Hungry Howies Fantasy Football Slice
Count me as one of the people that LOVE the NFL triple header on Thanksgiving.
Think about it: Are THREE NFL games a bad thing on Thanksgiving, as long as the traditions in Detroit and Dallas are maintained? As a fantasy player, any chance to waste precious time watching another game, and following along with Game Tracker is not a bad thing either. Let's take a look at the three Turkey Day Matchups.
Texans at Lions: The Texans are sneaky in the regard that yes they run the ball very well, and Arian Foster has turned into a stud, but every now and again we get a subtle reminder of what Natt Schaub and Andre Johnson can do, as they did this past Sunday against the Jags. Simply put, they can kill you both ways on offense. While I don't expect the explosion of points that we saw Sunday, I expect the Texan players to be strong to solid starts at Ford Field.
There are certainly worse options than Schaub, and I would have no issue starting him. You should never take Johnson or Foster out of the lineup anyways. Owen Daniels may entice you in a TE must start league as he was targeted 9 times, and had 6 receptions for 57 yards last week. I have a feeling he finds the end zone Turkey afternoon.
As for the Lions, the bet here is that there is some catch-up involved, and Ryan Broyles is once again an intriguing prospect. If you are dealing with injuries, or a less-than prospect for the weekend, it might be wise to gamble on Broyles who will be cast as a #2 with Nate Burleson out, and Titus Young going Titus Young.
Don't expect a lot from the Lions on the ground as the Texans have a great run defense and are the ONLY team in the league to not allow a rushing TD thus far. Stafford and Johnson are mainstays, and should be started.
Washington at Dallas. These long-time rivals renew their hatred in the afternoon game, and I expect RG3 to be solid yet again in his return to Texas.
The 'Pokes defense is better than one might think, but I would go ahead and roll with RG3, but perhaps temper the expectations a bit. Alfred Morris has been one of the biggest surprises in fantasy football this year, and while I don't expect lofty numbers, you can't take him out of your lineup, he has earned that.
The guess here is that you would have to be really desperate to roll with one of the Redskins wideouts. You know the drill with Tony Romo by now, he is usually a solid fantasy starter, as long as you are not penalized for his mistakes. The 'Skins are brutal against the pass so I think he could be in line for a solid Turkey day outing. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin AND Jason Witten could all be started here, but I might pass on the Dallas run game and Felix Jones.
The Nightcap is an easy one, Do you really want to sit any of your Pats, especially against the Jets? With that said, do you really want to start Jet offensive players against anybody at anytime? This one could get ugly.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and GO LIONS!