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NFL Fantasy: Thanksgiving thanks to the Houston Texans defense, predicting a big night for Tony Pollard, and pick up Cam Newton!

Hannah Wilkes

Overtime Presenter & NFL Reporter

Live protection of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day motion begins on Sky Sports NFL from 5pm on Thursday, with the Chicago Bears taking over the Detroit Lions (6pm), adopted by the Las Vegas Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys (9.30pm) and the Buffalo Bills versus the New Orleans Saints (1.20am)

Last Updated: 25/11/21 11:22am

Desmond King celebrates one of his two interceptions in the Houston Texans' shock win over the Tennessee Titans last week

Desmond King celebrates certainly one of his two interceptions in the Houston Texans’ shock win over the Tennessee Titans final week

Sky Sports‘ Sky Sports’ NFL Fantasy Football guru Hannah Wilkes helps you navigate your method by way of the 2021 season, this week celebrating Thanksgiving week in the NFL…

Happy Thanksgiving soccer followers!

A Thursday night feast of soccer (and hopefully some meals) lays forward of us with three vacation video games to kick off the Week 12 slate in the NFL. We’re barrelling in direction of the Fantasy Football playoffs too, so choosing up factors and planning forward is essential as we cross over into the vacation season.

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Along with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Overtime is on a bye this week. Stellar firm, proper? But we have nonetheless acquired you coated with some probably helpful fantasy recommendation and one stunning endorsement of a group that has (in all probability) not been talked about by way of 11 weeks of Fantasy Football.

MVP Candidate: Jonathan Taylor

Spare a thought to those that discovered themselves in a fantasy match-up towards Jonathan Taylor final Sunday (or certainly in two such conditions…no, I’m not bitter): 5 touchdowns, over 200 complete yards, 53.40 Fantasy factors! And a hat very a lot thrown into the MVP ring.

Watch Jonathan Taylor's five touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts secured an impressive 41-15 win over the Buffalo Bills.

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Watch Jonathan Taylor’s 5 touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts secured a powerful 41-15 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Watch Jonathan Taylor’s 5 touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts secured a powerful 41-15 win over the Buffalo Bills.

He could have been a scorching and chilly fantasy prospect final 12 months however this 12 months JT is on fireplace, notably with the Indianapolis Colts reliance on the run sport in current weeks. They host the reigning champs, a.ok.a ‘Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers’, this Sunday, who’ve the league’s finest run protection and so a trickier day forward for Taylor, however he is nonetheless RB1 and now the highest scorer in all of Fantasy Football. Don’t panic over the match-up and drop him (as a result of I do know somebody will).

Thanksgiving Tips

If you are wanting for a sleeper to get you up and working on Thanksgiving Thursday, it could possibly be Tony Pollard‘s night. Ezekiel Elliot is struggling along with his knee. The Dallas Cowboys passing sport is depleted with CeeDee Lamb battling a concussion and Amari Cooper out with Covid-19. Plus, Joe Mixon ran riot towards the Las Vegas Raiders run protection final week, which all provides up to elevated utilization for Pollard.

Tony Pollard (L) could be set for an increased workload on Thanksgiving in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott (R)

Tony Pollard (L) could possibly be set for an elevated workload on Thanksgiving in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott (R)

Meanwhile, in a must-win sport for the Buffalo Bills towards the New Orleans Saints, Cole Beasley ought to see a lot of targets. The Saints protection is strong and they’re going to be throughout Stefon Diggs, so Beasley ought to capitalise as Buffalo look to make use of his chemistry with Josh Allen.

The Texans?!

I am unable to consider I’m penning this after what we have seen over the first 10 weeks of the season however… there may be an upside to choosing up the Houston Texans protection in Week 12 as they tackle the New York Jets on Sunday.

In case it handed you by, the Texans beat the AFC main Tennessee Titans final weekend, thanks in no small half to 5 defensive takeaways. They additionally held the Titans to no rating by way of the first half. (A really dangerous week to have Ryan Tannehill as your quarterback, by the method… no, I’m nonetheless not bitter).

So coming up towards the ‘offensively challenged’ Jets, and with rookie Zach Wilson again below middle for the first time since Week 7, an offensive line that allow the man get sacked 15 occasions in three weeks (though one which has improved a little), and the guys in inexperienced giving up extra fantasy factors to defenses than every other group, I’ll say it once more: Texans protection for Week 12.

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a dual threat in Fantasy Football, picking up points through the air and on the ground

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a twin risk in Fantasy Football, choosing up factors by way of the air and on the floor

And, if you happen to’re actually feeling it, Rex Burkhead will doubtless see a lot of quantity towards a Jets D that leads the league in fantasy factors given up to working backs. They additionally give up a ton of factors to quarterbacks, and with Tyrod Taylor‘s added working capacity, he’s a viable possibility if you happen to’re down a QB this week.

Cam the Man!

Last week I wrote, “Cam Newton isn’t a guaranteed fantasy success but worth a punt”. Then Lamar Jackson was inactive for the Baltimore Ravens, so fantasy gamers flocked to pick up the Panthers QB1, who repaid the help to the tune of 235 yards from scrimmage, three touchdowns and 26 factors! His working capacity alone makes him a nice fantasy prospect, but he’s nonetheless (at the time of writing) obtainable in half of Fantasy Football leagues on NFL.com! WHAT!?

Cam Newton ran 24 yards to score the Carolina Panthers' second touchdown of the night against the Washington Football Team last week.

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Cam Newton ran 24 yards to rating the Carolina Panthers’ second landing of the night towards the Washington Football Team final week.

Cam Newton ran 24 yards to rating the Carolina Panthers’ second landing of the night towards the Washington Football Team final week.

For additional context: Newton performs the Miami Dolphins this week earlier than a Week 13 bye and Week 14 matchup towards the Atlanta Falcons. In week 14, the Philadelphia Eagles are on a bye and so which means no Jalen Hurts, who’s QB1 in all of Fantasy Football this season. At a time when playoff spots are on the line, do the math and pick Cam up.

I’m Thankful For…

The indisputable fact that the Jalen Hurts fantasy experiment goes quite nicely. I’m grateful for Cooper Kupp and his magic route working. I’m grateful (and considerably amazed) that I’m 10-1 in the league I auto-drafted in. I’m thrilled that folks can truly get collectively this Thanksgiving to watch soccer with mates, eat all the meals and drink beer from the helmet hats with the twisty straws. I’m grateful for the wild journey that’s the NFL in 2021, for the complete group that make Sky Sports NFL what it’s, and that by some superb coincidence, chatting about this sport that I fell in love with is my precise job.

And espresso. I’m grateful for espresso!

Live protection of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day motion begins on Sky Sports NFL from 5pm on Thursday, with the Chicago Bears taking over the Detroit Lions (6pm), adopted by the Las Vegas Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys (9.30pm) and the Buffalo Bills versus the New Orleans Saints (1.20am).

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