Thanksgiving Winners & Losers

Thanksgiving Winners & Losers

The turkey wasn’t dry this year, and neither was the football! Hopefully, you had a moment to steal away from heated political arguments amongst the family and snoozing relatives to watch some football this Thanksgiving afternoon. Here are a few winners and losers (aside from the dinner cleanup crew) this Thanksgiving:

Winners

Philip Rivers (at DAL): 27-33 for 434 yards & 3 TDs, 0 INTs
Rivers was putting on a clinic from the get-go, throwing for over 200 yards by the half. Coach Anthony Lynn couldn’t rely on Melvin Gordon to kill the clock in the second half, so Rivers continued to rack up yards despite a comfortable lead. Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen were open all day long underneath and across the middle. Rivers benefited from Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee being inactive due to injury, otherwise, he might not have had such a stellar game.

Marvin Jones, Jr. (vs MIN): 6-9 receptions for 109 yards & 2 TDs
We knew going into Thanksgiving that Xavier Rhodes would be draped all over Jones, and he was. What we didn’t expect was Stafford to attack that matchup from start to finish, even after getting picked by Rhodes on the Lions’ first drive of the game. Jones upped his game and created separation consistently throughout this game. An impressive performance while his counterpart in Golden Tate wasn’t able to get much done.

Samaje Perine (vs NYG): 24 carries for 100 yards & 0 TDs | 3-4 receptions for 30 yards
Not only did Samaje dominate carries for the Washington backfield, but also dominated snaps over Byron Marshall (70% to 30%). With Both Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson done for the year, Perine is the clear-cut RB1 in DC. The only concern being tough matchups during the fantasy playoffs against Arizona and Denver.

Kyle Rudolph (at DET): 4-4 receptions for 63 yards & 2TDs
Rudolph had a soft matchup against the Lions and Case Keenum knew it. Rudolph was his first end zone target and it paid dividends from there on out. Rudolph has been up and down for most of the season but wrecks defenses that give up yards to the TE.

Losers

Dak Prescott (vs LAC): 20-27 for 179 yards & 0 TDs, 2 INTs
Dak didn’t get any help from Alfred Morris or Rod Smith, and the Chargers pass rush capitalized on it. His highlight of the day was a 35 yard rushing touchdown that got called back on a holding call. The Cowboys season is spiraling, and Dak isn’t the safe play he should be without Zeke behind him and his elite offensive line.

Dez Bryant (vs LAC): 3-5 receptions for 37 yards & 0 TDs
It was a disappointing Thanksgiving for every Cowboy. Dez hasn’t surpassed 100 yards this season and hasn’t scored a TD since Week 7. We desperately need Dez to up his game, because Dak can’t rely on Alfred Morris and Rod Smith to move the ball.

Melvin Gordon (at DAL): 21 carries for 65 yards & 0 TDs | 3-3 receptions for 23 yards
3.1 yards per carry is nothing to write home about, and Austin Ekeler had a real chance to display his talents over Gordon, but couldn’t capitalize either. Gordon’s role is secure despite a lack of talent, but this is the fourth time in five weeks that Ekeler has stolen 6 or more snaps from Gordon. The Chargers win on Thanksgiving kept them in the playoff race, and Gordon owners need to monitor news in the coming weeks and handcuff Gordon if they’re fantasy playoff bound.

Vernon Davis (vs NYG): 0-1 receptions for 0 yards & 0 TDs
Going up against one of the softest defenses against tight ends, Vernon Davis was primed for a productive day. For some reason, that just didn’t happen. What’s more troubling is that Niles Paul received 5 targets but was only on the field for 45% of offensive snaps versus Davis’ 92%. The Washington offense sputtered for the first half and most of the game, so chalk it up to a blip on the radar. Davis has been solid with Jordan Reed out, and we haven’t seen any reports to think otherwise.