Until Sunday, Devin Thomas had never scored more than 10 fantasy points in any week.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
The one question I keep getting asked this morning from casual fantasy players at work is...Who is this wide receiver, Devin Thomas from Washington, and should I pick him up?
The short answer is no, not unless you are in a keeper league.
Thomas was born in Ann Arbor, home of the Michigan Wolverines, but went to college at rival Michigan State. He had one good season as a starter for the Spartans, his junior year, when he caught 79 balls for 1,260 yards and eight scores and immediately declared himself for the 2008 NFL Draft.
Washington called his name in the second round, the 34th selection, and signed him to a four-year deal.
As a professional Thomas had been invisible for the first 27 games of his career and his fantasy value was zero. His preseason RapidDraft ADP was 218.9 and he was the third Washington receiver on the list behind Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El.
Thomas caught the first touchdown pass of his career against Philadelphia in Week 7 this season, but until Sunday had never scored more than 10 fantasy points in any week. In fact, until the game against the Eagles, he had never totaled more than 28 yards in a single game.
Against New Orleans on Sunday, Thomas set career highs in receptions (7), yards (100), touchdowns (2) and fantasy points (34).
So the question on everybody's mind is - Can Thomas do it again and should I pick him up?
Thomas has a number of things going against him. First, his team, the Redskins, have always been a run-first, pass-second offense. That won't change despite the loss of Clinton Portis and LaDell Betts to injury.
Second, his quarterback is Jason Campbell. Although Campbell did throw for 367 yards and three scores yesterday, he's only thrown for more than 250 yards in four of 12 games this season. Over Campbell's 50-game NFL career, he's had just five 300-yard games and thrown a total of 50 TD passes...or one-per-game. Sharing one TD pass between Moss, tight end Chris Cooley (or Fred Davis in Cooley's absence), Randle El and Thomas does not lend itself to big scoring days.
Third, over the final three weeks, the fantasy league playoffs, the Redskins face Oakland, the Giants and Dallas. The Cowboys pass defense is the worst of the three, ranked 21st, and last time he faced them he caught three balls for 33 yards. He was shut out by the Giants in Week 1 and has never faced the Raiders.
To sum it up, now is not the time to take a "flyer' on Thomas. He's not likely to produce numbers like Sunday again this season.