DraftKings Thanksgiving Slate Cash & GPP Breakdown

DraftKings Thanksgiving Slate Cash & GPP Breakdown

By TJ Hernandez (Director of DFS), last update Nov 23, 2016

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On a short slate like Thanksgiving with only three games, it’s usually wise to favor GPPs and often avoid cash games altogether. With so few options available, there is usually a ton of overlap between lineups, which leads to much more variance -- exactly what we are trying to avoid when grinding cash games. Because the Thanksgiving slate usually draws in a more casual player pool than a typical short slate, there may be some merit to dabbling in cash games, though I would still recommend keeping it to a minimum and favoring GPPs.


Thanksgiving Slate Cash Game Overview

The key to building a cash lineup for this slate is deciding which of the two high-volume, uber-high-floor players you want on your team: LeVeon Bell ($9,000), Antonio Brown ($9,200), or Ezekiel Elliott ($8,500). Because you likely won’t fill out your entire salary cap on this slate, none of these players’ price tags are so prohibitive that you can’t consider rostering them, but you also can’t fit all three together. Given Pittsburgh’s historical unfavorable road splits in the passing game, Brown is probably the expensive odd man out, though I’m not sure that you can go wrong with any combo of these players.

In order to get to these safer plays, you are going to need to roster value elsewhere, and there are some glaring discounts. 

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