Josh Collacchi’s NFL DFS Thanksgiving Picks

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The three “F’s”. Food, Family, and Football.

Everyone loves Thanksgiving for one reason or the next. For me, it’s all about the three F’s. Whether it’s a pick-up game, watching three games while eating an overzealous amount of food, or just enjoying time with the family…Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy. I’ve noticed in the last five years, that we’ve added another F to the three Fs. Fantasy. For some reason, this three-game slate is just simply…better than the rest. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

I will break down each game, and detail which plays are worthwhile. If you play the three-game slate or if you play the three one-gamers (or both), this is for you!


Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

Spread: Bears -3
Over/Under: 44
Injuries: Mitchell Trubisky (Q – Likely to Play), Kerryon Johnson (Doubtful), Marvin Jones (Q – Unlikely to Play), Bruce Ellington (Q – Likely to Play), Adam Shaheen (Q – Concussion Protocol), Michael Roberts (Q – Likely to Play)

Quarterback

Next game:

GB @ CHI

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

CHI -6.0 / O/U 45.0

QB

Mitchell Trubisky

Chicago Bears

Salary: 7,900 6,000
FPPG: 21.25 22.50
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
LAR @ CHI Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 8:20PM ET 7,700 7.70 5,600 7.70
MIN @ CHI Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 7,700 16.90 5,700 16.90
DET @ CHI Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,700 36.00 5,600 39.00
CHI @ BUF Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,800 9.00 5,800 9.00
NYJ @ CHI Sun, 28 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,700 21.90 6,100 21.90
NE @ CHI Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,500 33.42 5,600 36.42
CHI @ MIA Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,400 28.34 5,300 31.34
TB @ CHI Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,800 43.46 5,200 46.46
CHI @ ARI Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 4:25PM ET 6,500 6.60 5,500 7.60
SEA @ CHI Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 8:15PM ET 6,500 16.40 5,200 16.40
Season Team PaYd/G PaTD Pa QB Rating PaYd/Pa Avg
2018 CHI 222.7 21 92.1 7.3
2017 CHI 166.4 7 77.5 6.6
Date Team Game Score Comp/Att PaYd PaTD PaInt RuAtt RuYd RuTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 CHI LAR @ CHI 6:15 16/30 110 1 3 6 23 0 7.7 7.7
18 Nov 2018 CHI MIN @ CHI 20:25 20/31 165 1 2 10 43 0 16.9 16.9
11 Nov 2018 CHI DET @ CHI 22:34 23/30 355 3 0 3 18 1 36 39
4 Nov 2018 CHI CHI @ BUF 41:9 12/20 135 1 1 1 6 0 9 9
28 Oct 2018 CHI NYJ @ CHI 10:24 16/29 220 2 0 6 51 0 21.9 21.9
21 Oct 2018 CHI NE @ CHI 38:31 26/50 333 2 2 6 81 1 33.42 36.42
14 Oct 2018 CHI CHI @ MIA 28:31 22/31 316 3 1 8 47 0 28.34 31.34
30 Sep 2018 CHI TB @ CHI 10:48 19/26 354 6 0 3 53 0 43.46 46.46
23 Sep 2018 CHI CHI @ ARI 16:14 24/35 220 0 1 2 8 0 6.6 7.6
17 Sep 2018 CHI SEA @ CHI 17:24 25/34 200 2 2 5 24 0 16.4 16.4

Mitchell Trubisky – The Lions are 23rd in the NFL in defending the QB. Trubisky threw for 355 and three touchdowns while rushing for 18 and a touchdown in the first meeting. If he is active (likely), Trubisky is a fine DFS option, I would play him in GPPs only, simply because despite the -3 spread, I expect the Bears to roll in this game. If Trubisky cannot go, Chase Daniel becomes an interesting option in single-game formats and is a cheap punt in cash games.

Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, Chase Daniel is likely to start.

Update: Trubisky is OUT. Chase Daniel will start, and is worth a punt if you want to spend elsewhere.

Matthew Stafford – There is one thing we do know. The Lions will throw the football. Stafford has at least 36 attempts in four straight games, but he has only thrown five touchdowns in that span to go along with three interceptions and three fumbles. Against a defense like Chicago’s, I’m staying away from Stafford despite the likely volume of passes other than maybe ONE GPP lineup so I can stack Golladay/Ellington/Riddick together…for the upside chances.

Running Back

Next game:

DET @ BUF

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

DET +2.5 / O/U 39.0

RB

Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

Salary: 5,500 4,400
FPPG: 6.77 9.30
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
DET @ ARI Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 4:25PM ET 5,400 7.80 4,700 9.80
LAR @ DET Sun, 2 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,300 7.30 4,700 8.80
CHI @ DET Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 12:30PM ET 4,800 9.50 4,500 13.00
CAR @ DET Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,100 5.50 4,000 8.00
DET @ CHI Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,100 9.00 3,800 12.00
DET @ MIN Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,200 7.10 3,800 10.60
GB @ DET Sun, 7 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,400 3.30 4,000 4.30
DET @ DAL Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,400 4.70 4,300 6.70
NE @ DET Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 8:20PM ET 5,400 5.10 4,400 6.60
DET @ SF Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 4:05PM ET 5,400 9.20 4,000 13.70
Season Team RuAtt RuYd/G RuTD RuYd/R Avg RecR RecTa RecYd/G RecTD
2018 DET 25 9.3 0 4.1 55 66 33.5 0
2017 DET 84 17.9 3 3.4 53 71 27.8 2
Date Team Game Score RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 DET DET @ ARI 17:3 6 28 4.7 0 4 30 7.5 0 7.8 9.8
2 Dec 2018 DET LAR @ DET 30:16 8 32 4 0 3 26 8.7 0 7.3 8.8
22 Nov 2018 DET CHI @ DET 23:16 2 12 6 0 7 48 6.9 0 9.5 13
18 Nov 2018 DET CAR @ DET 19:20 1 0 0 0 5 30 6 0 5.5 8
11 Nov 2018 DET DET @ CHI 22:34 0 0 0 0 6 60 10 0 9 12
4 Nov 2018 DET DET @ MIN 9:24 0 0 0 0 7 36 5.1 0 7.1 10.6
7 Oct 2018 DET GB @ DET 23:31 3 3 1 0 2 20 10 0 3.3 4.3
30 Sep 2018 DET DET @ DAL 24:26 1 7 7 0 4 20 5 0 4.7 6.7
23 Sep 2018 DET NE @ DET 10:26 0 0 0 0 3 36 12 0 5.1 6.6
16 Sep 2018 DET DET @ SF 27:30 0 0 0 0 9 47 5.2 0 9.2 13.7

Tarik Cohen – Cohen will likely be quite popular on Thanksgiving, especially in single-game formats. Personally, I play the Bears’ RBs based on predictive game flow. The Bears -3 is a line I will be targeting, as I think they should have this game well in hand. In that case, I play the Bears’ other running back in Jordan Howard. Cohen could score, but I think the volume goes through Howard on Thanksgiving. I plan to fade Cohen to be different in single-game formats and in full-slate formats.

Theo Riddick – Riddick is likely to be the chalkiest player on the slate on Thanksgiving, and I’m using him as a “free square”. With Kerryon Johnson all but out, Riddick is not only going to take over the entirety of passing downs, but he may see a few carries as well if the Lions are down (draws, delays, etc). If you are playing cash games, he is a guy you want to lock in your lineups on DK, and probably on FD with the expected volume he is likely to get. Personally, I will use him in every lineup on DraftKings, because I expect the Bears to be up by a significant margin, allowing the Lions to play in their passing sets for most of the second half.

Jordan Howard – As mentioned in the Cohen tidbit, when the Bears have a lead they turn to Howard. Now, Howard has just 17 targets on the season so I am likely to play less of him on DraftKings, but he is a fine FanDuel play given the likely game flow. In the last four games, the Bears have held significant leads in each game. Howard has at least 12 touches in all four games, and has at least 14 in three of the four games. He hasn’t scored since Week 9, but I think that changes this week against a Lions team that ranks 23rd in the NFL in allowing fantasy points to opposing backs.

LeGarrette Blount – OK. So last week when Johnson got hurt, Blount filled the void. The problem? He ran for one yard on seven carries. In the last four weeks, Blount has carried the ball 21 times and has 16 yards. He has not scored since Week 7. Blount will likely be more popular than he should, even with Johnson out. For me, I am avoiding him in the full slate, but I think he is worth a punt in single-game slates with the possibility for a touchdown. Personally, I don’t want to go this route in a game against the Bears where Riddick is likely to see more snaps.

Zach Zenner – Everyone remember Zenner? The preseason darling from a few years back may return to action this week, as he is quite simply a better athlete than Blount. Should the game turn into a blowout, expect Zenner to get some work over Blount. If Blount continues to be ineffective, expect Zenner to get some work as well. I am not playing him in the full slate, but if you want to be completely different in single-game formats, he is worth the risk.

Wide Receiver

Next game:

DET @ BUF

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

DET +2.5 / O/U 39.0

WR

Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Salary: 6,800 5,400
FPPG: 11.17 13.80
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
DET @ ARI Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 4:25PM ET 7,200 1.50 6,400 2.50
LAR @ DET Sun, 2 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,300 6.50 6,700 8.00
CHI @ DET Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 12:30PM ET 7,200 11.50 6,400 14.00
CAR @ DET Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,400 21.30 5,800 28.30
DET @ CHI Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,800 16.80 5,100 19.80
DET @ MIN Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,200 6.90 5,500 8.40
SEA @ DET Sun, 28 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,600 1.70 5,700 2.20
DET @ MIA Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 7,000 4.70 6,000 5.70
GB @ DET Sun, 7 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,300 17.80 6,000 19.80
DET @ DAL Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,800 9.40 6,500 11.40
Season Team ReR ReTa ReYd ReYd/G ReTD Yd/Ta
2018 DET 57 96 859 66.1 5 8.95
2017 DET 28 48 477 43.4 3 9.94
Date Team Game Score Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 DET DET @ ARI 17:3 2 5 2.5 0 1.5 2.5
2 Dec 2018 DET LAR @ DET 30:16 3 50 16.7 0 6.5 8
22 Nov 2018 DET CHI @ DET 23:16 5 90 18 0 11.5 14
18 Nov 2018 DET CAR @ DET 19:20 8 113 14.1 1 21.3 28.3
11 Nov 2018 DET DET @ CHI 22:34 6 78 13 1 16.8 19.8
4 Nov 2018 DET DET @ MIN 9:24 3 46 15.3 0 6.9 8.4
28 Oct 2018 DET SEA @ DET 28:14 1 12 12 0 1.7 2.2
21 Oct 2018 DET DET @ MIA 32:21 2 37 18.5 0 4.7 5.7
7 Oct 2018 DET GB @ DET 23:31 4 98 24.5 1 17.8 19.8
30 Sep 2018 DET DET @ DAL 24:26 4 74 18.5 0 9.4 11.4

Kenny Golladay – Golden Tate is gone, Marvin Jones is banged up, and the Lions’ other receivers are Ellington and Jones. Golladay should play every snap, and there is no reason to expect less than 10 targets from him on Thanksgiving. He has 27 targets in the last two weeks, and has caught 14 of them for 191 yards and two touchdowns. For as good as the Bears’ defense has been, they still allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. With game flow likely going Golladay’s way, he’s a fine play in cash and GPPs, and a captain candidate in single-game formats.

Allen Robinson II, Anthony Miller, and Taylor Gabriel – I’m lumping the Bears’ WRs together, as it’s a rarity for one to shine alone. In the last two weeks since Robinson has returned, he has 15 targets, Miller has nine targets, and Gabriel has 12 targets. If you play Trubisky in GPPs, the best one to pair him with would be Robinson given the volume/ability, but after him it’s likely Miller, who has scored in each of the last two games and three of the last four. I would not play a Bears’ WR in cash games.

Bruce Ellington – If Ellington suits up (likely), he’s quite an interesting name for a small Thanksgiving slate. With Jones out, it was Ellington, not TJ Jones, that picked up the bulk of the slack…and took Golden Tate’s snaps. Ellington saw nine targets last week, and missed snaps since injuring his back. With the likely game flow and the pass rush of the Bears, Ellington is a sneaky WR3 option on DK, and a very interesting option in single-game formats.

Tight End

Trey Burton and Michael Roberts – Both tight ends are extremely touchdown dependent, and are only in play in single-game formats if you like to make multiple lineups. If they luck into a touchdown, great. But it’s hard to count on their volume. Burton is used in the red zone a bit, but that’s about it. I’m off both tight ends.

Defense/Special Teams

In this game, I like the Bears‘ defense. You’ve read it many times in this breakdown…but with the way I predict this game to go…the Lions should be throwing quite often. This gives the Bears ample opportunity to score fantasy points with their elite pass rush and opportunistic secondary.

 

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

Spread: Cowboys -7
Over/Under: 40.5
Injuries: Chris Thompson (Q – Unlikely to Play), Alex Smith (IR – Out for Season), Jamison Crowder (Q – Unlikely to Play), Geoff Swaim (OUT)

Quarterback

I am unlikely to use either quarterback in this game in the full slate, but for those playing single-game formats…Colt McCoy holds the ability to throw and run, so he has chances for a touchdown or two at a low price. Personally, I think this is by far the worst of the three games and the most likely to score the least amount of points (holding the lowest over/under) so I don’t love targeting quarterbacks in this game.

Running Back

Next game:

DAL @ IND

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

DAL +3.0 / O/U 47.0

RB

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

Salary: 8,800 9,000
FPPG: 20.07 24.30
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
PHI @ DAL Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,800 25.20 8,600 34.20
NO @ DAL Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,900 22.60 8,000 25.60
WSH @ DAL Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 4:30PM ET 8,700 22.80 8,600 28.30
DAL @ ATL Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,400 29.60 8,500 36.10
DAL @ PHI Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,400 33.70 7,500 39.70
TEN @ DAL Mon, 5 Nov 2018, 8:15PM ET 8,400 13.20 7,600 15.20
DAL @ WSH Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,400 5.20 8,100 6.20
JAC @ DAL Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,100 18.20 7,000 21.70
DAL @ HOU Sun, 7 Oct 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,400 11.90 8,400 15.40
DET @ DAL Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,200 32.00 7,700 37.00
Season Team RuAtt RuYd/G RuTD RuYd/R Avg RecR RecTa RecYd/G RecTD
2018 DAL 268 97.1 6 4.7 65 81 38.6 3
2017 DAL 242 98.3 7 4.1 26 38 26.9 2
Date Team Game Score RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 DAL PHI @ DAL 23:29 28 113 4 0 12 79 6.6 0 25.2 34.2
29 Nov 2018 DAL NO @ DAL 10:13 23 76 3.3 0 6 60 10 1 22.6 25.6
22 Nov 2018 DAL WSH @ DAL 23:31 26 121 4.7 1 5 22 4.4 0 22.8 28.3
18 Nov 2018 DAL DAL @ ATL 22:19 23 122 5.3 1 7 79 11.3 0 29.6 36.1
11 Nov 2018 DAL DAL @ PHI 27:20 19 151 7.9 1 6 36 6 1 33.7 39.7
5 Nov 2018 DAL TEN @ DAL 28:14 17 61 3.6 0 4 51 12.8 0 13.2 15.2
21 Oct 2018 DAL DAL @ WSH 17:20 15 33 2.2 0 2 9 4.5 0 5.2 6.2
14 Oct 2018 DAL JAC @ DAL 7:40 24 106 4.4 1 1 11 11 0 18.2 21.7
7 Oct 2018 DAL DAL @ HOU 16:19 20 54 2.7 0 7 30 4.3 0 11.9 15.4
30 Sep 2018 DAL DET @ DAL 24:26 25 152 6.1 0 4 88 22 1 32 37

Ezekiel Elliott – Zeke is the only back on this entire slate that has 25-30 touch potential. Per our opportunity tool, he has 247 carries/targets combined (opportunities) which is second to just Todd Gurley…who has his bye this week. Second on this slate in opportunities is Alvin Kamara, who now splits time with Mark Ingram. and has touched the ball over 20 times just once since Ingram has returned. This means, by default, Zeke is the number one back in terms of opportunity. In GPPs, I think playing Elliott over Kamara is a solid pivot, as Kamara will hold very high ownership in what is a perfect situation. Elliott is worth playing in all formats because of his opportunity, but it is not an ideal spot. I will use him as a leverage pivot from Kamara in GPPs to differentiate, however. One thing to note on Elliott is since the Cowboys’ changed their offensive situation a few weeks back…he has been targeted 20 times in three games with 17 catches.

Adrian Peterson – I expect the Redskins to ride AP heavily on Thanksgiving without Alex Smith. The problem is, he does not have a great ability to catch the football. If the Redskins are down by multiple scores…it kills AP’s value. With that being said, if the game flow goes AP’s way, he has a high ceiling. I would use AP moreso on FD than DK, but in single-game formats he’s worth a look given his touchdown upside.

Wide Receiver

Next game:

DAL @ IND

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

DAL +3.0 / O/U 47.0

WR

Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys

Salary: 6,600 7,500
FPPG: 13.68 17.30
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
PHI @ DAL Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 4:25PM ET 6,900 44.70 6,600 52.70
NO @ DAL Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 6,900 9.50 6,200 14.50
WSH @ DAL Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 4:30PM ET 6,500 34.00 5,700 41.00
DAL @ ATL Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,600 5.10 5,400 6.60
DAL @ PHI Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 6,500 10.50 5,000 13.50
TEN @ DAL Mon, 5 Nov 2018, 8:15PM ET 6,400 14.30 4,600 16.80
SEA @ OAK Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,400 0 5,200 0
OAK @ LAC Sun, 7 Oct 2018, 4:05PM ET 6,500 1.50 5,500 2.00
CLE @ OAK Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 4:05PM ET 6,600 22.80 5,600 29.80
OAK @ MIA Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,900 2.70 6,600 3.70
Season Team ReR ReTa ReYd ReYd/G ReTD Yd/Ta
2018 OAK 22 31 280 46.7 1 9.03
2018 DAL 40 53 642 107 6 12.11
2017 OAK 48 96 680 48.6 7 7.08
Date Team Game Score Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 DAL PHI @ DAL 23:29 10 217 21.7 3 44.7 52.7
29 Nov 2018 DAL NO @ DAL 10:13 8 75 9.4 0 9.5 14.5
22 Nov 2018 DAL WSH @ DAL 23:31 8 180 22.5 2 34 41
18 Nov 2018 DAL DAL @ ATL 22:19 3 36 12 0 5.1 6.6
11 Nov 2018 DAL DAL @ PHI 27:20 6 75 12.5 0 10.5 13.5
5 Nov 2018 DAL TEN @ DAL 28:14 5 58 11.6 1 14.3 16.8
14 Oct 2018 OAK SEA @ OAK 27:3 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Oct 2018 OAK OAK @ LAC 10:26 1 10 10 0 1.5 2
30 Sep 2018 OAK CLE @ OAK 42:45 8 128 16 1 22.8 29.8
23 Sep 2018 OAK OAK @ MIA 20:28 2 17 8.5 0 2.7 3.7

Amari Cooper – Cooper is the WR to play from this game, as WAS has struggled against opposing WR1s:

Larry Fitzgerald – 7/76
TY Hilton – 7/83/1
Davante Adams – 7/52/1
Michael Thomas – 4/74 on five targets
Devin Funchess – 5/74/1
Odell Beckham – 8/136
Julio Jones 7/121/1
Mike Evans 3/51 on six targets. (Chris Godwin had 7/103)
DeAndre Hopkins – 5/56/1

Cooper busted last week with just 36 yards on five targets, but last week was the Zeke Elliott show. If the Redskins can contain him, Cooper could be in for a target-laden day in a great matchup.

Cole Beasley – Beasley dropped an easy TD last week, but hauled in five of seven targets. He is only in play in single-game formats as a cheaper play…but the upside is extremely limited. WAS has struggled a bit to WR, but Beasley isn’t exactly a big-play threat.

Josh Doctson – This is a bad matchup for any Redskins’ WRs, but Doctson leads the way in terms of volume. In single-game formats, he’d be the upside WR I would play from WAS. Harris and Quinn are very low-upside players, but Harris would be second to Doctson.

Tight End

Next game:

WSH @ JAC

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

WSH +7.5 / O/U 36.0

TE

Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Salary: 6,000 4,000
FPPG: 7.14 9.30
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
NYG @ WSH Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,400 0 4,600 0
WSH @ PHI Mon, 3 Dec 2018, 8:15PM ET 6,400 4.10 5,300 6.10
WSH @ DAL Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 4:30PM ET 6,000 10.50 4,700 13.50
HOU @ WSH Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,400 16.60 3,800 20.10
WSH @ TB Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,200 7.10 4,400 9.10
ATL @ WSH Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,600 5.40 4,800 7.40
WSH @ NYG Sun, 28 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 5,800 7.30 4,500 10.80
DAL @ WSH Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 4:25PM ET 6,000 5.30 4,800 6.30
CAR @ WSH Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 6,200 6.10 5,200 8.60
WSH @ NO Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 8:15PM ET 6,200 2.60 5,600 3.10
Season Team ReR ReTa ReYd ReYd/G ReTD Yd/Ta
2018 WSH 54 84 558 42.9 2 6.64
2017 WSH 27 35 211 35.2 2 6.03
Date Team Game Score Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 WSH NYG @ WSH 40:16 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Dec 2018 WSH WSH @ PHI 13:28 4 21 5.3 0 4.1 6.1
22 Nov 2018 WSH WSH @ DAL 23:31 6 75 12.5 0 10.5 13.5
18 Nov 2018 WSH HOU @ WSH 23:21 7 71 10.1 1 16.6 20.1
11 Nov 2018 WSH WSH @ TB 16:3 4 51 12.8 0 7.1 9.1
4 Nov 2018 WSH ATL @ WSH 38:14 4 34 8.5 0 5.4 7.4
28 Oct 2018 WSH WSH @ NYG 20:13 7 38 5.4 0 7.3 10.8
21 Oct 2018 WSH DAL @ WSH 17:20 2 43 21.5 0 5.3 6.3
14 Oct 2018 WSH CAR @ WSH 17:23 5 36 7.2 0 6.1 8.6
8 Oct 2018 WSH WSH @ NO 19:43 1 21 21 0 2.6 3.1

Jordan Reed – Reed caught a TD from Colt McCoy last week after Smith went down, and he saw 11 targets. For a player at a premium position on a tiny slate, Reed is likely to be heavily owned. He is the tight end I am targeting this week, simply because he is the best option in the passing game for WAS, and McCoy seemed to recognize that last week. DAL is 23rd in the NFL against tight ends too, which gives Reed a boost.

Defense/Special Teams

I expect this to be a low-scoring game, but that doesn’t mean either team will have a ton of opportunities to accrue fantasy points. I’m off both defenses in this matchup.

 

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints

Spread: Saints -13
Over/Under: 60
Injuries: Calvin Ridley (Q – Likely to Play, Tre’Quan Smith (Q – GTD), Devonta Freeman (IR – Out for Season)

Quarterback

Next game:

NO @ CAR

Time:

Mon, 17th Dec, 08:15PM ET

Odds:

NO -6.0 / O/U 52.0

QB

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Salary: 8,400 6,500
FPPG: 21.97 23.20
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
NO @ TB Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,500 14.94 6,600 15.94
NO @ DAL Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 9,000 8.28 6,200 8.28
ATL @ NO Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 9,000 21.44 6,700 21.44
PHI @ NO Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,500 30.52 6,500 33.52
NO @ CIN Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,400 28.90 6,300 28.90
LAR @ NO Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,400 31.44 6,100 34.44
NO @ MIN Sun, 28 Oct 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,600 7.80 5,600 7.80
NO @ BAL Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 4:05PM ET 8,600 16.78 5,700 16.78
WSH @ NO Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 8:15PM ET 8,600 27.22 6,400 30.72
NO @ NYG Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,700 8.58 6,600 8.58
Season Team PaYd/G PaTD Pa QB Rating PaYd/Pa Avg
2018 NO 259 31 120.8 8.3
2017 NO 261.8 23 103.9 8.1
Date Team Game Score Comp/Att PaYd PaTD PaInt RuAtt RuYd RuTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 NO NO @ TB 28:14 24/31 201 1 1 3 -1 1 14.94 15.94
29 Nov 2018 NO NO @ DAL 10:13 18/28 127 1 1 1 2 0 8.28 8.28
22 Nov 2018 NO ATL @ NO 17:31 15/22 171 4 1 4 -4 0 21.44 21.44
18 Nov 2018 NO PHI @ NO 7:48 22/30 363 4 0 0 0 0 30.52 33.52
11 Nov 2018 NO NO @ CIN 51:14 22/25 265 3 0 2 3 1 28.9 28.9
4 Nov 2018 NO LAR @ NO 35:45 25/36 346 4 0 4 16 0 31.44 34.44
28 Oct 2018 NO NO @ MIN 30:20 18/23 120 1 1 0 0 0 7.8 7.8
21 Oct 2018 NO NO @ BAL 24:23 22/30 212 2 0 4 3 0 16.78 16.78
8 Oct 2018 NO WSH @ NO 19:43 26/29 363 3 0 2 1 0 27.22 30.72
30 Sep 2018 NO NO @ NYG 33:18 18/32 217 0 0 4 -1 0 8.58 8.58

Both Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are fantastic plays in this game, as it is inside with a 60 fantasy point total. We’ve seen that even in a blowout, Brees still gets his (363/4 against Eagles last week).

Personally, I think that Ryan will throw many more times…so he is the volume play of the two…but Brees has 11 TD in the last three weeks and hasn’t thrown more than 36 times. If you can fit Brees, get Brees in your lineups. But, both are worth using.

For me, I will use both in separate lineups…but if I had to play one in cash it would be Matt Ryan at a price discount. Both teams are ranked 29th and 30th against QBs, respectively.

Running Back

Next game:

NO @ CAR

Time:

Mon, 17th Dec, 08:15PM ET

Odds:

NO -6.0 / O/U 52.0

RB

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Salary: 8,000 7,800
FPPG: 20.72 24.10
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
NO @ TB Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,300 15.20 8,100 17.70
NO @ DAL Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,600 11.20 8,400 15.20
ATL @ NO Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,900 10.30 8,300 10.80
PHI @ NO Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,900 17.30 8,200 17.80
NO @ CIN Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,800 24.20 8,700 26.20
LAR @ NO Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 4:25PM ET 8,000 31.60 7,300 33.60
NO @ MIN Sun, 28 Oct 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,000 23.10 7,400 26.60
NO @ BAL Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 4:05PM ET 8,200 14.50 8,500 15.50
WSH @ NO Mon, 8 Oct 2018, 8:15PM ET 9,100 5.40 9,600 6.90
NO @ NYG Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 4:25PM ET 9,100 38.60 9,600 44.10
Season Team RuAtt RuYd/G RuTD RuYd/R Avg RecR RecTa RecYd/G RecTD
2018 NO 173 61 11 4.6 70 90 45.5 4
2017 NO 120 45.5 8 6.1 81 100 51.6 5
Date Team Game Score RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 NO NO @ TB 28:14 12 51 4.3 0 5 36 7.2 0 15.2 17.7
29 Nov 2018 NO NO @ DAL 10:13 11 36 3.3 0 8 36 4.5 0 11.2 15.2
22 Nov 2018 NO ATL @ NO 17:31 14 89 6.4 0 1 9 9 0 10.3 10.8
18 Nov 2018 NO PHI @ NO 7:48 13 71 5.5 0 1 37 37 1 17.3 17.8
11 Nov 2018 NO NO @ CIN 51:14 12 56 4.7 2 4 46 11.5 0 24.2 26.2
4 Nov 2018 NO LAR @ NO 35:45 19 82 4.3 2 4 34 8.5 1 31.6 33.6
28 Oct 2018 NO NO @ MIN 30:20 13 45 3.5 1 7 31 4.4 1 23.1 26.6
21 Oct 2018 NO NO @ BAL 24:23 17 64 3.8 1 2 11 5.5 0 14.5 15.5
8 Oct 2018 NO WSH @ NO 19:43 6 24 4 0 3 15 5 0 5.4 6.9
30 Sep 2018 NO NO @ NYG 33:18 19 134 7.1 3 5 47 9.4 0 38.6 44.1

Alvin Kamara – Do you remember Week 3 in this matchup? Kamara was targeted TWENTY TIMESHe caught 15 passes for 124 yards. On DraftKings, Kamara scored 37 fantasy points and did not score a touchdown. Of course, that was without Mark Ingram, but still. Without a doubt, Kamara has the highest upside of any player on this slate given the matchup, he has to be a lock in cash games. I talked about a possible pivot in Elliott in GPPs, but that is strictly a leverage play to be different. This is not a spot to fade Kamara because of lack of likely production, and we’ve seen he can get his even with Ingram in the lineup. For me, I’d play Kamara in cash, Elliott in GPPs, but if it’s possible to fit both…that is awesome construction.

Mark Ingram – I love playing Ingram in games that I think could be blowouts. Last week was potential for that, and he rewarded with 16 carries for 103 and two TD. Ingram is my favorite GPP play at RB on FanDuel, as I think you can pair him with Elliott for a lower-than-should-be-owned pairing at RB with upside for both of them. Ingram is a nice play on DK as well, but his price has raised. I would not recommend playing Ingram in cash games, as in a close game he may not get a ton of touches based on game flow (LAR, MIN, BAL games, for example)

Tevin Coleman – Coleman’s volume is just simply not there. He has carried the ball just 43 times in the last four games combined and has only seen 17 targets. Now, his price is reflective of this at just $5,200 on DK and $6,500 on FD. To me, he’s more of a GPP play on DK than FD and I wouldn’t play him in cash games. He has upside receiving the football, but he is likely the third option in the passing game behind Julio and other Falcons’ WRs. GPP play only, DK for me.

Ito Smith – In single-game formats, he’s worth a shot if he can get a cheap TD, but I’m not playing Smith at all this week.

Wide Receiver

Next game:

ARI @ ATL

Time:

Sun, 16th Dec, 01:00PM ET

Odds:

ATL -8.5 / O/U 44.0

WR

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

Salary: 8,800 8,400
FPPG: 16.70 22.50
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
ATL @ GB Sun, 9 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,400 26.60 7,900 33.60
BAL @ ATL Sun, 2 Dec 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,600 2.80 7,700 3.80
ATL @ NO Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 8:20PM ET 8,800 18.30 8,300 27.80
DAL @ ATL Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,700 20.80 8,500 26.80
ATL @ CLE Sun, 11 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,700 20.20 8,300 26.70
ATL @ WSH Sun, 4 Nov 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,500 21.60 7,900 28.10
NYG @ ATL Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 8:15PM ET 8,700 12.90 8,400 21.40
TB @ ATL Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,500 19.30 7,900 27.30
ATL @ PIT Sun, 7 Oct 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,800 8.70 8,500 11.20
CIN @ ATL Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 1:00PM ET 8,600 21.80 8,200 29.30
Season Team ReR ReTa ReYd ReYd/G ReTD Yd/Ta
2018 ATL 94 144 1429 109.9 5 9.92
2017 ATL 88 149 1444 90.3 3 9.69
Date Team Game Score Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FD FPts DK FPts
9 Dec 2018 ATL ATL @ GB 20:34 8 106 13.3 2 26.6 33.6
2 Dec 2018 ATL BAL @ ATL 26:16 2 18 9 0 2.8 3.8
22 Nov 2018 ATL ATL @ NO 17:31 11 147 13.4 0 18.3 27.8
18 Nov 2018 ATL DAL @ ATL 22:19 6 118 19.7 1 20.8 26.8
11 Nov 2018 ATL ATL @ CLE 16:28 7 107 15.3 1 20.2 26.7
4 Nov 2018 ATL ATL @ WSH 38:14 7 121 17.3 1 21.6 28.1
22 Oct 2018 ATL NYG @ ATL 20:23 9 104 11.6 0 12.9 21.4
14 Oct 2018 ATL TB @ ATL 29:34 10 143 14.3 0 19.3 27.3
7 Oct 2018 ATL ATL @ PIT 17:41 5 62 12.4 0 8.7 11.2
30 Sep 2018 ATL CIN @ ATL 37:36 9 173 19.2 0 21.8 29.3

Michael Thomas and Julio Jones – You can’t go wrong with either, obviously. Of the two, I’m personally going with Jones because of opportunity. Jones has 111 targets to Thomas’ 91, and in an odd turn of events Julio has scored in three straight games. The last five games have been insane for Jones, as he has at least six catches in each, at least nine targets, and over 104 yards in each game with TD in his last three. In what is almost undoubtedly going to be a game where the Falcons chase, Jones could see an absurd amount of volume, and I want that on my DFS teams this week. I will play him over Thomas in more of my lineups and he is the cash play over Thomas, in my opinion. Thomas is a great play as well, but it will be very hard to fit both into your lineups.

Calvin Ridley – Ridley is likely to be active for Thursday Night Football, and he is a solid GPP option, but I would not recommend him in cash games. Ridley averaged 14 PPR points per game on DK, but he has only scored that many four times this season. That means what? Upside. Ridley has two multi-touchdown games, and only one game with over 75 receiving yards. The floor is low, but the upside is there. The first game against NO? Ridley caught 7/8 targets for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

Tre’Quan Smith – I hope Smith plays, because he would become my favorite mid to value tier WR. It may seem like point-chasing, but this is a very similar spot to last week for Smith, as he will get the second and third corners for a team that struggles in the secondary. Last week with all the attention on Kamara/Ingram/Thomas, Smith caught 10 of 13 targets for 157 and a touchdown. His longest catch was for 38 yards, so he just repeatedly beat the Eagles’ CBs all day long. At his price, he’s the top WR3 on the board for Thanksgiving.

Mohamed Sanu – If Ridley can’t go, Sanu could be primed for a terrific spot with an uptick in targets. With Ridley in though, Sanu is just a secondary option in that offense as he has zero touchdowns since Week 6 and under 100 yards since Week 4. If Ridley has to sit, Sanu becomes a nice option in all formats.

Brandon Marshall, Keith Kirkwood, Austin Carr – The secondary Saints’ receivers after Smith (if he plays) will be a key to this slate. Last week, we say Kirkwood with a few targets and Carr scored. But, that was with Marshall on the sidelines. Keep an eye on the status of Smith and Marshall, as that could sway this either way. If Marshall and Smith are both out, I really like Kirkwood. If Marshall and Smith play, I’m off Kirkwood and Carr and Marshall becomes a flier in single-game formats. If Smith plays and Marshall is out, Kirkwood is a flier.

For me, I want to use Tre’Quan Smith most, but he has to be healthy. Luckily, we’ve detailed each situation above so we’re ready to build lineups. Whoever gets significant snaps for the Saints’ offense will have DFS value in GPPs, it’s gotten to that point.

Tight End

I’m using essentially 100% Jordan Reed, but Austin Hooper is worth a flier as a TE2 behind Reed, as he has seen 19 targets in the last two weeks and at least 6 PPR points in all but two games this season.

Defense/Special Teams

Saints – This is a play based on opportunity. I expect the Falcons to be chasing the Saints all day, which could mean close to 50 passing attempts from Matt Ryan. That is worth playing a defense against, given they will have a ton of snaps to seize a sack, turnover, or pick six. I like the Saints defense this week, and they’ll be the second defense I use after the Bears.


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