When it comes to Thanksgiving games, is there anyone more clutch than Tony Romo? Romo has a record of 6-1, and he will look to continue his Thanksgiving dominance when the Cowboys host division rival Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles defense has been solid against the run; however, they have not defended the pass overly well. Romo should have himself a day, and really expose the Eagles secondary throughout the game.
Coming off of an embarrassing loss to the New York Jets, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers look to get back to their winning ways when they face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints have struggled on the defensive side of the ball all season, so look for them to continue to give up big plays, as Big Ben has all sorts of weapons to work with.
Le’Veon Bell has a very favorable matchup when the Steelers play host to the Saints come Sunday. Over the past three games, the Saints defense has given up an average of 138 yards to opposing starting running backs. Bell is in line for a big day, and should get lots of touches early on in the game.
Although he has underperformed for the majority of the season, Trent Richardson is finally healthy and will start to get the bulk of the carries. If the Colts want to make it deep into the playoffs, they need to establish their running game. Richardson is most effective on the goal line, which makes him a valuable asset to any fantasy team.
WR-Odell Beckham Jr.
After producing arguably the greatest catch in NFL history, Odell Beckham Jr. accumulated over 100 yards for the third time in his last four games. Beckham Jr. Is an electrifying rookie, and should continue his stellar play when the Giants face off against one of the league’s worst defenses in the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Antonio Brown is coming off by far his worst fantasy performance of the year, when the Steelers were upset by the Jets a couple of weeks ago. Brown will look to redeem himself, when the Steelers host the struggling Saints. Brown can be effective wherever he is on the field, so look for him to be involved quite often in the game plan come Sunday,
Each and every week it seems like Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders are developing more and more chemistry with each other. Sanders continues to get lots of targets because fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas often gets two defenders covering him. Sanders is effective both in the slot and lined up out wide, so look for him to really expose the Chiefs secondary.
Although the Ravens have a solid defense, they seem to struggle against opposing tight ends. Last week, they allowed Jimmy Graham to score twice. It doesn’t get easier for the Ravens, as they face the ageless Antonio Gates on Sunday. Gates has the ability to get open regardless of who covers him, and should receive plenty of targets as he has become Philip Rivers’s favorite target on third downs and in the red zone.
The Dolphins own an elite running defense and a top three passing defense in the NFL. After almost upsetting the high powered Denver Broncos, the Dolphins will play in the meadowlands as they face the tumultuous Jet offense on Monday night. The Jets are turning back to Geno Smith, who has turned the ball over a ton throughout the season. If you have the Dolphins defense, start them!
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey just continues to impress week after week. Bailey is accurate from everywhere on the field, especially from over 50 yards. The Eagles have been generous to opposing kickers this season, as this trend should continue on Thursday, as the Eagles and Cowboys should find themselves in a shootout.
The Browns were lucky to pull off a last second win against the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. Once again, Hoyer struggled throwing three interceptions. His task only gets harder, when he faces one of the league’s best defenses in Buffalo. Hoyer will be under constant pressure, as the Bills have the league’s best defensive line. If the Browns can’t establish the run, Hoyer will be in for a very long day.
The season has not gone as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers had planned. Newton is getting no protection from his offensive line, and is simply just not making enough plays. It only gets harder this week when the Panthers face off against a cagey Vikings defense who always seem to generate turnovers.
Coming off of a monster game, which saw him gain 182 yards on the ground, Justin Forsett has a difficult matchup as the Ravens play host to the Chargers. The front seven of the Chargers have been tough to run against, so it may be best to keep Forsett on the bench as the Ravens will have to primarily resort to the pass.
The Falcons blew a huge opportunity to take control of their division with a last second loss to the Browns. Their task only gets harder when they face the Arizona Cardinals come Sunday. The Cardinals have not been kind to opposing running backs this season, as teams must rely on the pass to beat the Cardinals.
There is no doubt that Jordy Nelson is amongst the league’s elite receivers; however, he will be making a trip to Revis island on Sunday. Darrelle Revis has once again shown the NFL that he is the league’s best corner as he has absolutely shut down some of the league’s best receivers this season. Don’t expect much from Nelson this week.
The Jets big offseason acquisition, Eric Decker, has yet to develop much chemistry with either of the Jets quarterbacks. On Monday night, Decker will be facing one of the league’s top corners in Brent Grimes. Really consider leaving Decker on the bench for this one.
After winning their first of the season on Thursday night, the Raiders face off against a physical St. Louis Rams defense. James Jones is no doubt the Raiders number one option at receiver; however, he faces a very strong corner in Michael Jenkins. The Raiders will have to get production elsewhere on offense, as Jones will be tied up for the majority of the game.
Although Larry Donnell has emerged as the Giants number one tight end, he won’t get many targets when the team faces off against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the last four games, the Jaguars are giving up less than 27 yards to opposing teams starting tight ends.
The Bears are plagued by injuries on the defensive side of the ball, and it doesn’t get much easier for them on a short week, as they play in Detroit for the classic Thanksgiving game on Thursday. This game has the making for a shootout, so don’t be expecting a dominant performance by the Bears defense.
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is having yet another excellent season; however, this week 13 matchup doesn’t bode well for the veteran kicker. The Falcons will struggle to advance the ball against the Cardinals defense, resulting in lots of punts, and not many opportunities to put points on the board.