RB START: D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

The Bears have allowed an opposing lead back score against them in six straight games. With Khalil Mack undergoing season-ending foot surgery, their average run defense will dip even further. As for Swift, he is the only Detroit Lions with any fantasy value. Yes, I know they have T.J. Hockenson. Swift has scored at least 15.0 fantasy points in 7-of-10 games and given his upcoming schedule, this might be the last time he hits that floor.

PPR Alert: RB START – Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills

Assuming Alvin Kamara will miss his third straight game, we will pencil in Ingram for his last spot start before he goes back to being the backup. If the Saints need to lean on Ingram again, there’s a lot of encouraging signs. Ingram had 22 touches for 113 total yards in Week 11.

In the four games he’s played with the Saints, his touches (62 total) and targets have increased each week with 17 receptions out of 22 targets. He has just one score to come from all of these touches, but at least in a PPR format, Ingram is back with RB2 potential, but is firmly planted as a strong RB3/flex play. He did not practice on Tuesday but if he does not practice on Wednesday then we would down grade Ingram as a SIT.

RB START: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Just feed the ball, Dak. Feed the ball to Zeke and feed it often. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t have at least one workhorse back that needed to be fed. This week it’s Elliott who the Cowboys are hoping to ride on his shoulders in Week 12. Injuries have stripped the Cowboys of their two best receivers, so we could see Elliott and Tony Pollard getting more work than usual.

Tyron Smith is practicing this week which makes the offensive line look much better than it has in recent weeks. The Cowboys missed his presence in helping contain Chris Jones who wound up winning the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11.

RB START: David Montgomery, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

In one of the easier RB2 plays Montgomery owners will have in 2021, wee might finally see him climb up over 15.0 points this holiday. He’s missed most of what’s been the Justin Fields rookie experience, having played with him for two games before being injured. Monty came back in Week 9 but has been up against walls against Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

The Lions have been much more lax around backs, having allowed 11 different instances where backs have had at least 14.0 fantasy points. They allow 140.5 rushing yards per game, second highest average in the league. Only the Chargers are worse.