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.