Entering the 2013 NFL regular season, New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was a trendy pick to emerge as a breakout star. With the Patriots' receiving corps depleted, Thompkins' combination of size and ability created hype.
During New England's Week 11 meeting with the Carolina Panthers, Thompkins embodied the phrase that has defined his season: high-risk, high-reward.
Thompkins finished with two receptions for 60 yards on two total targets. He erupted for catches of 23 and 37 yards, respectively, and continued to be a big play receiver for Tom Brady.
Plain and simple, this young man is explosive.
Been saying it since preseason: KenBrell Thompkins makes PLAYS.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 19, 2013
Unfortunately for fantasy football owners, big plays aren't always available.
Entering Week 11, Thompkins had season statistics of 23 receptions on 56 targets for 334 yards and four touchdowns. The fact that he's caught passes on 42.6 percent of his targets is concerning, but that isn't what fantasy owners should be focused on.
Thompkins has three or less receptions in six of his eight appearances.
Furthermore, Thopmkins' four touchdown receptions were grabbed during a total of three games. Outside of those outings, the former Cincinnati Bearcats star has been generally unproductive from both fantasy football and general NFL perspectives.
For that reason, you shouldn't start him. In fact, you shouldn't even consider putting him in your lineup until he displays some form of consistency.
Thompkins' performance against Carolina doesn't change that.