Jacob Tamme's Full Fantasy Scouting Report Following Julius Thomas' Injury

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 18, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos comes to the line of scrimmage during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos have the highest-powered offense in the NFL, and if Julius Thomas misses any time, Jacob Tamme will have to step up.

After the team's big 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, news came out that Thomas had suffered an injury. Mike Klis from The Denver Post reported that it involves Thomas' knee:

Thomas has been a very productive player for the Broncos. He's caught 45 passes for 590 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, making him one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL.

If this knee injury is serious, it will be Tamme who will have to make plays.

Tamme has done very little in terms of production this season, catching just three passes for 27 yards. However, he has a previous connection with Peyton Manning, as the two have been on the same team since 2008, playing with the Indianapolis Colts and then switching to the Broncos last season.

Over his career, Tamme has caught 147 passes for 1,437 yards and seven touchdowns. Those aren't the most productive numbers over five-and-a-half seasons, which is certainly reason for concern from a fantasy standpoint.

There is also the Manning factor, though, as he seems to make anyone he throws to a legitimate fantasy option. Of the starting receiving options for the Broncos, Thomas has 10 touchdowns, Eric Decker has three and Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas have nine each.

If you're looking for a player to replace Thomas on your fantasy team, you might want to look elsewhere first. Tamme has the potential to score touchdowns in the red zone, but unless you're in a very deep league, there are bound to be more reliable options to choose from.