Anthony Thomas
40-Year-Old Running BackRB
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Anthony Thomas in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Bills in February of 2008.
Anthony Thomas: Cut by Bills
RBFree Agent
Calf
February 27, 2008
Thomas (torn calf muscle) was one of four players released by the Bills on Wednesday, according to The Buffalo News.
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With Fred Jackson on the rise and Marshawn Lynch firmly in pace as the No. 1 guy, this move doesn't surprise us at all. As much as A-Train is a great team player, he simply doesn't have the legs he showed early in his Bears career, plus the Bills also plan to use a fullback in 2008 instead of just a herd of running backs. He'll probably latch on with another team as a depth guy.
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Thomas looked like Buffalo's possible starter after Willis McGahee was dealt to Baltimore, only to see that door slam shut when Marshawn Lynch was drafted. The A-Train was barely adequate in relief work last year, posting a 3.5 YPC. He's next in line should Lynch falter and should be part of a committee (Lynch will almost surely have the biggest share), but Thomas doesn't have a whole lot to offer these days, as he's not much of an asset to the passing game, either. Lynch owners might feel safer pairing Thomas with the rookie.
After a disappointing 2005, Thomas is looking for a second chance. Coach Dick Jauron coached Thomas for three of his four years at Chicago. During those four years, Thomas gained 3,332 yards which ranks him fifth in Bears history. Shaud Williams was Willis McGahee's understudy last year, but fits better as a third-down back. If Thomas can impress enough during the late summer, the number two back job is his for the taking, though the Bills do have some promising younger runners in the mix as well. Perhaps the veteran Thomas can even motivate McGahee a bit more. Update: Thomas ended up beating out Lionel Gates and will start the season as the No. 2 back.
Former 1000-yard runner will likely be a short-yardage specialist behind Julius Jones. Could have some value in TD leagues.
Thomas is not the same player that ran for 1183 yards and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2001. He's second on the depth chart behind Thomas Jones. Coach Smith brought in Jones because he fit better into the Bears new offensive system that employs backs as receivers. Thomas has sub-par hands - only 9 catches last year. Thomas will still get some carries and be the goal-line battering ram, but temper expectations. If Jones reverts to his forgettable Arizona days, Thomas might get another shot at the starting gig. If you draft Jones, get Thomas as insurance.
Thomas, who managed just 3.4 yards a carry, consistently made poor decisions last season and was painfully slow hitting the hole. It didn't help Thomas' case when Adrian Peterson managed 5.3 yards a carry in a brief audition late in the year. Although the coaching staff promised that Peterson will get “an equal look” in training camp, the Bears will give Thomas every chance to win his job back in 2003, Chicago's offensive line should be improved, and Thomas' fantasy value will come at a major discount after last year's train wreck. Get a glimpse of the A-Train in summer camp before you pony up for him, to be sure, but don't let him completely fall off your radar screen, either.
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RBBuffalo Bills
Calf
January 10, 2008
Thomas finished the 2007 season with just 36 carries for 89 yards (2.5 average) and missed the last six games with a torn calf muscle.
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Anthony Thomas: Lands on IR
RBBuffalo Bills
Calf
December 6, 2007
Thomas (torn calf muscle) is out for the season, according to ESPNews.
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RBBuffalo Bills
Calf
December 5, 2007
Thomas (torn calf muscle) was not present at practice on Wednesday, the Bills' official site reports.
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Anthony Thomas: Ruled Out This Week
RBBuffalo Bills
Calf
November 29, 2007
Thomas (torn calf muscle) will miss this week's game in Washington, according to The Buffalo News.
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RBBuffalo Bills
Calf
November 29, 2007
Thomas has a torn muscle near the top of the calf muscle behind his knee, the Bills' official site reports.
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