Chris Thompson is expected to be the No. 2 running back in Washington this season behind Rob Kelley, but Thompson's role is pretty much solidified as a change-of-pace rusher and receiver out of the backfield at this point. In 2016, Thompson had 68 carries for 356 yards -- a solid 5.2 yards per carry -- and two touchdowns and 49 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns. It's unlikely he will do much better than that this year, so his value is limited to a late-round pick in standard leagues, and only slightly higher in PPR. Thompson is a similar player to Darren Sproles where he's better for his team than Fantasy owners.
Thompson rushed three times for 77 yards and two touchdowns and caught three of seven targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 27-20 overtime win over the Rams. After rushing for a seven-yard score to start the second quarter, Thompson broke a 61-yard touchdown run with just 1:44 left in the first half. He wasn't as effective in the passing game as usual, but the third-down back has now found the end zone three times through two weeks, and his role could be extended moving forward. Rob Kelley (ribs) left Sunday's game, and he was unable to return. If Kelley misses time, Thompson could see more snaps, and especially if rookie Samaje Perine struggles. Perine rushed 21 times for just 67 yards (3.2 yards per carry) Sunday.
Thompson rushed the ball three times for four yards and hauled in four of five targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. Thompson was one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise disappointing opening week performance for the Redskins. While the tailback didn't make an impact in the run game, he did show a clear connection with Kirk Cousins as a receiver. His 29-yard score showcased his ability to make moves after the catch, as he somehow managed to avoid a trio of tacklers while staying upright on his way to the end zone. It was a fairly standard performance from the third-down back and helped prove why the Redskins inked him to a two-year extension earlier in the week.
Thompson and the Redskins agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2019 season, Master Tesfatsion of The Washington Post reports. Injuries stunted Thompson's development early in his career, but after enjoying better health the last two seasons, he's emerged as a trusted check-down option out of the backfield for quarterback Kirk Cousins. With 74 receptions on his ledger over the past two campaigns, Thompson will once again enter 2017 as the Redskins' third-down back, and the contract extension speaks to the faith the organization has in him in that role.
Thompson recorded three carries for nine yards and hauled in one of two targets for 27 yards in Sunday's preseason win over the Bengals. Thompson only managed 16 plays on offense Sunday, but his 27-yard reception was the key jump-starter in a drive that ended with a Dustin Hopkins field goal. The fifth-year back could see some action in Thursday's preseason finale against the Buccaneers, but don't expect him to be on the field for an extended amount of time.
Thompson carried twice for one yard but brought in all five of his targets for 52 yards in Saturday's 21-17 preseason loss to the Packers. Thompson served as a valuable safety valve for Kirk Cousins on more than one occasion while the offense sputtered during the first four drives. He also ripped off an impressive 29-yard reception midway through the second quarter, was the team's leader in receptions and tied multiple players for the high-water mark in targets. Thompson should once again have a robust role as a passing-down back in the coming campaign, while also seeing a modest number of carries.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|6||10/15||San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|11||11/19||@New Orleans Saints||29||26.00|
|12||11/24||New York Giants||11||13.00|
|14||12/10||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||12.00|
|17||12/31||@New York Giants||11||13.00|
|3 Year Avg||35||195||1||30||205||2||57|