Thanksgiving Day Fantasy Football Matchup Previews...Mmm Yummy!

TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst INovember 24, 2010

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 22:  A Detroit Lions fan looks on during the game against the Green Bay Packers on November 22, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots at Detroit Lions

As more than one commentator has noticed, the Patriots are employing the same game plan that made them the dominant team for the first part of the 21st century.

They are spreading the ball around to a bunch of unsung heroes on offense, have a bend but don't break defense, and the magnificently maned Tom Brady is leading the way.  

The Lions continue to display the winning spirit that has left them without a playoff season for over a decade.  The Lions best hope: New England fails to survive this classic trap game.  They played an emotional game against the Colts on Sunday night, and now they play at Detroit on short rest, followed by a HUGE Monday night showdown with the Jets.

The interesting thing about the Patriots is that they don't have a lot of fantasy stars beyond Brady.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a useful no. 2 RB, and against the woeful Detroit D he's a low-end no. 1.  All Danny Woodhead does is score on a long draw play ever week, so he's a useful starter.  

You can't trust the TE's... if you could combine the two into one player, he'd be a monster, but you are rolling the dice any other way.

Wes Welker in a PPR, yes.

Deion Branch, I guess if you are desperate.  

For the Lions, Calvin Johnson is an obvious start, as their best player, and they'll be behind and need to throw, which also means Shaun Hill is a good start.  Finally, the Patriots defense isn't great when teams move the ball on them.

Still, this looks like another boring Thanksgiving blowout staring the Detroit Lions disguised as the Washington Generals.     


New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

At the beginning of the year, this looked like a potential battle for NFL supremacy.  

Now the biggest questions heading into this week are: Is Jason Garret holding back the creative play calling in an attempt to get Wade Phillips fired?  (The answer is no, Wade didn't need any help.) 

Is Jon Kitna a better fit for this team?  (The answer, maybe.  This leads to another question: if the Cowboys go on a miracle run and are 7-7 in week 15 and Romo is ready, does he start?)  

The amazing thing is how Jon Kitna always seems to perform when given the opportunity.  Also, how much does he love Dez Bryant?  There hasn't been this much man love since Wes Mantooth rescued Ron Burgundy from the bear pit.  

Miles Austin is a beast but Kitna's made him irrelevant in that offense, and we know how good Austin is.  

The Cowboys will throw because that is what they are good at and their running game is sickly.  

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