Darwin Thompson Fantasy Football News 2019

ESPN's Adam Teicher tweeted that "based off pregame warmups, Darrel Williams will start at RB for the Chiefs today." Williams was reportedly 1st in line in warmups, followed by rookie Darwin Thompson and then LeSean McCoy. Fox's Jay Glazer also reported that HC Andy Reid told him McCoy's workload will be based on how he's feeling and performing early in the game. This has become a tough backfield to project. You might be best off just avoiding it in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens. RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is listed as questionable. He put in a limited practice on Thursday and was listed as a full participant on Friday. HC Andy Reid said McCoy “got better each day” and had “a great practice [Friday].” It sounds like McCoy will suit up this weekend, although it's safe to assume he won't be at 100%. That, plus a tough Ravens run defense, adds risk to his fantasy outlook. But there's plenty of upside thanks to Kansas City's explosive offense. We're expecting RB Darwin Thompson to mix in behind McCoy, but the rookie is just a fantasy flier.

Chiefs RBs Damien Williams (knee) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) were sidelined on Wednesday. Neither guy's injury is serious -- but they're both in danger of missing this weekend's showdown with the Ravens. That'd leave Kansas City's backfield to Darwin Thompson and Darrell Williams. Thompson would be an exciting fantasy play after an impressive preseason.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the MRI on the injured ankle of Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy showed no significant damage and that "he has a shot to play" Sunday against the Ravens. That's a lot different than "expected to play." We'll see about the outlook for Damien Williams' knee, but RB Darwin Thompson makes for an attractive waiver target this week.

Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy sustained an ankle injury late in Sunday's win over the Raiders. It's not clear yet how significant the issue is. McCoy's last touch came inside the final 3 minutes, and K.C. ran the ball just 1 more time after that. Darwin Thompson took that final handoff and would likely be the backfield leader should McCoy and Damien Williams (knee) sit in Week 3. We'll be watching this whole situation closely. Thompson looks like 1 of the week's top fantasy football waiver targets, though, even if McCoy and Williams appear on track to play against Baltimore on Sunday.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that McCoy will have an MRI Monday, adding, "At first glance, it doesn't appear to be major."

Chiefs RB Damien Williams injured his knee in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Raiders. He's officially questionable to return. Williams' absence leaves LeSean McCoy atop the depth chart and Darwin Thompson as the #2 RB.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB LeSean McCoy has reached a 1-year deal with the Chiefs that includes $3 million guaranteed. McCoy's arrival shouldn't threaten the season-opening role of Damien Williams, whom coaches have said will be their lead back. But he's getting nearly double the guaranteed money in the 2-year contract ($1.6 million) that Williams signed with the Chiefs in December. McCoy also muddles the outlook for rookie Darwin Thompson who had climbed into the single-digit rounds of fantasy football drafts. McCoy, of course, played his first 4 seasons under HC Andy Reid in Philadelphia before spending 2 with Chip Kelly and then the past 4 in Buffalo. McCoy is now coming off the worst production of his career, though, and can't be counted on for big numbers even in the explosive K.C. offense. We'll all be watching to see how this backfield sorts out over the next couple of weeks. McCoy and Thompson both belong in the early double-digit rounds for now. Williams remains overpriced at his ADP.

Nate Taylor of The Athletic tweeted Tuesday that Chiefs rookie RB Darwin Thompson "appears to have leaped" over Carlos Hyde on the depth chart. That comes amid reports that Thompson has been splitting 1st-team reps with Damien Williams in practice this week. Hyde, meanwhile, has generated no positive buzz that we've seen. Thompson remains a draft value as of now, with an ADP in the middle of Round 12 in Draft.com 12-team, best-ball drafting this week. But we wouldn't be surprised if he climbs over the next week or so. Beware of reaching for the rookie too early, but the high-ceiling situation will keep him in consideration.

Chiefs RB Darwin Thompson split 1st-team goal-line reps with RB Damien Williams in Tuesday's practice, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. RB coach Deland McCullough said afterward that it was a direct result of Thompson's impressive showing in the preseason opener, when he carried 5 times for 22 yards and scored a 29-yard receiving TD. “He’s a strong runner," McCullough said. “He’s got a great center of gravity. He’s a guy that can get skinny and get up through some holes, too. More importantly, he’s done some things to warrant that opportunity to get some reps with the (starters). He showed some flashes in the last game." We'll be watching to see if Thompson gets any work with the starters in Kansas City's 2nd exhibition. But his talent and situation make the rookie an intriguing late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Chiefs RB Damien Williams left Sunday’s practice early because of a hamstring issue, according to Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. We’ll see how significant the injury is

The Chiefs selected Utah State RB Darwin Thompson in Round 6. Thompson is coming off a big 2018 campaign that saw him rack up 1,044 yards and 14 scores on 153 carries (6.8 YPC), plus 351 yards and 2 TDs on 23 grabs (15.3 YPC). He led this entire RB class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating, which measures a RB’s productivity beyond the blocking he receives. The 5’8, 198-pound Thompson wasn’t invited to the Combine but crushed his Pro Day to earn a 70th percentile SPARQ score. One of our favorite sleepers in this RB class can provide more explosive ability to the Chiefs offense.

 
 
 

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