Demaryius Thomas: Broncos WR Will Be an Elite Fantasy Producer Rest of Season

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos stiff-arms Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Broncos won 36-14.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Demaryius Thomas is going to carry a fantasy team into—and through—the playoffs in your league this season.

In the course of a few weeks, the 24-year-old wide receiver has gone from a solid contributor to big-time producer, and that's not a trend that is going to change anytime soon.

He has five 100-yard receiving games on the season, four of them coming in his past six games, a stretch that has seen him haul in 38 receptions for 669 yards and two touchdowns. Only Calvin Johnson has more catches that have gone for at least 20 yards (20) than Thomas does (19).

Thomas has quickly—and clearly—become one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets on the field for the Denver Broncos, and Denver's schedule sees them going up against some of the weaker pass defenses in the league the rest of the way.

Games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32nd against the pass), Oakland Raiders (24th), Baltimore Ravens (26th) and Cleveland Browns (22nd) all lend themselves to Thomas continuing to put up big numbers for your fantasy squad.

Even the two toughest pass defenses left on the Broncos' schedule, the San Diego Chargers (17th) and Kansas City Chiefs (11th), won't prove to be a major obstacle for Thomas to continue producing on a weekly basis.

Manning only looked at Thomas twice in their Week 6 tilt against the Chargers, with the receiver hauling in both passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Even in a down game, Thomas put up nine points in standard scoring leagues, more if you use PPR.

While it's true that he's been banged up in each of his past two games, he's returned to action and shown no ill effects. Gray Caldwell from brings us news from Denver's PR department that Thomas is not injured:

From Broncos PR: No injury to Demaryius Thomas.

— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) November 11, 2012

With the way he's performed, there's no reason to doubt that.

Between his quarterback and schedule, Thomas could potentially be the most productive wide receiver in fantasy football for the rest of the season. At the very least, he's going to remain an elite option for anyone to plug into their starting lineup on a weekly basis.