Tips for Starting/Sitting In Fantasy Football Week 12: Bills-Lions, Giants-Cowboys, Patriots-Vikings on Thanksgiving

An annual Thanksgiving tradition returns once more in 2022 with the NFL kicking off its Week 12 roster on the holiday. There will be a triple header on display with the buffalo bills assuming the Detroit Lionsfollowed by the New York Giants traveling to face the Dallas Cowboysand the drink of the night with him New England Patriots playing the minnesota vikings. The volume of gaming around the holidays means a number of choices to make fantasy football managers

We’ll walk you through some openings and positions for the Thanksgiving tripleheader.


Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Pollard is coming off an explosive 30.9 PPR fantasy performance in Week 11 that saw him finish with a combined 189 yards from scrimmage along with two touchdowns. Even with fellow outfielder Ezekiel Elliot seeing 16 touches, Pollard has managed to put fantasy RB1 numbers next to him, which is an encouraging sign for fantasy managers. He is arguably RB 1A in a Cowboys offense that should provide a huge advantage in a Thanksgiving matchup against the Giants, who allow the 10th most fantasy points to running backs.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions

Williams turned in his best fantasy performance of the season with a 24.4 PPR fantasy point performance last week in a win over the Giants, and better yet, the box score showed just how much control he has at the RB1 spot for Detroit. He outscored D’Andre Swift 17-5 and also found the end zone three times for Swift’s only score. Buffalo allows 17.0 fantasy points to opposing running backs, and Williams’ level of production in recent weeks makes him a strong play in what could be a shootout against the Bills.

TJ Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Hockenson had just 3.4 PPR fantasy points last week in what was a dismal three-point performance from the Vikings’ offense, but his impact on Minnesota’s offense arguably makes him a TE1 lock. Over the last three games, he’s seen a total of nine, 10 and nine targets respectively, so he’s clearly becoming Kirk Cousins’ second favorite target behind Justin Jefferson. His opponent in the Patriots this week awards the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and Minnesota should be motivated to put on a dominant offensive performance after last week’s blunder.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants

Slayton didn’t see a target the last time he faced the Cowboys in Week 2, but that’s sure to change due to recent events. The Giants’ receiving room has taken a significant hit to their depth, with the latest loss coming by way of Wan’Dale Robinson who suffered a season-ending MCL injury. Simply put, Slayton is one of, if not the only, reliable options left for Daniel Jones to shoot through the air. Dallas awards an average of 20.9 fantasy points to opposing receivers, and Slayton has an excellent opportunity to see the most receiving targets come Thanksgiving.


Kirk’s cousins, quarterback, Minnesota Vikings

Cousins ​​put in an absolutely miserable performance in Week 11 that resulted in a season-low 2.2 fantasy point performance. Of course, the veteran signal caller wasn’t alone with Minnesota’s offense as a whole putting in a performance to forget. They now host a Patriots defense that limited the Jets to just 103 total yards of offense last week, and Bill Belichick has a reputation for putting together a solid defensive scheme against his opponents. The Patriots also allow the 11th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, which could set up a game script that favors Minnesota’s running game.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Gallup has yet to top five receptions in a game this season as he continues to acclimate after ACL surgery. His best fantasy performance came in his season debut with 10.4 PPR fantasy points, but he has yet to break double digits in a single game since. At best, he’s a fringe WR3 or WR4 heading into this Thanksgiving matchup, since it’s clear he’s still working to play like the receiver he was before last season’s injury.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

At this point in the season, it’s clear that Swift is a touchdown-reliant fantasy option, which is mind-boggling given the expectations for him going into the season. Scoring a rushing touchdown last week, he finished with 12.2 PPR fantasy points, helping make up for just 20 rushing yards on five total carries. For whatever reason, he’s clearly behind in the pecking order to Williams, as well as Justin Jackson, now ahead of him in backfield carries. He’s too much of a fantasy risk right now, which means fantasy managers should keep him on the bench for their Thanksgiving matchup.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen was held to just 25 receiving yards in last week’s loss to the Cowboys, and heading into Week 11, he was content with just 49 receiving yards in a noteworthy contest with the Bills. The gradual drop in production illustrates how he is arguably becoming the odd man out in a pass-heavy offense that is slowly propelling Hockenson into a WR2 option. At best, he presents a loose appeal to fantasy managers in need, but sitting behind the pecking order with Jefferson and Hockenson ahead of him gives cause for caution.

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