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December 2, 2020 11:48 AM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: No offensive work against Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson garnered zero offensive snaps and 10 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 27-24 win at Tampa Bay.

The 23-year-old has been largely relegated from any offensive role since the Week 7 Chiefs debut of Le'Veon Bell, garnering at least one carry in a game only once (during a 35-9 win against the Jets in Week 8). Thompson has gone three consecutive appearances without fielding a single offensive snap, but there is a chance for him to get involved if Kansas City mounts a sizable lead against the road-underdog Broncos in Week 13.

November 24, 2020 06:04 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: No offensive role again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson played zero offensive snaps during Sunday's win over Las Vegas.

The 23-year-old has exclusively played special teams over the past two contests with the rest of the backfield operating with no issues. Thompson has 13 carries for 52 yards this season and is unlikely to have much of a role while Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le'Veon Bell remain healthy.

November 10, 2020 07:52 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: No offensive snaps against Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson played zero offensive snaps and 12 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 33-31 win against Carolina.

The usually strong Kansas City ground attack managed only 30 team rushing yards against the Panthers, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (five carries) and Le'Veon Bell (four carries) being the only running backs involved. Darrel Williams did not have a rushing role, but he did post one catch in the contest at least, relegating Thompson to the No. 4 spot in the KC backfield at the moment.

November 3, 2020 01:20 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Gets in on action late
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson tallied four carries for three yards and failed to haul in his lone target Sunday versus the Jets.

Thompson at least saw the field this week after being labeled inactive for Week 7. However, all of his reps came on the last drive with the contest well in hand, so there is little to glean from his effort Sunday other than he's a depth option should either Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Le'Veon Bell miss time.

October 25, 2020 03:32 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Not suiting up Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Adam Teicher of reports.

The 23-year-old had three carries for 17 yards last week as he saw his first offensive snaps since Week 3. Newcomer Le'Veon Bell is active for his Chiefs debut, pushing Thompson to the list of inactives.

October 20, 2020 12:00 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Three totes in Week 6
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson ran just three times for 17 yards in Monday's win over the Bills.

Thompson only took the field for three total snaps, so he's already behind the eight ball in terms of playing time. With Le'Veon Bell set to join the mix as soon as Week 7, there's even less upside to Thompson's prospects moving forward.

October 13, 2020 07:24 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Out of game plan against Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson did not garner a single offensive snap during Sunday's 40-32 loss to Las Vegas.

That makes two consecutive outings Thompson has gone without an offensive snap, and three games on the season in which the 24-year-old back has been without a carry. So far in limited action, Thompson has offered a much improved 5.3 yards-per-carry average after logging 3.5 YPC as a rookie, but he's been afforded just 1.2 rush attempts per game compared to more than three per game in 2019. Thompson will remain a depth option next Monday night when the Chiefs face Buffalo's top-10 rush defense.

October 6, 2020 08:28 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: No offensive snaps in Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson didn't take the field on offense during Monday's win over the Patriots.

Thompson hasn't seen more than a 19 percent offensive snap share in any of the first four games, but a fumble last week on just six offensive snaps certainly did the second-year back no favors. He's firmly behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams in the pecking order for backfield touches, and that shouldn't change as long as the two ahead of him are healthy and available.

September 30, 2020 11:16 AM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Loses fumbles during MNF win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson registered 11 rushing yards on two carries and lost a fumble during Monday's 34-20 win over the Ravens. He was also targeted twice in the passing game but recorded no receptions.

Thompson coughed up the ball on Kansas City's opening possession of the second half, enabling Baltimore to establish a brief stretch of momentum by collecting a field goal and a touchdown on consecutive drives. The second-year back did not register another offensive touch the rest of the way, as Darrel Williams took over sole No. 2 RB duties behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and fielded two carries for six yards while also recording a five-yard catch. Edwards-Helaire paced the backfield on the night with 20 carries, but the pecking order behind the rookie is unclear heading into a Week 4 matchup against the Patriots' 19th-ranked rush defense.

September 22, 2020 08:44 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Second in backfield snaps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson rushed four times for 21 yards and failed to haul in his lone target Sunday versus the Chargers.

Thompson's added work came following Darrel Williams' departure due to an ankle issue, and he made the most of them, averaging 5.25 yards per carry. While the showing doesn't align him with major work in the future, Thompson could continue to slot in as the backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire if Williams were to miss additional action.

September 11, 2020 07:16 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Limited to special teams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson did not take the field on offense during the opener versus the Texans.

A sixth-round pick by the Chiefs last season, Thompson managed to hold on to a roster spot behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams possibly due, in part, to his familiarity with the playbook. Regardless, he seems to be the clear No. 3 in the rotation and will presumably be limited to special teams as long as the other two are healthy.

April 24, 2020 04:52 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Left in the dust
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson is part of a Chiefs backfield that recently added first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire and veteran free agent DeAndre Washington.

Translation: the 2019 sixth-round pick will need to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. Thompson averaged 3.7 yards on 46 touches as a rookie, though he did at least work ahead of LeSean McCoy as Kansas City's No. 2 running back during the playoffs. Even so, Thompson figures to compete with Washington, Darrel Williams (hamstring) and a few lesser-known running backs for what figures to be one or two roster spots. Edwards-Helaire and Damien Williams will be the ones competing for significant touches.

February 13, 2020 01:00 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: No room to run in playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson had two carries for seven yards during three postseason appearances with the Chiefs. He also drew two targets, but failed to record a reception.

Thompson was relegated to a depth role behind Damien Williams during the Chiefs' postseason run, culminating in a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers in which the rookie was held to zero yards on his lone carry. He didn't find much success on the ground in the regular season either, logging 37 carries for 128 yards and one touchdown across 12 games while hauling in nine of 10 targets for 43 yards. Given that Williams is still under contract for 2020, Thompson lacks an immediate clear path to fantasy relevance.

January 20, 2020 01:04 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Gets one touch behind Williams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson took one carry for seven yards and failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 35-24 win over the Titans.

LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch, while Damien Williams led the backfield in carries (17), targets (six) and snap share (85 percent) for a fourth consecutive game. Thompson played 11 offensive snaps (16 percent) in Sunday's victory, and he isn't likely to see much more in the Super Bowl unless Williams suffers an injury.

January 1, 2020 04:08 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Minimal Week 17 showing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson collected 17 yards on four carries and reeled in his only target for a loss of four yards in the regular-season finale Sunday versus the Chargers.

Thompson's 12 offensive snaps Sunday represent an increase compared to the six he logged against Chicago, but it doesn't exactly position him as a fantasy threat during the postseason. The rookie finished the 2019 regular season with 37 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown, and recorded just nine grabs for 43 yards over the 12 games in which he appeared. With Damien Williams under contract again in 2020, Thompson's immediate fantasy future doesn't appear bright.

December 24, 2019 01:32 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Back to reduced role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson rushed just five times for 14 yards Sunday against the Bears.

Thompson's snap count took a major hit due to Damien Williams' return to the lineup. The rookie back saw the field on just six offensive snaps (nine percent), though he did get handed the ball on five of his six snaps. As long as Williams is healthy, Thompson shouldn't see the field very often.

December 16, 2019 11:28 AM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Gains 39 yards in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson ran for 38 yards on eight carries and recorded a one-yard catch during Sunday's 23-3 win over Denver.

Thompson's nine touches tied him with Spencer Ware for most among the team's backs, as the Chiefs found more success throwing than running in Sunday's muckfest. None of Kansas City's backs have really grabbed hold of the lead role during Damien Williams' (ribs) three-game absence, but Thompson has been the most productive of the bunch, averaging 42.0 total yards per game. Williams' health will obviously be worth monitoring ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Bears, though it will likely be tough sledding for Kansas City's backs overall against Chicago's stingy run defense.

December 10, 2019 08:20 AM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Expands involvement in Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson rushed four times for seven yards and caught four of his five targets for 36 yards Sunday versus the Patriots.

With Damien Williams (ribs) sidelined and Darrel Williams (hamstring) on injured reserve, Thompson has seen a drastic increase in his run, playing north of 20 snaps for the second straight week. The addition of Spencer Ware shallowed Thompson's fantasy upside, and the eventual return of Damien Williams (ribs) could detract further from his value.

December 2, 2019 10:00 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Could see role expand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Andy Reid suggested Monday that Thompson could be in line for additional playing time Week 14 against the Patriots with the statuses of Damien Williams (ribs) and Darrel Williams (hamstring) to be determined, Adam Teicher of reports.

With Damien inactive for the Chiefs' Week 13 win over the Raiders and Darrel exiting the contest early, Thompson picked up his most extensive playing time to date. The rookie played 24 of the Chiefs' 67 offensive snaps (36 percent), finishing with 44 yards and his first career touchdown on 11 carries. Should the two Williamses remain sidelined Week 14, the Chiefs could opt for a true timeshare with Thompson and LeSean McCoy, who also played 24 snaps versus Oakland and saw more passing-down work between the two backs.

December 1, 2019 09:56 PM
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Steps up in battered backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thompson carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-9 rout of the Raiders.

The rookie saw his first extended action of the season and wound up leading the Chiefs in carries and rushing yards, as Damien Williams (ribs) was inactive and Darrel Williams (hamstring) exited the game early. Thompson's longest gain went for only nine yards, however, and even if both Williamses are sidelined next week, his lack of explosiveness could keep him in a timeshare with LeSean McCoy in a tough matchup with the Patriots' league-leading defense.

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