Man Up/Step Aside Thanksgiving Day edition
Listen up everybody, before we dig in our plates and start scarfing down our turkey, mashed potatoes, countless slices of pecan pie, creamy corn, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie etc I’d like to say grace. It would be rude if I didn’t and skipped straight to the meal. So fantasy enthusiasts let’s start by saying what we’re thankful for because this 2017 NFL season has been bombarded with injuries, and after all this is strictly fantasy related so I’ll go ahead and start by saying I’m a Thankful for Adam Thielen.
Adam Thielen is second in receiving yards behind Antonio Brown, and has been a PPR monster in the past three games, and if you were drafting today there’s no way Thielen doesn’t go by the end of the second round. I’m thankful for touchdown celebrations!! I think I can speak for all of football fans on that call, because ever since Dr. Evil (Goodell) started to allow touchdown celebrations again we’ve seen some pretty creative ones. From leap-frog featuring the Minnesota Vikings, a potato sack race with the Chiefs, and Le’Veon Bell using one of his offense lineman as a bench while he benched pressed using the football as a prop. Keep those coming fellas. Few more things here.
I’m THANKFUL for the NFL and its players not backing down from Trump. They addressed certain issues on their own time, and when the child in office couldn’t get his way he tweeted up a storm. And last but not least I’m thankful for Sean McVay and Mike Zimmer. There’s countless of other stuff that we should be thankful for as fans, but Sean McVay for not making me look like a complete fool for giving love to the Rams prior to the season, and basically because both the Rams and Vikings have made this season Great Again!! It’s always great to mix things up, but the Rams have been a great story under McVay with deep playoff hopes, and there’s no doubt Mike Zimmer should be Coach of the Year for what he’s has to deal with and his QB situation. Although we all know McVay is going to run away with it, but Zimmer got the best WR duo in Thielen and Diggs, plus the Vikings continue to run the ball after losing a potential ROY candidate, along with Case Keenum and the defense being so consistent.
Finally we can all raise our glasses sip some wine, stuff our faces into our plates like animals. With that said I’m ready for Week 12 to start, and the fantasy playoffs are right around the corner so if you need to win these last two weeks hopefully this list is a head start for your matchup, and most importantly Happy Thanksgiving from me to your family.
Thielen has clearly turned into a Top 10 receiver taking over as the true threat in this offense over Diggs. In his last three games he’s posted 20 plus fantasy points along with a touchdown. It doesn’t matter who the Lions put on Thielen, he’s going to find ways to get open.
Stafford is worth every penny that the Lions gave him. He is clearly their best player, and it’s safe to say that without him the Lions would be at the bottom of the division looking up at the Vikings along with the Packers and Bears. If there’s any hope that the Lions can pull an upset on the Vikings, it’s going to be through Stafford.
Dez Bryant has been a dud for fantasy this season. The touchdowns and yardage just isn’t there, but the targets are which keeps his ceiling high. More than likely the Cowboys are going to have to throw a quite a bit here, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen the X man throw it up, at home.
Melvin Gordon has been surprisingly quiet since coming out of his bye. Obviously the elite defense of the Jaguars kept him in check, and last week there was no need to overwork him as a workhorse since the Bills handed the Chargers the ball five times. With no Sean Lee here and on a short week this is the perfect opportunity for Gordon to carve up the Dallas defense like a pumpkin.
Samaje Perine has finally made his splash in fantasy having his best game of the season with 117 yards with a touchdown on 20 carries. Don’t expect his volume to go down either with Rob Kelley injured and Chris Thompson out for the year with a broken fibula.
Engram had a bad game at home, but come on everybody had a bad game between the Chiefs and Giants outdoors in those windy conditions, but chances are Sterling Shepard returns here on Thanksgiving night–so if Josh Norman is on Shepard this should be a great bounce back game for the rookie TE.
Stefon Diggs definitely has WR1 potential, but on a short week he might be hard to trust. In his past three games since coming back from a groin injury he’s only had four receptions in each game, and has only been able to salvage his day with TD’s if he gets any for his owners. On a short week there’s a chance Diggs can definitely hit a home run here, but the Lions defense could also keep Diggs in check.
We’ve yet to see Abdullah truly break out as a workhorse running back, but say what you want the Lions are finding ways to get Abdullah the ball. In this early showdown I’m benching Abdullah though if I have better options, because the Vikings defense coming into Week 12 have allowed the second-fewest points to opposing running backs this season.
I know this seems far-fetched, and this call could come around and bite me from behind, but Prescott sure as hell is showing his toughness because in the past two games against Atlanta and Philly he’s been sacked 12 times and hit countless other times. On a short week it’s hard to see Prescott bounce back to a QB 1. The offensive line is also shaky which makes it a great match up for Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, and a horrible situation for Dak.
Oh man this was one of the worst calls all season for me. Leading up to the start of the season I constantly praised Hunter Henry and even said he would be a top five tight end in fantasy, but until Antonio Gates completely walks away or takes a backseat to Henry, his production is pretty much what you’re going to get week in and week out. So on to next season with Henry.
It’s safe to say that Crowder hit a sophomore slump. After his rookie campaign we all thought he would keep it up in year two, even though Crowder is tied for his team lead in targets in the past four weeks the production and fantasy points simply aren’t there. Now going up against a New York defense that held a hot Chiefs offense to nine points should only encourage you to look away from Crowder.
It’s bad enough that Eli has been a shell of himself this whole season to begin with, but with Shepard returning after missing Week 11 due to illness, a Thanksgiving matchup with Josh Norman is not ideal for him, or his fantasy owners looking to start him as a WR2 or Flex.