2017 NFL Thanksgiving Thursday is just about here. I've put together a Thursday DraftKings DFS Classic Team. The team is comprised of players from Thursday's games: Minnesota at Detroit, L.A. Chargers at Dallas, and New York Giants at Washington. Check it out!
QB – Philip Rivers, $6,100, L.A. Chargers at Dallas
Dak Prescott is going to be a popular pick. Dallas offensive tackle Tyron Smith is back. That should make Dak one of the top QB's chosen. No worries. It's had to look past Kirk Cousins taking it to the New York Giants' defense. What I love, though, is the Chargers' offense matching up with Dallas' defense.
The reason Dallas is having so many issues is because their best defensive player, Sean Lee, is on the bench. The Boys shouldn't have a chance of stopping Rivers and the Bolts' offense on Thursday afternoon.
RB – Latavius Murray, $4,900, Minnesota at Detroit
I have a soft spot for Latavius Murray just because I thought Oakland should have done whatever they could to keep him a Raider. He was great in a Raider uniform last season. He's finally gotten on track this season.
Murray faces a tough Detroit defense. But, he's finally gotten his legs underneath him after scoring over 22 fantasy points in Week 8. Unless you go for Melvin Gordon, Murray's probably the best choice. It's doubtful Minnesota wants to get into a shootout with the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
RB – Austin Ekeler, $4,200, L.A. Chargers at Dallas
This player is why I'm leaving Gordon off the team. Melvin's a great running back. But, Ekeler has played well enough to garner Alvin Kamara usage. If the Bolts want to jump start their offense early, they'll utilize Ekeler over Gordon. He's only averaging 8.6 fantasy points per game. There's a chance he's a huge bust on Nov. 23.
That's the chance I feel I must take. I'm not comfortable spending an $8,100 salary on Gordon. But, I want a Charger running back on the team. That's Ekeler.
WR – Keenan Allen, $7,300, L.A. Chargers at Dallas
Allen had a fantastic game versus the Buffalo Bills. The key for me was how Rivers targeted Allen 13 times. Dallas' defense is a mess without Sean Lee. Tyron Smith is a good player. He doesn't play defense. I just don't see Dallas stopping the Bolts' offense on Thanksgiving Day.
WR – Adam Thielen, $7,600, Minnesota at Detroit
In Minnesota's last couple of games, versus the Rams and Washington, Thielen has caught a total of 14 passes for 289 yards. He's also caught 2 TD passes. Detroit must stop Minnesota's rushing attack. They also must contend with Stefon Diggs. That should leave Thielen open all day again.
WR – Marvin Jones Jr., $5,700, Detroit vs Minnesota
The Vikings should put plenty of resources towards containing WR1 Golden Tate. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford has become more and more comfortable with Marvin Jones Jr. this season. I think he could have a sneaky good game versus the rival Vikings on Thanksgiving.
TE – Vernon Davis, $5,500, Washington vs New York Giants
Jordan Reed hasn't practiced all week. Although Davis hasn't caught a TD pass since Week 3, he faces the 32nd ranked defense versus tight-ends. Davis could have a monster game versus a Giants' defense that's not nearly as good as what's implied by it holding KC to only 9 points in Week 11.
FLEX – Samaje Perine, $5,000, Washington vs New York Giants
Perine is the undefeated starter for the Washington Redskins after Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley have both been placed on IR. Perine was fantastic versus the New Orleans Saints in Week 11. To be fair, New Orleans was without three of their best defensive players.
However, Perine faces a bad defense on Thursday. He should be rock solid versus the hapless New York Giants. This is especially true because Washington takes on the Giants in D.C.
DEF – Washington Redskins, $3,600, Washington vs New York Giants
I thought the Giants had a shot to score some points versus Washington's D. Then, I checked the injury report and saw that NYG WR Sterling Shepard didn't practice on Monday or Tuesday. He might suit up. How effective is he going to be? Dallas' offense should be better with Tyron Smith back.
I can't trust Minnesota's pass defense versus one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. I must go with Washington, the highest salary-cost squad available.