College: Indiana | 3 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 260 lbs
Birth Date: 6/6/1996
2020 Bye Week: 13
Total Pts: 16
Avg Pts: 1.00
Rank: 59 TE
Thomas did not have a reception until Week 12 last season but made the most of his late-season playing time. He had 16 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown the last six games of the season. He even had double-digit fantasy points in Week 14. Thomas will get his chance to start this year with Greg Olsen gone. He should be the No. 1 tight end for the Panthers. Thomas is a good route runner and plus athlete. He does a good job of separating from defenders. Thomas also is a willing blocker and should improve in that area even more with additional playing time.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Thomas has a fairly high ceiling in an offense that has used the tight end often in past years. He is worth a look as a No. 2 fantasy tight end. He could be worth some spot starts along the way. Expect around 55 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns.
As a rookie backup to Greg Olsen, not much was expected from Panthers tight endIan Thomas in 2018. In 16 games, he caught 36 balls for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Not impressive by any means. But with Cam Newton hopefully healthy after offseason shoulder surgery and the big-bodied Devin Funchess now with the Colts, Ian Thomas could be in for a heap of work in 2019.Greg Olsen, coming back from a foot injury suffered in 2017 only managed to play in nine games again in 2018. Heading into what will be his age-35 season, health is not his friend and Thomas at 23 is the next man in line. We have seen in recent seasons how Newton likes to use the tight end with Olsen having fantasy finishes as high as TE2 overall and no worse than TE7 in the five seasons from 2012 until 2016 before his injuries started to compile.As the backup to start and without a healthy quarterback to finish, Thomas was set up for failure last season. A set up which is now less likely as D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey all look to make things a lot easier on him by taking their own steps forward in the offense. If Thomas gets a chance to shine this season he will. But this is far from a certainty, which is why he shouldnt be drafted in single-season leagues besides best-ball as an 18th-round option. In dynasty leagues, he should have much more value and can be considered a solid stash.
|Week 12||1||Ian Thomas 4 receiving yds (1 pts)|
|Week 13||2||Ian Thomas 24 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Ian Thomas 24 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 1||9||Ian Thomas 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Ian Thomas 1 yd TD pass from Kyle Allen
Ian Thomas 57 receiving yds (1 pts)
Ian Thomas 57 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Playoff Week 2||2||Ian Thomas 23 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Ian Thomas 23 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 3||1||Ian Thomas 16 receiving yds (1 pts)|
|Playoff Week 4||1||Ian Thomas 12 receiving yds (1 pts)|
|No Playoff Match Up|