This could be Ian Thomas’ big chance. The Carolina Panthers starting tight, Greg Olsen, is out with a concussion, thrusting Thomas into the top job at the position.
Thomas, a second-year player out of Indiana, has not seen much work this season. Last week, after Olsen left the game against Washington with his head injury, Thomas caught four passes, on four targets, for a total of 24 yards.
The team’s interim head coach, Perry Fewell, said that he would rotate his tight ends, but Thomas is the only viable option as a pass catcher.
Fantasy football analysis, Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas
The tight ends get a fair amount of work in Carolina’s offense is pretty steady. Olsen, even at his advanced age, is usually good for at least five targets. Thomas did well for himself last week after Olsen left the game, well enough that the team can trust him in the game plan.
He’s not a top tight end for fantasy, i.e. if you have a George Kittle or someone like that, they would obviously have an edge, but Thomas is a decent fill-in option this week.