With three games on Thanksgiving, fantasy owners may have to make some lineup decisions before stuffing themselves with food (and then football). The biggest injury question regarding the Turkey Day festivities has already been answered: Andrew Luck will not play against Pittsburgh.
But there are a few other notable names that are questionable. Here’s the latest on their situations and what you should do if they are on your roster.
Note: All times are ET.
Dez Bryant (back), WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, 4:30 p.m.
Even though he is listed with a back injury, Bryant is in no danger of missing today’s game. He has looked more like his old self lately, posting 12 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games. He will likely see a lot of Josh Norman, but he also had 102 yards on seven grabs (12 targets) in the first game against the Redskins back in Week 2. Besides, you’re not going to bench Bryant on Thanksgiving are you? Start him with confidence as a low WR1.
Donte Moncrief (hamstring), WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.
Injury aside, Moncrief is just as impacted by the absence of Andrew Luck. If anything, the fact that Moncrief was added to the injury report on Wednesday could be a blessing in disguise as his fantasy owners now really have no reason to even take a chance on him. He’s been a touchdown-dependent fantasy option (has one in four of the five games he’s played) or otherwise his numbers (18 rec., 206 yds.) are barely worth WR4 consideration. As it is, Moncrief is banged up and Scott Tolzien will be the Colts’ quarterback. Case closed.
DeSean Jackson (shoulder), WR, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
Based on the practice reports, Jackson should be fine to play this afternoon. He was limited in practice on Monday and Tuesday, but was a full participant on Wednesday. In Week 11, he had four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown, just his second of the year. He has a touch matchup against the Cowboys, which is why he’s WR3 for this week, but there is upside. However, when he doesn’t score, his fantasy production has been pedestrian.
Stefon Diggs (knee), WR, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
After missing practice on Tuesday, the thought is that Diggs will not play on Thursday. He injured his knee in Week 11, and with the short week, he hasn't been able to get back on the field. Even if he is ruled active, he will likely either be limited or a decoy. For fantasy purposes, it's a tough blow because the Lions just allowed two touchdowns to Jacksonville WRs in Week 11. Detroit has been solid against the pass, but can still be thrown on. In Diggs’ place, Adam Thielen will step in as the No. 1 WR for the Vikings, but he's merely a WR3 this week.
Theo Riddick (ankle), RB, Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings, 12:30 p.m.
Arguably the best receiver on the Lions, Riddick should be fine to play. Sure, he's a running back, but in Week 11, he had four carries for 13 yards compared to eight receptions for 70 yards and a team-high 10 targets. He tied Eric Ebron for the most receiving yards, and Riddick will continue to get plenty of looks in the passing game. The Vikings just allowed David Johnson to post seven receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in Week 11. While Riddick is no Johnson, he has RB2 value in PPR formats and RB3 value in standard leagues.
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.