This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Thanksgiving week always feels chaotic with the first NFL game starting eight hours earlier than usual and then followed by two additional Thursday games. It puts everyone, including fantasy managers, on a tighter schedule, as the trio of Thursday games means we need to take in more information earlier in the week and make more lineup decisions before seeing final injury reports for the Sunday/Monday games.
Basically, it's a mess, just like my Thanksgiving plate, and just like some of the matchups ahead this week. In addition to the better-known holiday many of us will be celebrating, it's also unofficial Toilet Bowl week, featuring Bears-Lions, Jets-Texans and Falcons-Jags.
Even the "good" games are hard to get excited about, apart from Packers-Rams, with the Titans potentially dragging a skeleton crew to Foxborough, while the Steelers and Browns are looking rough ahead of road dates with AFC North rivals.
The most interesting game might be in Indianapolis, where Jonathan Taylor faces a Bucs defense that's been elite against the run for three straight years now. You won't find discussion of Taylor vs. Tampa below given that JT's an auto-start in every imaginable fantasy format, but it felt a little weird to write a matchups column without at least mentioning the impending collision between an unstoppable force and immovable object.
Unless otherwise noted, references to 'fantasy points' are based on PPR scoring with 25/10 yards per point and 4/6 points for TDs. Start % comes from Yahoo, as of Wednesday night / Thursday