Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Washington Redskins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson missed six games due to injuries both of the last two years, but that's where the similarities between his 2017 and 2018 end. He showed his upside early last season, piling up 221 combined yards and a receiving TD in the first two weeks, but once he returned from rib injuries late in the season, Washington's disastrous QB situation prevented him from making any kind of impact. Thompson's 4.9 YPT and 4.1 YPC were the lowest figures of his career since he established himself as a regular member of the team's backfield in 2015, and while he still flashes speed and elusiveness when he's healthy, he's played a full 16-game schedule only once. With veteran Case Keenum and first-round pick Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting quarterback job, the scatback should at least have a more stable offense around him no matter who wins the gig, but Thompson's utility will depend largely on his ability to avoid the big hits and serious injuries that keep derailing him. There isn't much room for an expanded role on early downs, as Derrius Guice is expected to be ready for Week 1 and Adrian Peterson is back for at least one more season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Redskins in September of 2017.
Gets only one carry
RBWashington Redskins
August 15, 2019
Thompson carried the ball once for minus-one yard in the Redskins' second preseason game against the Bengals on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Thompson received his only carry of the contest on the team's third offensive drive, though he was tackled for a loss. More important than than preseason production has been Thompson's health, as he does not appear hampered by previous rib and ankle injuries. Though the team added to its running back depth this offseason, Thompson should be in line for plenty of targets out of the Washington backfield this season so long as he can avoid injuries.
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How do Chris Thompson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
4.7%
 
Positive Run %
79.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
44.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.8
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
7.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
27.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
5.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.19
 
% Team Air Yards
1.4%
 
% Team Targets
11.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.9%
 
Drop Rate
5.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.6
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Chris Thompson
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
Thompson put together his best campaign yet last year, hauling in a career-high 510 receiving yards despite playing in only 10 games, thanks to an eye-popping figure of 13.1 yards per catch, a figure many wide receivers would envy. He also managed 4.6 YPC on the ground, holding his own once again when handed the ball instead of having it tossed to him. Thompson has prototypical scatback size at 5-8, 191 pounds, but he isn't afraid to mix it up between the tackles, using his small stature to hide behind blockers while showing the patience and vision to let holes develop and the burst to get through them quickly. His main strength, though, is as a receiver, and his route running and hands match up with any back in the league. Despite good speed and elusiveness, Thompson's willingness to get physical means he takes too many big hits, and his checkered injury history - including the broken fibula that ended his 2017 season - stretches back to his college days. On a per-game basis, he should be productive with the Washington passing game now in Alex Smith's steady hands, but how many games Thompson will play is the big question.
Thompson stayed healthy in 2016 and the result was, naturally, his best NFL season to date. While his sure hands and strong routes make him an effective pass-catching weapon out of the backfield and allowed him to set career highs in receptions, targets and receiving yards, Thompson proved for the second straight year that his small stature doesn't prevent him from making an impact on the ground as well. He had five runs of 15 yards or more on just 68 carries, the eighth best rate in the league, and he scored his first three rushing touchdowns in the NFL. The elevation of QB coach Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator should keep the focus on the passing game in Washington, and while Robert Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine will compete for early down snaps, Thompson should have third-down work mostly to himself.
While its difficult to make sharp conclusions with someone who plays limited snaps, Thompson's per-play averages from last year do get your attention, and he showed the ability to play in a variety of packages. Washington's RB depth chart is fairly thin as we go to press, which means Thompson by default could have a notable role here. That said, Washington's current front office didn't draft Thompson; he's also coming off January shoulder surgery; and the Redskins seem to be linked to every potential free-agent running back. Thompson's fantasy situation should be much clearer by the end of August; he could be the team's No. 2 back at that time, or perhaps a free agent looking for work. He makes the cut in our profile section because he did put some explosive plays on the field last year.
The third-year back has failed to see the field much in his first two professional seasons, attempting three rushes for 12 yards and catching six balls for 27 yards and a touchdown after being promoted from the practice squad in Week 15. This might be his last opportunity on the Redskins. As a smaller back with a lot of speed, he enters 2015 with an uncertain role. Thompson returned kicks in college and also returned some for the Redskins in 2013, but that role was overtaken by Andre Roberts last season. He’ll likely compete with Silas Redd and 3rd round pick Matt Jones for backup duties to Alfred Morris in 2015.
He has game breaking speed but failed to landed a job in the Washington backfield.
Thompson will look to sneak onto the roster for the Redskins in 2013 with a crowd at the position.
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Looking good in minicamp
RBWashington Redskins
June 12, 2019
Thompson doesn't appear to be hampered by his prior rib or ankle injuries during minicamp, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.
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Still dealing with soreness
RBWashington Redskins
May 30, 2019
Thompson feels the best he has in a long time, but he also admits there's still some on-and-off soreness in his surgically-repaired leg/ankle, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
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Put on notice with draft pick
RBWashington Redskins
April 29, 2019
Bryce Love (knee) may eventually replace Thompson as Washington's passing-down back, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Glad Peterson is staying with team
RBWashington Redskins
March 17, 2019
Thompson is pleased with his team's decision to re-sign fellow running back Adrian Peterson, Zach Brook of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Struggles in bad offense
RBWashington Redskins
January 1, 2019
Thompson played 10 games in 2018, compiling 43 carries for 178 yards (4.1 average) along with 41 catches for 268 yards (6.5 average) and a touchdown on 55 targets.
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