Feast or Famine: Michael Gallup, Miles Sanders, Damien Harris (2021 Fantasy Football)
It’s Thanksgiving week and officially Week 12 of the NFL season. Things are starting to heat up, and some fantasy managers are gearing up for their playoff run, and some are fighting to get into the playoffs. There will be tough decisions for fantasy managers to make, and they need help deciding who to start/sit this week. In this edition of Feast or Famine, I’ll be looking at the games on Thanksgiving and the Sunday slate to give you some players who are going to feast and some who will famine.
David Montgomery (RB-CHI)
Montgomery has a fantastic matchup this week against a winless Lions team. The Lions are giving up about 23 fantasy points to opposing running backs, and Nick Chubb ran for 130 yards and caught a touchdown on Sunday. Montgomery is set up to smash this week, and Justin Fields might not play this week due to a rib injury, so that Montgomery could get a lot of dump-offs as well. As a result, Montgomery should be viewed as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 this week.
Michael Gallup (WR-DAL)
Gallup led the team in targets against the Chiefs with ten and caught five for 44 yards. Unfortunately, Amari Cooper is out with COVID, and CeeDee Lamb is in danger of missing the game with a concussion, so that leaves Gallup as the primary option for Dak Prescott. The Cowboy’s offense did not play well against the Chiefs, and they will be looking to come out guns blazing against the Raiders on Thursday. With Cooper and possibly Lamb out, Gallup is set up for success this week.
Cole Beasley (WR-BUF)
The past few games for Beasley have not been very productive. He’s totaled 14.1 half-PPR points the past three weeks and hasn’t topped 40 yards receiving in any of the games. However, this could change this week against the Saints. The Saints are currently giving up the 3rd-most points to opposing wide receivers on the year, and aside from Marshon Lattimore, they don’t have any great cornerbacks. Lattimore will most likely stay on Stefon Diggs, which leaves Beasley to have success in this game. While he hasn’t been producing lately, he should be in your fantasy lineups this week.
Miles Sanders (RB-PHI)
Sanders returned off the IR and put up the 94 rushing yards against a stingy Saints run defense. While he did lose a fumble, he was still involved in the game-plan and was productive on the ground. Jordan Howard will miss this game against the Giants, which leaves more security for Sanders to produce and stay on the field. Boston Scott only received six carries and two targets, while Sanders had 16 carries and one target. Jalen Hurts is always a threat to steal touchdowns in the red zone, but I like the chances of Sanders having a massive game this week against the Giants, who are surrendering nearly 22 half-PPR points to running backs. You can expect RB2 numbers with RB1 upside this week.
Javonte Williams (RB-DEN)
Williams has been splitting work with Melvin Gordon for the entirety of the season, frustrating for fantasy managers. The split is 50/50, and neither player is pulling away from the other. That being said, the matchup against the Chargers is a great one for running backs. They are surrendering nearly 24 half-PPR points per game to running backs, and their defense has been gashed all season long. Williams has been a tackle-breaking machine this year and always seems to break a long run every game. This could be the game where he breaks a 60+ yard touchdown and pays dividends to fantasy managers who start him.
Leonard Fournette (RB-TB)
Fournette is having a solid season for the Buccaneers. He’s currently the RB13 in half-PPR and has been catching a good amount of passes out of the backfield. The problem this week is that the Colts are very stingy against the run. They are giving up only 14.1 half-PPR points per game to opposing running backs on the season. I’m not sure if this is a trend either, but Ronald Jones got more involved in the run game against the Giants and scored a touchdown. Of course, it could be nothing, but it’s always cloudy with Bruce Arians running the show. Fournette could have a decent floor since he catches passes, but his ceiling is capped this week.
Damien Harris (RB-NE)
Harris makes this list because the Titans have a solid run defense and are getting torched through the air rather than on the ground. They are giving up 16.1 half-PPR points to fantasy running backs per game this season. Also, Rhomandre Stevenson has looked very good the past couple of weeks and led the Patriots in rushing against the Falcons last Thursday. Harris is also not very involved in the passing game either, which makes his floor lower, and he will likely need a touchdown to salvage his week. All of these things make Harris a risky start this week, and we should temper expectations.
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