DraftKings Week 12 Thanksgiving Slate

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If you’re a degenerate sports fan like myself you, love Thanksgiving for the football games. For that reason I am posting my targets for the special holiday three game slate. With little room for error and not many places to look for targets, I will try and provide a good enough crop to choose from.

If you are anything like me, then Thursday will be a lot of hectic fun. You can start traveling to you or your loved one’s family in preparations for a feast and pray that the game is on TV. No parade please. I’ll be checking injuries and updates while loved ones are trying to reconnect around me. Once I have all my information possible I will say my Thanks and hit submit. If any of that sounds familiar then come with me on this journey.

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Leon Halip/Getty Images

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins $7,100-I am not fooled by the Giants winning a game they had no right winning last week. Kirk Cousins looked good against a good Saints defense and unless the weather changes the Giants will not have 20 mph winds helping on defense this week.

Dak Prescott $6,700-Coming off of probably his worst career start I am saying do not count him out. As highlighted in the Falcons loss, starting left tackle Tryon Smith is needed to protect Dak and is trending towards playing. If Dak has time to pass he should bounce back and this may be a shootout type of game.

Phillip Rivers $6,100-Shootout you say? The Cowboys have been scored on easily the last few weeks and Rivers is able to exploit the defensive weaknesses.

Eli Manning $5,100-I am afraid we will not see Sterling Shepard again this week, but I expect the Giants to pass early and often. The Redskins should be able to score with ease forcing Eli to play catchup.

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Brace Hemmelgarn – USA TODAY Sports

Running Back

Melvin Gordon $8,100-The only “Stud” running back of the slate is hard to leave off your lineups. Melvin Gordon had a nice bounce back week and is in a good matchup this week. If you pay up here you may be rewarded.

Jerick McKinnon $5,200-The predicted lowest scoring game on the slate has me looking at Jerick McKinnon and his big play ability. Latavius Murray has outplayed him two weeks in a row, but in this one I  think McKinnon can exploit the Lions in the passing game.

Semaje Perine  $5,000-Perine had a breakout game last week and the Redskins also lost Chris Thompson to injury. I think the Redskins can dominate in all facets Thursday and Perine should get plenty of usage.

Orleans Darkwa $4,600-He has been so good the last few games I have to make him a target. The one reservation I have is game flow can take him off the field. If the Giants get down too much quick, he will not get the volume needed to reach value.

Rod Smith $3,400-I think this has shootout written all over it. A mistake I think the Cowboys have made the last few games is not utilizing Smith in the passing game. This mistake can be corrected and if it is he should cruise to value and help unlock more pricier players.

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Wide Receiver

Adam Thielen $7,600-Underatted is an understatement. He continues to impress and that should not stop this week. I think Darius Slay would most likely cover Stefon Diggs meaning easier treading for Thielen who deservingly the highest price wide out option Thursday.

Keenan Allen $7,300-I almost wish Allen had not blown up last week as well as he did. That huge game will make him a highly used option in a good matchup this week.

Dez Bryant $6,400-The thought of Dak rebounding this week leads to Dez becoming a target. I obviously expect points on both sides and Dez needs to step up this week to keep the Cowboys in the game.

Golden Tate $6,200-Marvin Jones is likely to face Xavier Rhodes so I can see Matt Stafford leaning more on Tate this week to move the chains.

Jamison Crowder $5,400-It appears Jordan Reed will be out again and I mentioned Chris Thompson is now out for the year. To me that means the short or quick throws are more likely to go to Crowder than anyone else.

Josh Doctson $4,700-Yes, the other Redskin’s receiver should have value too. If you want to roster both it might work out, I don’t know if I will or not. I just know I do like both a lot this week.

Roger Lewis $3,300-As it appears likely that Sterling Shepard will be absent again Thursday, I think Roger Lewis who has been the best non Evan Engram target is a good cheap source of value.

Tight End

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USA Today

Evan Engram $6,100-Speaking of Evan Engram, he had been great until last weeks one catch for nine yard performance. He gets back on track this week as the Giants top catching option.

Vernon Davis $5,500-Start your tight ends versus the Giants. They actually held Travis Kelce out of the end zone, but Vernon Davis could easily restart that touchdown streak this week.

Kyle Rudolph $4,100-With a lot of attention being given to the duo of Diggs and Thielen, Rudolph can go unnoticed. He is known as the Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer and it is technically Thanksgiving not Christmas it is still the season. The Lions are middle of the pack and he is able to convert and is the definite third option is a solid offense.

Hunter Henry $3,300-He has been less than impressive lately. Last week was kind of flukey with the Chargers converting some defensive touchdowns. I think he will be involved in the game plan and is very cheap.

Defense and Special Teams

Vikings $3,300-I think the Vikings can get to Stafford and can force a mistake or two.

Chargers $2,800-If you want to go a little cheaper and hope the Cowboys are just plain bad a third week in a row.

I hope everyone enjoys the slate and is rewarded with heavier pockets and fuller tummies. Happy Thanksgiving!

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