The biggest note of that draft, of course, was that Thomas had eschewed the pomp and circumstance of Radio City Music Hall in favor of fishing with his old man. So you knew right away, this dude was special.
He immediately took over the left tackle spot, helped lead the Browns that year to a 10-6 record and probably thought, We’ve got this team on the right track! Except Cleveland hasn’t enjoyed another winning season since. In fact, they’ve only eclipsed five wins during this span once — going 7-9 in 2014 — and haven’t even sniffed the postseason. Yet still, prior to Sunday’s season-ending triceps tear, Thomas didn’t miss a snap. NOT. ONE. SNAP!
Chris Thompson found the end zone for the fifth time in six games last Monday night against the Eagles. But he totaled just 12 touches in a game where Kirk Cousins attempted 40 passes in a negative game script. The Redskins coaching staff seems to be holding true to comments from earlier in the season about limiting Thompson’s workload because of his size, which is concerning for his value going forward, especially with Rob Kelley back healthy. Right now, Thompson is averaging 11 touches per game, which includes Week 6 when he logged a season-high 20 touches (16 carries) as the team’s “primary” back with Kelley inactive.
Thompson has been awesome for owners to this point as his 85.9 fantasy points rank him seventh among running backs in standard scoring. That’s exactly why you should sell him now, before his production regresses. It’s really his incredible 7.5 touchdown rate that’s totally unsustainable. Thompson’s fantasy points per touch of 1.3 are on another level and likely won’t hold up. Even Tevin Coleman, who led running backs in fantasy points per touch last season, had a rate of 1.13. And with games coming up against the Seahawks and Vikings, Thompson’s market value is set to plummet in the next few weeks.