Bottom of the Barrel Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Thanksgiving B&B
11/25/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

If you’re reading this it’s safe to say you love football. It’s also safe to say you enjoy Thanksgiving.

John Madden and his famous turducken!

It’s a small slate, no time to be frugal. Bottom of the Barrel’s entire purpose is to mention the low owned low priced guys. Not for Thursday! All I’ve ever tried to do is tell you my process. Put into words where my mind is.

Seeing how it’s a holiday and only a three game slate, lets do this a little bit different! No player is off the table! Settle in, gather round the table and enjoy your family and friends Thursday. Let’s put all the stress aside and be kind to one another. Help others. Support others. Tell those most important to you how you truly feel.

I want thank all of you. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for reading Bottom of the Barrel. Thank you for all the interactions. Without all of you B&B would be nothing. Without all of you I’d be lost. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

QUARTERBACK

Deshaun Watson HOU @ DET (18th)(FD-$8,700)(DK-$7,400)

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Paying up for the most expensive QB Thursday is a good move! Deshaun has five games over 300 passing yards and heads to Detroit on Thanksgiving. The Lions pass rush and pressure rate is non-existent. Watson will undoubtedly have a big game. Rush yards and all! Fill up and don’t be afraid to ask for seconds!

Lamar Jackson BAL @ PIT (1st)(FD-$8,000)(DK-$6,800)

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

Has the NFL figured Lamar out? Looking ahead to Thursday Jackson is an easy fade for me. Pittsburgh is kryptonite to Lamar Jackson. In four career games he’s thrown five interceptions and fumbled the ball five times! His poor 57% completion rate is just another reason to fade Lamar. He is the jell-o mold with cat food this thanksgiving.

Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. BAL (11th)(FD-$7,700)(DK-$6,600)

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

This is a tougher task for Ben and the Steelers. One I’m not paying any attention too. Pittsburgh’s passing attack is down right dangerous and commands our attention. Big Ben has the fastest release after the snap. Meaning, I’m banking on 25+ completions Thursday for big time numbers.

Matthew Stafford DET vs. HOU (19th)(FD-$7,200)(DK-$5,800)

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving is all I’ve ever known as a fan. Metro-Detroiters plan their day around this game every year. In turn, it’s basically the Super Bowl for us Detroit Lions fans. Matt has been up and down all year so it’d be negligent for me to recommend him. Just know the entire Lions team will play their hearts out Thursday.

Andy Dalton DAL vs. WSH (13th)(FD-$6,800)(DK-$5,600)

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton

If you’re looking to get cute on Thursday or be contrarian then Andy is your QB. Dallas is also an institution on Thanksgiving. Alone or together with family on Thursday the Cowboys will be on. Why not build a line with him?

Alex Smith WSH @ DAL (22nd)(FD-$6,700)(DK-$5,400)

Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith

After back-to-back 300 passing yard weeks Alex and the Football Team didn’t have throw much to beat Cincinnati. This Washington v Dallas rivalry is already deep with hatred and distain. The fun of it all is a prime time game on Thursday. Alex will dink and dunk his way to 250+ passing yards!

RUNNING BACK

Ezekiel Elliot DAL vs. WSH (10th)(FD-$8,500)(DK-$6,800)

Dallas Cowboys RB Zeke Elliot

Over/under Zeke scores and jumps into the Salvation Army red kettle? Everything I’ve read has told us to temper our expectations with Zeke. I understand that but not on Thanksgiving! Let’s think big and enjoy ourselves! 100+ yards and two touchdowns coming right up!

James Conner PIT vs. Bal (12th)(FD-$6,700)(DK-$6,200)

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Connor

Is it just me or do you throw out records on Thanksgiving? Anything can happen? Stud RB’s do studly things. In week 11 James averaged 6.2 yards per touch. While in week 8 Baltimore held Conner to only 3.1 yards per touch. Something has to give here! I’m excited to see and he will be in most of my lineups!

Duke Johnson HOU @ DET (32nd)(FD-$6,100)(DK-$5,700)

Houston Texan RB Duke Johnson

Oh boy. How many times have you read about the potential of Duke? Yet he’s only averaged 3.3 yards per touch his last two games. Only reason Duke is on the radar Thursday is the opposing defense. The Detroit Lions are DEAD last vs. the run. Use that information according.

J.D. Mckissic WSH @ DAL (19th)(FD-$5,600)(DK-$5,100)

Washington Football Team RB JD McKissic

I just don’t see a case where JD won’t be in 100% of my lines on Thursday. The check down receptions from Alex Smith have been as good as gold for JD. Not to mention the fact Dallas is allowing the 2nd most rush yards a game.

Gus Edwards BAL @ PIT (2nd)(FD-$5,200)(DK-$4,000)

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards

You’re smart. You keep your ear to the streets! JK is on the COVID-IR. Mark Ingram is on the COVID-IR. Gus will be the lead back on Thursday. It’s just a price plus workload equation here!

Tony Pollard DAL vs. WSH (10th)(FD-$5,100)(DK-$4,000)

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard

Tony has been more involved in recent weeks. I love the potential with Tony on Thursday. I love the potential of a one-two punch between him and Zeke. Washington has a dang good defensive line and they are outstanding vs. the run. So the risk here is very high. Yet the reward could be glorious! Lets say Dallas hammers Washington with Zeke over and over. Both team changes personal to give guys a breathers. Tony comes in and reaps the benefit’s a few times on Thursday. It’s a long shot but it makes sense right?

Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs. BAL (12th)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$4,000)

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr.

What are the chances Benny gets a goal line carry or two again? Very low.

Kerryon Johnson DET vs. HOU (31st)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$4,300)

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson

In the absence of Swift in week 11 Kerryon saw the lions share of the work. Which isn’t saying much seeing how they were shut out. Swift is back at practice relegating KJ back to the bench. Keep your eyes peeled here! If Swift for some odd reason is inactive then fire up KJ. No more no less!

Justice Hill BAL @ PIT (2nd)(FD-$4,500)(DK-$4,000)

Baltimore Ravens RB Justice Hill

How many of you think Gus can and/or will get 100% of the RB touches? Nice little pivot from Edwards. Just a flier. Just some roster relief with a touch of upside.

WIDE RECEIVER

Terry McLaurin WSH @ DAL (31st)(FD-$7,900)(DK-$7,000)

Washington Redskins WR Terry McLaurin

Before I get into Terry just be aware of his status Thursday. Nothing crazy, just a sore ankle. Now let me tell you this, Terry is by far and away my favorite WR play on Thanksgiving. I love you! All of you but don’t be a fool. Don’t be cute and fade and Terry. The price is fantastic for the potential output! Five receptions for 80 yards seems to be his floor. Awesome!

Diontae Johnson PIT vs. BAL (4th)(FD-$6,800)(DK-$6,200)

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson

I love you! All of you but don’t be a fool. Don’t be cute and fade Diontae. Is it plagiarism if you copy your own writing? DJ has been an absolute target monster in recent weeks! Commanding 30% of the target share with eight more then anyone else last week!

Chase Claypool PIT vs. BAL (4th)(FD-$6,600)(DK-$6,100)

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool

WOW! Just wow! The rookie receiver has scored ten times in his first ten games. He’s fast becoming a must-start at the wide-out position. For best results pair with Big Ben and watch the points add up! Here’s a secret, stack Ben with BOTH Dionate AND Claypool Thursday.

Brandin Cooks HOU @ DET (21st)(FD-$6,500)(DK-$5,300)

Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks

Cooks have been more of the WR we expected him to be after HOU canned their head coach. There’s just no way Cooks doesn’t get loose for 25+ yard TD in Detroit Thursday. Come to find out the Lions are giving up a whopping 39 fantasy points to opposing WR’s this season. What???

Marvin Jones Jr. DET vs. HOU (23rd)(FD-$6,000)(DK-$5,500)

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr.

If Kenny G is inactive yet again Marvin will the WR1 again. The Texans are better then you think they are vs. WR’s but the volume will be there. Jones Jr. makes for a nice complimentary piece in out lines Thursday.

Michael Gallup DAL vs. WSH (2nd)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$3,500)

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

Nothing more then a flier used to fill out your lines on Thanksgiving. He’s buried behind Zeke, Cooper, Lamb and even Pollard in the Cowboys pecking order. To be honest, at his price he’s not appetizing at all.

Quintez Cephus DET vs. HOU (23rd)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,100)

Detroit Lions rookie WR Quintez Cephus

Wouldn’t it be poetic if the rookie WR Quintez Cephus scored the first touchdown of his career on Thanksgiving at home? Makes you think…

Devin Duvernay BAL vs. PIT (16th)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,000)

Baltimore Ravens rookie WR Devin Duvernay

Putting Devin in your DFS lines on Thanksgiving isn’t a good idea. Not to repeat myself but Lamar is awful vs. Pittsburgh. I will say though, some of my worst ideas have paid off in the end. The choice is yours!

Steven Sims Jr. WSH @ DAL (31st)(FD-$4,600)(DK-$3,200)

Washington WR Steven Sims Jr.

Alex Smith seems to have a thing for Sims Jr. Much like Devin above the only draw here is the price. Load up elsewhere and plug Sims Jr. in to complete your line in a pinch.

TIGHT END

Mark Andrews BAL @ PIT (1st)(FD-$6,800)(DK-$5,200)

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews

Mark. Mark. Mark. What do we do with Mark? Every time we’re out he pulls us back in! Seriously, I’d look elsewhere at TE Thursday. Cheaper prices, better match-ups and a tad more upside.

Eric Ebron PIT vs. BAL (14th)(FD-$5,700)(DK-$4,100)

Pittsburgh TE Eric Ebron

Almost a thousand dollars less, Ebron is a lock for DFS formats Thursday. Eric has scored a TD in three of the last four games. I’m betting the farm he finds the end zone Thursday!

Dalton Schultz DAL vs. WSH (19th)(FD-$5,300)(DK-$3,800)

Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz

Dalton has become steady Eddy at TE. He’s caught four or more passes in seven of the Cowboys ten games. Sprinkle in a TD here and there and that Schultz for you! To sweeten the pot Washington is giving up the 12th most points to opposing TE’s.

Jordan Akins HOU @ DET (17th)(FD-$5,200)(DK-$2,900)

Houston Texans TE Jordan Akins

Cobb and Kenny Stills went down in week 11. With a short turn around that leaves Jordan on a short list of pass catchers Thursday. Watson, Cooks and Akins is a very solid stack on Thanksgiving.

Logan Thomas WSH @ DAL (20th)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$3,500)

Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas

Logan is good for five to six targets a game. Alex Smith keeps thing simple and it has helped a guy like Thomas. Short to intermediate routes get the job done for fantasy points!

Pharaoh Brown HOU @ DET (17th)(FD-$4,500)(DK-$2,500)

Houston Texans TE Pharaoh Brown

This one is wild. Why bother? If he scores just know this blurb will be used for a photo.

Jesse James DET vs. HOU (12th)(FD-$4,300)(DK-$2,500)

Detroit Lions TE Jesse James

Thursday in Detroit is unbelievably exciting! Plus they pull out all the stops. That helps JJ’s cause, I guess.

Thanksgiving Day football here in Detroit is our Super Bowl

Here are two of my sample lines I’m going to use on Thanksgiving! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes only! Please play responsible!

Fanduel 11/26 12:30p

Also look for updated lines closer to lock Thursday morning 11/26!

Draftkings 11/26 12:30p

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