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Best DFS lineup strategy for Commanders-Cowboys on Thanksgiving

The Commanders and Cowboys face off on Thanksgiving to open Week 12. We take a look at the best plays for the DK Showdown.

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The Dallas Cowboys will host the Washington Commanders in the second of three games airing on Thanksgiving. Kickoff from AT&T Stadium in Arlington TX is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 23.

Below, we’ll break down the best DraftKings NFL DFS plays and strategy for the showdown slate featuring this game.

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Commanders vs. Cowboys

Captain’s Picks

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys ($17,400)

Lamb has been outstanding this season, as he’s already over 1,000 yards while averaging 7.4 receptions and 101.3 receiving yards per game with six touchdowns overall. That adds up to a robust 23.1 FPPG average, and Lamb has exceeded that with 32+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings. Facing a Washington team that ranks dead last in pass DVOA sets up for more of the same.

Dak Prescott, WR, Cowboys ($15,600)

If Lamb has another breakout game, then it goes without saying that the guy throwing him the football is scoring fantasy points too. Prescott has tossed three or more touchdowns in three of his last four games, contributing a pair of rushing touchdowns in his last five as well. He’s averaging 20.9 FPPG this season, while racking up 31+ fantasy points in three of his last four contests. The Commanders have allowed the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, so this is a great spot for Prescott to maintain his blistering pace.

FLEX Options

Sam Howell, QB, Commanders ($9,600)

As we’ve established in the sections above, the Commanders defense has been pretty bad this season. That has forced Howell to pass the ball early and often, leading to some impressive performances with 300+ passing yards in three of his last four. He sometimes gets into trouble with interceptions, but Howell has produced 20+ fantasy points in four straight, and he’s averaging 20.6 FPPG this year. The matchup at Dallas is tough, but Howell will throw the ball around 45-50 times in this game, which will provide more than enough opportunity to post a solid fantasy score. Pairing Howell with a mid-range pass catcher like TE Logan Thomas ($5,400) or WR Jahan Dotson ($5,600) seems like a fair strategy.

Kavontae Turpin, WR, Cowboys ($1,200)

Turpin has upside for a very cheap DFS play that can help you spend on the aforementioned fantasy stars. The speedy wide receiver is known for returning kicks and getting a few touches on gadget plays, which has yielded two touchdowns in the last five games. Turpin will probably only get two or three touches in this game, but he’s a big-play threat that could take advantage of a porous Commanders’ defense.

Players to Avoid

Jamison Crowder, WR, Commanders ($3,400)

The veteran receiver filled in nicely for the Commanders in Week 8 and Week 9, catching a combined 11-of-13 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown. However, the Washington receiving corps got healthy after that, and Crowder has only caught two passes in the most recent pair of games. He’ll likely see limited snaps and targets again on Thursday.

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys ($5,000)

Lamb, Brandin Cooks, and maybe Jake Ferguson are the Dallas pass catchers you want to pay attention to for this DFS showdown slate. Gallup is much cheaper than those three, but he also hasn’t shown hardly any fantasy upside over the last two months aside from a long touchdown against the Giants. It appears that he is the odd man out in this Cowboys receiving corps, even with Prescott showing some of the best form of this career.