Welcome to the Team Rise of Fall GPP picks article for the Thanksgiving Day slate. We have a nice little three-game slate for turkey day. As always with these smaller slates be aware of the smaller player pools and don’t be afraid to differentiate your lineups!
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I know a lot of people are going to want to go the Lamar Jackson route but, he’s struggled mightily against the Steelers defense. Big Ben has thrown for multiple touchdowns in all but one game this season. The NFL study Hub shows the Baltimore defense allows the second-most passing yards on this slate.
Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are set to miss this game due to being put on the COVID list. This leaves Edwards and Justice Hill as the two active running backs for Baltimore. I don’t trust Edwards in cash games as I believe other running backs provide a safer floor, but he is a great GPP play at his price. Our NFL Study Hub shows that, on this slate, the Ravens run the ball more than any other team.
Dionte Johnson has shown to have the safer floor, but the rookie Chase Claypool has the higher ceiling. If I’m running out Roethlisberger, I’m pairing him at a minimum with Claypool. I wouldn’t be opposed to double stacking Johnson and Claypool together. In the NFL Study Hub, we can see that Claypool about 9 targets per game and if Juju were to miss the game because of his toe injury, those target numbers should increase.
He is the “stud” tight end on the slate. He had somewhat of a breakout last weekend against the Bengals. He caught 5 of 7 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. If you’re going to be playing the Steelers as your main stack, Andrews fits the bill as your runback in those stacks.
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