Here are Logan Thomas’ full NFL stats.
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Alright, I can hear the objections already from the audience. You’re probably thinking, “why are you wasting my time with a player that’s never done anything useful in the NFL?” Well, if you hold judgment until the end, I’ll explain why you should know about Thomas and why he might factor into your dynasty plans.
The Cardinals drafted Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft as a quarterback. Thomas never managed to see significant NFL action as a quarterback, with a career total of two completions on 10 attempts. However, after bouncing around through the Cardinals, Dolphins, and Giants, Thomas switched to playing tight end, joining the Lions at his new position in November 2016. However, he barely stayed with the Lions, as the Bills poached him a few days later.
The Bills then brought Thomas into their 2017 plans, making him the third tight end behind Charles Clay and Nick O’Leary. Even after Clay suffered an injury and missed three games, Thomas didn’t do much, with only a few receptions on the season. However, the Bills saw enough to keep him around for 2018. Thomas played a similar role in 2018, seeing time as a depth option.
After 2018, the Bills decided not to retain Thomas, and he signed with the Lions in free agency. While Thomas was the third tight end on the depth chart behind star rookie T.J. Hockenson and veteran Jesse James, he saw the most playing time thus far in his career. Thomas started three games in place of Hockenson, and he recorded career-highs in targets, receptions, and yards.
Thomas seemed to have finally learned the tight end position in the NFL. Therefore, he gathered more significant interest from multiple NFL teams in free agency. Eventually, Washington signed Thomas to a 2-year, $6.145 million contract with $2.25 million in guarantees. Washington had recently let go of longtime starter Jordan Reed, giving Thomas a chance to compete for a starting role.
Thomas won the starting tight end job in Washington’s camp, beating out veteran Jeremy Sprinkle and UDFA Thaddeus Moss. Washington lacks proven pass catchers outside of second-year receiver Terry McLaurin, so Thomas could challenge for targets in 2020. Washington’s other receiving options include wide receivers Steven Sims Jr. and Antonio Gandy-Golden and running backs J.D. McKissic and Antonio Gibson. None of those options have ever been consistent NFL assets, with most having little to no experience.
I don’t particularly believe in Washington’s passing offense under quarterback Dwayne Haskins, so Thomas isn’t ranked in my 2020 redraft rankings. However, I see his opportunity, and I think he provides some TE2 upside if he consolidates his hold on the starting position. There’s truly no competition at tight end, so Thomas has every chance to do just that.
Thomas represents only a stash in dynasty leagues. He doesn’t carry any name or proven production value, so there’s no reason to trade for him. I expect Thomas to be on most dynasty waiver wires. In tight end premium formats, I would pick up Thomas from waivers, as he will gain dynasty value if he produces on the field. He’s also an excellent throw-in for trades, as he carries no standalone value, and he shouldn’t preclude a bigger deal.
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