Julius Thomas was probably not someone that you knew too much about before last night. Thomas was a converted basketball player from small Portland State before getting a shot at playing football. Last night in the manhandling of the Baltimore Ravens, Julius Thomas shined. The first two of Manning’s seven scoring strikes went to Julius Thomas, who finished with five catches for 110 yards. He was making his first career start at tight end, and had just one previous career catch.
Thomas, who made his name as a basketball player at Portland State, got the most out of his one season of football for the Vikings in 2010. He was named first team all-Big Sky Conference and caught the eye of NFL scouts before Denver selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
Before last night, not too many people even owned him in Fantasy Football. According to this stat put out on twitter, Thomas was only owned in 26 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football Leagues. So if you had him and started him, you are a genius.
1st-half star Julius Thomas is owned in only 26 percent of @ESPNfantasy football leagues
In the first half of the game Thomas had 97 rec. yds. in the 1st half which is the most by a DEN TE since Shannon Sharpe had 154 in 1st half vs. Car (11/9/97). So Fantasy fans, if you need a tight end and are looking to get a steal, you better put in a waiver claim for the former basketball stand out, because he seems like a huge weapon for Peyton Manning.
P.S. – Just be careful though, because he doesn’t always make the best decisions off the field.
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was arrested in August after he failed to appear in Arapahoe County court for a traffic offense. Thomas, 25, was charged with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle on Jan. 25, according to court records. He was scheduled to appear in court for the misdemeanor charge on March 21. Thomas did not appear for the hearing. The Broncos issued a statement Thursday that said: “We were notified of the issue involving Julius Thomas when it occurred on Aug. 28. It was addressed internally and is being resolved.”