Start Em Sit Em on NFL Thanksgiving

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent INovember 24, 2010

Start Em Sit Em on NFL Thanksgiving

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    Oh Thanksgiving, how I am thankful for football on this holiday making it one of my favorites.  What more could a person want? Good food, friends, family and football. 

    This year's Thanksgiving features three NFL games.  For a preview of the matchup you can find one I wrote earlier here.

    As we are closing into the fantasy playoff season, a lot of managers need to win this week's matchup to either secure a playoff berth or get ever so closer to clinching one.

    Here are 10 players to either sit or play this Thursday.

Sit: Jahvid Best

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    Although reports are in saying that he practiced today, he still will not be productive enough to play this week.  His toe injury is still bothering him, and it would be best to play it safe this week and sit the rookie running back as the Lions play the New England Patriots.

Play: Nate Burleson

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    Burleson is a wide receiver on the Detroit Lions and will be a good play this week.  He is not owned in many leagues and could have the possibility of having a great game against the not-so-great secondary of the New England Patriots.  If you are lacking talent at wide receiver or your flex position, this could be an opportunity to pick up some serious points.

    With the Patriots focusing on Calvin Johnson, Burleson should be wide open all day. Playing Burleson could make your team this week.

Sit: Carson Palmer

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    With Carson Palmer, who has not had decent numbers this season for fantasy purposes, going up against two of the best cornerbacks in the league this weekend, it might be a good idea to sit the quarterback.

    Palmer will be facing one of the best defenses in the league and will more than likely be spending a lot of time on his back.  Expect the Jets to win this game big and leave Cincinnati in the dust.

Play: New Orleans Defense

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    This is a no-brainer.  New Orleans has one of the best passing defenses in the league and also a great run defense. They will be facing the Dallas Cowboys, who are basically a one-dimensional passing team. 

    One can't expect the Cowboys to get many yards this weekend.  My suggestion is to play New Orleans defense if you have them or pick them up if available.

Sit: Jason Witten

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    This would be a great week to sit Jason Witten.  Witten will be facing one of the toughest pass defenses in the NFL when he goes up against he New Orleans Saints.  He is also coming off an injury, so my recommendation is to sit him.

    It will be hard for Witten to accumulate many yards and catches this week, as the Saints should dominate on the defensive side of the ball.

Play: Brandon Pettigrew

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    Pettigrew is the most underrated tight end in the NFL, especially fantasy wise.  This 6'5" tight end is powerful enough to bowl over opponents and has the speed of Antonio Gates.

    Pettigrew will be a great play this week as he faces New England.

Sit: Jon Kitna

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    Jon Kitna has been able to lead the Cowboys to two victories in a row.  He has put up great numbers, but now is the time to sit Kitna.  

    Kitna will face the Saints. The Cowboys are more than likely going to be torn up by the Super Bowl champions, especially on the defensive end.

Play: Shaun Hill

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    Shaun Hill is only owned in 8 percent of the ESPN fantasy leagues.  Picking up Hill might be a good alternative this week.  Hill has passed for 1,921 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.  With a huge target such as Calvin Johnson, expect Hill to have a big week against the Patriots.