Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is one of the most fun slates of the year. Three games, piles of food, and just hanging out doing nothing all day but eating and (meat) sweating your DFS lineups.
This is a pretty odd slate, and you are going to have to find places to be unique. Running back seems to be one of the hardest spots to figure out. There are no real standouts, and it may be the position to just pivot off of the chalk and hope your guy finds the end zone. Top that with the fact that both of the Ravens’ main running backs are out, make it even more difficult.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to make sure that you leave your flex position open to be able to late swap. With only three games, you are going to be able to gain valuable information with every game that happens. By the time the Ravens and Steelers are going to kick off, you should have a good idea of where you stand and if you need to late swap on to a lower owned player or not.
Antonio Gibson ($6000)
If D’Andre Swift doesn’t play in Detroit, I would expect Antonio Gibson to be the most popular RB on the slate. The last time he played the Cowboys he had 20 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown. He is also coming off back to back 17 touch games. He is a great play, but everyone else thinks so too.
Terry McLaurin ($7000)
Just play McLaurin every week. He had another seven target game last week. He is too consistent to not play. I don’t care what the ownership is on him, it is worth eating.
The Cowboys’ defense is not good; everyone has seen their struggles. This is a great matchup, and McLaurin is going to get targets.
Diontae Johnson ($6200)
Like McLaurin, just play Johnson. When he has played a full game this year, he has had double-digit targets in every single one of them. He had another 16 targets last week! He is probably too cheap, honestly. The two players whose ownership chalk I am willing to eat this week is McLaurin and Johnson.
Ben Roethlisberger ($6600)
Deshaun Watson is shaping up to be the chalkiest QB on the slate, and for good reason. He has a great matchup and has been tremendous. I think people may shy away from Roelithsberger because of his matchup against the Ravens. He has over 40 attempts in three games, though. They are throwing it as much as anyone in the NFL at this point. In the last matchup against the Ravens, he had 32 attempts and found the endzone twice.
Dalton Schultz ($3800)
Schultz has been getting a very nice target share as of late. He has eight, seven, and six targets in his last three games. The Washington defense is tough against the run and defends the pass against the WR well too. However, they have given up the 11th most fantasy points to TEs on the year.
My advice for the defense this week is to play whoever fits into your lineup best and don’t play the chalk. To begin with, defense is so variant that on a smaller slate, you just need to find a low-end play like the Cowboys and hope they can get a bunch of sacks and maybe a turnover for a touchdown.
Have fun everyone, and have a great Thanksgiving! Go win a million dollars!