The final full slate before Thanksgiving provides plenty of fantasy football action to feast on with 11 games this Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs, Vikings, Cardinals and Chargers get the week off while the Packers, 49ers, Ravens and Rams play in primetime, but there are still plenty of good plays on the main slate to consider. It’s an early-heavy schedule with just two games in the late window Sunday afternoon as the Patriots host the Cowboys and the Jaguars travel to take on the Titans. The other nine games all kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET, leading to a massive rush of action right after kickoff.
As you search through the rosters of the 22 teams in action to find the best options to put on your fantasy roster, make sure to take a look at the bottom of the salary structure for these value picks. Even though these options don’t cost as much as some of the big-name stars, they have a good chance to out-perform expectations based on matchup, form and expected opportunity.
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Nick Foles, JAX at TEN, $5,400 – There’s actually some nice value on both sides of this matchup with Foles and Ryan Tannehill ($5,300) both solid plays for well under $6K. I’m giving Foles the slight edge since it’s a better matchup, and the game script for the Titans should center more on Derrick Henry ($6,900) given the state of Jacksonville’s run defense. That run defense betrayed Foles in his return as the Colts steamrolled the Jags 33-13. Foles looked good, though, completing more than 70% of his 47 attempts for 296 yards and a pair of touchdowns to D.J. Chark Jr. ($6,400). The Titans have given up the fifth-most DKFP to opposing QBs, so Foles should be able to keep rolling and further lock himself in as Jacksonville’s starter the rest of the way.
Dwayne Haskins Jr., WAS vs. DET, $4,900 – I had Haskins in my values last week as a dice-roll based on matchup, and he eventually got going and finished with a decent 18.06 DKFP. He threw two late touchdowns in garbage time and finished with 214 yards by completing 19-of-35 pass attempts. Haskins will continue to grow into his role as the Redskins’ QB and try to build on those two late drives in another ideal matchup this week. Detroit’s secondary allows the second-most DKFP to opposing QBs, so Haskins should be able to keep progressing. He’s extremely affordable and can help you pay up for stars at other spots. He doesn’t have to do much to offer solid returns from under $5K and actually has a decent ceiling as well based on matchup.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
Derrius Guice, WAS vs. DET, $4,700 – Like Haskins, Guice got his first NFL touchdown against the Jets on a 45-yard screen that helped him to 13.9 DKFP in his first game back from a knee injury sustained in Week 1. Guice should get a growing share of the workload in the Washington backfield the rest of the way and gets that tasty matchup against the struggling Lions. Guice has a high ceiling and will be trying to prove he can be the team’s main back going forward.
Bo Scarbrough, DET at WAS, $4,200 – On the other side of the value-fest in D.C., Scarbrough is a solid value play after looking like the best option in the Lions’ backfield last week in Dallas. Scarbrough signed with Detroit on Saturday and led the team with 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown and 11.5 DKFP on Sunday against Dallas. With Kerryon Johnson on IR, Ty Johnson ($3,700) ineffective and J.D. McKissic ($4,400) involved primarily a pass-catcher, Scarbrough should again be the early-down lead back for the Lions against a beatable Washington run defense.
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
Sterling Shepard, NYG at CHI, $4,900 – Shepard has been sidelined since Week 5 with his second concussion of the season but was able to get in a full practice Monday, which seems to put him on track to return this week against the Bears. Provided he is cleared by an independent neurologist, Shepard has great upside for an option under $5K. He’s clearly the Giants’ top WR when healthy and was targeted nine times in each of the three games he played with Daniel Jones ($5,700), resulting in an average of 6.3 catches, 75 yards and 18.9 DKFP per game. Shepard isn’t in a great matchup but brings more pure talent to the table than most options under $5K.
Chris Conley, JAX at TEN, $4,100 – Conley was second on the Jaguars in targets behind Chark, as he drew a season-high eight looks from Foles against the Colts. Conley produced 11.8 DKFP by hauling in six of those passes for 58 yards. He has at least seven targets in each of his past four contests and has posted double-digit DKFP in three of his past four contests. If the Titans roll their coverage to limit Chark attacks, Conley could be in for a nice game as Foles’ secondary option.
N’Keal Harry, NE vs. DAL, $3,300 – The Patriots’ offense struggled to get on track last week against the Eagles and suffered some key injuries to an already-thin WR corps. Mohamad Sanu ($5,500) tweaked an ankle but played through the injury, and Philip Dorsett II ($4,100) suffered a concussion while catching a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman ($6,900). First-round pick Harry made his NFL debut after starting the season on IR with an ankle injury of his own. He only played limited snaps in the first half but got much more work after Dorsett left. He finished with three catches for just 18 yards and played 32-of-74 snaps on offense. He’ll be the team’s third WR, though, if Dorsett is out, and his size should enable him to develop into a nice red zone target as he earns the trust of Tom Brady ($6,000), who desperately is searching for receiving options.
Tim Patrick, DEN at BUF, $3,000 – Like Harry, Patrick has spend most of the season on injured reserve. He was activated Friday and stepped right in as the Broncos’ No. 2 receiver, a spot that has been open to auditions since the trade of Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco. Patrick finished with 11.7 DKFP by hauling in 4-of-8 targets for 77 yards despite missing time with a shoulder injury. He returned to convert a key fourth down in the Broncos’ fourth-quarter drive that fell just short of winning the game. While Tre’Davious White has been excellent at shutting down opposing WRs, the rest of the Bills’ CBs have struggled at times, which could let Patrick offer great returns from the minimum salary this week as the Broncos travel to Buffalo.
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SEA, $3,700 – Even though he’s the Eagles’ second TE, he might also be their second-best receiving option given the lack of options at WR in Philadelphia right now. Goedert has caught a touchdown and posted at least 11 DKFP in three of his past four games. The Seahawks rank in the top 10 of most DKFP allowed to TEs, so he should be a solid cost-saving option once again as he and Carson Wentz ($5,600) continue to showcase their strong connection.
Vance McDonald, PIT at CIN, $3,500 – McDonald had been targeted exactly seven times in each of the Steelers’ past three games, although he hasn’t been able to do much with such a large workload. He has totaled 13 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown over that span and only reached double-digit DKFP one time. He gets a good matchup against the Bengals this week and could get even more work since JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,000; concussion), Diontae Johnson ($5,100; concussion) and James Conner ($8,000; shoulder) struggling with injuries.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
SEA at PHI, $2,600 – Before its bye week, Seattle’s defense had an impressive performance against the 49ers, posting a season-high 18 DKFP in the Monday Night Football win. The unit has at least 9.0 DKFP in each of its past four road games and will take on an Eagles’ offense that has looked shaky the past few weeks and is missing some key pieces. Seattle has enough upside and big-play ability to be worth a look as one of the few fantasy defenses this cheap that have a decent ceiling. Normally I try to find a second D/ST to recommend, but there aren’t any other great cheap plays on this slate.
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