Is Demaryius Thomas start-worthy yet?

Updated: September 28, 2010, 2:29 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
A week ago, one of the hot fantasy pickups was Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, coming off what many interpreted as his Week 2 breakout performance. I noted then that while I liked the rookie's upside and recommended the passing offense as a whole, we just didn't know which of the Denver wide receivers would take the lead from week to week. As a result, I didn't initially rank Thomas for Week 3, and for this I received much scorn. I can take it, though … especially after Thomas caught only two passes against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, garnering four fantasy points.

Folks, the only thing we really know about the Broncos' passing game is that quarterback Kyle Orton is again underrated and worth more than believed a month ago, and that he has numerous wide receivers at his disposal. If you ask me which one of the crew I'd expect to finish the season with the most fantasy points, I would say the rookie Thomas … but on a week-to-week basis, who knows which receiver will be the lead dog? That's why I rarely rank any of them too high.