Julius Thomas is bursting onto fantasy scene with huge first half

Doug Pensinger

If you started Julius Thomas this week, you're off to a great start. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Broncos look like they have a solid option with their new starter at tight end. Julius Thomas has four receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the regular season opener against the Ravens.

Thomas caught his first touchdown pass up the seam, and he later broke away for a 44-yard score in the second quarter to tie things up at 14-14.

Fantasy impact: Thomas is owned in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues right now, so expect him to be one of the top targets on the waiver wire after Week 1 is complete. He was recently named the starter in Denver, and it's paying off for Peyton Manning tonight.

Roddy White even wishes he started Thomas this week. Owners who already own the third-year tight end likely stashed him on their bench. It's tough to tell how the targets will be allocated in the Broncos offense, but Thomas is making a case for more looks from Manning on a regular basis. He could easily enter TE1 territory.

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