Daniel Thomas: Dolphins RB Must Remain on Week 6 Fantasy Bench

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07:  Running back Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins, runs the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Running back Daniel Thomas was knocked from the Miami Dolphins' Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter with a head injury, and fantasy owners now must find a more reliable option for Week 6. 

Thomas sustained an apparent head injury. The severity of the injury has not yet been made public, but if it turns out to be a concussion, it will likely lead to missed game time for Thomas.

The Miami Herald's Adam H. Beasely encapsulates all of that with this quote: 

Daniel Thomas, who missed a game because of concussion sustained in Week 1, apparently sustained another head injury in the fourth quarter Sunday. He did not return.

If he did indeed suffer a concussion, it would be his second in a very short time span, and that would likely lead to him missing the 'Phins' Week 6 contest against the Rams. 

Luckily for the Dolphins, they have a bye following that game. 

As for fantasy owners, there is no need to watch the injury reports on this one. It is just time to find a better option for Week 6. 

Let's say Thomas did not sustain a concussion and he is ready to go next Sunday. He will still have a low ceiling for the coming game.

Thomas will be taking a clear backseat in that game to fellow running back Reggie Bush, who will be another week removed from the knee injury he sustained in Week 4, and Miami will be facing a rush defense on the rise against the Rams. 

St. Louis has allowed just 3.8 yards per carry in its last three games, with two of those three games coming against teams in the upper half of the league's yards per rush rankings. 

Also, Thomas' real value comes with his role in Miami's goal-line offense. 

ESPN highlights that with this stat:

After 1-yard TD run by Daniel Thomas, 4 of #Dolphins 8 TD runs this season have been from 1-yard out (most in NFL).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2012

I don't know about you, but I don't want to bet my fantasy production on a running back with fresh concussion concerns getting a large amount of helmet-first touchdown plunges. 

It is best just to avoid this situation altogether and look someplace else for Week 6 fantasy production.