2020 season totals: Games:16 Targets/Receptions:1110/72 Yards:670 TDs:6 FPTS:176.6 (PPR)
If you were one of the lucky ones who landed Logan Thomas last summer then kudos to you. In the barren, apocalyptic wasteland that is the Tight End position, Thomas came from nowhere to end up TE6 in the rankings. The former QB was a league journeyman before landing in the nation’s capital where he now looks right at home.
With all that being said, the reasons for last year’s success are not exactly clear which is maybe why Logan’s stock is so high. The Football Team had a Quarterback merry-go-round all season long, with none of them being particularly good. It was also Ron Rivera’s first season in charge which usually brings a new set of problems and a transitional phase. Outside of stud receiver Terry McLaurin and the injury-prone Antonio Gibson, the offense was severely lacking in a roster where most of the talent is on the defence.
WFT rallied to their best season since 2015, however, winning the division and getting some playoff chops against the Bucs, with Logan playing a key role. Thomas averaged 41.9 yards per game and 4.5 receptions which is starter worthy every Sunday, especially in PPR leagues.
How does one take the next step I hear you ask? A little bit of Fitzmagic, of course. The veteran gunslinger joined WFT this off-season and brings with him a wealth of experience and a load of balls to dish out. Joining Fitzmagic on big money was Curtis Samuel, the ex-Panthers receiver who will demand a fair share of targets from the off. It’s worth noting that WFT drafted TE John Bates in the 4th round of the draft, but don’t expect him to challenge Thomas’s role in any way. Lastly, Adam Humphries, the forgotten man from Tennessee, has also signed.
After these recent additions, the WFT will become more pass-happy and will look to build on last year’s showing. With Rivera in his second year and with a real training camp this time around, there’s a reason for optimism, particularly for a certain 29-year-old Tight End starting for a legit playoff contender.
Thomas is coming off the back of a career year where he excelled in most of the categories at his position. His snap share and routes ran were the highest in the league for a TE, and at 6ft 6, he commanded 16 Red Zone Targets.
If he gets similar to that again and converts on even half of those, his value will not diminish one bit. I believe Thomas will once again finish as a Top 10 TE and even if you finish way off Kittle, Waller, Kelce (and now Pitts?!), it really doesn’t matter.
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