Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | RB
2012 Experience: 2nd Season
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
It only makes sense that the Dolphins are planning on using Reggie Bush as the starter, to begin the season, as Daniel Thomas is a rookie that miss valuable off-season work. In the long run, the Dolphins picked a great player to have in from of Thomas for the youngsters odds of factoring in fantasy leagues this season, and years to come.
Bush will probably have a decent first half of the season, but his chronic knee problems will probably catchup to him by the end of October, opening the door for Thomas to be the starter. Look for Thomas to be a fantasy factor in the second half of the season. This makes Thomas a top 40 running back to select and if a mush have hand cuff to Bush.
8/12 Update – Thomas is struggling in camp and hasn’t looked sharp through the first two preseason games. I still believe Thomas can make an impact in the second half, but he’s only worth targeting at the end of drafts for depth.
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June 2011 Outlook
While free agency hasn’t happened yet, it is looking likely that the Dolphins are going to let Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams go to explore the open market. Coach Tony Sparano is talking up the need for a third down type running back that can make a big play in the passing game, which has some thinking free agent Darren Sproles would be a likely fit.
If this all hold true, then second round pick running back Daniel Thomas will be the teams next feature back and will be the starter from week one on. This is great news for his fantasy stock, as he would find himself in rare territory these days in the NFL as most young running backs are mired in a committee.
Because of Thomas’s situation, he should make for the top rookie selected in fantasy football drafts, again, assuming things workout in free agency as projected above. Thomas has the size (6’1, 228) to be a feature runner and his 298 carries last season for Kansas State, show you that he is ready to take a load right now.
In the end, Thomas may not last a long time in the NFL as he will probably wear down because of taking physical punishment in his early years, but he could have a nice run in the next four or five seasons, as the Dolphins have an offense ready to let a runner flourish. At this time, Thomas makes for a solid flex play running back, and if he has a good showing in the preseason he might volt up to a late number two running back in ten team re-draft leagues.
For keeper leagues, Thomas is probably the top option to draft at the running back position for rookies because of the situation he’s in, talent and that Mark Ingram will be stuck with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush in New Orleans.