Key Takeaway From Thanksgiving Day Games, Unveil Emerging Stars and Ongoing Struggles…

Fantasy Insights from Thanksgiving Day Games…

Jordan Love delivered his standout fantasy performance of the season in the Packers’ Thanksgiving victory over the Lions. Completing 68.8% of his passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, Love showcased improved accuracy and decision-making.

With a season-high 57.1% success rate, coupled with 39 rushing yards, he accumulated 26.6 fantasy points—his best showing this year. After a shaky mid-season stretch, Love has rebounded, averaging 21.9 fantasy points over the last three games.

He remains a viable fantasy streamer, especially in upcoming matchups against the Giants, Buccaneers, and Panthers in Weeks 14-16.

A.J. Dillon faced challenges against the Lions’ sturdy defense, managing only 43 rushing yards on 14 carries. While he caught three passes for 38 yards, his total of 11.1 PPR fantasy points fell short of expectations. With Aaron Jones likely sidelined for a few more games, Dillon presents reasonable RB2 prospects against the Chiefs and Giants in the next two weeks.

Jordan Love heavily relied on receivers Jayden Reed and Christian Watson, who accounted for half of his targeted pass attempts. Reed, a consistent performer recently, secured 15 PPR points with a touchdown catch. Moving forward, Reed establishes himself as a fantasy WR3. Watson, after a disappointing seven-game stretch, exploded for 94 yards and a touchdown, making a case for potential fantasy WR2 status in upcoming matchups against the Giants, Buccaneers, Panthers, and Vikings.

Tony Pollard displayed signs of returning to his 2022 form, delivering a strong fantasy performance with 79 rushing yards, a touchdown, and 24 receiving yards. Although facing tougher matchups in Weeks 14 and 17, Pollard remains a low-end fantasy RB1 for the rest of the season.

Dak Prescott continued his fantasy dominance, averaging 27.9 fantasy points per game since Week 12. With favorable matchups against Seattle, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Miami, and Detroit in the final five weeks, Prescott solidifies his status as an every-week fantasy QB1.

Christian McCaffrey maintained his position as the top fantasy running back, producing 30.9 PPR fantasy points in a dominant performance four days after a 26-touch outing. McCaffrey is a must-start RB1 regardless of the matchup.

Deebo Samuel rebounded with a 30% target share, catching seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. George Kittle out-targeted Brandon Aiyuk, but Aiyuk’s 50 yards and a touchdown make him a high-end fantasy WR2, while Samuel settles as a fantasy WR3. Kittle remains a volatile fantasy TE1.

QB Geno Smith’s struggles continued, making him a desperation play in Week 16 and Week 17. Rookie RB Zach Charbonnet, handling 14 carries and four targets, falls into the high-end fantasy RB3 category for the next challenging matchups against the Cowboys, 49ers, and Eagles. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are considered low-end fantasy WR2 options, while rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a potential flex play.

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