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NFL DFS Plays: Thanksgiving Week 12

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: November 25, 2020, 4:25 pm ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NFL DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NFL News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at the two-game Thanksgiving slate for Week 12. Take note that the Pittsburgh-Baltimore matchup has been postponed to Sunday. Otherwise, lineups will lock at 12:30 ET on Thursday. 


Deshaun Watson - Houston (at Detroit)  - DK: $7,400 / FD: $8,700 / Yahoo: $37

Watson jumps off the screen as the best fantasy quarterback of this slate, and it’s not even close. That especially holds true with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens no longer playing on Thursday. Watson finds himself in a juicy matchup against the Lions, and this game has a respectable 51 point over/under. Playing in a dome doesn’t hurt either. Watson has racked up 24+ fantasy points in five of his last six outings, topping 31 FP in two of those. Consider that his range for this Thanksgiving showdown. 

Also Consider: Matthew Stafford


D’Andre Swift - Detroit (vs. Houston) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $23

Swift is listed as questionable, so we’ll need to monitor his status before kickoff. If he’s active, the rookie from Georgia makes for a solid fantasy selection on this two-game slate. Swift was playing great before hitting the sidelines, as he has finally established himself as Detroit’s top runner. His 149 yards on 21 touches (with a TD) vs. Washington in Week 10 serves as a prime example. If Swift sees another helping of 15-20 looks, he should be able to produce against a Houston defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing RBs. 

Antonio Gibson - Washington (at Dallas) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $21

Gibson has been a favorite within the NFL GPP Pivots column series, but he’s an obvious choice through all formats on Thursday. Similar to the write-up of Swift, Gibson seems to be gaining confidence (and volume) as the season moves along. That has been exemplified by 17+ touches and 17+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings. He currently has an ankle injury, but Gibson practiced in full earlier this week. He should be able to resume his usual workload in this non-imposing matchup at Dallas. 

Also Consider: Duke Johnson 


Terry McLaurin - Washington (at Dallas) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $27

McLaurin will be extremely popular on Thursday, but I’m considering him “good chalk” through all formats. He’s technically questionable with an ankle injury, but we expect him to play after practicing fully earlier in the week. McLaurin will take on a subpar Dallas defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to WRs this season. QB Alex Smith should continue to force-feed his top receiver with double-digit targets, and that would be enough for McLaurin to hold his own in fantasy. 

Will Fuller V - Houston (at Detroit) - DK: $6,400 / FD: $7,400 / Yahoo: $28

I’m not overthinking it - at least not in cash games. Deshaun Watson to Will Fuller is the top stack of the slate, and it’s another example of “good chalk”. Fuller has been up-and-down all season, but he’s still Watson’s #1 target. We should see his good side in this competitive battle at Detroit - who has been generous defensively all year. Go ahead and look towards the Watson, Fuller, and maybe even Brandin Cooks stack on all sites. 

Also Consider: Brandin Cooks, Marvin Jones Jr. 


T.J. Hockenson - Detroit (vs. Houston) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $20

Postponing the Steelers-Ravens game took away two of the best tight end options, in my opinion. Now the position is more of a filler spot than a priority. Hockenson is the best lift of this uninspiring group, and I’m leaning his way if the salary cap obliges. This Lions-Texans matchup is a fantasy-friendly environment, and Hockenson has seen seven or more targets in three of his last four outings … If you don’t have enough salary to make TJ work, then dropping down to Dalton Schultz isn’t the worst thing in the world. 

Also Consider: Dalton Schultz 


Dallas Cowboys (vs. Washington) - DK: $2,800 / FD: $3,300 / Yahoo: $11

The Ravens and Steelers were two of the better defensive choices as well, so we are stuck with a group of (mostly) underachievers to choose from. Washington has been the best fantasy defense of the four, but they are priced accordingly. As cringy as it sounds, I don’t mind taking the Cowboys when looking towards value. Alex Smith has tossed four interceptions over his past three games, so maybe Dallas can run into some fantasy points on Thursday. 

Also Consider: Washington

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.