It has been a long and winding road to get to this point in Logan Thomas‘s career. Drafted out of Virginia Tech as a QB by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round in 2014, Thomas finally made the swap to TE in 2016 when he was picked up by the Detroit Lions. Now he is with the Washington Football Team and is one of their most reliable options in the passing game. Who would have thought anyone would be on the Logan Thomas fantasy football hype train before this season started. The question is, can he sustain this level of success?
Logan Thomas Fantasy Football Production
Thomas was a popular waiver wire add this season and may have helped win some teams their fantasy football league championships! Thomas seeing such high volume resulted in fantasy brilliance. Coming out of Washington"s bye week he only failed to reach double-digit fantasy points twice over nine games. For a position, with such uncertainty, this production really filled a void for Kelce-less fantasy football teams.
Thomas is a mammoth of a man, standing 6" 6" and weighing in at 248 lbs at the combine. The funny thing is he participated as a QB, but many wanted him to also work out as a TE. To go off-topic for a moment, Logan Thomas was actually the top-ranked TE recruit coming out of high school. He even thought that was what he would play at the college level after playing QB, WR, and DB in high school.
He then was asked by Virginia Tech to be their starting QB in his time there. Now back to the real topic. He turned in a fantastic showing, running a 4.61-sec 40-yard dash giving him an 86th percentile speed score. His shuttle drill, vertical jump, and broad jump were all comparable to Rob Gronkowski‘s combine numbers. He has a 91st percentile agility score showing he is a supremely athletic TE.
Finding a Home
While bouncing around the league for years, Thomas has finally found a great home in Washington. The team signed him to a 2-year contract prior to this season for $6,145,000 leaving him under contract for at least one more season. The coaches clearly liked what they had seen on his Detroit film.
In Washington, the big man has developed into one of the best pass-catchers on their roster. He also is near the top of the league in multiple categories for TEs:
- Snap Share: 97.3% (1st)
- Slot Snaps: 449 (1st)
- Routes Run: 541 (1st)
- Route Participation: 95.1% (1st)
- Receptions: 69 (3rd)
- Deep targets: 11 (4th)
- Targets: 104 (4th)
- Air yards: 762 (6th)
- Red Zone Targets: 16 (6th)
- Yards After Catch: 246 (7th)
There are even more categories that he is in the top ten, but we will leave it at these.
Washington has plenty of draft capital and could draft a TE in the 2021 draft if they so choose to. I, however, do not see this happening since they do have other needs to address.
Logan Thomas Fantasy Football Value: Dynasty
Logan Thomas" fantasy football value is an enigma in dynasty leagues. He has come out of nowhere and performed so well that his value is all over the place. He is currently shooting up dynasty draft boards. Thomas"s average draft position has shot up 48 spots (4 rounds in a 12 man league) from 167.75 to 119.33 just since December 2020. It is clear that his value is on the rise, but should you trade for him or try to cash in? The real answer is it is league-dependent, but looking at recent trades from this month on DLF it seems like it may be time to sell.
Don"t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Thomas and his talent, the price people are paying seems a little much to me though. Thomas is 29 and even though TEs play until later in their careers I would not be able to pass up some of these trades.
- Kareem Hunt for Logan Thomas
- Gabriel Davis for Logan Thomas
- Kenyan Drake and Julio Jones for Jeff Wilson and Logan Thomas
- Hayden Hurst for Logan Thomas
- Sammy Watkins and a "22 3rd for Logan Thomas
The only two of these I would consider sending to acquire Thomas are number 4 and number 5. The other three feel like big wins for the teams offloading Thomas. Put him on the block in your leagues if you have him and see if anyone bites. If you don"t have him I would pursue him but definitely do not overpay.
Coach and Teammate Quotes
A good way to see how an organization feels about its players is to see how they speak of them. And the Washington Football team thinks highly of Thomas. TE coach Pete Hoener vouched for Thomas and is the reason he was brought in.
Coach Ron Rivera seems very happy with the move, speaking on Thomas and JD McKissic, “These are guys that we brought in knowing that- at least we felt- that these are guys getting ready to take the next step. They most certainly showed it and have played like it. They really are a part of what we"re trying to do going forward as a football team." High praise from his head coach.
Thomas has also impressed his peers. Terry McLaurin is a huge fan of him, saying, “to be able to pass, catch, and make guys miss and get open and get separation like he can at that size is pretty impressive. I felt like he causes some mismatches for the defense." Thomas has quickly become a team favorite and he now has a full-on “Logan Thomas fantasy football bandwagon" for everyone to jump on if they want.
Thomas should be an above-average fantasy TE for at least a few years. He accomplished all he did with an abbreviated offseason with the Washington Football Team. He has low mileage for a player at such an advanced age and can help your team overcome the wasteland that is the TE position. He may even be able to take another step next year and become even better. If you can acquire him for a good price it is worth it, but if he is bringing in a haul as I listed earlier don"t be afraid to move on from him!
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