Kenbrell Thompkins injury update: Fantasy value could take a hit

Kevin C. Cox

Kenbrell Thompkins should be fine, but the competition for targets could hurt him. We break down the fantasy implications.

Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) is listed as questionable to face the Bengals on Sunday. He was limited in practice all week with a new injury.

The Patriots aren't taking it easy on the injury report and they're loaded with players that are questionable. Thompkins is one of the better bets to play this week against a banged up secondary.

The Patriots could get Danny Amendola back on Sunday, which isn't going to benefit Thompkins. If Amendola stays healthy, he has an excellent chance to see double-digit targets from Tom Brady. Of course, that's a huge if for the oft-injured Amendola.

Rob Gronkowski is also on the comeback trail, but he's unlikely to play this week. He would also hurt Thompkins' targets, especially in the red zone.

Fantasy impact: This week Thompkins should be OK to play as a top-30 WR since the Patriots aren't close to 100 percent. Their running backs are very banged up, so it should be a more pass-happy approach. Owners might want to prepare to sell high, though.

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