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Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson Form Deadly 1-2 Fantasy Punch for Redskins

Despite suggesting he’d be less than 100 percent until November, Redskins RB Chris Thompson looked every bit of his explosive self to begin 2018. The RB12 in PPR points per game, Thompson once again burst past defenders as both a runner and receiver while racking up 128 total yards and a score on 11 touches. This included a team high in targets (7) and receptions (6), as Thompson displayed immediate chemistry with Alex “Check Down” Smith. 

Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson continued his comeback from the crypt, hauling the ball 26 times for 96 yards while bursting free for 70 yards in the receiving game on 2 catches. Though he’s a risk to wear down fast at 33-years old, Peterson looks rideable until the wheels fall off, especially in games the Redskins are favored.

As predicted in our Preseason Wrap-up Guide, Thompson once again looks likely to be among fantasy’s top bargains in 2018. He got open at will in this one, and Smith was laser-locked onto him the entire game. Consider him a quality RB2 from here on out as a gameflow-proof back with a high floor, high ceiling each week thanks to his immense versatility. He remains a long-term hold.

Peterson, meanwhile, showed plenty of juice in his old legs. He tallied his 100th career rushing TD and seems the unquestioned early-down horse, with Samaje Perine nowhere to be found and Robert Kelley tallying just 3 carries. Indeed, Peterson benefited from an early lead, and is a major risk to disappear on weeks the Redskins are playing from behind. Moreover, he’s unlikely to sustain for 16 weeks at his age, and seems like a classic sell-high. Perhaps wait a week, however, as he faces the baby poo-soft Colts next week and should once again approach 100 and a score.

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