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DraftKings and FanDuel Best Lineups for Week 12 Thanksgiving Games NFL Daily Fantasy Football

DraftKings and FanDuel Best Lineups for Week 12 Thanksgiving Games NFL Daily Fantasy Football: Jordan Howard

DraftKings and FanDuel Best Lineups for Week 12 Thanksgiving Games NFL Daily Fantasy Football: Jordan Howard

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone, which for Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) purposes starts with the NFL's traditional Thursday tripleheader to kick off Week 12. I know everyone will be busy with family, fully enjoying it or not is another thing altogether. Either way, I hope everyone is spending time with those they care about and spare a moment to think about the things that truly matter most, even more than fantasy sports. I know, insanity, but it is true.

As for the football, the Thanksgiving slate also is one of the most entertaining and fun DFS slates of the season. I am playing, no doubt about it, so this article will focus solely on the three games on Thursday. I will cover the rest of the schedule in a separate post later this week.

As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.

Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams

Thanksgiving Day Core Plays

These will be my top plays for the Thursday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.

QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta at New Orleans ($8,600 FanDuel/$6,100 DraftKings)

It is a stretch to say the Falcons can win this game, but odder things have happened. Either way in DFS winning or losing matters not. If the game goes as last week’s Eagles/Saints affair went the Falcons will need to be throwing plenty to stay in the game. The Falcons have better weapons than the Eagles at receiver and two capable backs. Ryan won’t likely match Drew Brees’ output, but his price is less and I don’t think he will be too far off. He has a high enough ceiling, especially if Calvin Ridley is able to play.

RB: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans vs. Atlanta ($8,900 FanDuel/$8,300 DraftKings)

Kamara is my favorite back on the slate, edging out Ezekiel Elliott, and he comes a bit cheaper too. Kamara and Mark Ingram have found their swagger and have been able to shred defenses again this season. Ingram is not a bad play this week either, but Kamara just brings the explosive play factor. Last week he “only” managed 17.8 DraftKings points, but he had 26.6 33.6 and 26.2 the three weeks prior. We know his ceiling, and with just three games, I would rather aim high. The Falcons also are among the most generous defenses in terms of fantasy points allowed to RBs, including a league-high 85 receptions to the postiion.

WR: Michael Thomas, New Orleans vs Atlanta  ($8,800 FanDuel/$8,900 DraftKings)

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Thomas is in perhaps the most efficient and best offense in football, and there is zero reason to think that will stop this week. Thomas will cost you plenty but like teammate Alvin Kamara he is in a matchup projected to feature plenty of points. Thomas went for 10 catches for 129 yards the first time these two teams have met and there's little reason to not expect similar, if not better, numbers. Thomas may be the highest owned receiver from the Thanksgiving slate.

WR: Julio Jones, Atlanta at New Orleans ($8,800 FanDuel/$8,300 DraftKings)

Jones may be in an even better matchup than Michael Thomas so let’s spend up and get 'em both! There is enough value to get this dynamic duo along with Matt Ryan instead of Drew Brees. Jones has now found the end zone three weeks in a row and has gone for 21 or more DraftKings points in five straight games. Jones is in a groove and should get his numbers again this week, particularly since the Falcons will need him to have any chance of beating the Saints.

TE: Vernon Davis, Washington at Dallas ($4,500 FanDuel/$2,500 DraftKings)

This a coin flip between Davis and Josh Hill. Whoever it is, he has to be cheap as this is basically a punt position to complete the above core. But I have a feeling Davis will get a few looks this week with Colt McCoy taking over for an injured Alex Smith. I could be wrong, but if Davis puts up a goose egg, it's not like he cost a lot.

Value Plays for Thanksgiving Day

QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Chicago ($6,800 FanDuel/$5,300 DraftKings)

If you really want to spend up or differentiate this week you could look Stafford’s way. He has not been very good lately and is facing a defense that pressured Kirk Cousins and the Vikings heavily. In Week 10 the Vikings sacked Stafford 10 times! This is not an ideal matchup, but Stafford will likely need to be throwing plenty this week and could hit value. I may use him in a few GPP, but he's definitely not cash viable.

RB: Jordan Howard, Chicago at Detroit ($6,100 FanDuel/$4,100 DraftKings)

Howard got the touches last week with 18, and this came against a stout run defense in the Vikings. This week he could see more running lanes and do some damage in the red zone. His cost makes it easier to afford those top-tier core players. Howard has upside and could see more touches than Tarik Cohen.

WR: Taylor Gabriel, Chicago at Detroit ($5,100 FanDuel/$3,700 DraftKings)

Gabriel is in a good spot here this week. We just saw the Panthers shred the Lions for 331 passing yards and that number was 348 in the teams' first meeting two weeks ago. Allen Robinson may get more targets, but Gabriel has done a fair amount of damage and has more big-play potential. There's a little concern with Mitchell Trubisky's shoulder injury, but from a cost standpoint, it may be worth the risk so you can round out the rest of your lineup with studs.

— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.