by Stepmom Lauren
This Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview has not one, however three video games to cowl, so I enlisted the assistance of Jason Moore of The Fantasy Footballers.
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Now, are all of us able to gobble up some turkey, almost burn our homes down frying stated turkey, and valiantly attempt to ignore our family and friends argue about faith and politics? Let’s all be pleased about a full day of soccer on Thanksgiving.
Jason Moore‘s Meals Take: Bears @ Lions: Gravy By Itself
“Gravy is a Thanksgiving staple. It may be one of the essential dishes when paired with turkey, stuffing, or mashed potatoes. However have you ever ever had gravy by itself? Simply drank gravy? No, in fact not. You’re not a monster.
The Bears are Thanksgiving gravy and the Lions are an empty plate. With Golden Tate gone and the WR core banged up, the Lions have little to supply outdoors of being a receptacle for the gravy. Sure, Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay at the least assist slightly, however this recreation might flip right into a one sided affair if Stafford doesn’t have some Thanksgiving magic.”
Does taking Kerryon Johnson out of this offense imply there isn’t a longer a receptacle for the gravy and we simply should lick it off the desk? Which is disgusting. As is that this offense, aside from Kenny Golloday.
Let’s check out what we’re coping with for the Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions.
Bears QB: Mitch Trubisky….. or Chase Daniel?
As of Tuesday, November 20, Trubisky didn’t take part in follow with a shoulder damage. In accordance with the Chicago Tribune, there are “loads of indicators” that time towards Trubisky lacking this Thanksgiving recreation.
Jason Moore… can I get a “So what? Who cares?” Properly, sure, we should always care. If Trubisky can’t play, it probably downgrades the remainder of the Bears’ passing offense.
Nevertheless, as a College of Missouri graduate who watched Chase Daniel tear up the Huge 12, I’ve much more religion in Daniel. He shined in preseason, which I perceive is simply preseason, however nonetheless. The Chicago Tribune reported Bears security, Eddie Jackson, saying, “We actually know what he’s able to,” Jackson stated. “If individuals are sleeping on him, I’m fairly positive he’s going to wake them up.”
Let’s not overlook that Daniel performed beneath Andy Reid with Nagy as his quarterback’s coach. He is aware of this playbook and may deliver a lot wanted confidence as a 10-year veteran. Albeit, a again up veteran, for probably the most half.
Lions QB: Matt Stafford.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: Control the Bears quarterback state of affairs and plan accordingly. Bench Matt Stafford, finish of story.
Bears RBs: Jordan Howard & Tarik Cohen
The wrestle is actual! Once you begin Howard, he stinks and Cohen blows up and vice versa. Then you definitely get sick of the guessing recreation, bench them, solely to see the plethora of factors which might be accruing in your bench, ahem … week 7.
So, what ought to fantasy house owners anticipate? I do not know. However, I’ll inform you what I feel the numbers recommend. The Detroit Lions protection suffocated Howard once they performed in Week 10, however did give Cohen a dashing landing and allowed 6 receptions for 29 yards. With that being stated, the Lions have allowed 7 dashing touchdowns to operating backs this season and solely 2 receiving touchdowns.
Lions RBs: LeGarrette Blount & Theo Riddick
Gross. Licking gravy off the desk, gross. Bears are ranked 2nd within the NFL in complete factors towards, based on ESPN. They’ve allowed four receiving touchdowns to operating backs and just one to the push.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: You can begin Howard as a low finish RB2, simply be actual about expectations. You may also flex Cohen. Don’t hassle with Blount, until you want torturing your self, and begin Theo Riddick in PPR codecs.
Bears WRs: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller & Taylor Gabriel
Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller are good to fireside up in your lineup. Even when Daniel performs, I nonetheless like each broad receivers. Be warned! That may be a private, “homer” opinion I’ve as a result of I really like Chase Daniel. Different fantasy analysts, comparable to Cynthia Frelund of the NFL Community, advise to take a seat him with Trubisky banged up or not enjoying. You determine.
I might keep away from Gabriel. His targets and touches are extremely inconsistent. To cite Yahoo Fantasy relating to Gabriel, “He’s not a Week 12 fantasy choice.”
Lions WRs: Kenny Golladay…. and that’s it.
It’s unclear if Marvin Jones goes to be wholesome sufficient to go well with up for Thursday’s recreation. That leaves Kenny Golladay with the monster’s share of the passing recreation and … properly… I actually do not know who else can be enjoying extensive receiver.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: Begin Robinson and Miller, however remember that Robinson might have Darius Slay chasing after him. Like Yahoo Fantasy stated, don’t hassle with Gabriel. Begin Golladay. Can’t get a lot better for Kenny G than no different choices towards a 23rd rank protection towards large receivers within the Bears (ESPN).
Bears TE: Trey Burton
The tight finish panorama is so dangerous this yr, you in all probability haven’t any different choice however to start out Trey Burton. Worry not! Lions have been traditionally horrible towards tight ends. They’ve gotten higher this yr, ranked 15th on ESPN, however they’ve nonetheless allowed 5 touchdowns to the tight finish place thus far this season. Once more, I’m not fearful of Burton if Daniel begins, however when you have higher choices, go for them as an alternative.
Lions TE: Um… they’ve tight ends?
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: You possibly can really feel all proper about beginning Trey Burton on this matchup. When you have an alternative choice corresponding to Zach Ertz or Greg Olsen, then you possibly can sit him. Likelihood is fairly good you don’t have that choice. Avoid something that has the letters TE hooked up to a Lions participant.
This isn’t rocket science. I feel everyone knows the right selections right here.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: Begin the Bears above all others. Don’t even take a look at the Lions protection.
Jason Moore‘s Meals Take: Canned Cranberries
“Look, some individuals actually love canned cranberries. One thing occurred of their youth to trick them into considering it was good and now it’s nostalgic. The issue is, canned cranberries are objectively disgusting. This is identical state of affairs because the Cowboys and Redskins recreation. Their very own followers love their workforce they usually may even keep in mind the great ‘ol days once they have been good. Simply because the world not must fake that canned cranberries are good, everybody is aware of these groups are aren’t excellent. Two dangerous offenses making an attempt to masks the reality with their defenses. This ought to be a low scoring recreation that some individuals (their followers) will take pleasure in however general it ought to be nearly as good as canned cranberries (horrible)”
Who harm you, Jason? Who. Harm. You.
Who am I kidding? I agree. The truth is, I’m going to take it a step additional and equate it to room temperature cranberry sauce that has been neglected on the desk over night time.
Why? Nicely, let’s have a look, we could?
Redskins QB: Colt McCoy.
Let me repeat. Colt. McCoy. Please, candy child Jesus, don’t let this be one other Nick Mullens. My fantasy soccer mind can’t deal with it.
Cowboys QB: Dak Prescott
Meh….? Sure, Dak Prescott has lastly come to fantasy fruition, however like Jason Moore’s meals take, I feel this will probably be a low scoring recreation. Prescott almost definitely gained’t have the necessity to throw up a ton of passing yards in a recreation the place they need to be main closely.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: I’m avoiding each of those quarterbacks this week.
Redskins RBs: Adrian Peterson & Kapri Bibbs
You in all probability have to start out Peterson in case you didn’t leap the gun and commerce him away like it is best to have. He is likely one of the solely viable choices on this backfield, however the offensive line is like Swiss cheese. He ought to be an RB2 due to the quantity however it’s potential he could possibly be irrelevant with the Redskins struggling to catch as much as the Cowboys.
Even with Chris Thompson harm, Kapri Bibbs nonetheless isn’t a fantasy choice on this offense. FantasyPros agrees, “With Byron Marshall consuming into his already restricted snap rely, he’s not value utilizing in an obliterated Washington offense even when Thompson misses his fourth straight recreation.”
Cowboys RB: Ezekiel Elliot.
Properly, that’s self explanatory.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: Begin Peterson if you must and hope that McCoy depends on the run recreation for first downs and touchdowns. Clearly, begin Zeke.
Redskins WRs: Er…. Maurice Harris & Josh Doctson?
Critically, the accidents to this Redskins staff have been devastating. The lack of their veteran quarterback, Alex Smith, simply makes issues worse for the broad receiving corps.
Cowboys WRs: Amari Cooper & Cole Beasley
Sure, I do know Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup are part of this squad, I simply don’t see their fantasy relevance. Hurns has fallen behind Cooper, Beasley, and Gallup and wasn’t even focused within the Cowboys win towards the Falcons.
Only a fast word relating to Michael Gallup. Please take a second of your time and say a prayer for him and his household as they grieve from a horrific household tragedy. He’ll nonetheless go well with up for Thanksgiving towards the Redskins. It could possibly be attainable that the workforce rallies round him and feeds him the ball in a lopsided matchup. I’m personally not going to take that gamble.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: Keep away from the Redskins vast receivers. We do not know how they’ll mesh with Colt McCoy. On the Cowboys’ aspect of the ball, I’m additionally staying away from these receivers. Cooper is again to being Cooper, it doesn’t matter what workforce he performs for and I don’t see Dak Prescott needing to throw the ball very a lot.
In fact, as quickly as you bench Amari Cooper, he’ll blow up. Your selection.
Redskins TE: Jordan Reed & Vernon Davis
Wait a minute. It’s Week 12 and Jordan Reed hasn’t missed a recreation but? Whaaaat? Plus, Reed scored his first landing since Week 1 when Colt McCoy got here in for the injured Smith. Reed is about the one participant who might profit from a again up quarterback. Vernon Davis might eat into his targets, however with so few choices for McCoy to select from, Reed could also be the best choice to start out on this complete offense.
Cowboys TE: Jason Witten
I child, I child. However significantly, although, with Geoff Swaim harm, we’re speaking about Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz, and Rico Gathers. (Sigh). I don’t even know if these guys are even lively.
Week 12 Thanksgiving Fantasy Preview Evaluation: I truly really feel fairly good about beginning Jordan Reed, particularly within the dumpster hearth, tight finish panorama. Plus, the Cowboys protection ranks 23rd on ESPN, permitting 11 touchdowns to tight ends to date this season. Clearly, keep away from all Cowboy tight ends.
Redskins: There are higher choices on the waiver wire, similar to their opponent, the Cowboys. It’s also possible to stream the Payments and even the Browns.
Cowboys: The Cowboys protection are definitely a streamable choice this week towards a decimated offensive line and a again up quarterback.
Jason Moore‘s Meals Take: Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip
“The grand finale. The candy end that’s beloved by so many. Regardless of how a lot meals you’ve eaten there’s all the time room for a slice of scrumptious pumpkin pie hidden under a mountain of Cool Whip. The one factor sweeter this Thanksgiving may simply be this Falcons and Saints recreation. Drew Brees at residence will completely torch a horrible Falcons protection making certain that Matt Ryan and the Falcons should hold tempo. Each fantasy piece is a worthy begin with Vegas anticipating a ton of factors on this divisional matchup. With 11 professional startable fantasy gamers on this recreation you may simply have to return for seconds.”
I imply, actually, want I say extra? Or ought to I say, want I say Moore? Eh?
As an alternative of telling you who you need to begin, I’ll inform you who I feel you possibly can depart in your bench.
Ito Smith: Atlanta Falcons Operating Again – I feel the Ito Smith experiment is over. If you actually need to start out him, simply perceive that he’s landing or bust.
Austin Hooper: Atlanta Falcons Tight Finish – I do know, I do know. All these factors and the horrible tight finish state of affairs! When you don’t have anybody else to start out, then Hooper is okay for PPR. New Orleans is third greatest towards tight ends permitting 35 receptions for 376 yards and just one landing. In line with FantasyPros, the one tight finish to realize greater than 50 yards on the Saints was O.J. Howard in Week 1.
Ben Watson: New Orleans Saints Tight Finish – There are method too many mouths to feed on this offense to provide Watson too many seems.
Falcons & Saints DST: Contemplating we’re speaking concerning the abundance of factors being scored, I feel it’s protected to say you possibly can keep away from these two defenses. Saints do have interception potential, nevertheless, so when you’re determined, you possibly can decide them up. Simply maintain your nostril and don’t look.
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