Second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders on Monday after being released by the Patriots, according to the teams official site. Thompkins has struggled with injuries this year and has only been active for two games and posting a total of 6 catches and 53 yards on the season. (Source: Raiders.com)
Fantasy Impact: As an undrafted rookie free agent for the Patriots last year, Thompkins showed some promise. He finished his rookie campaign with 32 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns. With Rod Streater out with an injury, Thompkins might find some playing time although will start out behind James Jones and Andre Holmes on the depth chart. Given the Patriots released him despite their glaring need for playmakers at the receiver position would make one hesitant to think he will have much of an impact this year.
Patriot's wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is inactive for the team's Week 4 outing against the Chiefs.
Fantasy Impact: After catching just 1 ball for 16 yards last week, Thompkins won't be playing at all on Monday night. Unless the Patriot's offense has a serious shake-up, Thompkins won't be a fantasy factor any time soon.
Patriot's wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins hauled in 1 catch for 16 yards in the team's Week 3 game against the Raiders.
Fantasy Impact: While Thompkins started the game in the "X" receiver role over Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell played opposite Julian Edelman on running downs, and Thompkins won't hold any fantasy relevancy unless the Patriot's offensive situation changes.
Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins hauled in 5-of-10 targets for 37 yards in the team's Week 1 game against the Dolphins.
Fantasy Impact: Thompkins will likely be in a battle for the Pats' "X" receiver job this season with Aaron Dobson, who was a healthy scratch for the game. We'll have to keep an eye on how things play out next week, but for the time being Thompkins is worth keeping an eye on.
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.