2020 NFL DFS Thanksgiving Team Stacks

by Keith Lott
2020 NFL DFS Week 12 Thanksgiving Team Stacks

We have reached Turkey Day football folks! Welcome to the 2020 NFL DFS Thanksgiving Team Stacks post.

The Baltimore Ravens are just trying to field a football team come Thursday night. Running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram have been ruled out due to COVID and there were more positive tests on Tuesday morning! Not the best way to prepare for a matchup against an undefeated divisional rival in the Pittsburgh Steelers!

The NFL has postponed the Ravens/Steelers game until Sunday due to COVID spread in the Ravens organization.

To kick off Week 12 of the NFL season, I will breakdown some of my preferred team stacks for the three Thanksgiving day games.

Make sure you come back this weekend for the regularly scheduled main slate breakdowns!

2020 NFL DFS Thanksgiving Team Stacks

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Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson has thrived since Bill O'Brien was fired. Since Week 5, Watson is the QB4 in Fantasy Football, behind Kyler Murray, Justin Herbert (!) and Patrick Mahomes. During that span, Brandin Cooks has been a WR1 (WR11) and Will Fuller ranks as the WR17 in PPR scoring.

Obviously, this is going to be one of the more popular stacks in GPP action on Thursday. This will cost you $19.1k on DraftKings (38.2% of salary) and $22.6k on FanDuel (37.6%).

Cooks is $1.1k cheaper than Fuller on DK and $900 cheaper on FD, so if you decide to roll with a one WR stack or want to add Duke Johnson/Jordan Akins/Darren Fells keep Cooks as your WR.

According to DVOA, the Texans own a top 10 passing offense and the Lions have a bottom 10 pass defense.

Detroit Lions

Detroit was just shutout by a not so great Carolina Panthers defense. Matthew Stafford was missing D'Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola.

Swift has not yet cleared concussion protocols but if he doesn't play, just avoid Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson despite the Texans horrible run defense.

Golladay and Amendola are officially ruled out which makes Marvin Jones the only healthy Lions wide receiver worth considering.

Do yourself a favor and just avoid this banged-up offense. That being said, J.J. Watt and that Houston Texans defense will be in a majority of my lineups!

Washington Football Team

Washington has actually looked good on offense in recent weeks with Alex Smith at quarterback. Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic have been a nice one-two punch out of the backfield while Terry McLaurin continues to emerge as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in recent memory!

McLaurin is WR6 in PPR over the last three weeks.

During that same span, Weeks 9-11, Gibson and McKissic rank as the PPR RB4 and RB6! Gibson has rushed for a league-high four touchdowns while McKissic's 33 targets are near twice as many as the next guy, Kalen Ballage who has 18.

A Smith/Gibson/McLaurin stack on DraftKings will cost you $18.4k (36.8%)  while swapping McKissic for Gibson will save you $900.

Over on FanDuel, Smith/Gibson/McLaurin is 35.7% ($21.4k) of your $60k. McKissic offers a $1.2k savings, but remember FanDuel is half-PPR compared to DraftKings being PPR.

Washington's defense is a better value on DraftKings as it saves you $500 vs starting the Steelers. On FanDuel, Washington is the top-priced defense, but just $100 more than Pittsburgh.

While I do not recommend starting both Washington running backs, you will absolutely want one of them in every one of your lineups while your family argues at the dinner table!

Dallas Cowboys

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After weeks of just unwatchable football, the Cowboys offense came out and put up 31 points on a Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks 10th in weighted DVOA even after this performance.

Ezekiel Elliott finally rushed for 100 yards and Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes despite tallying just 203 passing yards.

Dallas has played four games over the last five weeks and Michael Gallup leads the team with 26 targets. Amari Cooper and Dalton Schultz have 25 each, while CeeDee Lamb has seen 24 targets. A pretty even split so it's hard to pick which pass catcher will be the favorite on any given week.

One thing is clear though, Zeke is no longer part of the passing game as he has seen just nine targets during this four-game stretch.

The other thing is the Cowboys have only thrown for four touchdowns since Week 7 and three of them came last week.

Washington's pass rush is one of the best in the NFL, so avoiding a Cowboys QB stack is the best advice I can offer. I will find myself with plenty of lineups that include Zeke and one of Amari/Gallup/CeeDee/Schultz.

Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens offense has been a disappointment all season long. Now they are without their top two running backs heading into a matchup with the Steelers.

Lamar Jackson just doesn't have it this year, averaging just 6.13 adjusted net yards per attempt. For comparison, last year he averaged 8.19 ANY/A. This stat includes pass attempts, pass yards, touchdowns, interceptions and sack yards.

Lamar has also not been as effective as a runner, averaging 1.3 less yards per rush attempt than last season. He does have one 100 yard rushing game this season and Kyler Murray (619) is the only other quarterback with 500+ rushing yards, but Murray also has 10 rushing touchdowns compared to Jackson's three.

With Dobbins and Ingram out, Gus Edwards has some real value and I imagine he will be one of the most owned players this Thursday. Find some spots to plug in Justice Hill too. Back in Week 8, Dobbins and Edwards (TD) ran the ball 31 times for 200 yards against Pittsburgh.

Marquise Brown has been non-existent, catching just 54% of his 59 targets. After going over 100 yards in Week 1, Hollywood has just two other games this season with at least 58 receiving yards. His ADOT is up to 15, almost four yards deeper than last year which might explain why he is struggling to catch passes on a consistent basis.

Tight end Mark Andrews has one more target than Marquise Brown this season and four more touchdowns. He is the top-priced tight end on both sites, but the Steelers rank first in points against at the position. Noah Fant is the only tight end to catch a touchdown against the Steelers defense.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh continues to roll and improve to 10-0 last week. According to Football Outsiders, they have played the easiest schedule in the NFL this season.

Ben Roethlisberger is having one of his best seasons with a 6.3% TD rate compared to just a 1.3% INT rate.

In the last seven weeks, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool have led the team in Fantasy points three times each with JuJu Smith-Schuster leading the way in Week 9. JuJu injured his foot on Sunday when he stepped on a penalty flag. This makes a Roethlisberger/Johnson/Claypool stack the one to target.

On DraftKings, this trio will cost you $18.9k (37.8%) while on FanDuel you are looking at a $21.1k price tag (35.2%).

If you feel like that stack will be how just about everyone else starts building a lineup, you can swap out one of the wide receivers for Eric Ebron who has caught a touchdown in three of the last four weeks.

The Steelers have struggled to run the football all season and the Ravens have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. The running backs are also not featured in the passing game as James Conner leads Pittsburgh with just 30 targets.

Click here for updated NFL DFS Wisdom of the Crowd Projections. You can download them and use the optimizer for free!

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