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Darwin Thompson

Darwin Thompson

Running Back #5
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 195 lb.
College:Utah State
Age:23
Born:February 12, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (214)
Draft Team:KC

Darwin Thompson: Not suiting up Week 7

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

Analysis: 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 25, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Three totes in Week 6

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

Analysis: 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 20, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Out of game plan against Raiders

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

Analysis: 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. Following Kansas City's Week 6 bye, Thompson will remain a depth option against Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense.

October 13, 2020 4:20 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: No offensive snaps in Week 4

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

Analysis: 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.

October 6, 2020 9:49 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Loses fumbles during MNF win

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

Analysis: Thompson coughed up a fumble on Kansas City's opening drive of the second half, enabling Baltimore to establish a brief stretch of momentum in 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 fielded two rushes for six yards along with a five-yard catch after the fumble. Clyde Edwards-Helaire paced the backfield with 20 carries, but it remains to be seen who will get the bulk of the No. 2 RB carries heading into a Week 4 matchup against the Patriots' 19th-ranked rush defense.

September 29, 2020 3:40 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Second in backfield snaps

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

Analysis: 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 22, 2020 10:21 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Limited to special teams

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

Analysis: 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.

September 11, 2020 4:14 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Left in the dust

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

Analysis: 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.

April 24, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: No room to run in playoffs

Thompson had two carries for seven yards during three postseason appearances with the Chiefs. He also failed to secure either of his two targets.

Analysis: Thompson was relegated to a depth role behind Damien Williams during the Chiefs' postseason run, culminating in a Super Bowl performance in which the rookie was held without a gain of yards on his only carry and failed to catch his lone target. Nor did Thompson have much room to run in the regular season, during which he had 37 carries for 128 yards and one touchdown across 12 regular-season games, while hauling in nine of 10 targets for 43 yards. Given that Williams is still under contract for 2020, Thompson lacks an immediately clear path to fantasy relevance.

February 12, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Gets one touch behind Williams

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

Analysis: 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 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Minimal Week 17 showing

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.

Analysis: 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 he appeared in. With Damien Williams under contract again in 2020, Thompson's immediate fantasy future doesn't appear bright.

December 31, 2019 3:35 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Back to reduced role

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

Analysis: 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 24, 2019 10:29 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Gains 39 yards in victory

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

Analysis: Thompson's nine touches tied him with Spencer Ware for most among the team's backs as the Chiefs found more success in 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 more generally as the Bears boast one of the league's stingiest run defenses.

December 15, 2019 2:04 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Expands involvement in Week 14

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

Analysis: With Damien Williams (ribs) sidelined and Darrell 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 10, 2019 1:23 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Could see role expand

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) have yet to be determined, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: 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 in 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 of the two backs.

December 2, 2019 1:10 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Steps up in battered backfield

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

Analysis: 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.

December 1, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Healthy scratch for MNF

Thompson (coach's decision) is a healthy inactive for Monday's showdown against the Chargers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: This news is a bit surprising, considering Thompson was active last week and saw two touches in the game. The disappointing season continues for the 22-year-old, as he's firmly been established at the bottom of the Chiefs' running back depth chart. In Thompson's stead, the team will roll with Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and LeSean McCoy.

November 18, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Inactive Week 7

Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Broncos, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Thompson doesn't factor into Kansas City's plans on offense with Damien Williams, LeSean McCoy and Darrell Williams all healthy. The rookie sixth-round pick only played snaps on special teams Week 6.

October 17, 2019 3:55 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Limited to special teams

Thompson did not play an offensive snap in Week 6 versus the Texans, logging just 11 special teams snaps.

Analysis: Thompson didn't record any return yardage either, leaving his value at an all-time low in the last few weeks. The rookie back is likely nothing more than a dynasty stash at this point, though it could change if injuries hit the position.

October 15, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Inactive Sunday

Thompson is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Colts, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Thompson is the odd man out in the Chiefs' Week 5 backfield now that Damien Williams is back in the team's lineup Sunday.

October 6, 2019 4:12 PM EST

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