RB Darwin Thompson - Kansas City Chiefs

5-8, 200Born: 2-12-1997College: Utah StateDrafted: Round 6, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): The upside of the Chiefs backfield was alluring enough to draft Thompson, and even hold him to see if LeSean McCoy still had game, but McCoy does, and Thompson needs an injury to have fantasy relevance. He's a drop in short bench leagues.

Week 2: at Oakland Raiders

All RB vs OAK

FBG says: Good matchup. Kansas City entered the season with little clarity at the running back position. Damien Williams emerged as a capable NFL running back late in the 2018 season, but his role in the 2019 offense was unclear. Williams entered the season as the team's starter, and he played 45 snaps (66 percent of potential offensive snaps) in week one. Williams produced just 26 yards on 13 carries throughout the Chiefs' week one domination of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Behind Williams on the depth chart was the newly-acquired LeSean McCoy. In McCoy's debut for Kansas City, he played just 20 offensive snaps but carried the ball 10 times for 81 yards over those snaps. Williams will likely continue as Kansas City's starter for the near future, but should he falter McCoy will be waiting in the wings to assume the starting role. Kansas City's offensive line ranks as one of the league's best, and they proved why in week one with an impressive display of run-blocking against Jacksonville. Over the offseason, the Oakland Raiders made a clear investment in its defense, both via free agency and the NFL Draft. The Raiders signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict away from the Cincinnati Bengals and reaped immediate rewards in run defense thanks to this signing. Burfict jumped off the screen as the team's top run-defender in week one by making three run stops against the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, aside from Burfict, there was not much to be excited about defensively for Oakland. The Raiders lost rookie safety Jonathan Abram to a torn rotator cuff following week one, and he will likely miss the entire season. Curtis Riley will likely step into the starting lineup at safety in Abram's absence. Riley's erratic performance throughout his career has left him unable to secure a position in any team's long-term plan over recent years. The Denver Broncos' running backs ran for over 4.7 yards-per-carry against Oakland in week one. Losing a starting safety that doubles as one of the team's most physical defenders does not bode well for the Raiders' chances of improving against the run. Oakland's run defense was already below-average entering the season, and this unit can ill afford any more losses to injury.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at JAX 2 0 0 0 1 1.0 3 0 0 0.3
2 at OAK 0 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.1
2 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 1.0 * * * *
2 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.7 * * * *
2 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

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2@ Oakland Raiders
3vs Baltimore Ravens
4@ Detroit Lions
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6vs Houston Texans
7@ Denver Broncos
8vs Green Bay Packers
9vs Minnesota Vikings
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Oakland Raiders
14@ New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ Chicago Bears
17vs Los Angeles Chargers