NFL DFS Picks – Thanksgiving Edition


Unquestionably, the Thanksgiving slate is easily my favorite slate of the year. I know it is only three games, but it is always fun to just sit back, drink some Great Lakers Christmas Ale [try it if you can] and win some money playing daily fantasy football! This should be a really fun slate and I’m going to give you my favorite plays.

Prices are FD/DK

QUARTERBACK:

Ben Roethlisberger (8500/7300) – This game could end up being an interesting one to say the least. It was my favorite one on the slate until Andrew Luck came up with a concussion. Scott Tolzien will likely take over, and even though Vegas doesn’t seem to think that will make a difference, I can’t see how it won’t. Regardless, I think Ben is a guy you’ll want to target. He hasn’t been great away from home, but he has been very good against the Colts. I think he should put together another good game here.

Kirk Cousins (7400/5900) – Outside of Russell Wilson, there may be no hotter quarterback in football than Kirk Cousins. Even though Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon moved the ball well against them, I think that the way to attack Dallas is through the air. On top of that, I’m expecting Dallas to go up on them early, and they will have to throw the ball to stay in the game. He’s very cheap, especially on DraftKings, and makes a great play on this small slate.

RUNNING BACK:

Ezekiel Elliott (8600/8500) – If there is one thing there is no shortage of on Thanksgiving, it’s good running backs. While I could certainly make a case for Le’Veon Bell, I really like how the game flow works for Ezekiel Elliott here. I think that we’ll see him not only amass a ton of yardage, but I think he’ll make a couple of trips to the end zone. His pass catching upside might not be as high as Bell’s but I think he will end up with a higher score than Bell.

Frank Gore (6500/5200) – Gore is value play on both sites, but his price is especially nice on DraftKings. I’ll gladly take the discount, because with Andrew Luck on the wrong side of questionable, Gore will be counted on more. The Colts receivers will do enough to keep the Pittsburgh defense honest, and I think we could see Gore post a 20-plus point fantasy outing this week.

WIDE RECEIVER: 

Antonio Brown (8800/9200) – You know you’ve got it good when you have 8 receptions for 72 yards and it was one of your worst games of the season. I fully expect Brown to have a monster game on Thanksgiving, and there is plenty of value out there to lock him in and build a good team around him. His price even came down from this past weekend, making this just a great situation.

Adam Thielen (6200/4000) – Stefon Diggs hasn’t been able to practice thus far this week, and if he missed, Thielen ends up becoming about as close to a must play as there can be. The Detroit passing defense is awful, and I think Sam Bradford should be able to do some damage here. Thielen had a nice showing last weekend, and this is an even better matchup this time around.

Cobi Hamilton (4500/3000) – I think this slate could very well come down to finding the one guy that no one else is really on. For me, that guy is Cobi Hamilton. I’ll roll the dice in a few spots on a guy who is sitting at minimum price that is suddenly struggling to find production behind Antonio Brown, at least when it comes to receivers. I am not expecting anything crazy, but 3 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown makes him more than a great play at his price.

TIGHT END:

Kyle Rudolph (5300/3700) – I think one of the ways we can go on this slate to open up money is to use Kyle Rudolph. Not only does Adam Thielen’s usage go up with Stefon Diggs not on the field, but so does Rudolph’s. Also, Detroit has been at the bottom of the NFL when it comes to defending the tight end position. I think we could see him put together an absolutely monster line in this game, as I do think Minnesota will score.

Eric Ebron (6000/4000) – Ebron looks to be the best piece of this Lions offense right now, and we should use him at this price for sure on DraftKings. On FanDuel, he is close enough to Jordan Reed that I can see a lot of people just making room for him. I think this is an excellent spot for Ebron, and he’ll be one of my highest owned plays on this slate.

DEFENSE:

Pittsburgh Steelers (4300/2800) – I’m really not sure what to make of this game, but I think if Scott Tolzein is starting, you have to at least take a look at the Pittbsburgh defense. I can make a case for the Vikings, who are now playing well again on defense, but I’ll go with the low hanging fruit here.