THANKSGIVING DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Martellus Bennett surprisingly ruled out
Bennett’s rib injury is too much for him to play through on Thursday night. It means an even bigger role for Zach Miller, who was already had an 8-154-2 line over the last two weeks while playing 81.5 percent of the snaps. Now Miller will be forced to play closer to 100 percent of the snaps and should push for 6-9 targets in a weather-filled game. I prefer him slightly to Brent Celek on this three-game Thanksgiving slate.
2. Alshon Jeffery appears on good side of questionable tag
Jeffery, who hasn’t played a full game since tweaking his groin in Week 9, is listed as questionable. But all signs point to him suiting up and he’s says he feels “a lot better.” Given how late this game, the nature of the injury, the potential weather and the lack of quality late-swap options (Marquess Wilson is the only one), I’d shy away from Alshon in cash games. But he should be a little underowned in tournaments relative to his sizable ceiling. Jeffery’s lines in the three games he’s actually been healthy in this year are 8-147-1, 10-116-1 and 10-151-0.
3. Ryan Mathews still not through concussion protocol
Mathews will miss his second consecutive game when the crumbling Eagles take on the Lions Thursday. It means a boosted projection for DeMarco Murray, especially in the touchdown category. Mathews had scored four touchdowns in his previous five games, siphoning off 8.4 carries per game during that span. His absence ensures DeMarco has the highest floor among running backs on this three-game slate.
4. Panthers list Charles Tillman as doubtful
Tillman is the Panthers’ starting outside corner, opposite all-world CB Josh Norman. Tillman’s absence means Bene Benwikere, PFF’s No. 96 coverage corner, will have to move outside. That’s where he’ll square off with Terrance Williams, who is a sneaky bet for some big-play shots in this one. Tony Romo likes to push the ball down the field to T-Will, as evidenced by his last five lines when Romo has been ou there: 3-92-2, 1-38-1, 5-60-0, 5-84-1, 4-79-1.