Sure, there will be healthy serving of football on Thanksgiving, but there will be plenty of pigskin left over for Sunday.
Week 12 in the NFL features an exciting slate outside Thursday’s games, and the time is now to set your daily fantasy lineups for the weekend before you go into a turkey coma.
Here are our DraftKings picks for Week 12.
Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks ($6,700)
Wilson finally has his mojo back, tallying 20-plus fantasy points (standard scoring) in three consecutive weeks. There’s a good chance he makes it four in a row against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense allowing 267 yards per game through the air this season.
Running Backs: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins ($7,600); Rashad Jennings, New York Giants ($5,600)
It’s hard to find a better matchup for Ajayi than the San Francisco 49ers. The Dolphins have heavily committed to the run during Ajayi’s emergence, and the Niners have allowed an incredible 180 rushing yards per game while surrendering 13 rushing touchdowns in 10 games.
Jennings also has a juicy matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who own the NFL’s second-worst run D behind San Francisco. Jennings also is coming off a strong week in which he tallied 129 total yards and a touchdown.
Wide Receivers: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals ($7,000); Doug Baldwin, Seahawks ($6,400); Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals ($4,000)
Only touchdowns have been lacking for Fitzgerald amid another strong season, but he has a great chance to find paydirt against an Atlanta Falcons defense that’s allowed six TDs to receivers in its last three games.
Baldwin has been Wilson’s go-to man — and vice versa — and the two figure to have another field day versus the Bucs’ weak secondary.
With A.J. Green possibly out for the season due to a torn hamstring, it’s worth rolling the dice on Boyd, who caught six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown last week after Green went down. The Baltimore Ravens are very good against the run but less so against the pass, so Andy Dalton could be looking Boyd’s way often.
Tight End: Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens ($3,200)
Pitta has had a relatively quiet season, but only two teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season than the Bengals.
Flex: Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans ($5,800)
Matthews suddenly is the No. 1 receiver in Tennessee’s high-flying offense, which has scored 30-plus points in three of the last four weeks. The Titans have a great matchup Sunday against the 2-8 Chicago Bears.
Defense: New York Giants ($3,600)
It’s never a bad idea to start a defense that’s playing the Browns.
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