Thanksgiving NFL DFS Picks & Sleepers

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite DFS slate of the year, as we get a shallow player pool with three games on tap.

It gives you an opportunity to dig deep for contrarian plays to set yourself apart from the competition.

In this article, we’ll be providing you with Thanksgiving DFS picks for OwnersBox contests. This is a SuperFlex platform, which means that you’re able to start two quarterbacks.

OwnersBox has a few enticing tournaments available, including one with a $10,000 total prize pool.

You’ll also find some tips on how to target both tournaments and cash games. With that in mind, let’s help you win some money on turkey day.

Thanksgiving DFS: Best Picks

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions ($6,500)

The Bills have struggled against opposing wideouts in their last three games. They’ve allowed big games to Garrett Wilson (eight catches, 92 yards), Justin Jefferson (10 catches, 193 yards, one touchdown), and Amari Cooper (eight catches, 113 yards, two touchdowns).

Amon-Ra St. Brown is a target hog who has seen 38 looks in his last four games. The second-year wideout has at least seven catches in three of his last four games, which works well with this PPR format.

It also helps that this game has a 53.5-point total.

Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys ($6,000)

Tony Pollard just ripped up the Vikings for 189 total yards and two touchdowns, out-touching Ezekiel Elliott 21 to 16. The dynamic back comes at a reasonable price, costing the same as Zeke and ranking fourth at the position.

Pollard faces a Giants defense allowing 5.32 yards per carry (31st). This projects as a positive game script for Dallas, as they’re eight-point home favorites.

That could result in more rush attempts for Pollard. It’s an added bonus that saving $800 by going with Pollard over Saquon Barkley helps you jam in Josh Allen and Dak Prescott.

Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills ($6,000)

Stefon Diggs is the preferred pairing with Allen in your Bills stack, but going to Gabriel Davis saves you $800 in salary. We’ve seen how high Davis’ ceiling can be.

Just look at his game against the Steelers earlier this year, where he went off for three catches, 171 yards, and two touchdowns. This is a great matchup against a Lions’ defense allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Detroit is giving up 9.34 yards per target (tied for 30th), which means that they’re giving up big plays downfield. That aligns perfectly with Davis’ skill set as a deep threat.

Thanksgiving DFS: Sleepers

James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills ($4,400)

Here’s where we have to start getting creative with some salary relief by finding fantasy football sleepers. We’ll start with the Bills’ rookie running back, as he comes at a highly affordable price.

James Cook is coming off a strong game against the Browns, where he rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield, making him a nice pairing with Allen.

The team has surprisingly continued to utilize him despite trading for Nyheim Hines at the deadline. It’s a good matchup against the Lions, who rank 19th in fantasy points per game vs running backs.

Jonnu Smith, TE, New England Patriots ($3,800)

The final piece to complete the Allen-Prescott lineup is to punt tight end. This means that we need to pick the most appealing option at a cheap price.

Look no further than Jonnu Smith, who takes on a Vikings defense that is tied for 23rd in fantasy points per game allowed to tight ends. Smith has the ability to make plays after the catch.

He’s also received some decent usage lately, racking up a combined 12 targets in his last three games. The hope is that he finds the end zone.

You can also go with teammate Hunter Henry here, but I prefer Smith.

Thanksgiving DFS: Cash Lineup Tips

  • Make sure to play two quarterbacks because this is the safest play in a SuperFlex format.
  • Focus on finding value to allow you to jam in players with higher projections.
  • Target games with higher totals, like the Bills-Lions matchup.

Thanksgiving DFS: GPP Lineup Tips

  • Stack your quarterback with at least one of his pass-catchers.
  • Find contrarian plays to help differentiate your lineups.
  • Try to enter multiple lineups to give you more opportunities to take down a tournament.


Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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