Noto's NFL DFS Core Plays: Week 12 - Thanksgiving Slate

Turkey Day Position-by-Position Breakdown

I’ll save my recap of Week 11 for the main slate breakdown, but be prepared — some major venting is in order. We don’t want to ruin the best slate of the season by tilting over what went wrong last week. I love the Thanksgiving slate because you never truly feel out of it. Even if you only have time to build one lineup, you can completely change your roster based on what happens in the first game. If you were planning to be contrarian with the late games and get off to a hot start, you can pivot to the chalkier, higher floor plays. If you get off to a bad start, you can pivot to contrarian plays in the last two games.

There are players that I will consider core plays now and when the slate locks, but I might be forced to pivot off of them if I need to make up ground in the last two games. So many DFS players will set and forget their lineups on Thursday, which creates a huge edge for the late swap crowd. My core plays will focus on my favorite players for single-entry contests, but I will cover my favorite large-field tournament plays in the positional breakdown.


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  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


  • fozz8253

    In my humble opinion, the best way to cook a turkey is an air fryer. First, it’s safer than oil, second, it frees up the oven for other sides and lastly and more importantly the turkey doesn’t come out dry. I prep the turkey the night before….clean it and inject with a creole butter marinade and let it sit overnight. Put it in the air fryer and the skin is crispy and the meat is juicy.

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    Sounds delicious. Brother in law is smoking some turkey legs on his traeger, so I’m excited to try those.

  • UK0826

    I’ll be smoking a bird on my Traeger tomorrow. Get ready for the best turkey you ever had!

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