Thanksgiving — a time for family to reconvene from all over this great country and stuff their faces in gluttonous unison. But in truer tradition, as your fantasy football competitors feel comfortable and food-comatose, you’ll be prepared to steal this week’s win right out from under them. Yes, it’s your Thanksgiving Sit/Start Report for the Week 13 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys.
It will take a top notch effort from Raiders running back Rashad Jennings if Oakland has any chance of beating the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. During Week 12, the Giants punished the Cowboys 30th ranked run defense for more than 200 yards on the ground.
Even with the return of Darren McFadden, Jennings should be in line for a big game after compiling more than a 100 yards of total offense in each of his last four games. At 6’1 and 231 pounds, Jennings loves to run between the tackles where the Cowboys are weakest and has the speed to breakaway for long runs. He also has great hands and racks up the yards through the air. Jennings is a must-start this week.
Start: DeMarco Murray
Although the Raiders held Titans running back Chris Johnson to only 73 yards, traveling to Dallas will not yield similar results. Oakland gives up an average of 122.6 rushing yards while on the road, and Murray is finally showing signs of being healthy again. He’s rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown in his past 2 games against decent rush defenses, so you can expect a big game from him.
Start: Rod Streater
Ever since quarterback Matt McGloin has taken over in Oakland, Streater has quickly become his favorite target. 2 weeks ago against the Texans, he had 6 receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Last week he had 5 receptions for 93 yards. He’s particularly dangerous as a deep threat which should pose detrimental to the Cowboys 31st ranked pass defense. Couple that with Cowboy cornerback Morris Claiborne’s probable absence and Streater is poised for points.
Sit: Darren McFadden
The emergence of Rashad Jennings has made temperamental Oakland fans forget all about McFadden’s fragility. He’s back at practice according to head coach Dennis Allen, but he’ll hardly see the field. Jennings is the hot-hand, and is a much better pass blocker. He’ll be on the field as much as possible as McFadden will have to take a back seat.