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WR Deonte Thompson - Buffalo Bills

6-0, 203Born: 2-14-1989College: FloridaDrafted: ---

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General News (Mon Dec 11): and Zay Jones will split playing time moving forward, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Thompson started opposite Kelvin Benjamin in Week 14 and played 84% of snaps compared to 61% for Jones.

Week 15: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Good matchup. It's been a rocky ride, but Tyrod Taylor is likely the Bills' unquestioned starter again. Rookie Nathan Peterman has been abjectly terrible, posting a league-worst 1.24 adjusted net yards per attempt (factoring in sacks, touchdowns, and interceptions). Third-stringer and ideal Wildcat specialist Joe Webb could be even worse. So, assuming he's recovered adequately from his knee injury, Taylor will be back under center in Week 15. That's nice, and it's helpful to us as fantasy owners, but it may not mean too much for start/sit purposes. Taylor is an exceptionally one-dimensional fantasy producer; he'll generally either run for 60+ yards and pay off for owners or fail to bring value. He's only reached 225 passing yards twice thus far in 2017. It certainly doesn't help that he throws to virtually no starting-caliber talent. Kelvin Benjamin remains hurt - he's caught just seven passes over three appearances as a Bill, anyway - while Zay Jones has suffered through an atrocious rookie season (68 targets but just 291 yards), and Deonte Thompson isn't anyone's idea of a WR1. Frankly, the only worthwhile pieces of the Bills passing game are running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay, and both have capped upsides as receivers in this offense. Is it possible to wash away a season's worth of poor pass defense with just one masterpiece against Tom Brady? Probably not, but it's worth noting just how great of a game this unit played last week. Second-year cornerback Xavien Howard, one of the league's least effective cover man for most of the year, was thoroughly dominant against the Patriots, refusing to allow a catch and picking off two passes. And there's even further reason for optimism, as the Dolphins have now slotted T.J. McDonald into the lineup to construct a top-tier safety tandem. McDonald and Reshad Jones should discourage downfield throws to a degree, and while Howard's aggressive playing style won't always win out, it's a nice weapon to have. There's still tons of reason for concern here, especially with the team's pass rush still not showing up. But there are steps being taken in the right direction, and the Dolphins may not be an eminently targetable matchup anymore.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at LAC 32 0 0 0 8 3 36 0 0 3.6
12 at KC 56 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0.6
13 vs NE 55 0 0 0 8 2 21 0 0 2.1
14 vs IND 57 0 0 0 1 1 34 0 0 3.4
15 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
15 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
15 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs IND (1 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec)

Deonte Thompson was limited to one target on the day, but he made it count. Buffalo was driving at the end of overtime, when Joe Webb threw deep to Thompson down the right perimeter. Thompson was interfered with on the play, but was able to make a remarkable catch while falling to the ground. The catch set up LeSean McCoy's game winning run.

2017 Week 13 vs NE (8 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Despite leading the team in targets, Deonte Thompson did little against the New England Patriots. He was targeted along the deep perimeter but overthrown by Tyrod Taylor and later overthrown in the end zone by Nathan Peterman. Thompson's two catches short receptions of 12 and 9 yards.

2017 Week 12 vs KC (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Deonte Thompson's lone catch was a pass across the middle in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Thompson was down the pecking order in target preference behind McCoy, Clay and Jones.

2017 Week 11 vs LAC (8 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Thompson led the Bills in targets against the Chargers, but mired to 36 receiving yards as his targets were of the short variety. Plus, Thompson logged a dropped pass. His most notable reception came on a contested hitch route. Kelvin Benjamin exited the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, supplying more opportunity for Thompson and rookie Zay Jones in the blowout loss.

2017 Week 10 vs NO (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)

Deonte Thompson had a brutal day. He dropped a deep pass in contested coverage and was called for a holding penalty that negated a big play by Charles Clay. He was also overthrown twice, including an end zone target by Nathan Peterman. His lone catch was in garbage time on a Peterman throw to the outside.

2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (10 / 7 / 81 / 1 rec)

Deonte Thompson led Buffalo's offense in receiving for the second time in his three weeks on the roster. Thompson is the only player on the Buffalo offense who can stretch the field and one of Tyrod Taylor's few deep throws was a deep touchdown to Deonte Thompson in the back corner of the end zone. Thompson has dependable hands, and has a good rapport with Tyrod Taylor. He lined up on the perimeter throughout most of the game, and was used in all three levels of the field.

2017 Week 8 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

After leading Buffalo in receiving last week, Deonte Thompson was held to one catch for five yards on his only target. Thompson ran an out on a third down play and failed to reach the ball out the get to the line to gain. He was also called for offensive pass interference for premature blocking on a LeSean McCoy screen pass.

2017 Week 7 vs TB (4 / 4 / 107 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

In his first game as a Buffalo Bill, Deonte Thompson was the first wide receiver to break the century mark. Tyrod Taylor targeted Thompson in crucial spots, including multiple third down conversions across the middle of the field. Thompson's biggest play was a crossing route which he worked across the field for a 44-yard catch along the sideline that set up Buffalo's game tying touchdown. Thompson was a contributor in run blocking including a key block against an edge defender than set up a LeSean McCoy 23-yard carry. Thompson was a former teammate with Tyrod Taylor in Baltimore.

2017 Week 4 vs GB (9 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

Thompson led the team in targets and has a chance to have value in very deep leagues because he played well witb Mitchell Trubisky in the first preseason game. Thompson did convert a fourth down on a garbage time drive to set up the Bears second score.

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Latest News

Bills | Deonte Thompson, Zay Jones will split time (Mon Dec 11, 03:18 PM) - Buffalo Bills WRs Deonte Thompson and Zay Jones will split playing time moving forward, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Thompson started opposite WR Kelvin Benjamin in Week 14 and played 84% of snaps compared to 61% for Jones.

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