Thomas brought in five of nine targets for 74 yards in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end followed up a career-best regular season with a strong showing in the season-ending loss, checking in third in receptions and receiving yards and second in targets. Thomas totaled between 63 and 101 receiving yards in four of his last six games, including Saturday's contest, and he'll look to improve on 2020's 72-670-6 line during his 2021 contract year.
Jan 9, 2021 9:42 PM EST
Thomas had three receptions (six targets) for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Thomas was able to hit pay dirt to salvage what would have been a lackluster finale to the regular season. The veteran tight end saw his targets come back down to earth with the return of Alex Smith (six compared to 27 over the previous two weeks), but the trip to the end zone makes up for the dip in volume. The 28-year-old has handled his first full year of significant action well, posting 72 receptions, 670 yards and six scores as Washington's primary tight end this year. Thomas has put himself on the map in fantasy, and could see his stock rise a bit if the team upgrades its situation under center.
Jan 4, 2021 1:24 AM EST
Thomas recorded seven receptions on 12 targets for 63 yards in Week 16 against the Panthers.
Analysis: Thomas struggled to get going with Dwayne Haskins under center, but showed good rapport with Taylor Heinicke late in the fourth quarter. After struggling to 15 yards with Haskins, Thomas recorded big gains of 19 and 12 yards with Heinicke under center. Thomas narrowly missed an even bigger performance, as he scored a 10-yard touchdown that was nullified by a holding penalty. Nearing the end of a breakout campaign, Thomas will look to end the season strong in Week 17 against the Eagles.
Dec 27, 2020 7:09 PM EST
Thomas secured 13 of 15 targets for 101 yards in Washington's 20-15 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Thomas' eye-popping numbers were surprising to say the least, considering the 29-year-old nearly outpaced his single-season high of 16 receptions (2019) on Sunday alone. Thomas had fallen just two yards short of the century mark two games ago against the Steelers, so the yardage tally wasn't anywhere near as unexpected. Thomas now has 31 targets over the last three contests, and he'll look to continue his chemistry with either Alex Smith (calf) or Dwayne Haskins in a Week 16 matchup against the Panthers.
Dec 20, 2020 1:56 PM EST
Thomas caught six of seven targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Thomas led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, though his average of 7.2 yards per catch was nothing to write home about. It did, however, continue a recent run of production that has seen Thomas make 19 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns over the last three games. He's become a key cog in the offense of late and will look to maintain that role next Sunday against the Seahawks.
Dec 13, 2020 7:24 PM EST
Thomas caught all nine of his targets for 98 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Thomas set a new career high in receptions, hauling in everything thrown his way. Of course, the tight end's most impactful play was his 15-yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. With a score in consecutive games now, Thomas is certainly trending in the right direction ahead of Week 14's matchup against the 49ers.
Dec 7, 2020 5:49 PM EST
Thomas caught all four of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-16 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: While he wasn't exactly stretching the field, Thomas was on the other end of Alex Smith's only TD pass of the afternoon, a five-yard strike late in the second quarter that put Washington up for good. The tight end has caught multiple passes in six straight games, hauling in three of his four touchdowns on the season during that stretch, but he faces a tough test in Week 13 on the road against the undefeated Steelers.
Nov 26, 2020 5:21 PM EST
Thomas caught two of five targets for six yards in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Bengals, adding one rush attempt for another two yards.
Analysis: Thomas played 90 percent of offensive snaps and saw the second-most targets on the team in a game where Alex Smith threw only 25 passes. Thomas will have a decent shot to bounce back in Week 12, facing a Dallas defense that he burnt for a 4-60-1 receiving line in the first 2020 matchup (Week 7) between the NFC East rivals.
Nov 23, 2020 6:27 AM EST
Thomas caught four of six targets for 66 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Thomas set a new season high in receiving yards while tying his high mark for receptions. He tied for third on the team in targets and did most of his damage late in the game as his team strung together three straight scoring drives to draw level. Thomas now has 14 receptions on 20 targets over the last four games and will look to continue his steady emergence in a favorable matchup against the Bengals next Sunday.
Nov 15, 2020 2:35 PM EST
Thomas caught three of six targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: The six targets were third most on the team, and the most Thomas has seen since Week 3. He played every single snap on offense for the first time this season, though he came pretty close a few other times. Even with the three-down role, Thomas is difficult to trust for fantasy purposes, playing in a subpar offense with a revolving door at quarterback. He'll catch passes from Alex Smith when Washington travels to Detroit for Week 10.
Nov 9, 2020 6:31 AM EST
Thomas (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Bumping up from Wednesday's limited showing, Thomas has put himself into a position to be Washington's top tight end Sunday against the Giants, who have allowed 8.1 yards per target (eighth worst in the NFL) and two touchdowns to the position in eight games this season.
Nov 5, 2020 11:02 AM EST
Thomas (ankle) was listed as limited on Wednesday's injury report, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coming off Washington's bye week, Thomas' ability to practice is a decent sign that he'll be able to suit up Sunday against the Giants. Still, his status should be watched closely over the next few days to ensure he can take on his usual share of the TE reps (at least 74 percent of the snaps on offense).
Nov 4, 2020 10:42 AM EST
Thomas caught all four of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 25-3 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Thomas finished second on the team in most major receiving categories and scored an impressive 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter. This was Thomas' second straight game with a touchdown while he set a new season high in yardage and tied his best output of four receptions. He should be a key cog in the offense again next Sunday against the Giants as he looks to build on this strong effort.
Oct 25, 2020 2:14 PM EST
Thomas (neck) practiced fully Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: A DNP to kick off Week 7 prep, Thomas bumped all the way up to full capacity within one day, paving the way for him to serve as Washington's No. 1 TE this weekend. He has an exploitable matchup Sunday against a Cowboys defense that has allowed a 74.4 percent catch rate (eighth worst) to opposing tight ends this season.
Oct 22, 2020 11:19 AM EST
Thomas (neck) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Serving as Washington's primary tight end this season, Thomas has yet to surpass 50 receiving yards in any given game. Still, he's had multiple catches on four occasions and two touchdowns through four games, so he has a bit of utility. Thomas will aim to fit in some practice by week's end.
Oct 21, 2020 10:55 AM EST
Thomas brought in three of four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Washington Football Team's 20-19 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: The journeyman tight end finally returned to the end zone after a four-game drought, making an impressive contested catch in the left corner of the end zone late in the first half. Thomas' yardage tally, modest as it was, qualified as a season high for Thomas, and Sunday marked his first game with multiple receptions since Week 3. Thomas will look to carry over the momentum from Sunday's productive effort into a Week 7 home showdown against the Cowboys.
Oct 18, 2020 2:59 PM EST
Thomas caught one of four targets for four yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: The switch to Kyle Allen (arm) at quarterback didn't help Thomas, nor did it help any of the Washington pass catchers. Allen actually played decent in the first half, but he left the game with an arm injury and never returned after the break. Thomas still has an every-down role, but his heavy target volume from the first three weeks of the season has dropped off, and he still isn't putting up efficient numbers with the chances he does get. The tight end will try to rebound Week 6 against the Giants.
Oct 11, 2020 8:10 PM EST
Thomas played 93 percent of offensive snaps in Sunday's 31-17 loss to Baltimore, but he was limited to one catch for eight yards on four targets.
Analysis: The snap share actually was a season high, though not much of a difference from Week 2 (91 percent) or Week 3 (86 percent). His receiving stats, on the other hand, were season lows across the board, with Thomas falling shy of seven targets and four catches for the first time this year. It does make sense that QB Dwayne Haskins would start to look toward other players, as his connection with Thomas hasn't been especially strong. The tight end has a 46.4 percent catch rate and 3.6 yards per target, ranking dead last in both stats among all qualified pass catchers at his position. Thomas does get a decent matchup Week 5, with Washington playing host to a Rams squad that's given up the 12th-most PPR points to tight ends this season. Granted, that's largely been based on touchdowns (three) and overall volume (9.3 targets per game) rather than yardage efficiency (4.5 YPT).
Oct 5, 2020 6:58 AM EST
Thomas caught four of seven targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Browns, playing 85 percent of snaps on offense.
Analysis: Thomas has finished first or second on the team in targets in every game this season, but it hasn't translated to consistent production, as he's now on pace for a 64-501-5 receiving line on 128 targets. If nothing else, his catch rate should improve as the year moves along, though efficient production may be too much to ask for in an offense with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback. Thomas is tied for the second-most targets (24) among tight ends, so he's at least on the map as a low-end fantasy option for Week 4 against the Ravens.
Sep 28, 2020 6:42 AM EST
Thomas caught four of nine targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Dwayne Haskins once again looked for his tight end often but wasn't quite on the same page as Thomas, and the duo's longest connection went for only 10 yards. It's still encouraging that he's seen 17 targets through two games, and he could find success in Week 3 against a Browns defense that just let C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) and Drew Sample combine for 11 catches, 87 yards and a TD.
Sep 20, 2020 5:36 PM EST
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