Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Washington Redskins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Redskins in September of 2017.
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.
ANALYSIS
Thompson had two fewer catches and 21 more carries in the same number of appearances (10) during his breakout 2017 campaign, producing 4.6 yards per carry and 13.1 per reception with six total touchdowns before he broke his leg Week 11. Coming back from the severe injury and stuck in a lousy Washington offense, the 28-year-old scatback took a massive step backward in 2018, losing five touchdowns and 50 percent of his YPR mark from the previous season. While the 2017 breakout was largely built on a few long gains, Thompson does offer considerable rebound appeal for 2019, as he's averaged 5.4 carries and 5.5 targets per game in 20 appearances over the past two seasons. That kind of workload should at least put him in the conversation as a late-round target in 2019 drafts, with potential to significantly outperform his draft slot if the Redskins can fix the rest of their offense.
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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 the number of times he touched the ball.
  • 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 %
2.4%
 
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
7.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.6
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
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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Accrues 28 scrimmage yards
RBWashington Redskins
December 24, 2018
Thompson tallied four rushes for 20 yards and one catch (on one target) for eight yards in Saturday's 25-16 loss at Tennessee.
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Quiet in Week 15 win
RBWashington Redskins
December 16, 2018
Thompson (illness) rushed five times for nine yards and caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 16-13 win over Jacksonville.
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Available Sunday
RBWashington Redskins
December 16, 2018
Thompson (illness) is active for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
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Expected to play
RBWashington Redskins
Illness
December 15, 2018
Thompson (illness) , who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, is expected to play, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
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Questionable due to illness
RBWashington Redskins
Illness
December 14, 2018
Thompson missed Friday's practice with an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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