De'Anthony Thomas
De'Anthony Thomas
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Known for his lightning-quick speed in college, Thomas has mainly put that to use in the NFL as a special teams player. He managed to stay healthy for the first time in his first four years during the 2017 campaign, turning in 305 kick return yards in addition 14 catches for 143 receiving yards and a career-high two touchdowns. While he also posted a career-best 199 offensive snaps last season, his prospects as an offensive contributor remain bleak entering 2018 with Tyreek Hill, newcomer Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt among the pass catchers requiring targets in the passing game. The Chiefs re-upped Thomas this offseason on a one-year deal, but with Hill supplanting him as the primary punt returner, Thomas' role with the club may remain modest. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $880,000 contract with the Chiefs in March of 2018.
Scores on shovel pass
WRKansas City Chiefs
September 11, 2018
Thomas caught one pass on two targets Sunday against the Chargers, a shovel pass that resulted in a touchdown from one yard out.
ANALYSIS
Thomas only played seven snaps total on offense in the opener and doesn't figure to play a ton this season overall, but he remains a valuable depth option and special teams player for the Chiefs.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    13
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    41
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
82
163
2017
199
247
2018
13
41
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   5' 8"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   176 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.34 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.21 sec
AVERAGE
Cone Drill:   6.83 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   29.88 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   34 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   124 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   9 reps
TERRIBLE
Kansas City Chiefs Team Injury Report
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Doubtful
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Doubtful
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
A speedy running back/wide receiver entering his fourth professional season, Thomas' biggest impact has come on special teams thus far. Unfortunately, he ceded punt return duties to rookie Tyreek Hill last season, making his 53-man roster spot more vulnerable. The 24-year-old still returned kicks for the Chiefs in 2016, perhaps giving him a leg up in the running at wide receiver entering training camp. Even if Thomas makes the roster, his single-digit catches (seven) last season and the number of bodies ahead of him on the depth chart don't position the speedster for a heavy enough involvement in the offense to warrant fantasy ownership in most leagues.
After a lackluster 2015 campaign culminated by a concussion in Week 11 that forced him out the remainder of the season, Thomas enters 2016 on the bubble for a roster spot following the team's multitude of wide receiver additions in the offseason. If he were to crack the 53-man roster, the majority of his work would probably come on special teams.
Thomas missed the first four games of his 2014 rookie campaign due to a hamstring issue, but increased his role in the offense as the season progressed. The fourth-round pick out of Oregon displayed the versatility to effect the game in multiple facets, collecting 113 rushing yards, 156 receiving yards and 833 return yards over the course of the season. While his role with the Chiefs remains tough to peg entering 2015, a fair comparison could be Dexter McCluster in his time with the Chiefs, as a running back and wide receiver combo. If Thomas can stay healthy, it seems reasonable to assume his numbers from 2014 will increase in his sophomore campaign as he expands his knowledge of the playbook and gets more experience under his belt, making him a potential late-round candidate in some formats.
At an undersized 5-9, 174, Thomas' best chance to see the field will be as a returner or slot receiver where he can showcase the exceptional speed which made him a fourth round draft pick out of Oregon. Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis are entreched as the one and two at running back, but Thomas could see the touches that Dexter McCluster saw in his tenure with Kansas City.
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Logs 12 total snaps Saturday
WRKansas City Chiefs
August 26, 2018
Thomas (lower leg) caught one pass for five yards and returned one kick 36 yards in Saturday's 27-20 preseason loss to the Bears.
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Absent from preseason opener
WRKansas City Chiefs
Lower Leg
August 11, 2018
Thomas (lower leg) did not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Texans.
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Nearing contact work
WRKansas City Chiefs
Lower Leg
July 23, 2018
Thomas (leg) did some drills Monday and is preparing to ramp up to contact work, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Held out of minicamp
WRKansas City Chiefs
Lower Leg
June 28, 2018
Thomas (lower leg) was held out of minicamp and OTAs, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Re-signs with Kansas City
WRKansas City Chiefs
Lower Leg
March 14, 2018
Thomas (lower leg) re-signed Wednesday with the Chiefs on a one-year contract.
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