Start’Em Sit’Em Week Thanksgiving Day
Probably one of the roughest weeks to get a grasp on during the fantasy football season is the week of Thanksgiving. Three games are being played on Thursday, games on Sunday and don’t forget the Monday night game. This is a ton of pressure to put on owners and to top it off there were a lot of notable injuries in Week 11 and your fantasy playoffs are right around the corner.
This article will only be making recommendations of players who are playing on Thanksgiving day.
Thanksgiving Day Games:
- Vikings at Lions 12:30 PM ET
- Redskins at Cowboys 4:30 PM ET
- Steelers at Colts 8:30 PM ET
Now, let’s progress to my Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em recommendations for Thanksgiving. Our policy is generally no elite players that you should already be planning on playing. As always, no space will be devoted to elite players that you should already be planning to deploy. Instead, the focus will remain on the Start and Sit options that are more uncertain. Enjoy the games, and good luck this week.
Start QB Dak Prescott vs Redskins
Over the last two weeks, the Redskins have been torched by opposing quarterbacks and have given up 658 yards and 5 TDs through the air. Now the Redskins will be going against on of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL and a healthy Dez Bryant who want to show what they can do on a national stage.
Dak has now accumulated thirteen touchdowns during the Cowboys’ last five games. He has also tossed two interceptions during that span, resulting in an AMAZING 17:2 touchdown to interception ratio.
Outside of Josh Norman, who mostly plays on one side, the Redskins are extremely vulnerable to big plays and will be focused on Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ running game.
Look for Dak to feast on Thanksgiving.
Sit QB Matthew Stafford vs Vikings
So many things working against Matthew Stafford this week.
- Playing a division team for the second time.
- Xavier Rhodes looking healthy.
- Short week.
- No running game.
- Playing against the team who is giving up the third lowest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
This week there is just too much working against Matt Stafford to make him a viable quarterback. Stay away if possible.
Start RB Frank Gore vs Steelers[the_ad id=”66786″]The Cleveland Browns were good for one thing in Week 11. They taught us what not to do against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You should not put the ball in the hands of your inexperienced quarterback and you should not go away from the running game against a team that has given up the third-most points to running backs this season. Now enter the Thanksgiving buffet line, Mr. Frank Gore. A running back who is contributing in all areas and will get an even bigger workload with Andrew Luck likely out with a concussion.
Sit RB Robert Kelley at Cowboys
What is the Dallas Cowboys’ recipe for success? Rushing the ball effectively, dominating with their offensive line and ultimately dominating the time of position. Currently, the Cowboys rank first in the NFL in time of possession (over 33 minutes per game) and run the fifth most plays per game. These stats show that there are generally fewer opportunities for snaps and I see the Redskins getting down early to the Cowboys and Robert Kelley not getting the opportunities for seconds on turkey day.
Start WR Stefon Diggs at Lions
Please say it’s so. After a terrible match-up against the Cardinals, Diggs gets to run against the Detroit Lions defense. A team which has given up the fourth-most passing touchdowns in the NFL, the worst quarterback completion percentage allowed and the fifth most receptions in the NFL. Also, Diggs is not being shadowed by Patrick Peterson this week. Consider Stefon Diggs the lock of the week for a minimum of 8 receptions for 100 yards. Stefon Diggs just got promoted to the adult’s table at dinner.
Sit WR Donte Moncrief vs Steelers
- Check out our Week 12 Wide Receiver Rankings Here
Start TE Eric Ebron vs Vikings
A rushing touchdown in Week 11?
First round tight ends don’t bust and Ebron is finally fulfilling the potential he showed coming out of college. The Detroit offense is finally starting to come together and at the focal point is their talented young tight end. Going into Week 12 Ebron is facing the 12th worst defense against tight ends and a squad who allowed Ebron to go off for seven receptions on eight targets for 92 yards in his second game back from injury.
Sit TE Jason Witten vs Redskins
It has been a really nice season for Jason Witten so far, but at this point in the season we are looking for more than four receptions for 45 yards from our tight ends with so many viable options and if it wasn’t for his game against the Cleveland Browns Witten’s numbers would be even lower. While dad-bod’s are the norm for Thanksgiving, we should all stay clear of this dad-bod in our fantasy lineups.
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I started playing redraft fantasy football in 2007. After winning my first championship in year one I was hooked immediately. The following season I finished in last place in both of my leagues, haha. After this epic failure I decided to always be one step ahead of my friends and family. I started studying the teams closer, watching the draft and learning more about the NFL as a whole instead of focusing on individual players. After two years of studying I realized I was often early on players to grab off the waiver wire and decided to try dynasty fantasy football. I have been playing dynasty for six years total and have been in more competitive leagues (myfantasyleague.com) for the past three. Over the past three years I have written about dynasty, DFS, redraft and scouting reports on upcoming rookies or unknown players.
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