WR Kenbrell Thompkins started the Patriot's third preseason game, hauling in 2-of-3 passes for 35 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Thompkins has been seeing plenty of opportunities as the Pat's "X" receiver while Aaron Dobson continues to recover from March foot surgery. Tom Brady clearly has confidence in the second-year WR, but we'll have to see how the situation plays out when Dobson returns.
The Patriot's WR brought down three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Following the game, Tom Brady praised Thompkins' efforts, saying "I've got so much confidence in him and what he's been able to do." The WR continues to take advantage of Aaron Dobson's absence with a foot injury. He's impressed his teammates, and for the time being has earned a spot on the starting roster. Once Dobson returns, though, Thompkins will likely be relegated to the bench. He's only fantasy-relevant with Dobson off the field.
The Patriots released an unofficial depth chart on Sunday in preparation for upcoming joint practices with the Redskins. Thompkins was just under Danny Amendola on the unofficial depth chart, in front of Josh Boyce and Brandon LaFell. (Source: CSNNE)
Fantasy Impact: The fact that Thompkins has even a slight edge over his competition is encouraging, as he will seek to improve on his up-and-down rookie season. The battle for third receiver seems to be down to Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, and whoever wins will be in line for plenty of targets from Tom Brady.
Brady added that he has "a lot of confidence in him and a lot of trust" during a post-practice interview. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Thompkins is taking advantage of his time with the starters while Aaron Dobson sits out on the active/PUP list, and is clearly making a good impression with Tom Brady and the Patriot's coaching staff. While Thompkins has a great shot at making the final roster, he'll likely serve primarily as Aaron Dobson's backup. Thompkins does not have the raw physical ability that Dobson has, but the buzz surrounding the WR is building. He'll need to continue to impress throughout camp to have any shot at making making a fantasy impact this year.