The injury bug struck once again in Los Angeles on Sunday when Rob Kelly went down early in the second half with a rib cartilage injury. Kelly finds himself in good company with other banged up RBs David Johnson, Spencer Ware, and Danny Woodhead. If you own one or more of these guys, and you missed out on last week’s WW pickups you’re going to need to hit the wire before the talent pool dwindles to a mere puddle.
Enter Redskins 5-year veteran RB Chris Thompson. Thompson has already been a big part of Washington’s offense with 6 carries, 81 yards, a TD. If Kelley misses time, Thompson has the opportunity to be Washington’s RB1 through his pass catching ability after posting 7 catches for 81 yards and 1 TD through 2 weeks. PPR owners can count on him to build on an already impressive fantasy production thus far this season.
The Redskins return home in Week 3 to face the Oakland Raiders. Although Oakland has improved their defense, they already allowed 221 rushing yards and 422 receiving yards. The door is open for Thompson to continue his success, not only in the running game but through the air. Samaje Perine will be there to vulture some carries, but he’s primarily being used to grind it out on the ground and hasn’t shown any real star quality thus far. With Kelly’s rib injury, the propensity for Jordan Reed to be plagued with injuries, AND the receiving corps not shining as brightly as expected, it’s reasonable to expect Kirk Cousins to continue leaning on Thompson as one of his top reliable offensive weapons.
A must add in PPR leagues; he is still widely available on waivers (currently owned in 59% of Yahoo! leagues after Wednesday’s waivers). Thompson may not be a guy to start every single week, but he’ll be a valuable plug-n-play option against Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, and the Chargers. Stop sleeping on him and get him for your Week 3 lineup!
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