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Fantasy Football: Impact of Thursday’s Slate of Games

November 28, 2013 • Ben Heck • AFC, Fantasy, Front Page, NFC

Ahhh, Week 13. You know what this means (in most standard fantasy football leagues). The final week of the FFL regular season.

If you don’t already have a playoff spot wrapped up, and you’re still alive in the hunt, this will be the most important match-up you play all season long. Which means every point matters. With all the bye weeks officially in the books as of last week, the decisions of whether to start or sit certain guys is all on your shoulders now. There’s no “half my guys were on bye weeks” excuse now.

You’re on your own.

Okay, maybe not completely on your own. We’ll do the best job we can do to help you decide who to start and who to sit. And it all starts with today’s three Thanksgiving Day games.

Start

Matthew Stafford, Lions QB

He scored just 11 fantasy points last time he faced the Packers, but he didn’t have All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson for that road game. Now that Stafford is in the comfort of his own dome, and has his top target at his disposal, he’s in for a big game this afternoon.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB

The AFC’s Offensive Player of the Month has been on fire lately. His Steelers are riding a three-game win streak, and over the last five Pittsburgh games Ben has thrown 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Eddie Lacy, Packers RB

Coming off a 110-yard, 1 TD performance in a tie with Minnesota last week, Lacy’s 2013 rookie season success should continue today despite going against Detroit’s fourth-ranked rushing defense.

Calvin Johnson, Lions WR

Green Bay is 20th against the pass and, like I stated above, Johnson didn’t even play the last time these two teams faced off. I’d take the Stafford-Johnson connection at Ford Field any day.

Others of Note: Tony Romo, Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, Dallas D/ST

Sit

Matt Flynn, Packers QB

I know it’s very tempting if you’re an Aaron Rodgers owner to start the guy that’s replacing him in the lineup, but don’t do it. Despite passing for 480 yards and 6 TDs the last time he made a start for Green Bay (January 1, 2012), and he played well last week, but I’m not sure he has enough fire power to keep up with Detroit’s offense if it turns into a shootout.

Ray Rice, Ravens RB

In a loss to Chicago two weeks ago, Rice finally broke out for 131 yards and a TD. But last week he regressed with a 30-yard performance on 16 carries. Though aging and banged up, Pittsburgh can still make teams one-dimensional with a tough front seven. Steer clear of Rice, especially given his inconsistency.

Darren McFadden, Raiders RB

McFadden is returning to the field later this afternoon at Texas Stadium, but why on earth would you trust him to provide you the points you need? I’m sure you’d kick yourself if he breaks out for 100 yards against Dallas, but the risk out-weighs the reward on this one.

Packers D/ST

I expect Stafford’s offense to be putting up 30+ points today, so I wouldn’t advise starting GB’s defense. The only chance they have at points would be if Stafford throws a couple of interceptions again today, but I still wouldn’t put money on that happening.

Others of Note: Matt McGloin, Raiders D/ST

Who Wins Today:

Lions over Packers, 31-24
Cowboys over Raiders, 28-14
Steelers over Ravens, 21-17

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