2013 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Kenbrell Thompkins is Still a Risky Start Going Forward

By Ryan Heckman
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Tom Brady continues to do what he does best. Without his top targets in week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady still led his New England Patriots to a 23-3 victory by targeting a total of eight receivers on Sunday.

Let’s be real, here. Brady does this better than just about anyone else in the league. Give him any group of receivers and he’ll win games. It doesn’t matter who they are, he will mold them and coach them into being legitimate players at the professional level.

One of those guys Brady has been impressed with so far is rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins. Before the season, Thompkins was picked by some experts to be a sleeper in fantasy leagues this year. So far, he looks like he could wind up contributing pretty well.

Against the Bucs, Thompkins came down with two touchdowns on three receptions and a total of 41 yards receiving. Immediately, fantasy football owners began to salivate over the thought of what he could do from here on out. In leagues where he’s yet to be owned, team owners went out and snatched him up quick.

While his performance was great for fantasy purposes on Sunday, he should still be looked at as a sleeper. Thus, be very cautious when inserting him into your starting lineup. Brady, like I said, targeted eight different receivers on Sunday. Three guys had just as many, if not more, targets than he did.

With Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski out — Gronkowski may be coming back next week — Brady continues to keep his offense unpredictable through the air. Thompkins will get a handful of targets going forward, but I wouldn’t call him a legitimate starter in your league just yet.

Keep an eye on Thompkins for now and maybe stash him on your bench if you have the space, but as Brady gets more and more guys healthy on offense, Thompkins’ targets could decrease.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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