Thanksgivingâs such a great holiday. I donât care for the part where Native Americans got killed, but I do love turkey and all the side dishes that come with it. If we had to do a draft of Thanksgiving foods, I think stuffing or cranberry sauce would be my first pick. Sorry turkey, but cranberry sauce and stuffing donât take a million hours to cook. One of my draft factors is development time.
I also have good news and bad news. Good news: no more bye weeks! Bad news: great fantasy players seem to be getting hurt now. Iâve always tried to cater my picks to the major injuries of the past week, but pickings are slim for QBs since there are only 32 of them and most of the good ones are due to drafts or injury. Bear with me.
Alright, thatâs all I got. If you have any questions you want answered (or anything really), email me at email@example.com, or ask in the comments section below.
PLUGS â These are players that have a favorable matchup this week and would be available in the majority of leagues. There could be injuries or a player has a really poor matchup this Sunday. These plugs could help fill that scoring void.
Matt Moore, QB (MIA)- The Dolphins will play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and this matchup will certainly be a [Thanksgiving pun]! Seriously though, Mooreâs been playing rather well lately, and the Cowboysâ secondary looks better than they really are. Actually, they gave up a game-tying drive to Rex Grossman last Sunday. They are just not good.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, (WAS)- Itâs hard to trust Rex Grossman, but you can trust Gaffney. The Seahawks are weaker against the pass than the run, and there are limited WR options for the Redskins. Gaffney has shown that heâs the primary guy with the absence of Santana Moss. Last Sunday, Gaffney was targeted 10 times for 7 receptions, 115 yards and a touchdown.
Carolina DEF- Normally I would never recommend them, but theyâre going up against the Colts. Iâm going to keep doing this until Iâm wrong.
INVESTMENTS- If you have a free roster spot and want to bolster your depth, these players look like they could break out in a couple weeks. When they do, the other teams in your league will be scrambling to have them, but due to foresight (and some luck), youâll be the one with them already on your bench.
Caleb Hanie, QB (CHI)- With Jay Cutler out for the remainder of the regular season with a broken thumb, Hanieâs now in line to get the starting QB job for the Bears. Hereâs the good news, though: the rest of Chicagoâs schedule really isnât that bad for the team or for Hanie. The remaining opponents for the Bears are: OAK, KC, DEN, SEA, GB and MIN. Besides the Packers, those games are winnable. Matt Forte will probably see even more time than he does already, and that could mean easy yardage for Hanie with short passes that have major YAC. Even the Green Bay matchup is favorable, since the Packers have one of the worst passing defenses in the league. Hanie should certainly be considered and watched this coming week, because with the matchups handed to him, he could put up nice numbers.
Kevin Smith, RB (DET)- With his chance, Smith absolutely demolished the Panthers with 16 touches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a receiving threat who caught four receptions for 61 yards and a score. Itâs worth picking him up on his potential alone, since Jahvid Bestâs return is cloudy and Maurice Morris is too old to be effective. Get him ASAP.
Joe McKnight, RB (NYJ)- By replacing an injured LaDainian Tomlinson , McKnight gave himself a little boost in the depth chart. He led running backs with 16 touches for 59 yards and also had six catches for 62 yards. McKnight also lost a fumble, but discounting that, he still had a game worth noticing. Although Shonn Greene (who was injured in the game against the Broncos) and Tomlinson say they will both be ready for the game against Buffalo this week, itâs still worth watching McKnight to see if he gets any continued attention. The rushing game is weak, and Sanchez isnât a QB that can take the full burden of leading the offense. The Jets are not an offense to ignore the run anyway, so keep an eye out to see if McKnightâs allowed some more involvement.