2020 NFL Week 12 DFS H2H Thunderdome

by Scott Simpson & Bo McBrayer
2020 NFL Week 12 DFS H2H

Welcome to the 2020 NFL Week 12 DFS H2H Thunderdome!

Each week Scott Simpson (@NimblewNumbers) and Bo McBrayer (@Bo_McBigTime), the DFS writing team over at NimblewNumbers.com, will be facing off in a DraftKings (DK) Head-to-Head (H2H) contest.

Two men enter and one man leaves…richer!

2020 NFL Week 12 DFS H2H Thunderdome

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Scott's Build

All my favorite Thanksgiving memories growing up centered around football. As a kid, I remember insisting we start the Thanksgiving meal after 4:00 pm, so we didn't miss the ending of the Detroit Lions game or the kick-off in the Dallas game. When the NFL added the night game to the slate, it became my favorite day of the year. Sadly this year we are back to just two games after the Baltimore Ravens COVID outbreak pushed their game against the Steelers to Sunday afternoon.

Despite the news, this year I am thankful for DFS and all the amazing people in the fantasy football community this year! I'm particularly thankful for Bo McBrayer, AKA @Bo_McBigTime on Twitter, who joined the NimblewNumbers DFS team this year and has helped me become a better DFS player. It's gonna be a damn shame when I lay the wood to him, and on Thanksgiving of all days.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans:  $7,400

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Watson is all set for a big day against a Detroit Lions defense that is missing defensive ends Austin Bryant and Da'Shawn Hand, which will definitely not improve their league-worst pressure rating.

Watson will have all kinds of time to survey the field and pick out his downfield targets. That's why I will be stacking Watson with both Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller this week in what will come to be known as the “Detroit Turkey Day Massacre.”

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys:  $6,800

The Cowboys installed Zack Martin at right tackle last week and boy did it make a work of difference for Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott rushed for over 100 yards for the first time all season and averaged 4.9 yards per carry, which is one yard above his season average of 3.9.

I'm not frighted by a Washington Football Team defense that surrendered 5.1 yards per carry to D'Andre Swift in week 10 and gave up over 30 DraftKings' points to the running back position. Zeke is gonna eat!!

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team:  $6,000

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Antonio Gibson has rushed for a touchdown in 4 straight games, giving him a total of eight rushing touchdowns through 10 games.  Over the last four-game, Gibson has averaged 18.8 DraftKings points.

In week 7 against the Cowboys, he rushed for 128 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. Look for the Washington Football Team to lean heavily on Gibson this week, making him a must-start in your DFS lineup.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: $6,400

Since Bill O'Brien was fired after week 4, Will Fuller has been targeted 46 for 29 receptions, amassed 434 yards, and scored 4 touchdowns, and is the PPR WR17. Will Fuller is averaging close to 8 targets a game during that stretch and presents tremendous upside with a solid floor against a Lions secondary that gave up 258 pass yards in week 11 to XFL star P.J. Walker.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans:  $5,300

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Now this will blow your minds. Since Bill O'Brien was fired after week 4, Will Fuller has been targeted 50 for 37 receptions, amassed 496 yards, and has 3 touchdowns, and is the PPR WR12. $5,300 is a steal!

CeeDee Lamb
, WR, Dallas Cowboys:  $5,400

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CeeDee Lamb was electric last week against the Minnesota Vikings, flashing a spinning Matrix-like touchdown reception that put the NFL on notice that the Dallas Cowboys 1st round draft pick had indeed arrived.

Someone forgot to tell the DraftKings brain trust because they still have him priced like WR30 instead of a WR20. Lamb is on pace for 70 receptions, 1000 yards, and seven touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Play him.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team: $3,300

Logan Thomas needs to score 10 points for him to pay off in this lineup. Last game against the Cowboys in week 7, Thomas caught all four of his targets for 60 yards and a score. If Thomas gets into the end-zone this week, he has a great chance of paying off.

D'Andre Swift, Flex, Detriot Lions: $6,500:

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If Swift plays he's in my DFS lineups. He's gotten in limited practice reps the past two days, which is positive news that has him trending in the right direction. If he is ruled out before game-time, I will pivot to McLaurin and pay down at tight end.

Houston Texans, DST: $2,700

The Detroit Lions are not playing their best football of the season and have over 16 players currently on the injury report, including six offensive starters. Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola have already been ruled out. This game is shaping up to be a blowout. I'm riding with Houston's defense to Turkey Town!

Bo's Build

I get the warmest feeling of nostalgia every year approaching Thanksgiving. It is my favorite day of the year; all of the things I hold dear to my heart are intertwined across one earthly rotation. I love the aromatics stewing inside the roasting gobbler, the yeast of the buttery rolls rising by the window, the apple-bourbon glaze caramelizing on the spiral ham on the smoker outside.

There have always been football games on Thanksgiving Day, but none more important than my Cowboys’ annual appearance in the afternoon. My family knows I need the seat at the dinner table facing the TV and that my shouts of anguish and jubilation have nothing to do with them. Gravy dripping from my chin, a boozy eggnog mustache, and a vintage Roy Williams number 31 jersey is me in my element on the fourth Thursday in November.

This year, the only difference will be extra bourbon in my nog from my back-to-back drubbings of Scott Simpson in this Thunderdome Head-to-Head. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my impending three-peat using this combination of gridiron gladiators.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans:  $7,400

Is there a more electric option at the quarterback position not receiving any fanfare? I called his heroic performance last week in a rebound off playing in the Cleveland tempest.

This week, he will have a juicy meeting with the Detroit Lions at noon. Look for another 300 yards passing, a solid rushing floor, and the promise of multiple touchdowns.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys:  $6,800

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Another continuation play from last week, where a fresh-legged Zeke looked dynamic against a decent Vikings front. Washington has struggled to slow down tough runners and the top ten ranking against the running back position is very misleading.

J.D. MiKissic, RB, Washington Football Team:  $5,100

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Last week was the Gibson game. Cincinnati was predictably good at corralling McKissic and limiting the check down game.

Dallas, however, has done better against the traditional running backs since the return of Leighton Vander Esch, but lack the speed and awareness at the linebacker position to contain a back like McKissic. I expect Alex Smith to return to his comfort zone and pepper McKissic with targets, making him a formidable PPR presence.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team:  $7,000

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Very simply put, I’m not overthinking this matchup. The Cowboys have no answer for wide receivers of McLaurin’s caliber. The scope of Washington’s passing offense is very narrow and there is a chance that Scary Terry puts forth a massive performance.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: $6,400

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The first half of my Texans double stack is Fuller, who draws rookie Jeff Okudah in coverage. He did fine against the Patriots but was second fiddle to Brandon Cooks, who shredded Jaycee Jackson. Fuller is due for a breakout, and this is it.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans:  $5,300

With the Steelers-Ravens game postponed, I had to pivot off Diontae Johnson here. I simply love Deshaun Watson’s upside this week and his receivers should feast on the Lions secondary. Big plates, big plays, lots of points this week from the Texans passing game.

Dalton Shultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys: $3,800

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The young tight end from Stanford has quietly been a stable option at the most volatile position. If he finds the end zone, he goes from steady to stellar.

Washington struggles mightily in the middle of the field, so look for Schultz to eat richly and be the Cool Whip that tops my victory pie!

CeeDee Lamb, Flex, Dallas Cowboys: $5,400:

Did I mention that the Washington Football Team struggles to defend the middle of the field? Lamb is a transcendent talent out of the slot for Dallas and is criminally underpriced at this point. Scott loves him some Lamb and will very likely have him in his build, but I will not miss out on this incredible value.

Dallas Cowboys, DST: $2,800

By process of elimination, I picked the Cowboys defense. I eliminated the Texans and Lions because neither of them forces turnovers and I expect a very high total in the early game.

Washington is likely to get sacks, but I went with Dallas because they are playing much better recently and my gut says Alex Smith will throw a pick-six to Chido Awuzie in the third quarter, putting skin on top of Washington’s gravy.

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