Week 12 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Raiders vs Cowboys (Thanksgiving Day Game)
By Larry Rupp
The Dallas Cowboys will look to bounce back from a tough loss when they host the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Cowboys slated as 7.5-point favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 12 showdown.
Darren Waller Fantasy
Start Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders: Of course, fantasy managers rostering Darren Waller are going to start him this week. This is rather a recommendation to target him in daily markets and anywhere possible, really. The Pro Bowl TE has a shot to run wild on Thanksgiving going up against a Dallas team that has allowed the ninth-most receiving yards to opposing TEs this season. Waller has seen a team-high 26 targets over the last three games and turned them into 232 receiving yards. It is clear that he remains quarterback Derek Carr's favorite option and that shouldn't change in Week 12.
Dalton Schultz Fantasy
Start Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys: The Dallas passing attack looked a lot different in Week 11 with Amari Cooper being inactive and Ceedee Lamb leaving in the first half with an injury. The main beneficiary turned out to be tight end Dalton Schultz. The fourth-year pro tied his season-high mark in targets (8) and ended the game with 53 yards on 6 receptions. Both Cooper and Lamb are expected to miss Thursday's game, which gives Schultz a great opportunity to succeed. The Raiders have posted the 10th-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and are allowing the second-most PPR fantasy points to opposing TEs. Schultz has TE1 upside this week.
Kenyan Drake Fantasy
Sit Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: Things have really taken a turn for running back Kenyan Drake in fantasy football. The 27-year-old has now failed to post a double-digit PPR fantasy point performance in either of the last two weeks. More importantly, Drake has played in just 32% of the offensive snaps during that span. Simply put, his role on the offense is not nearly as vital as it once was. It's notable to point out that the Cowboys are allowing the fifth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs, which includes just 6 total touchdowns. There's little upside for Drake to put together a performance worthy of a FLEX start on Thursday.
Cedrick Wilson Fantasy
Sit Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is going to be a popular waiver wire pickup this week after seeing a season-high 7 targets thanks to the absence of Cooper and Lamb. However, fantasy managers have to make sure to temper expectations here. Wilson is averaging just 5.3 yards per target over his last two games and has been utilized as the go-to target on short passing plays. That limits his ceiling from a fantasy football perspective. The third-year pro also draws a tough matchup against a Raiders' team that is giving up the sixth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. There's too much risk involved here to start Wilson.
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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.