With the Thanksgiving holiday here, DraftKings has unveiled its special Thursday only slate. The three-game set of games makes for an interesting teaser to this week’s main slate. With two larger sets of games, this week’s value column will examine players from both start times.
Russell Wilson (@ San Francisco) - $7,000
While Tom Brady is likely to be heavily owned, Russell Wilson represents the perfect pivot in GPPs and cash. Since their Week 6 bye, Wilson hasn’t scored less than 19.42 points in a game. During this span, he has exceeded 25-points in four of five games, passing 30 in two of those contest. He now draws the 49ers, who allow the 4th most points per game to quarterbacks and rank 30th in Football Outsiders’ Pass Defense DVOA.
Kareem Hunt (@ Buffalo) - $8,000
Although Kareem Hunt failed to find the end zone yet again in Week 11, his usage was back on track with 21 touches. Hunt is in an absolute blow-up spot this week against a Buffalo defense allowing the most fantasy points per game (36.48) and yards (664) over the past four weeks. Hunt should be a staple in cash lineups on the main slate.
Samaje Perine (v. New York Giants) - $5,000
After Chris Thompson’s injury, Samaje Perine handled 24 touches and played 72% of the Redskins’ snaps in Week 11. This week he gets the Giants, who have allowed the 6th most yards per game to date. They also rank 25th in run defense according to Football Outsiders. Perine looks to be strong salary saving option for cash on the Thanksgiving slate in GPPs and cash.
Julio Jones (v Tampa Bay) - $7,700
With one touchdown on the year, Julio Jones’ price has been discounted heavily. Despite this, Jones is still averaging 8.6 targets per game and ranks 5th in receiving yards. This week he gets Tampa Bay, who allows the second most fantasy points to wide receivers per game and the most yards to date. Jones is a great GPP play, after disappointing to start the year.
Corey Davis (@ Indianapolis) – $4,900
Since his return from injury, Corey Davis has stepped in as Tennessee’s number one receiver with 10 and 7 targets in his last two contests. Receivers have gashed Indianapolis this year, allowing the third most yards to the position. Despite the healthy workload, Davis only has 9 catches in 3 games since returning from injury, making him more of a GPP play this week.
Jamison Crowder (v New York Giants) - $5,400
On the Thanksgiving slate, Jamison Crowder presents a strong salary saving option. He draws the worst pass defense on the slate, according to DVOA (25th) and fantasy points allowed to wide receivers (24.67) over the past four games. Playing in the slot, he also projects to run a majority of routes away from Janoris Jenkins. He received target counts of 13, 11, and 8 in his past three games, making him cash viable.
Evan Engram (@ Washington) - $6,100
The tight ends on both sides of the ball are smash plays, but the uncertainty surrounding Jordan Reed’s status keeps Vernon Davis from being a lock. Instead, Evan Engram looks to be a lights-out play on Thanksgiving. Engram is average 7.8 targets per game and draws a Washington defense allowing the third most points per game and the most receiving yards to tight ends on the season. Lock him into cash lineups during the holiday slate.