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Darwin Thompson Could Be Worth Late Fantasy Football Stash in Explosive Chiefs Offense

Jason Schandl
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It looks like the rich might just be getting richer. Already loaded to the brim with explosive playmakers, early returns suggest that the Kansas City Chiefs may have hit on another in sixth-round pick Darwin Thompson.

It looked like head coach Andy Reid wanted to get a close look at Thompson in his first NFL action, as he led the team with six touches (five carries and one reception) in KC's preseason opener. He made good on the looks with 51 yards and a touchdown.

Thompson is no stranger to producing with the ball in his hands either. In his lone year at Utah State he had 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns on only 153 carries, adding 351 yards and two scores on 23 receptions.

Thompson still has an uphill battle to get himself meaningful regular-season snaps, sitting behind Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde on the running back depth chart.

Both Williams and Hyde are getting fantasy football love this offseason, but that has more to do with the strength of the Chiefs' offense than it does with their abilities. Williams has an average draft position (ADP) of RB14 despite never topping 50 carries in a season. Hyde (RB43) is being drafted as Williams' backup, and he's coming off a 2018 campaign that saw him average a career-low 3.3 yards per carry.

Thompson is (for now) being drafted well behind Hyde at RB61, giving him the potential to be an interesting late-round lottery ticket at the end of your drafts.

His floor is virtually non-existent, as you're still rolling the dice on the final pick of the sixth round working his way up a crowded depth chart, but the upside if he does could be well worth that risk.

At RB61 you don't need him to take over lead back duties – only to earn himself a regular role in what Andy Reid has already said will be a committee backfield. Taking Thompson's elite efficiency in college and surrounding it with the record-setting KC offense could create a perfect storm for a fantasy breakout.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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