The Thanksgiving Day NFL slate certainly is interesting this year both on the field and for fantasy purposes. In Week 11, every single one of these teams lost. So the good news is that not all of them will lose again! And because of the expanded regular season, two teams have a bye for Thanksgiving as well. The Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals will be home eating turkey, so keep those players out of your lineups.
While the Bears/Lions matchup looks to be a dud between Andy Dalton and (most likely) Jared Goff, fantasy points are still up for grabs. The Raiders/Cowboys and Bills/Saints games may be more interesting, but there are players to look at (and bench!) in each Turkey Day matchup.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Kansas City
Start These Players
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints
In looking at all six quarterbacks playing on Thanksgiving Day, the best bet is Allen. While it seems like a gimme, Allen has been struggling. In the past three games, he has four touchdowns and five interceptions. He barely topped 200 yards in Week 11. However, the matchup with the Saints offers bounce-back potential. New Orleans' defense has been great at times but it's had its share of issues, especially in recent weeks. Allen regains his QB1 status for Week 12.
Tony Jones Jr., RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills
Jones was just activated off IR before Week 11. He played in the game but only had three carries for two yards. However, Mark Ingram II was active. For Week 12, it seems likely that Alvin Kamara will be out for a third straight. Ingram did not practice on Tuesday as he's dealing with his own knee injury. If Ingram is able to practice on Wednesday, he should be started on Thursday. However, if Ingram were to miss practice, Jones becomes an interesting RB2 and could still have some fantasy value even if Ingram gives it a go vs. the Bills.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Las Vegas Raiders
With Amari Cooper (COVID-19) already ruled out for the Thanksgiving game and CeeDee Lamb being very questionable because he suffered a concussion last week and the short turnaround doesn't allow for much time to clear protocols, Michael Gallup could be Dak Prescott's No. 1 wide receiver on Thursday. He had 10 targets in Week 11, and while he only caught five of them for 44 yards, the volume is promising, especially because Lamb played against the Chiefs. Trust Gallup as a WR2 this week.
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
It doesn't seem like Allen Robinson will be able to play in Week 12, so that means Mooney becomes the No. 1 receiver again. He's worked with Andy Dalton before and that should continue in Week 12. Dalton will likely lean on Mooney and Cole Kmet, but in Week 11, Mooney certainly faired better for fantasy managers. He had a 60-yard touchdown from Dalton and finished with more than 100 yards. He should continue to do well against a Detroit defense that has allowed five touchdowns to wide receivers in the past five games.
Sit These Players
Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
Even if Goff plays, he shouldn't be on fantasy rosters. If he sits, don't even think about starting Tim Boyle. The entire Detroit offense is struggling and it doesn't seem to matter who is at quarterback. The Bears DST should be started, but as for the Lions… pass the gravy. The Lions' pass catchers are all downgraded because of either Boyle or a banged-up, mediocre Goff. There have been conflicting reports on Goff’s oblique and playing status for Thursday, but don’t trust him regardless.
Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints
Moss has been a fantasy disappointment this season. He hasn't had more than 30 rushing yards since Buffalo's Week 7 bye. He also hasn't had double-digit carries in that time frame. In the past two weeks, he has seen just one target (and he didn't catch it). Matt Breida and Devin Singletary are involved in the running game which has made Moss nearly impossible to trust for fantasy.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills
The Saints face the Bills on Thanksgiving, which is a tough turkey of a matchup. With Trevor Siemian at the helm, Callaway is not a starting option. He had one reception in Week 11 and it was for a touchdown, but without that, he would have given fantasy managers a zero. He has scored a touchdown in the past three games, but it's always dangerous to chase touchdowns. Callaway has two receptions in Week 10 and no more than three since the Week 6 bye. His targets also have decreased in subsequent weeks following the bye. He's had four targets in each of the past two games and that doesn't seem likely to change in Week 12.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
Renfrow is the No. 1 receiver for the Raiders, but that doesn't make him a must-start player. He's more of a WR3 heading into Week 12. The Raiders face the Cowboys, which actually have been a tough defense against wide receivers. They haven't allowed an opposing wide receiver to score a touchdown in the past three weeks. Derek Carr has been struggling and continues to rely on tight end Darren Waller. It is possible the Cowboys focus on shutting down Waller, but it will be hard to trust Renfrow.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.