It’s finally here- the Thanksgiving slate of the 2023 season, and another DraftKings main slate. We are back offering you DFS advice to try and help you navigate your way to victories throughout the season. The players selected here are based on their price, their ability to hit value and likely ownership. The selections are leaning more towards GPP slates, rather than cash (50/50) slates. But let’s get into it
Dak Prescott – $6,800 (QB, DAL)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it the traditional 3-game slate that dominates our screens for some 11 hours on the fourth Thursday of November each year. Hand in hand with the yearly day of thanks and gratitude is the proceeding day of retail madness, and it appears as if DraftKings have been ever so kind to give us an early Black Friday bargain in the form of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. At only $6800 and facing off against the absolute worst passing defense in the National Football League, Dak will be almost universally rostered across the board by fantasy managers on the slate. There are pivot plays to create more contrarian lineups, but let’s not get too cute – this is a defensive unit that just gave up 246 yards and 3 touchdowns to Tommy DeVito in a 31-19 loss to the Giants. Turkey isn’t the only thing Dak will be feasting on this Thursday, and we should all be thankful for the bounty of fantasy points the Cowboys passing offense are going to provide for us in the afternoon game.
David Montgomery – $6,300 (RB, DET)
Rookie Jahmyr Gibbs continues to grab fantasy headlines with his recent explosive performances for the Lions, with the 12th overall pick out of Alabama ranking as the overall RB1 from week 7 onwards. Gibbs started the season slow but has quickly settled into his role in the No.2 ranked offense in the league. The thing is…this is still David Montgomery’s backfield, and the former Bear will continue to see an increased role in this Lions offense each week he is further removed from the rib injury that saw him miss 2 games in weeks 7 and 8. Monty was given 60% of the rushing opportunities in last week’s victory over Chicago, up from only 43% in week 10. Detroit Head Coach Dan Campbell has made it clear Montgomery is his lead back, and at $500 cheaper on the slate than teammate Gibbs, the veteran gets the nod for me this week.
CeeDee Lamb – $8,700 (WR, DAL)
Is CeeDee Lamb the best wide receiver in football at the moment? Personally, I think Lamb, A.J. Brown and Tyreek Hill can all lay claims to the title…but as a totally unbiased Dolphins fan, I think Tyreek takes top spot. That said, CeeDee Lamb should, nae will, finish as the WR1 in fantasy this week as the superstar pass catcher gets to take on the aforementioned Washington Commanders and their NCAA level pass defense. Last week was a down game for Lamb and he still finished with 16.5 fantasy points. Nobody in football has more targets, yards ro touchdowns at the position since week 7 than the Cowboys No.88; sure he’s $8700 and a whopping $1700 more expensive than the 3rd WR on the slate in Brandon Aiyuk – but everything is aligning for Lamb this week; perfect matchup, divisional opponent, home/dome game and Prime Time…set it and forget it.
Deebo Samuel – $5,900 (WR, SF)
Deebo has yet to deliver a true slatebreaking performance since his return in week 9, but that could be about to change as the 49ers travel to Seattle in the late game this Thanksgiving. By the time Deebo, Christian McCaffrey and Brock Purdy take the field, most of us will be almost too full to function and all but ready to fall asleep on the coach were it not for this mouth watering NFC East clash on our televisions. It may be late on the biggest eating day of the year, but Deebo Samuel will be the hungriest man inside Lumen Field after being starved of a touchdown last week, as messrs Aiyuk, Kittle and McCaffrey all caught scores from Mr Irrelevant in the 49ers win over Tampa. This contest may have the lowest O/U on the day, but it also has the lowest spread with San Francisco being 7 point road favourites on Turkey Day. Seattle looks set to be without lead rusher Ken Walker so expect Geno to take to the air quickly and often against a beatable 49ers secondary. I anticipate this one hitting the over, and with plenty of fantasy points to go around, Deebo will be as full as the rest of us come bed time – at $1100 cheaper than Aiyuk, he is the 49ers pass catcher I want to roster here.
Jake Ferguson – $3,900 (TE, DAL)
On a slate which sees George Kittle priced at $6000 and rookie Sam LaPorta at a few bills less at $5200, I will be fading to the 3rd highest priced option and to the tight end with arguably the best matchup of any on the day…Dallas’ Jake Ferguson. Ferg had a down week last week so may be a fade for some fantasy managers, his disappointing output primarily a result of Dak Prescott’s weekly TE touchdown going to Luke Schoonmaker and not the sophomore 4th rounder. Ferguson remains the most targeted player on the Cowboys after CeeDee Lamb, and boasts the 2nd highest reception total on the roster outside of No.88. On a small slate where budget may limit your options to rostering either a stud WR or a stud TE, select Ferguson alongside a Lamb or Amon-Ra St. Brown and give yourself a chance of having a stud at both positions.