This article originally appeared on Lucky Trader: Reignmakers Thanksgiving Breakdown
This NFL season, we’re excited to partner with DraftKings as a content provider to highlight their exciting new NFT-powered fantasy football game, DK Reignmakers! Every week in this space, we’ll be breaking down the upcoming Reignmakers NFL roster. Be sure to check out our Fair value card estimates as well as EV competition tool when you build your lineups.
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Before we get into the breakdown by game, a few general considerations:
- There are three superstars on the roster: Josh Allen, Saquon Barkley and Justin Jefferson, meaning that managers will only be able to list one of these players (maximum). Of the three, I prefer to build around Josh Allen, as I think the gap between Allen and other quarterbacks is bigger than the gap between Barkley and Dalwyn Cook at running back, and between Jefferson and Stephon Diggs and C.D. Lamb at wide receiver.
- If you’re playing with multiple lineups, it’s very important to optimize post-block agility with a late trade. Make sure you fill the WR/TE and FLEX spots with players whose games start last. Be prepared to change your premium players from teams that start slowly to teams that start faster as the competition goes on. For example, if I have Dalwyn Cook in the FLEX position on a team that is slow starting, I can replace Cook with any other player on the roster and add Cook to another team where he maximizes my chances of finishing near the top.
- Tony Pollard is the most important player on the list in my opinion. At the time of writing, Pollard’s cards have the most expensive floor price of any tablet runner at the CORE level, and understandably so. Pollard had just finished the game for 189 yards and the Cowboys appeared to have decided to use Pollard instead of Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield. But keep in mind Zeke returned from injury for the first time last week and we’ve seen this team come back to him time and time again. Will it happen again? If you answer this question correctly, you will have an advantage in the rest of the field on Thanksgiving.
- Holiday Cards can be played on all boards, but will be most valuable on Thanksgiving (Flannel) and Christmas (Sweater). Be aware of the premium you pay to access holiday listings on these cards.
Accounts in Lions, Thursday, 12:30 pm ET.
The Lions just scored 31 points in Sunday’s victory over the Giants, and reinforcements may be on the way as the team selected Jameson Williams (knee) — 12th overall pick in the 2022 draft — to return from IR. That doesn’t mean Williams will necessarily make his pro debut this weekend, but it’s a necessary step towards that milestone. If we do get word that Williams will be included in the active roster this week, I like him as a boom-bust option on the Millionaire Maker roster, but at the moment I consider him highly dubious to play.
Regardless of Williams’ status, Amon-Ra St. Brown is once again set for a huge load. Three games since TJ Hockenson was traded, St. Brown reported target shares of 38 percent, 44 percent, and 32 percent. Josh Reynolds (back) missed last week’s competition and if both he and Williams are not active on Thursday, Caliph Raymond should be full-time wide receiver.
If D’Andre Swift is still limited by an ankle injury that kept him out of the roster from weeks 4 to 7, it seems odd that the Lions listed him as a full member of training last week. It’s becoming increasingly plausible that the team may simply choose Jamaal Williams over Swift on early downs, and to his credit, Williams has performed admirably in that role as he currently leads the league in rushing touchdowns (12).
As for the Bills, who played a home game in Detroit last week due to a snow storm in Buffalo, they bet on a running game to beat the Browns in Week 11. In that game, Devin Singletary set a season-high for carries with 18, and rookie James Cook’s workload curiously increased even after the team acquired Nyheim Hines on the trade deadline. Cooks’ 11 shots last week were in line with his seasonal record, and he was well ahead of Hines, who only took 10 snaps on the field. Stephon Diggs and Gabe Davis remain solid passing options, while Dawson Knox is showing his best game of the season (7-70-0).
Building Block: Josh Allen
Giants at the Cowboys, Thursday, 4:30 pm ET.
The Giants would like to get through Week 11 as quickly as possible, and luckily for them, they have a short break before taking on the Cowboys in an NFC East clash. Last Sunday, New York lost 31-18 to the Lions, and to make matters worse, the Giants lost promising rookie wide receiver Van’Dale Robinson to an ACL tear. Prior to this injury, Robinson had started to pick up pace from a 9-100-0 line on 13 targets on Sunday.
Darius Slayton has posted share targets of 24% and 25% for his last two appearances and he will remain tied to a permanent role without Robinson. Richie James Jr. could be another candidate to replace Robinson: when Robinson was inactive in weeks 2-5, James gained 15% of the target share during that time.
Saquon Barkley laid an egg in week 11 and Matt Breida pulled him out of a rushing touchdown that made things worse. That score came in the fourth quarter when the game was mostly out of reach and I expect Barkley to be back in shape this week.
Last week, the Cowboys corrected a pre-match report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that said Pollard was expected to get “a little more touches” than his teammate Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard reacted big, gaining 189 yards in the fight with two rushing touchdowns. The Carries were still split 15-15 between Pollard and Zeke, but Pollard only outplayed Zeke for the second time this season (39-21).
The question to ask going forward is did the team restrict Zeke in his first game due to an injury or is it a change of defenseman in the outfield?
Nothing much was needed other than Pollard’s effort against the Vikings, and in passing play, C.D. Lamb posted his lowest target share of the season (17 percent). This was probably a function of the game’s script, as Dallas had a solid lead throughout the game and was late.
Building Block: CeeDee Lamb
Patriots at Vikings, Thursday, 8:20 pm ET.
The Patriots beat the Jets last week to improve to 6-4, but their offense only scored three points. Despite the goose egg, Mack Jones was relatively effective, completing 23 of 27 pass attempts for 246 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Ramondre Stevenson continues to be Jones’ favorite target, surpassing a 20 percent goal share in four straight games.
The passing work helps maintain Stevenson’s fantasy value, as he has succumbed to fellow backfield player Damien Harris lately in a racing volume. Another consistent option for New England is Jacoby Meyers, who has passed the 20 percent target threshold in three straight games. It’s hard to trust any other pickup options other than this, though DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton have a three-game lead.
Justin Jefferson is dealing with a “minor toe injury” that limited his training last week to Wednesday and Thursday, and it’s fair to wonder how much of a role the injury played in Jefferson’s worst performance in weeks against Dallas. Jefferson receiving in week 11 in yards, target share and instant share were at their lowest levels since week 3. Things aren’t much better for Adam Thielen, whose share target has been declining every week since week 6, hitting a weekly low of 12 percent. 11. Thielen’s decline partially coincides with the addition of T.J. Hockenson to offense, as the former Lions tight end controlled a 25 percent target share in three games.
Dalwyn Cooke is my preferred running back option on this list as I prefer using Josh Allen in my SuperStar slot and I have some concerns that Dallas will split the work more evenly between Zeke and Pollard in Zeke’s second game. wound.
Building block: Dalwyn Cook
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