Happy Thanksgiving, turkeys! We have a full slate this week, three awesome Turkey Day games and, per usual, a ton of injuries.
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QB-It goes without saying that Dak Prescott has had one hell of a year. I have tried to follow him from a distance this year but this week he is thrown right in our face with the annual Cowboys Thanksgiving game. This year the game has become even more intriguing with the NFC East being a strong division (record wise). I expect Dak to put some really good numbers on Washington, after all the Packers did, and they don’t have the weapons Dallas does.
RB-Of course Ezekiel Elliott seems like a logical play every week but I like DeMarco Murray against a horrid Bears defense. Both are good plays but I am leading Murray.
WR-No matchup seems more appetizing than Beckham against the Browns. No brainer. Get him in your lineup, it could be a huge week for Odell and the G-Men.
QB-Cam Newton. This is pretty much Carolina’s last stand at the ok corral, or in their case last stand in the black hole as they head to Oakland. Cam has been off this year and nowhere near his MVP stats of last year. Oakland would be the story of the NFL if not for Dallas and their rookies. I see the Raiders making things really difficult for Cam and the offense. If you have options at QB consider them.
RB-Melvin Gordon has been a fantasy stud this year. I don’t see it happening this weekend against the Texans. Houston’s D is playing really well against the run of late so I foresee a lot of Rivers’ passes rather than handoffs to Gordon.
WR-Do you know who the 5th best Fantasy WR is? If you guessed Mike Evans you are right, if you play him this week I think you will be wrong. Seattle’s defense is starting to resemble the the Legion of Boom of a few years past and this young Bucs team is coming off of a huge win on the road. All signs point to a let down game for Evans, and Winston for that matter. Try to find a different receiver this week with this tough matchup.
QB: Welcome to Fantasy Football 2016, where Dak Prescott and Marcus Mariota are must starts. Despite it being a full schedule, and no one is on bye, I think this is the week you get the most out of Eli Manning, whom you all know I don’t think is a reliable fantasy QB. The Browns have allowed 25 touchdowns to opposing QBs.
RB: Is Jay Ajayi a must start now? Well, if you are worried about a few slow weeks, he has a juicy matchup against a 49ers defense who get eaten alive by opposing running backs. You can’t bench Rashad Jennings after a big week, with his juicy matchup against the Browns.
WR: Rishard Matthews. Last year I wrote how he was becoming a must-start No. 3 wide receiver. The beginning of this year looked like he took a step back, back he has been one of the most consistent receivers in the game. If he lights up the Bears again this week, you won’t see him on this list again, because he will be a no-brainer as Mariota’s main man.
TE: The Lions have struggled against the tight end. Stefon Diggs is hurting. Kyle Rudolph should see a lot of targets Thursday afternoon.
DEF: Bills. In Week 2, I approached one of my writers and said how I wanted to write an article about how Blake Bortles is set for a huge regression and you should trade every Jaguar you have. He said it was entirely too early to make that judgement. It’s not too late any more. Bortles stinks, and the Bills will feast.
QB: Looking at the numbers, the Falcons allow the most points to QBs a week, while the Cardinals have allowed the least passing touchdowns this season. You would think that means to start Carson Palmer and sit Matt Ryan, but I think it’s the complete opposite. Ryan is too hot to sit, and Palmer looks like he’s aging each week.
RB: Jeremy Hill has the whole backfield to himself, but I don’t know that’s necessarily a good thing. He has a tough task against a good Ravens defense.
WR: TY Hilton was probably a good sit this week anyway against a Steelers defense that has been pretty decent against receivers. Now that Andrew Luck is out, look elsewhere.
TE: A lot of people start Cameron Brate on a weekly basis. That’s a bad idea this week against a Seahawks defense who is coming in to top form.
DEF: The Jets. I drafted the Jets in all three leagues this year. I don’t have them on a single roster. Revis Island is old, even to his own accord, and this defense is lost. Besides, four years ago this week was the Butt Fumble. The Pats will carve up the Jets.