What’s up Turkey Day fans? Hopefully you’re enjoying a ridiculous amount of food and libations in a safe place with people you enjoy today. It’s holiday fantasy football and I’ve been around the community long enough to know it’s just us degenerates sitting at the table playing 500. Did you keep score? Nah, me neither. Pour another libation and turn the TV on loud, it’s going to be a long day. Let’s see if we can’t save our fantasy football teams while we’re at it. 

Quarterbacks

Kirk CousinsWow, it’s an awful week for QB matchups. You want to go Taylor Heinicke? Be my freaking guest. Cousins is available in about 40% of leagues, which is good enough to stream if you’re stuck on BYE or don’t want to risk the Russell Wilson train. The Vikings are in “Save Face” mode after Mike Zimmer drove the team to a .500 last week and are facing the mental health saga of defensive lineman Everson Griffin…on top of the Dalvin Cook domestic abuse drama. As a Vikings fan, I’m basically one foot out the door already. Cousins and Jefferson have a magic connection and we can roll the dice that they’ve got another trick up their sleeve this week. 

Running Backs

Mark IngramThe good thing about quarterbacks is that QBs 5-20 all score about the same. If I don’t like Heinicke, I recommend Cousins. But running backs? Yeeesh. After the top 5 it gets really sketchy. Ingram has been a top 15 RB 2 weeks straight in relief of Alvin Kamara, and at his current availability and ceiling, you’ll be hard pressed to find anybody better who might help you at this point in the season. Also…Mark Ingram was a bit banged up in practice, so make sure you check his status because he goes on Thursday. If he sits…I mean, you’re literally tossing dice at Tony Jones at that point. Cross your fingers that he suits up on Thursday. 

Receivers: 

Darnell MooneyThe Bears/Lions game is going to be probably the worst game of the year. Backup QBs and a Bears team that was supposed to fire coach Matt Nagy after the game but then rescinded that statement. OK, they’ll fire Nagy on Friday. Whatever. Andy Dalton is still playing for a future QB role somewhere and Darnell Mooney is the hot hand that will make him look good while Fields is out. Mooney’s available in 40% of leagues and has 100+ yard upside. 

Michael GallupIs anybody left to catch passes on the Cowboys? Nope. Was one of our favorite FLEX receiver targets last year before injuries derailed him this year. Available in 25% of leagues. 

Elijah MooreSomehow this guy’s still available in 50% of leagues despite putting up WR1 numbers the past few weeks. Of course, Zach Wilson is back under center for the Jets, but…Josh Johnson is in at backup again? Roll the dice that Johnson does another 300+ yard showing in relief of Zach Wilson

Thanksgiving Day Football

Oh come on, you want me to break down the Bears/Lions game? They shoulda made the Bengals play so it could be the Lions/Tigers/Bears. Oh my!

Bears/LionsThis game could literally end in a 0-0 tie. More likely, Andy Dalton and the Bears trounce the Lions while D’Andre Swift racks up 150 yards as the only offensive piece that the Lions have. This game is fun for DFS, but for all the other fantasy football fans, you’re free to bypass this one. 

Raiders/CowboysA classic cops and robbers game, except you can’t tell which team is playing which role. Dak Prescott should be good to go and you start all your studs from every game in this slate. Also, this will probably be the only watchable Thanksgiving game, so get the crew over for that afternoon gem and have a sarsaparilla and a grog for me. 

Bills/Saints: Is Trevor Siemian “Must See TV”? Will we see Taysom Hill get some time under center? What if Mark Ingram sits? It’s entirely possible that the Saints run out their QB3/RB3/WR2 (that’s Tre’Quan Smith, bee-tee-dubya) because nobody else is healthy on the team. Start all the Bills of course. But otherwise, take this lame game as an excuse to do some Black Friday shopping. 

Happy holidays everybody and drop any questions you have down in the comment section! 

  1. Dan B says:
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    Which two would you play in flex?

    Damien Harris
    Rhamondre Stevenson
    Devonta Freeman
    Ty Johnson
    Deonte Harris

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      tough, but odds point towards a Harris/Stevenson pair up for weekly fantasy leagues. If that makes you nervous, pick your choice of Patriots RBs and Ty Johnson. Good luck!

  2. Mike says:
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    What’s up man? Happy Thanksgiving. 2 questions for you both PPR.
    1- please choose 1 TE and 1 Flex from..McLaurin, Bateman, Eli Mitchell, Goedert and Logan Thomas( if active)

    2- Dak or Wentz? Do the inactive’s for Dak make you nervous?
    Thanks man

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Goedert and McLaurin in #1.

      Dak by an edge — QBs *can* be affected by poor wideouts, but good coaching can change that. I mean, Trevor Siemian has been fantasy relevant with basically practice squad wideouts as options. Tyrod Taylor has been surprisingly fantasy relevant despite being on a team that looks like Bishop Sycamore. I stick with Dak today.

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Tough spot at RB2, std scoring. In a vacuum Hunt is my best option but we don’t know enough about how much he’s playing and he goes Sun. night. My next best is Breida today. If I don’t start Breida then my options if it looks like Hunt can’t go or will be limited are Sermon or Mattison Sun. afternoon.

    So, go with Breida now, or wait and hope Hunt shows out?

    • everywhereblair

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      Hunt says he’s going and that’s enough for me — major news outlets + player himself say he’s ready, so let’s roll as if Hunt is going to get 10-15 touches.

      Honestly, even if Hunt gets 5 touches, that’s about the same number of touches you’re guaranteed to get from the other options, so it’s kind of a lateral move either way. Good luck!

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    AJones may play, which two RBs should I start: Aaron Jones, Dillon, Miles Sanders.

    If Lamb plays, also play Gallup or Jeudy?

    Fant or Frierermuth?

    Tannehill or drop him to stream going forward: Tua, Heineke, Jimmy G, Wentz, Mac Jones…

    Thank you

    • everywhereblair

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      I’ll go backwards here: Tanny has been looking good on the “true stat” metrics but I know it’s hard to trust that in weekly fantasy right now. Rudy likes Wentz/Heinicke a lot this week, so if you’re not brave enough to stick with Tanny, go with either of those guys.

      Fant and Gallup — even if Lamb plays, Gallup should be getting a ton of opportunity.

      Whichever is the healthy GB Back + Sanders. Dillon will get more looks this week because last week was a complete air game.

  5. Chet says:
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    Thanks, EWB!

    Who do YOU like more for my flex position this week: Tony Pollard (vs LV) or Rhamondre Stevenson (vs TEN)?

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      I think you go Stevenson this week. Good luck!

  6. Kyle says:
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    Dak or Hurts this week?

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Hurts for me — rushing upside and healthier team gives him a higher upside overall. Good luck!

      • Chet says:
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        EWB,

        Lamb is ruled OUT for today’s game. Do you still like Stevenson over Pollard? Thanks!

        • everywhereblair

          everywhereblair says:
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          Yeah Stevenson is still the go-to there

          • Chet says:
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            Ha! Sorry to bother you, but now there’s a report he is on New England’s injury report (knee). Still Pollard?
            Rhamondre Stevenson was added to the Patriots’ Thursday injury report with a knee issue, getting in a “limited” session.

            Advice: Uh oh. This is the first time Stevenson has been listed with his knee all year, so it is unlikely to be a maintenance day. Stevenson must have tweaked something in practice. The key will be how he bounces back on Friday. Even a “limited” session would probably keep Stevenson on track to play and serve as a FLEX against the reeling Titans. Were Stevenson to sit, Damien Harris would suddenly find himself on the RB1/2 borderline.

            (NBCSportsEDGE.com)

            • Chet says:
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              I also have Rashod Bateman available for the flex.

              • everywhereblair

                everywhereblair says:
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                Sorry I missed all these (I blame WordPress) but your reasoning was sound throughout.

                For me, being “out” is more concerning than being “limited.” Especially when one is a rookie and has been taking an increased load, the last thing a coach wants to do is over-burden in practice.

                Pollard looked good yesterday but unfortunately his big play came while returning. He was also an inch away from a receiving TD, and Zeke took that last inch. Distance matters!

  7. Russowl says:
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    Non PPR League 10 bonus points at 100 rushing or receiving yards not combined would you start Tony Pollard or Tony Jones Jr over BrandonA iuk or jerry Jeudy. Started Swift and bears defense today so need some upside

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Nah those receivers have a better chance of hitting the 100.

      • Russowl says:
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        Thanks Blair. I held Jamaal Williams all year as a swift handcuff and dropped him this morning. Happy Thanksgiving

  8. William Hung says:
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    Are we interested in Breida now? Looks like he is getting PT with Moss inactive

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Yeah Moss looks like he’s done in Buffalo barring big injuries.

      Brieda is just a meh play with Singletary there and a pass-first offense. I might DFS him because Singletary isn’t exactly the greatest back on earth, but we’ll still see Singletary doing the majority of the work. (15/9 rushes yesterday, sounds like my intermittent fasting diet)

  9. Russowl says:
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    10 team NONPPR League if Mitchell is out and Jeff Wilson starts do you start Jeff Wilson over Brandon aiyuk or Jerry Judy?

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