NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) is expected to play Thanksgiving Day against the Eagles.
As is Darius Slay (neck, questionable) after the corner got in a full practice Friday. Johnson's practice reps were limited on a short week, but he should be a full-go against a collapsing secondary. Johnson is a solid WR1 and perhaps the best wide receiver play on the Thanksgiving slate.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Mark Sanchez will start Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.
Sam Bradford has been cleared from his concussion, but he is still dealing with a sprain in his left (non-throwing) shoulder and did not take many reps in practice on a short week. Sanchez was dreadful against the Bucs, and the Lions defense has turned it around the last two weeks. Sanchez is a QB2 at best, but he has some DFS upside in what could be a fast-paced game.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects Marshawn Lynch (sports-hernia surgery) to return this season.
He also expects Lynch to remain the No. 1 once he returns but added the team may ease Lynch in even when he is healthy. FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday Lynch is expected to miss "about a month" following the surgery, but that estimate is on the optimistic side. It is very possible Lynch does not play again in the regular season. Thomas Rawls will carry RB1 upside as long as Lynch is sidelined.
The Carolina defense has forced 13 turnovers in the last four weeks.
The undefeated Panthers have outscored opponents 137-81 over those four games and will travel to Dallas in Week 12 where they will look to continue their defensive success. Carolina is also third among NFL defenses in sacks this season and will be a top-tier fantasy option at Dallas in Week 12.
Indianapolis' 29th-ranked pass defense will take on Tampa Bay rookie QB Jameis Winston in Week 12.
Winston is coming off an impressive five touchdown performance in Week 11, and has thrown just two interceptions in his last six outings. The Colts D/ST has forced nine turnovers over the last three weeks, but still has trouble slowing opposing offenses on a regular basis and won't be a startable fantasy option in Week 12.
The Chicago defense will face the revamped Green Bay running game when they travel to Lambeau Field in Week 12.
The Packers were led by Eddie Lacy's 100-yard performance last week, which was the first time the Green Bay offense had run for 100 yards or more since Week 6. With Lacy seemingly healthy, the Bears will have a tough task on their hands this week and Chicago gave up 133 rushing yards when these two teams met in Week 1. The Bears D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option on the road in Week 12.
The Dallas defense will focus on stopping Carolina QB Cam Newton in Week 12, who is coming off a career-high five touchdown performance.
Newton has thrown 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions in Carolina's last four games, and has been dubbed the biggest key for Dallas in Week 12 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It’ll be an extreme challenge, he’s having a fantastic year and we have to find a way to keep him down," said Dallas linebacker Sean Lee about the idea of stopping Newton. The Cowboys D/ST will be a lower-tier fantasy option this week against the undefeated Panthers, who are averaging 34.3 points over the last four weeks.
The Detroit defense has not forced a turnover since Week 7.
The Lions have been unsuccessful in the turnover department in recent weeks, but have put together two solid defensive performances since their Week 9 bye. The first eight games of the 2015 saw Detroit allow 30.6 points per game, while they have given up just 29 total points over the last two weeks. Week 12 brings a matchup with Philadelphia QB Mark Sanchez, who has thrown four interceptions in 64 pass attempts this season. The Lions D/ST is a reasonable streaming option this week.