Thompson brought in four of five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-7 loss to the Buccaneers. He also returned two kickoffs for 43 yards. Thompson had managed just one catch in the opener versus the Falcons, but he stepped up his play in Sunday's blowout loss. The 28-year-old receiver was responsible for the Bears' only points on the day, bringing in a 14-yard scoring pass from Mike Glennon with 1:43 remaining. While Thompson has never eclipsed 22 receptions or 249 yards at the NFL level -- numbers he achieved last season -- the decimated state of the Chicago wideout corps could afford him the opportunity to generate career-best production in 2017. For the time being, he'll continue to serve as a complementary presence alongside the top duo of Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton (finger), the latter who could make his season debut in Week 3.
Thompson caught one pass for 15 yards in Chicago's Week 1 loss to the Falcons. Thompson was on the field for the majority of snaps after Kevin White was lost to a collarbone injury, but he saw just two targets while also returning two kickoffs for an additional 47 yards. It wouldn't be a major surprise if he found himself in the starting lineup if White is forced to miss time, and should he see increased snaps along with his kick-return duties, that would certainly increase his fantasy value in leagues that reward points for return yardage.
Thompson caught one of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 19-7 victory over the Titans. The biggest potential development for Thompson was that once Cameron Meredith (knee) was forced from the contest, Thompson came in as the first replacement as an outside receiver. In addition, he was open for a potential 23-yard touchdown, but Mike Glennon was under pressure and underthrew the pass. Should Markus Wheaton (finger) be unavailable for opening day, Thompson could see significant work at receiver.
Thompson returned a missed field goal for a touchdown Saturday against the Cardinals. Although Thompson wasn't used in the passing game, after being used in that capacity in the first preseason game, his impact was felt as he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a score. Although he'll occasionally contribute as a receiver, he'll have value in fantasy leagues that use kickoff return yardage, as he's one of the better return men in the NFL.
Thompson caught five of eight targets for 64 yards and added 88 yards on three kickoff returns in Thursday's preseason tilt against the Broncos. Thompson did the majority his damage as a receiver with the backups, though he did spend time on the field with the starters when the team went to three-receiver sets. However, his biggest play was a 44-yard runback that reminded fantasy managers of the success he had as the sixth-best kick returner in the league last year. His most consistent fantasy value should come from his special teams role, but he's certainly capable of chipping in as a receiver when pressed into action on offense.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@Green Bay Packers||17||17.00|
|8||10/29||@New Orleans Saints||32||32.00|
|10||11/12||Green Bay Packers||17||17.00|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||13||8||110||1||7||13.75||17|