Last week was a very rough one for my fantasy surprises as aside from Marcedes Lewis and Brandon McManus, very little positive impact was made. It didn’t help that Sterling Shepard was ruled out the night before the game, but hopefully things improve this week. By this time of year, every fantasy player probably has at least one player on their squad who they’re thankful for. With the fantasy playoffs approaching, hopefully there are plenty of reasons to be thankful this time of year from a football perspective.
QB: Joe Flacco vs Texans: Is Joe Flacco elite? Well aside from the “he won a Super Bowl” crowd, the answer you’d probably hear these days is a no. However, against a Texan defense that has been decimated with injuries there’s a chance for Flacco to put up an impressive performance. If you’re not one to spend up at the quarterback position in daily fantasy, Flacco is an option for you. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Alfred Morris vs Chargers: While the Chargers secondary got all the credit last week, it’s worth noting their run defense was gashed when LeSean McCoy was given the opportunity. Morris isn’t Ezekiel Elliott, but he has done a solid imitation so far behind a banged up offensive line. Assuming he continues to see 15 to 20 total touches, Morris could give fans who start him a nice Thanksgiving treat. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Dede Westbrook vs Cardinals: This play is one I mainly like for those involved in daily fantasy tournaments. Westbrook ran just 21 routes in his NFL debut, but most promising is he was targeted by Blake Bortles on six of them. Being targeted on nearly a third of your pass routes like that would put him at an elite volume level. With Marqise Lee figuring to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson in coverage, Westbrook’s big play speed could lead to chunk plays which would make him a great value at his current prices. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Tyler Kroft vs Browns: Picking a tight end against the Browns was one of my few hits last week, so only fitting I try my luck again. Kroft has had games where volume is there, and the Browns have struggled in coverage against the position. If you have someone like Jordan Reed who has been held back by injury, that formula makes Kroft a nice option to look for on waivers. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Blair Walsh vs 49ers: I would understand why some could be scared off by Walsh, but this game has shootout potential so opportunities could be there. The lack of a ground game also helps Walsh in this case, as in some events instead of punching in a short touchdown, the Seahawks could be stuck settling for a field goal instead. Expect around three extra points and two field goals.
DEF: Falcons vs Buccaneers: Some of the plays at defense this week are pretty obvious, so I’m going with the Falcon defense even though this game has some shootout potential. Not only has this group been much better at home, but they’re facing a Buccaneers team that has had issues with the offensive line, and Ryan Fitzpatrick can obviously be prone to turnovers. If you need a defense off of the waiver wire, you could do much worse. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.