NFL DFS Thanksgiving Day Slate Preview (Fantasy Football)
Is there any better combination than the three staples of Thanksgiving: Family, football and food? Yes! Family, football, food and NFL DFS. Below you will find our higher level thoughts on this 3-game slate, how to approach each game stack and salary standouts at each position. In addition to the resources in this article and our DraftKings and FanDuel picks, which will be out on Wednesday, Kyle and I talked through this special Turkey Day slate on the latest episode of the DFS Podcast. You can also find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcast app.
Kyle and I genuinely hope all of you enjoy the holiday and want to thank all of you for support of the DFS Pass this season. Best of luck on Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving from the Fantasy Footballers family to yours!
Game Theory & the Thanksgiving Slate
Before diving into the salary standouts and how we view these games from a pace perspective, let’s go over a couple of high-level thoughts about this slate.
Roster Construction– You’re not going to be sneaky. Everyone is going to be playing everyone this week because of the nature of a 3-game slate. The combination of your players ultimately is what differentiates you from the rest of the field. Ask yourself the question: what do I gain if this player hits? But not only in regards to their points but the leverage it allows you to gain on other players involved. For example, rostering T.J. Hockenson at TE is essentially asking for him to be the TE1 on the slate ahead of Darren Waller. But you’re also asking for a scoring output that more than pays off the salary you are allocating for him. While punting the position is normally something we can do in cash, on this 3-game slate, paying up at TE (and potentially even FLEXing another) is begging the rest of the field to have low TE scores. You need Hockenson to be a differentiator as his salary on both sites makes him more expensive than the WR5.
Salary Distribution– Three games on a slate can lend you to think getting different from the field. I love it. But there’s a certain point where you are hindering your roster from accruing raw points. Based on our projections and historical data from these Thanksgiving slates, when you start leaving more than $600 on the table, you are also leaving fantasy points out there.