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The Turkey-Lurkey Bowl: A Turfsgiving DFS Tradition!

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The Turkey-Lurkey Bowl: A Turfsgiving DFS Tradition!


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Happy Thanksgiving, reader! The time has come again for all of us to gather around the table, eat until we all take naps, and watch the Lions dive headlong into another existential struggle in front of a home crowd at Ford Field. There’s truly nothing like Thanksgiving, a day when we all reflect on the things we’re thankful for, like:

  • Adam Silver
  • The Band Night Ranger
  • Diana: The Musical on Netflix
  • Patrice Bergeron
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Rollie Fingers’ Mustache
  • The Houston Astros 2021 World Series Loss
  • The Cleveland Guardians
  • The Cleveland Guardians Lawsuit
  • Jon Gruden’s Resignation
  • And So Much More!

But truthfully, reader, we’re just so glad you’ve chosen to use your eyes and take in information on our site. You have almost a billion choices of where to get your “daily sports fix” from, and we’re glad you chose us!


And now, without any further ado, let’s get into the Turkey-Lurkey Bowl!


Craig Kaufman – Last Year’s Champion

QB – Trevor Siemian

RB – Tony Pollard

RB – Mark Ingram II

WR – Stefon Diggs

WR – Michael Gallup

WR – Cedrick Wilson

TE – Dawson Knox

FLEX – D’Andre Swift

D/ST – Dallas Cowboys

I feel a little bit of pressure as the defending champ of the Turfsgiving fantasy competition. I didn’t really have a plan going into this and I tinkered with my lineup a lot before finalizing it, but what I ended up with is stacking heavy on Dallas players and the Buffalo/New Orleans game. I only have D’Andre Swift from the first game, because he’s probably the only fantasy lock on either team.

With Amari Cooper being ruled out already and Cee Dee Lamb iffy with a concussion, I went for Gallup and Cedrick Wilson where I could get WR1 and WR2 value at better prices. I did the same for Ingram with Kamara not expected to play, and took the potential value of Pollard as opposed to paying a premium for Zeke. Finally, I had some extra coin left over so I splurged for the Dallas defense so as not to cancel out D’Andre Swift’s value with the Chicago defense, who I previously had selected. 

Katie Pierce

QB – Dak Prescott

RB – D’Andre Swift

RB – David Montgomery

WR – Stefon Diggs

WR – Hunter Renfrow

WR – Josh Reynolds

TE – Dalton Schultz

FLEX – Tony Pollard

D/ST – Las Vegas Raiders

I’ve been rolling with Dak for the last 2 years as my fantasy QB and I don’t feel any need to change it up now although his receiving options have dwindled a bit with Cooper still out and Lamb questionable to return from concussion protocols. That having been said it seemed almost too easy of a choice to go with Dalton Schultz at tight end. He has been seeing a high number of targets even when the others are healthy so I only expect those to go up depending on whether Lamb returns.

With the Red Rifle returning to the starting QB slot for Chicago and legit no good QB option for the Lions I expect that the running game will be a huge factor for both teams and so I went with each of their workhorses in those spots. If, and it’s a BIG if, the Lions have any kind of aerial game Reynolds looks to be one of the favorite targets espescially with Hockenson being in double coverage most of the time. Should balance out with the high target volume for Diggs and Renfrow which were worth the spend.

As for the flex spot, Tony Pollard is having a breakout year and is a viable option to split time with Elliot for backfield action. My defensive choice was literally just a budgetary one and it was the best of what I could afford to still spend.  Hopefully, not all these games are total turkeys. Or mostly I hope that the first one doesn’t ruin my appetite for turkey. Although let’s be honest the turkey isn’t the main focus of my Thanksgiving plate.

Terry Cudmore

QB – Dak Prescott

RB – David Montgomery

RB – D’Andre Swift

WR – Michael Gallup

WR – Darnell Mooney

WR – Hunter Renfrow

TE – Dawson Knox

FLEX – Matt Breida

DST – Buffalo Bills

I tried to avoid picking the top pick at any position to allow me more financial flexibility throughout my lineup. The biggest swing is Lamb where I’m screwed if he doesn’t play. But as they say, gotta bet big to win big. I also like how Callaway keeps finding the end zone and Renfrow should be good for some receptions. Breida is my last wild card but I’m riding on McDermott saying he was going to involve him more moving forward. Gobble gobble, baby.

Justin Colombo

QB – Jared Goff

RB – Ezekiel Elliot

RB – Josh Jacobs

WR – Stefon Diggs

WR – Kalif Raymond

WR – Emmanuel Sanders

TE – Darren Waller

FLEX – Amon-Ra St. Brown

D/ST – Buffalo Bills

I think that after a week of people clowning on the Lions/Bears game, that Jared Goff takes offense to that kind of slander. The Lions win this game, and his arm carries Detroit to a W. I’m also a big believe in spreading things around, so this lineup is evenly spread between all games. I believe in Zeke playing. Why wouldn’t he? It’s national TV, on Thanksgiving? Gotta jump into that big old Salvation Army kettle again. This is the winner right here. I have FAITH.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm

QB – Dak Prescott

RB – D’Andre Swift

RB – David Montgomery

WR – Marquise Goodwin

WR – Hunter Renfrow

WR – Emmanuel Sanders

TE – T.J. Hockenson

FLEX – Tony Pollard

D/ST – Chicago Bears

I don’t trust this lineup. But I also don’t trust the NFL this season. Normally I would never pick the opposing defense or any opposing players for the Lions Thanksgiving game. But this is not that year. I would love to think the Bills offense is gonna put it together, but even that hasn’t been seen anytime recently. This is a lineup full of guesses and long shots. True boom or bust.

Ryan Kelly

QB – Josh Allen

RB – D’Andre Swift

RB – Tony Pollard

WR – Stefon Diggs

WR – Marquise Goodwin

WR – Cedrick Wilson

TE – Darren Waller

FLEX – Dawson Knox

D/ST – Buffalo Bills

I don’t just like the Josh Allen stack this week, I love it. Feed me Diggs and Knox TDs as the Bills take out their frustrations on an increasingly mediocre Saints team. And I have zero issue rolling with 2 TEs either, especially when one of them is Darren Waller. My other major scheme this week is the sneaky third string WRs. Goodwin and Wilson could (and should) see more targets with top dogs Allen Robinson and Amari Cooper out of the lineups. Is this lineup absolute fuego? You bet. Gobble gobble, y’all.

Kevin Michael Morin

QB – Josh Allen

RB – D’Andre Swift

RB – David Montgomery

WR – Stefon Diggs

WR – Deonte Harris

WR – Cedrick Wilson

TE – Dawson Knox

FLEX – Michael Gallup

D/ST – Dallas Cowboys

The Buffalo Bills looked like a shell of themselves on Sunday against a seemingly surging Colts team. If they are going to hold on to their “one of the best in the AFC” status, then they’re going to need to punch the Saints in the mouth. I would expect Josh Allen to come out hot, and stacking him with Diggs and Knox is going to send me to victory or swirling down the toilet. It’s a risk I’m willing to take.

No matter how bad the Lions are any given year, they tend to show up on Thanksgiving Day. DeAndrew Swift has been one of the few bright spots, and with Khalil Mack out, he could try to take advantage of Chicago’s defense. I have a pair of Dallas WRs not named CeeDee Lamb for two reasons:

  1. He left Sunday’s matchup with the Chiefs with an injury and as of now is questionable and
  2. Vegas is a true roller coaster ride, who could give up big points in the air.

Maybe lining up Wilson and Gallup with their own defense could be counter-intuitive, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.


Thanks for sharing another Thanksgiving with us, reader. And remember, the thing we’re most thankful for every year… is you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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