Juwan Thompson will likely be the No. 4 running back for the Broncos this season behind C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and Ronnie Hillman. Thompson played sparingly in 2015 with 18 carries for 48 yards and six catches for 51 yards, and his touches should again be minimal if Anderson, Booker and Hillman are healthy. Thompson is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Thompson (illness) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers, the Denver Post reports. While Thompson's absence isn't much of a hit to fantasy players, it does impact the Broncos' backfield depth Sunday behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.
Thompson snatched four passes for 21 yards off of six targets and added eight yards on the ground on five carries. Thompson has nine touches in each of his past two games, by far his biggest workloads of the season. Thompson's looks have come due to C.J. Anderson being sidelined with an ankle injury and he hasn't done too much with them, averaging seven yards per catch and 2.7 yards per carry. Anderson suited up as the emergency back on Sunday and appears to be on pace to re-emerge and take carries away from Thompson in the coming weeks.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said that Thompson's teammate Ronnie Hillman (foot) will start Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Denver Post reports. Hillman and C.J. Anderson (ankle) are both listed as questionable, but the former is expected to get the start, whereas the latter looks shaky to even suit up. If Anderson can't play, Thompson will be the No. 2 running back, with his role potentially including short-yardage and goal-line carries. Head coach Gary Kubiak suggested earlier in the week that Thompson might start, but it now appears only a late setback would prevent Hillman from playing.
Thompson's teammates, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, both missed practice again Thursday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports. The duo's absence has led to added opportunities in practice this week for Thompson, with coach Gary Kubiak going so far as to acknowledge Thursday that "there's a chance" Thompson could start Sunday's game against the Raiders. That said, such a potential outcome remains speculative at this point. With that in mind, hopefully Friday's practice will help add some clarity to the team's Week 14 backfield situation, given that both Hillman and Anderson are expected to participate fully in the session.
Thompson rushed eight times for 27 yards and caught his only target for 14 receiving yards Sunday against the Chargers. C.J. Anderson suffered an ankle injury Sunday that held him out of the second half, which could lead to Thompson moving up the depth chart if the former has to miss any time. That being said, his upside is still quite limited, as Ronnie Hillman is likely to get a bulk of the touches in Week 14 against the Raiders.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|6||10/14||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|8||10/30||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|10||11/13||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|12||11/27||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|15||12/18||New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|16||12/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|3 Year Avg||36||160||2||5||38||0||31|