Chris Thompson had a nice game against the Lions, collecting 40 yards on seven catches, and perhaps more surprisingly, rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries. The 73 yards rushing is a season high, as are the seven catches.
So, is this an exception or a sign of things to come?
As with anything in fantasy football, it’s hard to predict with certainty, however, I’d say his performance vs. the Lions is more of a sign of things to come. The biggest factor here is the volatility of Matt Jones, along with his fumbling issues. Jones is likely to see less playing time, and rookie Rob Kelley has had some buzz, but is really unproven. That leaves Thompson, who primarily has had value as a pass catching third down back. In that role, he was already arguably rosterable in PPR leagues.
Throw in the fact that he could now be in line for 10+ carries per game, and Thompson becomes a flex in standard leagues and a borderline RB2 in PPR leagues. He totaled 113 yards against the Lions, albeit against a not so great defense, but it’s an encouraging sign that points to an uptick in usage for Thompson. I don’t see any way he gets less playing time and while he won’t be the every down back for Washington, he could end up being a very savvy play at flex (standard) and RB2 (PPR), especially with a flurry of byes on the horizon.
h a roster spot for those who don’t own Anderson, especially on the verge of the most bye heavy weeks.