I drafted Demaryius Thomas in my league and had the change to grab Decker. A couple of web sites I had been to had Thomas ranked slightly higher than Decker. I'm just curious if I made the right choice or not.
Like Decker a tad better, three tads if PPR. Thinking Peyton will lean toward a receiver who runs routes reliably and who runs shorter routes. Until I see him do it, I have some distrust over Manning's arm strength. And maybe he does too, so I look for him to throw short to intermediate routes more early in the season until he feels more comfortable.
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Thomas v Decker seems to remind me an awful lot of the fantasy conundrum of Jackson v Maclin. I think they are mirrored very similar in terms of situation and fantasy contribution (albeit on different talent levels/fantasy tiers). Decker, like Maclin is the far more polished and better overall receiver. He'll be the more consistent producer, but probably with a lower of a ceiling, but, in my mind, a much higher floor. Thomas, like Jackson, has big play ability and will have you some GREAT games, along with some awfully quiet ones. I take Decker if I've already rolled the dice on some boom/bust type WRs. Thomas is my guy if I have a Calvin, Fitz, or Roddy type already in the fold.
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Thank you for the feedback everyone. Sorry, I forgot to mention I'm in a non-PPR league with stanards scoring. My other WRs are Percy Harvin, and Miles Austin. Im hoping Percy Harvin has a big year. It's funny last year I had Maclin for one of my WRs and he was way better than Jackson (when he was healthy). I'm hoping picking Thomas doesn't turn into a major mistake.
Wood Chipper wrote:Thomas is more likely to get long TD's but I think Decker will edge out Thomas over by the end of the season.
I think this is good.
Here's the thing about Decker and Thomas. I was high on Thomas leading up to the pre-season. And then I realized something and remembered something else. I realized that Peyton Manning is a tactician. 1,2,3 ball comes out. He expects guys to be in a certain place at a certain time. Decker is a very good, precise route runner. Thomas is not. Last year when the Broncos used a real quarterback (Orton), Decker caught half his passes, TDs, and nearly half his yards in 4 games. Then when They switched to Tebow, he only caught another 22 and 4 TDs the remaining 12 games. Tebow A. Can't throw B. Has trouble reading a defense C. Used alot of PA passes off of the option offense Fox installed for him (which is more suited to a defense stretcher like Thomas).
Now I believe Thomas was out the first 4 games last year. I'll grant that but I think we've already seen that Manning favors Decker. I think Thomas will have some big games but Decker will be more consistent and definitely catch more passes.
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Over his last nine games (including playoffs), Demaryius Thomas has 48 catches for 933 yards and six touchdowns. Projected over 16 games, those numbers equate to 85 catches, 1,658 yards and 10 touchdowns. Thomas' freakish size/speed combination has caught Peyton Manning's eye as he has racked up a team-high 18 targets compared to 15 for Eric Decker through two weeks. He's clearly the No. 1 wideout in Denver. Source: Denver Post Sep 18 - 12:00 PM