It’s a Turducken!!
To quote the famous John Madden, “This is a turducken right here, what we’ve got, you know what a turducken is, a turducken, this thing here, is a de-boned duck, stuffed in a de-boned chicken, stuffed in a de-boned turkey.” As he explained, “with stuffing. Now You’re talking!!! And that has 8 legs.”
“You cut this right down the middle, and then you cut sideways, and you get a little turkey, a little chicken, and a little duck. That’s called a Turducken.”
The Turducken, the Galloping Gobbler, the game ball, and the WWE belt have all been awards on Turkey day. If it were me personally I would’ve found every way to keep the Turducken and the one constant award. I mean after all it was Inspired because of football on Thanksgiving, and it should continue to be a part of it. The excitement that Madden had over the Turducken and its brilliance was somewhat exciting to fans when he gets animated about it, and for everything that he brought to the game, to me this is one thing that should’ve been a mainstay and throw out all the other gimmick awards!!
As for the actual Thanksgiving Day slate, it’s often been one of the slates most look forward to and best slates for all of us degenerates. What is better than to be off work, eating good food with your family, watching football, and hopefully stuffing the accounts with more $$. It’s hard to write about a Turkey Day slate when you’re hungry as you type it out.
It wouldn’t be a normal T-Day slate if the Cowboys and Lions weren’t on it. The games themselves might not look the prettiest, but they should be good games for fantasy points and DFS excitement. After all, that’s all we really care about anyways huh??? Forget the games, just hope my guys don’t go bust and spoil like some bad deviled eggs.
The Lions and Texans don’t have much to play for other than just pride at this point, and it would make it better if Hopkins was still with the Texans and we had a young Barry Sanders or an Adrian Peterson in his prime. Unfortunately, we will have to settle for the combo of Will Fuller #brandin-cooks)Brandin Cooks”:/players/brandin-cooks-18281 and an old AP still trying to do what he can, It would be much better from a DFS standpoint if we were to get DeAndre Swift and Golladay back. The way the Lions D let PJ Walker throw all over them yesterday, and as bad as the Texans D has been, it could be a high scoring game an one with a lot of fantasy points.
Cowboys and The WFT are battling it out for the NFC Least, and it’s crazy that one of these teams could end up with a home playoff game. The one thing I’ve always disliked about the playoff system in the NFL, but that’s for another discussion. We saw the return of Dalton against the Vikings yesterday and we saw the Cowboys get a W against a Vikings team that looked like they were getting better and trying to make a run. Speaking of run we saw Zeke go over 100 and get 21 carries and we saw Pollard break a long one for a TD also. I had a feeling and wrote up about Zeke coming to play and being cheap for his 6500$ price tag if he was going to get a full work load. The return of Dalton helped put life into a pass game and he was able to put 3 in the end zone, and try to get some of the WRs involved. The WFT was able to come away with a W yesterday, at the Bengals and rookie stud “(player-popup #joe-burrow)Joe Burrow”:/players/joe-burrow-1844126’s expense. Alex Smith has done exactly what we know him to do. Make good decisions and be a game manager, even though he did have a TO, he is still a good game manager and one you can count on to not make many bad decisions. He has a path to have a good game and put some points up, on the ground Gibson had been solid and scored another TD, and was right under the 100yd bonus. This week he could have some more room to run, and help open things up for Smith to Mclaurin. It’s pretty safe at this point to just fire Scary Terry up and take your points, and hope for even more. He just gets it done no matter who is QB, and I think he goes underrated outside of DFS because of that. The number 2 JD Mckissick, he has been getting steady targets out the backfield with 5-10 carries, so he is in play as well. This game has a chance to have some good DFS possibilities, and if on the wrong side of it then you could be left looking like the turkey on the table, well done!!
Steelers and the Ravens, I will try not to use my Steelers bias as much as I can in this one. This is the game that I honestly will probably have the least exposure to from a DFS standpoint, but that also could be how a lot of people are thinking and be the way to win and be contrarian. I’m not sure on the strategy with it yet and how people are viewing it. While Lamar is Lamar and can have a big game any week, and he has some bulletin board material after the last meeting, but he’s not been good enough in the passing game to this point to make me think otherwise about paying the price tag for him. He’s not been good against Pitt since last year, and having multiple turnovers in each meeting. The guys on the Ravens I would maybe have exposure to would be Andrews or Snead, and those are just some GPP exposure just in case. As for the Steelers, the run game is completely off the table. They wanted to try and get it going against the Jags and it still wasn’t good, so not much hope to think it changes in this matchup with a much better D. Even with the D-line injuries the Ravens have, I don’t want any part of it. The passing game Ben has been consistent and if one of the guys like Brady, Rodgers, Brees was 24/5 TD/INT ratio and 10-0, when there team was 8-8 last year, we wouldn’t hear the end of them being in the MVP consideration. I think it’s time Ben starts getting viewed as such and getting that respect for what he’s done this year, while also for comeback player of the year. Anyways, for the DFS purposes I might have some Diontae or Ebron because I think that’s where the success will be found is the middle and the crossing routes. I really don’t like it much from either side for DFS because I can see it being a slug fest and low scoring game. Since I’m thinking this way that means you should bet the over and fire up everyone, because that’s how DFS goes.
QB- Stafford (it’s T-Day and he has a great matchup, I’d feel really good about him continuing success on T-day.)
Watson (gets a D that let PJ Walker look good against, and he’s coming off a great game against the Pats. I imagine most people are going to Watson and then Stafford.h
Dalton/Smith (same for both guys, they’re cheap and have potential to hit value, and help get some more studs in lineup if you need it, but the issue is if the first 2 QBs listed get in a shootout and really go off, on a small slate needing raw points usually, that is going to put you behind the curve a lot.)
Ben/Lamar (as mentioned in the game review, I doubt I have any of either guy. Lamar can have a good game as always, but if you’re going to pay for Lamar to be the 2nd highest $$ QB then you better hope he plays like that and that Watson or Stafford don’t outscore him by a decent margin. While Ben has been quietly solid this year, for his price and matchup I’d just rather go Stafford for cheaper. Honestly he probably has an average game and ends around 16-18, and on a small slate I don’t like the odds for that to be true, and if I want that I’d just pay down for one of the cheaper QBs.
DeAndre Swift (if he plays he’s my favorite back on the slate, so we have to monitor that.)
Zeke (I like Zeke to get fed again even though it’s a short turnaround and not as much rest, they need to rely on Zeke to help Dalton, and to help keep the D off the field. I expect heavy Dose of Zeke again.)
Gibson (I like Gibson more this game than I do JD, he’s getting the touches and he’s getting in the end zone, and they will need him in this one to try and control the game.)
Duke Johnson (he’s not done anything with the featured role, but the matchups and weather hasn’t been the best for him, but he’s still got double digit rush attempts in the last 3, this is best matchup he gonna have and I think this is the spot where he finally does what we’ve been wanting and needing from him.)
Terry Mclaurin (it doesn’t matter who throws Scary Terry the ball, he gets it done and for that reason he is pretty close to a lock for me on this slate in most all formats. Early look I will be overweight on him more than any other player I believe. Just plug him in and know you’re getting your 15/16 with upside for a lot more.)
Fuller/Cooks (both of them are in great spots and will probably be double stacked in a lot of lineups this game. They have both been getting solid targets and are capable of taking one to the house at any time on a quick hitter. I will have a lot of the 2 together and some with just 1 of them.)
Golladay/MJJ (on a short week after he didn’t practice much last week, I wouldn’t expect Golladay to be in the lineup, but if he is then he is a great play in a great spot. If he doesn’t go as assumed then MJJ is in another good spot and should be relied on heavily. The WR spot is where all the good plays are on the slate, and what is going to win or lose the $ this slate.)
Pitt WRs: Diontae would be the one I would look at because his target share, but Juju has also been known to step up and get the tough catches in these type of games. I don’t want much of the passing game for Pitt and if you do I would rotate 1 of them out of lineups, and not put 2 together.)
Baltimore WRs: (to me there isn’t a need for me to go here to anyone. Not saying that someone can’t step up, but I just don’t see it happening enough that I need to go there when there is better spots on the board.)
Cowboys WR: (With Dalton you’re likely not getting multiple WRs to have big games, so you will have to use one or the other and rotate them if playing multiple lineups. If I had to pick one though, I believe I would go CeeDee. With all the QB changes, he has still found a way to put out a decent game. He’s only had 2 under 10 this year and one was 8fpts, but the other was .1 against this same WFT team. I expect better this game from Dalton.)
Mark Andrews (top TE on this slate and he’s coming off a big game that he was due for. This week if I had to play anyone from Baltimore, it would be Andrews.)
TJ Hockenson (To me this is the best TE play on the board, and I imagine his ownership will show that. Without Golladay again and possibly no Swift, it should be MJJ and TJ relied on heavily in the passing game.)
Eric Ebron ( had a solid outing against Baltimore last matchup, and once they found the mismatch Ben was looking his way more. I expect that to happen this game from the beginning. I think he might be the safest Pitt pass catcher this game.)
Dalton Schultz (he has been getting steady targets no matter the QB, and had a decent game with Dalton back. He should be in line for his 5/6 targets again this week, and if one gets in the end zone then that could be what helps you or really hurts you. He is a good play and strangely I feel better about TE the ugliest position on the board, then I do at RB.)
Logan Thomas (I pass on this one, I almost went there for cash yesterday but found a way to get to Goedert, and that was a big reason to help pull me thru in all double ups and all H2H, even with the injury to Burrow. While Thomas always looks like good value, it seems like it’s rarely true and I’m good on playing that game.)