Thanksgiving week is here and that brings 3 games to the Thursday slate. The first game of the day will pit the Chicago Bears against the Detroit Lions. After this game comes the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. The nightcap promises to bring a lot of points as the division rivals Atlanta Falcons take on the New Orleans Saints.
With the excitement that Thanksgiving Day football brings, it seemed like a good idea to spend some time on the DFS slate for the day. My intentions are not to set a lineup for you but provide you with a few guys that you may want to consider fitting into your lineups.
There are some definite studs on the slate and you can’t go wrong with getting guys like Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and Alvin Kamara into your lineups. However, let’s look into a few other guys to think about while creating your Thanksgiving lineups.
$6,800 at Lions
I know the eye rolls that I am getting for even offering Mitchell Trubisky as an option this week. In a week that squeezing the studs in is going to be a must, Trubisky is the lowest priced quarterback on the slate. In the first matchup between the two teams, Trubisky threw for 3 touchdowns. In each of the last 2 games Trubisky has thrown the ball over 40 times. As for the Lions defense, over the last 4 games, they are allowing an average of 265.5 passing yards and 2 touchdowns per game. They have also only intercepted 1 pass over that same time period. With the Bears running game being nonexistent, they have had to turn to Trubisky with mixed results. The trend of relying on Trubisky should continue on Thanksgiving and he offers a high ceiling against a poor defense.
$6,600 at Cowboys
Other than Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara at the top end of the price range of runningbacks there are not a lot of options. Singletary provides the best value on the slate. He has taken over the backfield in Buffalo and seen 15+ touches in each of the last 2 games. He even ran for over 100 yards last week. The Cowboys are a middle of the road run defense and the Bills are a run-first offense. This all bodes well for what Singletary can accomplish Thursday afternoon. Singletary is going to get the bulk of the work again this week and has a strong chance to score after being kept out of the endzone for the last 3 weeks.
$6,000 vs Bills
Randall Cobb has flown under the radar for the last 4 weeks. He has seen 7 or 8 targets in every game. Over the last 3 games, Cobb has at least 86 yards and has scored twice. Now, Amari Cooper will see shadow coverage from TreDavious White and Cobb should continue to see plenty of opportunities. Cobb sees high-quality targets and has turned those into major plays in the last few weeks. That will need to continue on Thanksgiving if the Cowboys want to move the ball against a solid Bills defense.
$6,700 at Falcons
Tight End is a disaster so spending up at the position this week makes sense. Jared Cook was a featured part of the offense last week and should have had a 2nd touchdown that he dropped. The Falcons just shut down the Saints a couple of weeks ago and in that game, Cook saw 10 targets catching 6 of them for 74 yards. Since the return of Drew Brees, Cook has been featured more and that shouldn’t change this week.