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Darwin Thompson

Darwin Thompson

Running Back #5
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 4
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 195 lb.
College:Utah State
Born:February 12, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (214)
Draft Team:KC

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

Darwin Thompson: Minimal offensive role in Week 4

Thompson logged just four offensive snaps in Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Thompson looks to be the third wheel in the Chiefs' backfield even with Damien Williams (knee) on the sidelines. That doesn't bode well for his chances of having any significant role when Williams returns to the fold. Barring a rash of injuries at the position, Thompson can likely be cut loose in the majority of formats at this point.

September 30, 2019 7:59 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Gets in on the action

Thompson gained eight yards on four carries during Sunday's 33-28 win over Baltimore.

Analysis: Thompson quadrupled his previous share of touches Sunday with Damien Williams (knee) out and Shady McCoy (ankle) exiting early. The rookie sixth-rounder's value is obviously dependent on whether one or both of the veterans return in time for Sunday's matchup in Detroit. If not, he figures to back up Darrel Williams, who picked up 109 total yards Sunday.

September 22, 2019 2:05 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Poised for more work

Thompson should experience an uptick in work with Damien Williams (knee) ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In addition to Williams, who is dealing with a knee contusion, expected starting running back LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable for this contest due to an ankle issue. Assuming McCoy is active Sunday, the Chiefs may spread out the snaps among the available backs in order to ease the workload on the veteran. If he joins Williams on the inactive list, Thompson and Darrel Williams will be the sole RB options available to an explosive offense. In his sole season at Utah State last year, Thompson racked up 1,395 yards from scrimmaged and 16 total touchdowns on 176 touches.

September 20, 2019 3:44 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Talked up by coach

Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that he feels "comfortable" with Thompson receiving more work if he learns his assignments as a pass blocker, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Reid also highlighted Thompson's youth and lack of experience, but he added that the rookie is "getting there." Thompson could be on tap for a significant workload Sunday versus the Ravens, with Damien Williams (knee) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) both managing injuries. The combination of Williams and McCoy have accounted for 92 percent of Kansas City's plays at the running back position, per Teicher, and if they were forced to miss any time Thompson and Darrel Williams would see sharp upticks in usage.

September 18, 2019 1:37 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Makes brief appearance

Thompson played four snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-10 win over Oakland, taking one carry for one yard.

Analysis: Thompson has just two touches and six snaps through two games, but he could be looking at a bigger role Week 3 against Baltimore, as backfield mates Damien Williams (knee) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) both came out of the Oakland game with injuries. While neither issue appears too serious initially, the Wednesday injury report should provide a better idea.

September 17, 2019 6:17 AM EST

Darwin Thompson: Minimal run in opener

Thompson logged just two offensive snaps and caught one pass for three yards in Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Thompson was expected to work in concert with Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy as part of a committee, but he was vastly out-snapped in the first game of the season. At this point, the rookie is likely little more than a handcuff or dynasty piece, but that could change as the season progresses, especially if either Williams or McCoy misses time.

September 9, 2019 1:04 PM EST

Darwin Thompson: Slated to fill committee role

Thompson is expected to have a role in a committee approach that includes Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thompson played reasonably well in his limited preseason showing and will presumably see a decent number of looks as a rookie. However, the signing of McCoy has dulled his fantasy outlook more than the trade of Carlos Hyde brightened it Sunday. Both McCoy and Williams have successful track records in the NFL and should receive a fair share of the carries, devaluing each of the trio's individual outlooks.

September 3, 2019 12:05 PM EST

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