Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Cowboys vs Bears

Jason Schandl
Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 6-6 record this season.
Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 6-6 record this season. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

"Thursday Night Football" games aren't always the most well-played NFL contests, since both teams are on short weeks, but that doesn't reduce their importance when it comes to fantasy football. With only a couple of days to think about start 'em, sit 'em options, they are often some of the toughest decisions of the week.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Thursday's Week 14 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears: Taylor Gabriel has been ruled out already, and that could give Allen Robinson a nice boost in volume. Robinson has averaged 9.3 targets per game in three contests without Gabriel, which is a slight uptick from 8.9 per game with Gabriel in the lineup. The Cowboys also rank No. 23 against the pass by Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric.

Start Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys: It's been a quiet few weeks for Amari Cooper, averaging 3.7 receptions for 41.0 yards per game over the last three. Combining that with a matchup against a stout Bears' defense may not be exciting, but we've seen that Cooper is more than capable of producing in tough matchups. He got shut out against the Patriots in Week 12, but bad weather was also a factor in that one. His last two meetings with above average pass defenses outside of that game saw him catch 11-of-14 targets for 147 yards and a TD against the Minnesota Vikings (No. 14 in DVOA) and eight of 11 for 85 yards against the Buffalo Bills (No. 6 in DVOA). Don't let the matchup scare you away this week.

Who Do I Start Fantasy Football

Sit Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: While Amari is a strong play, his QB isn't. The Bears are one of eight teams holding opposing QBs to fewer than 14.0 fantasy points per game and check in at No. 8 in pass defense DVOA. Dak Prescott is having a terrific fantasy season, but this matchup gives his value a huge downgrade for the week.

Sit David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: This game has a 43-point over/under and the Bears are 3-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook, giving them a fairly weak 20-point implied total. That suggests there's not likely to be much scoring to go around in the Chicago offense, and that really limits Montgomery's fantasy value. He's averaging a solid 14.3 rush attempts and 2.7 targets per game, but his 3.5 yards per carry mean he doesn't generate much fantasy scoring with that work. He has failed to score a TD in three of the last four games, and in those three games he struggled to the tune of 6.0, 6.0 and 5.1 PPR fantasy points. On the year he's averaged 6.5 PPR points per game when kept out of the end zone.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.