DraftKings Starts of the Week – Turkey Day Edition

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks… Right? Well, I’m thankful for football, and you should be too. So, forget about your family, and make some money on DraftKings!

There’s only 3 games on deck, so check out the starts of the week (I guess technically it’d be starts of the day) and make sure your lineup is on point.


*Tier 1 – $7,000+, Tier 2 – $7,000-$6,000, Tier 3 – $6,000 and under

Tier 1: Ben Roethlisberger – PIT @ IND ($7,300)

Like last week, there’s a bit of hesitation with Roethlisberger given the matchup. Andrew Luck has been ruled out for the Colts, meaning Scott Tolzien gets the start. Now, Tolzien isn’t incompetent, but if I asked you to come up with a scenario in which the Colts offense struggles, it wouldn’t exactly be a tough challenge… Andrew Luck doesn’t play.

You can expect another huge day from Le’Veon Bell, but the major difference this week, the Colts play indoors. Big Ben should be back to his normal QB1 production.

Tier 2: Dak Prescott – DAL vs. WAS ($6,300)

Prescott has put up 20+ fantasy points in 5 straight weeks (DraftKings scoring), and the Redskins were just lit up by Aaron Rodgers. In Dallas’ Week 2 matchup at Washington, Dak went 22-30 for 292 yards… He’s come a long way since then.

Tier 3: Kirk Cousins – WAS @ DAL ($5,900)

On the other side of the ball, Cousins has been pretty damn good himself. Over the past 5 weeks, he’s averaged 24.2 DK fantasy points, hasn’t thrown for less than 250 yards, and has thrown multiple TDs in all but one of those games. The Cowboys dominate time of possession, which will limit his numbers, but he’ll be fine.

Running Back

*Tier 1 – $7,000+, Tier 2 – $7,000-$5,000, Tier 3 – $5,000 and under

Tier 1: Le’Veon Bell – PIT @ IND ($9,000)

Find a way to get him, and Zeke into your lineup. The drop-off after these two is real.

Tier 2: Frank Gore – IND vs. PIT ($5,200)

At age 33, and with about 350,000 miles, Gore continues to find ways to produce. As I mentioned earlier, Tolzien is starting at QB, so you can expect extra men in the box. However, Gore has proven he’s a receiving threat out of the backfield, so his floor is probably around 50 all-purpose yards. There’s only 3 games on tap, so you could do worse.

Tier 3: Robert Kelly – WAS @ DAL ($4,300)

R. Kelly is no longer trapped in the closet after his 137 yard, 3 TD coming out party against the Packers. While the Cowboys aren’t the greatest matchup you could ask for, he’s the best option in this tier… By far.

Wide Receiver

*Tier 1 – $7,000+, Tier 2 – $7,000-$5,000, Tier 3: $5,000 and under

Tier 1: Antonio Brown – PIT @ IND ($9,200)

He’s good.

Tier 2: Jamison Crowder – WAS @ DAL ($5,800)

22.2, 14.4, 28.7, 20.8… Crowder’s DK FPTS over the last 4 games. Cousins is playing well, Crowder is the beneficiary. Well, one of the beneficiaries.

Tier 3: Adam Thielen – MIN @ DET ($4,000)

Since Kenny Britt went for 136 yards, and 2 TDs against Detroit in Week 6, only one #1 WR has reached 50 yards against the Lions. That receiver was Stefon Diggs (80 yds). While he’s fully capable of repeating, he’s dealing with a knee injury and might not even play.

Tight End

*Tier 1 – $5,500+, Tier 2 – $5,500-$3,500, Tier 3 – $3,500 and under

Tier 1: Jordan Reed – WAS @ DAL ($6,200)

The Cowboys have been decent against tight ends, but they haven’t exactly faced the game’s elite at the position. Reed caught 5 passes for 70 yards in Week 2 against them, and that seems about what you can expect tomorrow. Give or take 10 yards, and hopefully add a TD.

Tier 2: Eric Ebron – MIN @ DET ($4,000)

Ebron is a beast. While the Vikings have allowed only 2 receiving TDs to TEs on the year, they’ve allowed the 11th most fantasy points per game to the position, and are giving up around 70 yards per game. Solid option, at a good value.

Tier 3: Jack Doyle – IND vs. PIT ($2,800)

Have I mentioned Scott Tolzien was starting at QB for the Colts yet? Well, he is so you can expect the tight ends – Doyle, and Allen – to see even more targets than they already do.

Defense/Special Teams

*Tier 1 – $3,500+, Tier 2 – $3,500-$3,000, Tier 3 – $3,000 and under

Tier 1: N/A
Tier 2: Minnesota Vikings ($3,400)

The Vikings are the highest priced option on Thanksgiving Day, but that doesn’t make them a good play. Save your money, and get about the same (probably better) production from the Steelers… But, they’re the best option in this price range.

Tier 3: Pittsburgh Steelers ($2,800)

Did I mention Scott Tolzien was starting at QB for the Colts yet?

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