Marcus Mariota, QB (Tennessee Titans)
Marcus Mariota has a great matchup this week against the Indianapolis Colts who are giving up an average of 18.20 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks which is the 8th-highest in the league. Mariota has average 15.90 points in his last three games, all of which have been against good defenses out of the AFC North. With the Titans making a push for the playoffs, Mariota should have another solid outing and has a legitimate chance at beating his best fantasy game so far this season (19.70 fantasy points).
Tevin Coleman, RB (Atlanta Falcons)
With Devonta Freeman sidelined for another week, Tevin Coleman becomes a must-start. Over the last two weeks, Coleman has carried the ball 20 times in both games and has run for 126 total yards and scored 2 touchdowns. This week, Coleman faces a Buccaneers defense that is allowing an average of 24.10 fantasy points to opposing running backs. With Freeman not in the picture, Coleman has the backfield to himself and should find himself able to haul in a few catches as well.
Vernon Davis, TE (Washington Redskins)
While Travis Kelce failed to score a touchdown against the Giants, he did score 19.00 fantasy points off 9 receptions for 120 yards. Every week you need to play the tight end facing the Giants. It’s worked for 11 straight weeks, so we’ll keep rolling. This week Vernon Davis faces said Giants. Davis is already playing well in the absence of teammate Jordan Reed and has a dream matchup this week. Davis is a must-start for those with non-elite tight end options.
Brandon McManus, K (Denver Broncos)
The Raiders are allowing a league-high 10.60 fantasy points allowed per game to come from the kicker, including 20.00 fantasy points to the Stephen Gostkowski last week thanks in part to the Mexican altitude. While the game won’t be played in Mexico this week, Brandon McManus has a great opportunity to take advantage of an offense that stalls frequently from within the red zone. Over his past three games, McManus has averaged 10.00 fantasy points and should be able to exceed that score this week against the Raiders.
The Cincinnati Bengals Defense play DeShone Kizer and the Cleveland Browns who are giving up a staggering league-high 13.80 fantasy points to opposing defenses each week, including 27.00 fantasy points to the Jaguars last week. Meanwhile, the Bengals were able to score 10.00 fantasy points off the Denver Broncos last week and have a real possibility this week to score double-digit fantasy points once again.
Matthew Stafford, QB (Detroit Lions)
Matthew Stafford has averaged 20.80 fantasy points over his past three games against the Packers, Browns, and Bears. Stafford faces a much tougher test on Thursday for a Thanksgiving day matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are only allowing 14.73 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over their last six games and currently allow the 10th-least amount of points to the position. While Stafford has had success on Thanksgiving in the past, owners should temper their expectations in this one.
Ameer Abdullah, RB (Detroit Lions)
Ameer Abdullah has scored a total of 3 touchdowns over his past three games (2 rushing, 1 receiving) however becomes a sit this week as the Lions, as mentioned above, play the Vikings this week. The Vikings are allowing the second-least amount of fantasy points to opposing running backs (17.80) and have not allowed a 100-yard rusher. Abdullah relies on volume to be relevant as a fantasy running back, and if the Lions find themselves down early in this game, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Theo Riddick receive more touches as the game went on.
Jordy Nelson, WR (Green Bay Packers)
With owners needing to rack up a couple of more wins to squeak into the playoffs, they can’t be sure to trust Jordy Nelson this week. Nelson has had multiple weeks to build some kind of rapport with backup quarterback Brett Hundley and has produced an average of 2.5 receptions, 23 yards, and 0 touchdowns. While you don’t usually want to sit your studs, Nelson’s benching is a serious question owners will have themselves thinking about on Sunday. If that wasn’t enough, the Steelers are allowing the 4th-least amount of fantasy points per game to the position (26.1).
Jason Witten, TE (Dallas Cowboys)
Jason Witten is a sit yet again this week against the Chargers who are excellent at guarding tight ends. The LA Chargers are allowing only 8.60 fantasy points to the position which is second best in the league, and have only allowed 1 touchdown to the position. With plenty of streaming options available, like the start of the week Vernon Davis, owners should look elsewhere and not start Witten on Thanksgiving.
Cody Parkey, K (Miami Dolphins)
So far this season, the Miami Dolphins’ kicker Cody Parkey has only scored double-digit fantasy points in 1 game this season - that game? Week 2 (the Dolphins first game) against the Chargers. Since? Parkey has only averaged 4.00 points per game, including two games scoring 0 points, and one with -1.00. On top of that, the Patriots are allowing the second-least amount of fantasy points to kickers with an average of only 5.30 against.
Los Angeles Rams, DEF
The Los Angeles Rams Defense had no sacks or turnovers last week against the Vikings and scored -5.00 fantasy points. This week they play the Saints who are allowing only 1.40 fantasy points to defenses at home. With a strong running game and very capable pass-catching backs, the Rams are not expected to score many fantasy points this week.