NFL DFS: Week 12 Thanksgiving Picks

Hey there football fans! I am Fancave’s newest writer, Manick Thind and I am here to help you guys with your NFL DFS picks every week. I will using both FanDuel and DraftKings pricing for the players. If you ever want to talk NFL or DFS don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter @BleedPurple84. Yes, I am a Vikings fan and I may or may not show bias in my picks. Also my articles will usually have a different format but since there are only three games this Thursday I had to change things a little bit. Without further ado, let me show you how to make some cash while you are eating some turkey.



Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (FD $8,800/DK $7,100): Captain Kirk always seems to find a way to put up big yardage no matter the defense he is going up against. In his last 6 games, Cousins has thrown a combined 10 touchdowns and over 250 passing yards in 5 of those games with the other game being 247 yards vs the Seahawks. Coming off a heartbreaker against the Saints and facing a struggling Giants, expect Cousins to put up big numbers for you.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (FD $7,700/DK $6,000): Stafford may not always get the win, but he will always pat the stats for you. He has shown that he can be a consistent option for DFS owners this year with 7 touchdowns to only 1 interception thrown in the last 3 games. Although the Vikings defense is nothing short of stellar, Stafford always seems to find sneaky ways to get his points and will get his this Thursday.



Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers (FD $8,400/DK $8,100): Coming off a solid game vs the Bills (80 yards and a touchdown), expect Gordon to keep up his production going into Dallas this week. Although Gordon has been inconsistent at times this year, I love any running back going against a Cowboys defense without star linebacker, Sean Lee. Since he has been out, Dallas gave up 225 yards and a touchdown to the Eagles and 132 yards rushing and a touchdown to the Falcons without their starting running back, Devonta Freeman. Watch the Chargers exploit this and pound the ball this week.

Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (FD $6,400/DK $4,600): If you are on a budget for a running back, you should insert Orleans Darkwa into your lineup. After getting the starting job, Darkwa has quietly been productive with over 70 yards rushing in each of his last 3 games. Also, Redskins seem to have a problem stopping the run, giving up nearly 100 yards on the ground per game to their opponents this year. This is the game Darkwa might be able to break out.



Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (FD$8,300/DK $7,600): After last week’s performance against the Rams, Thielen is officially a top 5 WR in the league. Okay that might be bias, but what isn’t bias is his production this year. With at least five catches in every game and being the third highest in the league in total receiving yards this season, I don’t see why you would not want him in your lineup. Outside of Darius Slay who is probably going to be distracted by Stefon Diggs while Thielen lines up in the slot, I don’t see anyone on the Lions able to defend him.

Marvin Jones Jr, Detroit Lions (FD $7,000/DK $5,700): Jones is always capable to make big plays and get into the end zone and it has been showing recently. With an average 15.8 yards per catch and 5 touchdowns this season I am surprised that he Is not in more people’s lineups. Even though seeing that he is going against the Vikings defense might scare you, he is going to be matched up against their weakest link, CB Trae Waynes who is known for getting burnt at least a couple times per game. Expect a big play or two from Jones this week.



Evan Engram, New York Giants (FD $7,600/DK $6,100): Coming off a struggling week, Evan Engram is sure to bounce back. With a touchdown in four out of his last five games, Engram is seen as the number one red zone option for the Giants but this game he has the potential to be more than that. For a speed TE like him, a matchup like this is very desirable with no one who can match up well with him on the Redskins defense. This is why the Redskins have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends this season and Engram should be able to take advantage of that.

Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (FD $6,400/DK $5,500): With Jordan Reed’s lingering hamstring injury, Vernon Davis has been a cheap yet solid option at tight end. This week he is a little more expensive than usual but that is to be expected with his matchup. The Giants have had difficulty this year to defend tight ends giving up either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown to them in every game this year. If choose to stack him with Kirk Cousins, there is potential for big fantasy points.



Los Angeles Chargers (FD $4,200/DK $2,800): I think the Chargers are in the best defensive situation this week. Quietly, the Chargers have had one of the best pass rushes in the league with 30 sacks this year so far, which is the third best in the league. With LT Tyron Smith most likely out for the Cowboys, expect them to have a field day. Also, the Chargers defense has been surprisingly opportunistic being fourth in the NFL in interceptions with 12. This is by far your best choice for a defense this Thursday.



I recommend the kickers from the Lions vs. Vikings game, Matt Prater (FD $5,100) and Kai Forbath (FD $4,900). Games between these two rivals are always ugly and with these consistent kickers, that trend should continue Thursday.


Best of luck this week and Happy Thanksgiving!

– Manick Thind

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