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How good can tight end Julius Thomas be in 2014?

In a mirror of the 2013 season opener, Julius Thomas had a monster performance in Week 1 of the 2014 season as the Broncos faced the Colts.  He piled up 7 catches for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns. Thomas was targeted 8 times which is nice to see for a tight end on a high flying offense. The only real downside was that the majority of his production came in one quarter.  Will Julius Thomas be the real deal in 2014 or was Week 1 significantly skewed?

AJ Weinberg at numberFire.com has taken a look at Thomas and where he feels the dynamic tight end could go in the 2014 season.

In 2013, Julius Thomas proved to be one of the best sleepers in fantasy football. Due to doubts about what type of role he would have in the Broncos’ offense and concerns about his lack of football experience, his average draft position prior to last season was just 170.76 per MyFantasyLeague.com.

Owners who selected Thomas saw a tremendous athlete who had a potentially large role in a high-octane passing offense at his fingertips, and they were handsomely rewarded for spending a late pick on him.

Thomas’ yardage total of 788 wasn’t spectacular, but he scored whopping 12 touchdowns and finished as the third overall tight end despite playing just 14 games. As a result of his strong season, his ADP jumped to the top 30 players selected overall, meaning fantasy owners are completely buying into Thomas once again in 2014.

After a Week 1 performance that saw him score three touchdowns in the first half, it begs the question of just how high Thomas can soar this season. Is anything stopping him from being the number-one tight end in fantasy, and perhaps somewhat of a bargain despite his relatively high draft cost? Let’s give it a look.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...