Continuing along with our fantasy focus, this weeks spotlight will be on Jags receiver Mike Thomas. In 2010, Thomas accumulated his best year as a pro. He had 66 receptions, 820 yards, and 4 touchdowns. The ceiling was high for Thomas, as we figured his production would only increase in age. Last year for Thomas was, well, awful.
In 2011, Thomas was inserted as a starting #1 or #2 receiver on an offense that had not much else. He finished the year with 44 receptions, 415 yards, and only 1 touchdown. This is a disaster for fantasy players. Granted, Gabbert wasn't great in his rookie year, but either was Thomas. He was a bit seen as a bit lackadaisical in his play last year, quitting on routes, dropping passes, and so on. His best fantasy game last year was against the Saints, where he collected 5 catches, 73 yards and 0 touchdowns.
With Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson vying for the starting receiver roles, Thomas should be inserted in the Jaguars slot this year. He is best suited in this role, and we might see his production go up because of this. At only 5'8 in height, I don't see Thomas as a red zone target what so ever. I see Blackmon, Robinson, and Lewis being the main go-to guys for Gabbert inside the 20. This hinders Thomas' value for grabbing touchdowns for your fantasy squad. Continue reading this post »
PPR leagues might be intrigued if Thomas starts to wrack up the catches. Mike Thomas should be used as a move-the-chains type of WR for Jacksonville in 2012, and his fantasy production will be better than last year, but still not great. Look to take Thomas real late in drafts, or check the waiver wire if your team runs into injuries throughout the season… he just might be there.
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