Tomorrow is about giving thanks, spending time with family and eating. Not to mention three Thursday football games. If you want to get into the action, online sportsbook live odds directed to: http://www.betphoenix.ag/. While you’re focusing on family, friends and food, don’t forget about fantasy football.
The first game to kick things off is the Minnesota Vikings taking on the Detroit Lions. Don’t forget it is an early start (12:30 EST) so set your lineups early. In the first meeting Minnesota struggled to run the football while Theo Riddick piled up 70 yards for the lines. Look for the Vikings to do a better job at stopping the run in this one. Minnesota should also struggle to move the ball on the ground. Riddick’s ability to catch the ball should help his value. Jerick McKinnon is more of a desperation play, particularly with a full slate of NFL games. The Vikings will miss Stefon Diggs, who caught 13 passes in the first meeting. Kyle Rudolph scored a touchdown. He’s the only member of the Vikings’ passing game that is worth putting in your lineup. On the flip side Matthew Stafford was held to 219 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. I would temper your expectations for him in this meeting. Golden Tate and Eric Ebron played well with a combined 18 receptions. They both should be in for decent days. Both defenses have plus match-ups for fantasy purposes.
After you stuffed your face with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and that NFC North match-up, you can take in a NFC East showdown. Dallas. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 83 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. Look for him to continue to runaway pace for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dak Prescott threw for 292 yards in the first one. Dez Bryant had 102 of those yards on seven catches. Both players should put up even better fantasy numbers as they have been to really click. Cole Beasley and Jason Witten are more roll of the dice plays. For Washington, Kirk Cousins threw for 364 yards and a touchdown as they had four receivers with at least 50 yards and six with at least 39 yards. Cousins is a solid play again. If DeSean Jackson (shoulder) can go, he’s a high risk/high reward play. Jordan Reed is a plus play at tight end while Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon have upside, but also have a low floor. In the running game Rob Kelley is worth a starting RB spot while Chris Thompson offers PPR flex value. Dallas’ defense is a low-end option. I’d avoid Washington’s D.
After the game and a second wave of food, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis offer some dessert. Unfortunately the Andrew Luck-Big Ben match-up won’t materialize as Luck is out. Scott Tolzien should only be used in two-quarterback leagues. T.Y. Hilton can be played, but temper your expectations. Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett likely fall off the map, but Jack Doyle and Dwayne Allen could see an uptick in targets. Both likely need to score a touchdown to provide fantasy value. If you have other options, go that direction. Frank Gore is a quality option at running back. Big Ben is a sure fire QB1 while Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are both premier options for their position. Eli Rogers is a possibility, but he’s far from certain. The same goes for the rest of Pittsburgh’s weapons. Neither defense screams fantasy start, but Pittsburgh appears to be the superior choice with Luck out.
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