Jacob Tamme's Fantasy Outlook After Julius Thomas' Injury

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 27, 2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos runs for yards on a first down reception against Bernard Pollard #31 of the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ravens won 38-35 in 2 overtimes. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

With Julius Thomas out against the Washington Redskins, Peyton Manning will have to look for Jacob Tamme to step up and make big plays at the tight end position.

Mike Klis from the Denver Post reported that Thomas left the game with an ankle injury and that his return was questionable.

Before leaving, Thomas already had three receptions for 29 yards. Entering Sunday, he had 422 yards and eight touchdowns on the year.

Now, it will be time for Tamme to step up. He hasn't done much this season, catching just two passes for 12 yards, but he may have an opportunity to make some plays with the injury to his teammate.

Tamme has played with Peyton his entire career, so the two do have some chemistry. Before this game against the Redskins, Tamme had 146 career receptions for 1,422 yards and seven touchdowns in his sixth NFL season.

Still, if you're looking for a tight end down the road for the long run, picking up Tamme isn't the best recommendation. Sure, he has Manning throwing to him, but there are a number of other tight ends who will be much more productive.  

If Thomas is forced to miss any extra time, you still might want to hold off on Tamme unless you're really desperate at the position. He will get a few catches here and there, but he's not going to be a valuable fantasy tight end.

The Broncos have plenty of other mouths to feed, including wideouts Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker. Running back Knowshon Moreno has also been effective this year handling the backfield. As a result, any potential targets Tamme might see will be limited in Denver's deep offense.