If Bush is out next week against the Arizona Cardinals, then Thomas becomes a definite RB2 option.

Miami has proven that they are comfortable putting the ball in his hands the last two seasons, and he has had moments of brilliance when given the opportunity.

Thomas is never going to be an elite back in this league, and he may actually be the third-most-talented runner in his own backfield, but he is consistent.

With a rookie quarterback and an inexperienced receiving corps, consistency is of utmost importance to the Dolphins offense right now.