You always want your fantasy to begin, sit ’em decisions started as soon as there was only one Thursday night game. That notion is tripled in the NFL’s midweek three-game Thanksgiving feast in week 12.
Starting with the Bears-Lions game (12:30 p.m. ET, Fox), continuing with the Raiders-Cowboys game (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS), and ending with the Bills-Saints tilt (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) ), there is a lot of fantasy football intrigue to digest with your turkey and your stuffing. For some, the action can be relaxed to avoid talking to boring parents; but in fantasy it’s a crucial 12 week ahead with the season playoffs just around the corner.
There are plenty of injuries to go, with the passing plays of the Bears (Justin Fields, Allen Robinson) and Cowboys (Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb) being the most affected. Meanwhile, the Saints have a backfield problem probably without Alvin Kamara (knee) again and also with Mark Ingram (knee) not 100%.
With all of that in mind, here’s your special vacation to start, sit down – plus bonus DFS programming – to help you with those tough Thanksgiving calls.
DK range | FD range | Lamb update | Ingram update
Bears vs. Lions Fantasy Start ’em, Sit’ em (12:30 p.m. ET, Fox)
The bears start and sit down
Start: RB David Montgomery, WR Darnell Mooney, Bears D / ST
Sit: QB Andy Dalton, TE Cole Kmet, K Cairo Santos
Sleeper: WR Marquise Goodwin
—Fields (ribs) hurts too much to play. Dalton helps players with offensive skills, but he can’t be trusted too much as a QB2.
—Mooney, the WR2 floor mount and WR1 ceiling mount, took over as the dynamic top target for both QBs. His target share is bolstered by the fact that Robinson (hamstring) is on the board in the short term.
—Montgomery has scored twice in the last two meetings and also played a big game in Detroit over Thanksgiving in Detroit in 2019. He got immediate volume on his return, and Damien Williams (calf) is also no longer on. the picture.
—Kmet dropped its use last week, and the Lions game is actually not ideal for tight ends.
“The Bears will be without rider Khaill Mack (foot), but they have plenty of playmakers to attack either QB Lions.
– Goodwin left to play Mooney without Robinson, and the connection with Dalton is there to consider him in deep leagues or DFS tournaments.
WEEK 12 PPR RANKS:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Lions start and sit down
Start: RB D’André Swift, TE TJ Hockenson
Sit: QB Jared Goff / Tim Boyle, RB Jamaal Williams, all wide receivers
Sleeper: Lions D / ST
—Swift gets a massive volume of RB1 after stopping as Detroit’s obvious main offensive asset, turning into a workhorse on top of a receiving dynamo. The Bears are weaker against the run than you might think, which allows for a lot of distance and scoring chances.
—Hockenson woke up a bit with Boyle improving his aggressive throws down last week, so let’s hope he doesn’t disappear from the game plan again despite a tricky clash.
—Williams receives additional touches after returning from a thigh injury, but Swift is the main man with no more committee town.
—Kalif Raymond is WR56 in PPR half point this season. Rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown is WR71. Quintez Cephus, absent for the season, is in WR84. Where have you been, Megatron?
—The Lions defense played pretty well keeping the Steelers and Browns below 20 points with limited passing play. Dalton is also still a candidate for a pick-six.
WEEK 12 LINEUPS DFS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo
Raiders vs. Cowboys Fantasy Start ’em, Sit’ em (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
Raiders start and sit down
Start: TE Darren Waller, WR Hunter Renfrow, K Daniel Carlson
Sit: QB Derek Carr, RB Josh Jacobs, RB Kenyan Drake, Raiders D / ST, WR DeSean Jackson
Sleeper: WR Bryan Edwards
—Waller and Renfrow are where the passing play goes the most with some limited background pop from Carr lately.
—Carlson, despite the Raiders’ recent struggles, is still checking in at K14 for the season, making him playable with Harrison Butker and Matt Prater on the byes.
– Carr can be started, but he comes with a lot of volatility on a three-game cold streak after the bye. Keep in mind that the Cowboys just failed Matt Ryan and Patrick Mahomes against Dan Quinn’s defense.
– Jacobs and Drake have been awful over the past two weeks as well, as the effectiveness of the Raiders’ run and dump passes has also vanished, and the Cowboys game isn’t helping them at all.
–If you’re looking for a deep dart throw, Edwards would be the guy who can burn Trevon Diggs better in trash time, not NFC’s old nemesis East Jackson.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 12:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Cowboys starts and sits down
Start: QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Michael Gallup, TE Dalton Schultz, RB Tony Pollard, Cowboys D / ST, K Greg Zuerlein
Sit: WR Malik Turner
Sleeper: WR Cedrick Wilson
—Prescott won’t have Cooper (COVID-19) or possibly Lamb (concussion), but Gallup, more versatile in his attack now, may be an effective target of choice. The game is also spectacular for Schultz, who should also see an increase in key targets through the red zone.
—Prescott has a floor of 250 yards and two TDs to rebound from Kansas City and has a sneaky ceiling of 300 yards and three TDs. Gallup and Schultz should score for him with at least one of the full-backs.
—Elliott (knee) continues to play despite a tough injury, but the Cowboys should rely more on him and Pollard as the Raiders’ run defense begins to wither.
– Greg the Leg should be busy, as the Cowboys are required to add field goals during a projected blowout.
“Diggs might give up a big game or two, but he would have to lick his chops for a Carr pick-six. Micah Parsons also clashes with QB a few times.
—Wilson has also often flashed for Prescott, and he would be WR’s other choice ahead of Turner, who only flashed for late garbage against the Broncos at home.
WEEK 12 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start them, sit them down
Bills vs. Saints Fantasy Start ’em, Sit’ em (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
The bills start and sit down
Start: QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs, TE Dawson Knox, Bills D / ST, K Tyler Bass
Sit: WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Cole Beasley, RB Matt Breida, RB Devin Singletary, RB Zack Moss
Sleeper: WR Gabriel Davis
“Allen has given up lately because his big pass and running games have been contained. He should improvise and get enough QB1 numbers back against a generally tough Saints defense and sometimes suspect a supporting role away from cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
—Diggs was helped by the Bills not getting reliable play from other capable players as Allen goes back to basics and once again trusts his best friend and go-to man everywhere . Diggs will see a mix of Lattimore and doubles teams, but he should stay warm with his road run, hands and speed. He also plays the team he once burned for TD “Minneapolis Miracle” as a Viking.
-The Bills’ defense and bass have been money in the fantasy for most games, and they’ll be right against the Saints in a favorable indoor environment.
—Knox has been another key player in the safety valves due to his athleticism and intermediary work. This was timed with deep shots on Sanders taken away and Beasley battling damaged ribs. He can put together a good Dallas Goedert-style Eagles game against New Orleans.
“Breida has looked like the Bills’ best backstroke lately, but he’s made their committee even messier. Although the Eagles race all over the Saints, they always stop the race well when it’s not Jalen Hurts who gets involved. Allen will likely lead the team in the race.
—Davis should get more involved in the offense with Diggs getting attention, and there’s a good chance he could score a goal from a single cover on the pitch.
The saints start and sit down
Start: RB Alvin Kamara or Mark Ingram
Sit: WR Marquez Callaway, WR Deonte Harris, TE Juwan Johnson, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Taysom Hill, Saints D / ST, K Brett Maher
Sleeper: WR Tre’Quan Smith
—Ingram did replace Kamara (knee) after meeting with the Saints. However, he was much better against the Titans than against the Eagles, and despite Jonathan Taylor running everywhere with the Bills, they’ve been solid all season. Kamara would still be an RB1 back-end if he plays. If Kamara is out, Ingram is a tough game-based RB2 back-end.
– Siemian sets up multiple TD efforts, but he arrives with big mistakes. Hill could also be put more into the mix as a wrinkle. Tight end Adam Trautman could have appealed after turning on the Eagles, but he’s out for a while after suffering a knee injury.
Even with the emotional prime-time home bump and the Bills’ recent struggles, playing the Saints defense here isn’t appealing compared to many other top D / ST options this week.
—Between Callaway, Harris and others, Smith, since returning from IR, has been the most viable on some level trying to replace Michael Thomas (ankle). The numbers as a whole aren’t huge, but they added to a consistent consideration for WR3 and flexibility in deeper leagues.
DraftKings NFL Thanksgiving Cash Game Lineup
QB: Dak Prescott, Cowboys ($ 6,900)
RB: David Montgomery, Bear ($ 6,000)
RB: Tony Pollard, Cowboys ($ 5,600)
WR: Stefon Diggs, invoices ($ 7,900)
WR: Darnell Mooney, Bear ($ 5,700)
WR: Tre’Quan Smith, Saints ($ 4,400)
TE: Dalton Schultz, Cowboys ($ 5,300)
FLEX: Dawson Knox, invoices ($ 4,400)
D / ST: Cowboys ($ 3,300)
There’s a stack of devious Cowboys here from Prescott, Schultz, and Pollard, and we also got into the best two parts of the Bills passing game. Here is also another direct message that says Montgomery and Mooney will be doing it in Detroit. The Cowboys’ defense is the icing on the pumpkin pie. We’re just fine not having any representation of the Lions, with Montgomery being a good pivot of Swift.