Patriot fans and fantasy owners alike had high expectations for Kenbrell Thompkins heading into the regular season. But after two weeks of subpar performances, the reality of starting an undrafted rookie is starting to set in.
Touted as fantasy football’s can’t miss sleeper heading into the regular season, Thompkins put up a dud in Week 1 against the Bills. Although targeted a team high 14 times, Thompkins managed only four receptions for 42 yards and looked lost throughout much of the game. Thompkins was also completely overshadowed by fellow receiver Julian Edleman, who is quickly becoming Tom Brady’s favorite target.
Many owners were interested to see if Thompkins could bounce back from his disappointing week 1 heading into last night’s game against the New York Jets – especially with Danny Amendola sidelined with a groin injury.
Once again, Thompkins failed to impress, posting relatively mediocre totals. Targeted 7 times, Thompkins converted only two of them into receptions for a total of 47 yards. The only touchdown of the night for the Pats went to fellow rookie wideout, Aaron Dobson, who also figures to cut into the production of Thompkins.
After last night’s performance, it’s apparent that Thompkins was never really a viable fantasy option. It’s also obvious that Julian Edleman and Amendola (when healthy), will be the focal points of the Patriots aerial attack until Gronkowski can return to the lineup.
Even against a terrible Tampa Bay pass defense as the Patriots week 3 opponent, Thompkins is barely a bye-week fill in option at this point and should be dropped if roster space is needed.