Chiefs rookie De’Anthony Thomas doesn’t really have a defined role. Heck, he’ll be lucky to get five touches per game. But he could still be one of the most electrifying players in the NFL.
When it comes to explaining the Black Mamba, it’s better to show you than tell you:
The look on that first K-State fan’s face says it all. This guy has another gear and an uncanny knack to make wishful tacklers miss … or just fall down. That’s why he doesn’t need a full compliment of snaps to make an impact.
Thomas is likely to be forgotten about in most fantasy drafts, though. At just 5-9, 174 pounds (with full pads on … maybe), some will think he can’t cut it in the NFL, especially when he’s stuck behind an elite back like Jamaal Charles.
Then there will be the obvious, cynical comparisons to former chief Dexter McCluster (5-8, 170), who was never much of a fantasy asset. While Thomas is likely headed for that same RB/WR hybrid role, he’s more explosive and elusive than McCluster.
Every NFL team wants to think it has a versatile, Darren Sproles-type player on the roster, but the Chiefs may actually have one in Thomas. In addition to a few snaps to spell Charles, Thomas could be a dangerous receiving weapon in a passing attack that values short throws and could use another playmaker. (Hear that PPR leaguers?) But Thomas’ greatest impact will be felt on special teams, making him even more intriguing in return-yardage leagues.
Thomas will be the ultimate boom-or-bust play from week to week, but he’s always a home run threat. Isn’t that what you’re looking for in a late-round flier?