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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. I’m thankful for another season providing my thoughts on the Thursday games with such a great crew. Speaking of the games, we’ve got three today with their level of intrigue. I’ll preview each along with the injury news from practices to monitor as we head into the weekend.
Thanksgiving Day Preview: The Turkey Slate
It’ll be an eventful day, and I’ll try and keep it to the main plays for each game. However, as we all know, short slates like these are prone to outbursts from players we’ve never heard from since (Jesper Horsted, David Blough, etc.). Regardless, let’s get to the big storylines for each contest.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Honestly, the league should’ve moved this game to the middle of the day. Or, and bear with me, have the contest as the late-night matchup. It’s guaranteed to lull you to sleep after eating.
On the other hand, a duel between Andy Dalton and Jared Goff could be ideal for watching while cooking. There’d be less need to pay attention to each play. Regardless, there’s some fantasy goodness here for us.
Dalton is a deep streaming option for season-long folks and a dart throw for the single-game players. It’s a one-game sample, but last week, Chicago’s pass rate over expectation (PROE) was higher (1%) than in Fields’ previous six weeks. Dalton had 23 attempts with two scores in their comeback attempt against Baltimore, and Detroit is a defense to target.
The Lions have allowed the second-highest yards per attempt (8.3) and are 31st in EPA per dropback. The only problem (for Dalton at least) is that they’re also 30th in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. David Montgomery has the best shot at a high-scoring fantasy day, given their tendency to run while in scoring position (29th in red-zone PROE). But Detroit…