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College: Georgia Tech | 9 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 229 lbs
Birth Date: 12/25/1987
2019 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 156.7
Avg Pts: 9.79
Rank: 15 WR

2019 RTSports Outlook

Thomas split his season last year with the Broncos and Texans, finishing with 59 receptions for 677 yards and five touchdowns. His numbers were his lowest since 2011. Thomas also tore his Achilles' late in the season (Week 16), missing the last week of the year. Thomas had one 100-yard game but that was his only game with more than 65 yards. He was mediocre most weeks. Thomas is 31 years old and returning from a major injury. He should be ready for the start of this year, but you have to worry about his age and health moving forward. Thomas signed with the Patriots this offseason and will look to carve out a niche with his new team. He remains a big, physical receiver, but also has good speed, making him a big-play threat whenever the ball is in his hands. He really is the complete package at receiver when healthy and on his game. Fantasy Outlook: Thomas is trending the wrong way. He can rebound some after last year, especially in a good passing attack looking for options, but don't expect him to return to his form of past years. He should be considered a No. 3 or 4 fantasy receiver. Thomas can get around 75 receptions for 900 yards and six or so scores.

RotoBaller's Outlook

Its still up in the air whether Demaryius Thomas will be on the Patriots or not when week 1 rolls around. He hasnt been activated from the PUP list yet and itll cost him six weeks if he cant get healthy enough to do so before opening day. Even if he is healthy, the Patriots have a ton of competition at WR and Thomas isnt a guarantee to see much playing time. The upside is certainly there without an established WR1, but its looking like some other names are starting to stand out in camp. You can safely avoid Thomas.

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Player Notes
Aug 20 4:23pm ET

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 20.

From TheHuddle

Aug 20 2:30pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is expected to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Tuesday. The 31-year-old was a disappointment with both the Broncos and Texans last year and tore his Achilles late in the season with Houston. It looks like he has a chance to be ready for Week 1 in his first year with New England, but the odds of him putting up big numbers with the Patriots took a hit when Josh Gordon was reinstated from his suspension. The team's receiver depth is actually quite deep now with Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, Braxton Berrios and rookies N'Keal Harris and Jakobi Meyers. Leave Thomas to the waiver wire in standard-sized leagues.

From RotoBaller

Aug 19 6:33pm ET

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) participated in a light workout Monday, Aug. 19, but is still on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players can monitor the situation to see if Thomas has a chance to be ready for Week 1. He is coming off a disappointing 2018 season but could still have a role in the Patriots passing game. He could be a late-round option in deeper leagues if he is ready to play but will not be a weekly starting option.

From TheHuddle

Aug 19 3:03pm ET

New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thumb) and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) were spotted warming up for practice Monday, Aug. 19. ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests it's a sign both players are being activated from the Non-Football Injury and Physically Unable to Perform lists, respectively.

Fantasy Spin: The Patriots' receiving corps is beginning to fill out, with Josh Gordon soon to rejoin the team, as well. Edelman is the team's top target as a WR2, but Thomas is worth late-round consideration.

From TheHuddle

Aug 16 8:30pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has resumed sprinting as he works his way back from an achilles injury. The veteran was signed in the offseason with the understanding that beginning the season healthy would be a long shot. Thomas' numbers have been on the decline for several seasons now but could still be a productive player in the Patriots offense. Whether Thomas will start the season on the PUP list is still under consideration.

From RotoBaller

Aug 15 6:23pm ET

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) was doing full sprints on a side field during practice Thursday, Aug. 15.

Fantasy Spin: Thomas probably will miss at least the first six games of the season and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues. He could have some value during the second half of the season if he remains with the team.

From TheHuddle

Jul 24 3:03am ET

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is a candidate to be released, in the opinion of's Gregg Rosenthal, who notes that Thomas was already showing signs of decline before suffering a serious injury.

Fantasy Spin: Despite being a recognizable name in a fairly anonymous receiving corps, Thomas has a lot to prove. He's definitely someone to take a wait-and-see approach with when it comes to assembling your own group of fantasy receivers.

From TheHuddle

Jul 22 12:50am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will open training camp on the team's PUP list. This isn't that much of a surprise as the veteran receiver continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered last season. But the situation could have fantasy consequences in a few weeks when the Patriots must make their first cuts. If Thomas cannot practice by then, the team may be forced to keep him on the PUP list. This would make the 31-year-old ineligible for the first six regular season games and further damage the value of a player on the back-end of a very productive career.

From RotoBaller

Jul 21 5:03pm ET

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list entering his first season with the Pats.

Fantasy Spin: It's not a great sign for Thomas who'll need as much repetition as he can to get accustomed and up to speed with head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady's offense. Thomas will start the year behind Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and N'Keal Harry, and will struggle to get enough targets to be fantasy relevant.

From TheHuddle

Jul 2 4:00pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will need to show he still has plenty left in the tank when training camp opens at the end of the month. For most veterans, camp is the time to ease your way into a very long season. But the 31-year-old is coming off of a torn Achilles injury and will need to show the Patriots coaching staff he can contribute this season. Former quality veterans like Eric Decker and Reggie Wayne have tried and failed to make the 53-man roster with the Patriots in the past and Thomas will not be able to coast on his past accomplishments. The former Pro Bowl receiver averaged 98.4 catches, 1,374 receiving yards and 9.2 touchdowns per season from 2012-2016 but he is seasons removed from that elite type of production.

From RotoBaller

Jun 2 4:03pm ET

New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) could start the 2019 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of his Achilles tendon injury, in the opinion of The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

From TheHuddle

Apr 17 10:23am ET

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas has a $1.2 million base salary and received a $150,000 signing bonus. His cap number is $2,906,250, and he can earn more through incentives.

From TheHuddle

Apr 16 5:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) signed a one-year contract worth up to $6 million with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, April 16.

Fantasy Spin: NFL Network's James Palmer is reporting that Thomas is expected to be available sooner than most believe, in part because offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Thomas in 2010 while in Denver, saw his former first-round pick overcome the same injury in six months. If that scenario plays out, then it is possible the Patriots may have found an outside receiver capable of giving them roughly what Chris Hogan did. It's also very possible he doesn't make the roster.

From TheHuddle

Apr 16 5:10pm ET

The New England Patriots are signing free-agent wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday, according to a source. It's an intriguing landing spot for the aging and injured receiver, but he'll have to prove his health to fantasy owners first after suffering an Achilles tear with Houston last season. Thomas had five touchdowns on the season in 15 games with the Texans and Broncos and was a disappointment with just 23 receptions for 275 yards and two scores in his seven games with Houston before his injury. New England needs help at the receiver position, but it remains to be seen if Thomas will be an answer.

From RotoBaller

Apr 16 5:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) reportedly agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, April 16.

Fantasy Spin: Thomas' game has been in decline for at least a couple of years, but he immediately becomes the most notable outside receiver on the Patriots' depth chart for however long Josh Gordon is unable to play. While he brings plenty of name value to the position in New England, owners need to realize he is coming off an Achilles injury and may not be able to do much more than what Chris Hogan did during his time in Foxboro. Only four months removed from his injury, he could easily begin the 2019 season on the PUP list.

From TheHuddle

Apr 10 3:13pm ET

Free-agents RB T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars) and WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) visited the New England Patriots Wednesday, April 10, according to a source.

From TheHuddle

Mar 27 3:20pm ET

Free-agent wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will avoid jail time after he pleaded guilty to a careless-driving charge in Colorado on Wednesday. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service and fines in connection with the charge. Thomas' car crashed last month after he lost control while driving 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. Thomas was traded from Denver to Houston last year and caught just 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven games for the Texans before blowing out his Achilles. For a receiver that is on the wrong side of 30 coming off a devastating injury, fantasy owners shouldn't expect much if he signs with a team.

From RotoBaller

Feb 28 1:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (Texans) was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 27, and faces charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving and driving without insurance after a passenger in the car he was driving was seriously injured as a result of a rollover crash Feb. 16 in Denver. Thomas was due to appear in Denver County Court on Thursday, Feb. 28.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 16-Apr-2019: NWE - Signed - One-year contract (through 2019)
  • 12-Feb-2019: HOU - Cut
  • 04-Feb-2019: HOU - Off IR - Achilles
  • 24-Dec-2018: HOU - On IR - Achilles
  • 30-Oct-2018: HOU - Traded - w/ draft pick for two 2019 draft picks
  • 13-Mar-2018: DEN - Exercised Option
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