So, my tradition during Thanksgiving week is usually publishing a mildly-sappy article about how I appreciate "x" number of fantasy players and then how much I appreciate my readers.
This year, however, I'm doing the same thing. I don't care if it's cliche.
What Am I Thankful For?
1. The Saints offense: Everyone knows I'm a big fan of the Saints in fantasy, and they really haven't disappointed this season aside from a few minor hiccups. And, luckily for you, they play at home the last two games before the fantasy playoffs, so there's a good chance they get you in and give you a shot at the title. It's fine, you can thank me (and them) later.
2. Running backs - well, some at least: Contrary to the opinion of many writers and analysts, I was a big proponent of taking running backs early in drafts this year. Despite the increased risk of injury and losing snaps to backups, a solid group of RBs is the cornerstone of a lot of successful fantasy teams. Guys like David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott have rewarded their owners twenty times over for taking a chance on them despite limited professional experience.
3. Tight Ends: This is kind of odd, because I complain about the inconsistency of TEs all the time. This season, however, has shaped up to be a little better than usual when it comes to TE production. The emergence of guys like Zach Miller (now out for the season), Eric Ebron, C.J. Fiedorowicz, and even Jack Doyle, not to mention the resurgence of Jimmy Graham, the Tight End pool isn't awful anymore...it's just kinda bad. I'll take it.
4. Finally, all of you: You knew it was coming. I told you already. I've been writing fantasy for 2 and a half years now, and I still love it as much as I did when I started. It's great being able to interact with people through this website, through a fantasy app, via Twitter (@DonaldGibsonFF), and in person, of course. My goal since I started was to give the best advice I could and to be available to anyone who wants my help, and I truly hope I've accomplished that. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this and anything else that we've written here at FantasyFusion, and I hope you've enjoyed it at least a little bit.
Starts of the Week/DraftKings Values
Okay, on to the real stuff.
Drew Brees ($7100): Surprised? Nah. Brees is the fifth-most expensive QB on DraftKings, but he's my number one QB this week. Simple.
Both Carsons (Wentz: $5400, Palmer: $5300): Not only are both Carsons facing defenses that give up a ton through the air, they're also playing teams with high-octane offenses. Ticket for two to Shootout City, please.
Jay Ajayi ($7600): [Insert RB playing San Francisco here].
Lamar Miller ($5800): San Diego is notoriously bad against the run, and Miller's price just seems way too low. That's pretty much it...
Chris Ivory ($4200): Here are some guys around Ivory's price: Alfred Blue, Wendell Smallwood, Fitzgerald Touissant (look at that selection of names! I feel like I'm reading the guest list at a 1950's charity gala). Ivory is the lone back in Jacksonville assuming T.J. Yeldon is out, and even if he isn't, Ivory impressed last weekend. Fire him up.
Larry Fitzgerald ($7000): At the beginning of the season, I was trying to avoid anyone in the Cardinals receiving game. Fitz has 50 targets in his last 4 games - good for just over 27% of the target distribution in those games. Expect another 40-50 pass game for Palmer, and expect Fitz to reap the rewards.
Rishard Matthews ($5800): It's pretty hard to find a less sexy name than Matthews, but the guy's been killing it. He's averaging over 9 targets, just under 83 yards, and one touchdown per game over his last three games. The Bears are the Bears, by the way.
Tyler Boyd ($4000): No A.J. Green. Boyd scored last week after Green went down. Must I spell it out further?
Gary Barnidge ($3600): If you didn't know already, Josh McCown loves him some Gary Barnidge. If McCown starts, expectations for Barnidge skyrocket. Also, the Giants are badddddd against TEs.
Titans D/ST ($2800): Matt Barkley is likely going to be the Bears quarterback. I repeat, Matt Barkley is likely going to be the Bears quarterback. Are you getting this?