With three games set for Thanksgiving Day, we're splitting up our fantasy matchups preview into two parts this week. Below you'll find start/sit advice for each of the three Thanksgiving offerings, while we'll post the rest of the Week 12 preview in short order. For now, take a look at your lineup and dive into the analysis below to make sure your turkey day dinner isn't spoiled by a poor fantasy football lineup.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Sam Bradford, QB -- SIT: Unless you're desperate for a streaming option at the position (Detroit allows 20.69 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks), Bradford should be left on the bench.
Vikings, RB -- FLEX:Jerick McKinnon is earning more volume (16 attempts in Week 11) but still isn't doing much with it (just 44 yards). He'll be tough to trust against a Lions front allowing just 3.32 yards per carry over the last month. Those in need of touchdown-upside could flex Asiata, but if he doesn't get into the end zone he quite literally offers nothing fantasy-wise.
Stefon Diggs, WR -- SIT (INJURY): Head coach Mike Zimmer didn't have an update on Diggs (knee) on Wednesday after the star wide receiver missed practice Tuesday, which is a worrisome sign. He couldn't escape Patrick Peterson last week, but draws a much more favorable matchup on Thanksgiving if he plays, however, that seems increasingly unlikely per reports. Monitor his status pre-game closely.
Adam Thielen, WR -- START: Thielen has emerged as a semi-trustworthy fantasy asset over the last month, with 194 yards and two touchdowns in that span. He's a low-end flex primarily in PPR formats, but will become a near must-start if Diggs sits out.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR -- FLEX: Patterson is a better start if your league awards points for return yardage and scores, but he'll be a flex-worthy option Thursday given Diggs' knee injury. Just be prepared for the possibility of a frighteningly low floor if Diggs does suit up.
Kyle Rudolph, TE -- START: Rudolph is tied for the league-lead in touchdowns among tight ends (five) and facing a defense tied for the most touchdowns allowed to the position with nine. He's a top-10 play this week.
Matthew Stafford, QB -- START: Stafford has 11 passing touchdowns and just one interception in his last six games. The Minnesota defense is still ferocious, but has allowed two passing touchdowns to each of the last three quarterbacks to face them. Stafford is a fine start at home now that he has his full complement of weapons back and healthy.
Theo Riddick, RB -- START Riddick might not be doing much in the ground game, but his role as a pass-catcher makes him a fine start in both standard and PPR formats. Among running backs he's fourth in the league in targets (56) and tied for first in receiving touchdowns (four) despite missing two games with injuries.
Golden Tate, WR -- FLEX: Tate enjoyed a nice mini-resurgence from Week 6 to Week 9, but that could have been tied to Eric Ebron's injuries. In 2016, Tate owns a 31.8 target share in games without Ebron, but just a 19.2 target share when Ebron plays. That makes Tate a riskier start than we'd hope on Thanksgiving.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Kirk Cousins, QB -- START: Cousins is heating up in fantasy with 300-plus passing yards in three of his last four games and multiple touchdowns (rushing included) in each of his last four games. Dallas' defense has just two sacks and no turnovers in the last two weeks, so Cousins should be able to move his offense with ease. There is concern his ceiling will be depressed with Dallas' clock-killing ways, but Cousins has been too good of late to bench here.
Rob Kelley, RB -- START: Dallas has seen the fewest rushing attempts (164) in the league, but that's because they control the clock and often have a lead. Fat Rob should be able to get going early, though, and is the goal-line back in a high-powered offense. Dallas also allows 4.45 yards per carry to running backs on the year.
Jamison Crowder, WR -- FLEX: With DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed healthy, Crowder's playing time dropped to 56 percent last week, his lowest figure since Week 5. Crowder might carry more risk than usual this week given his decreased playing time and Dallas' penchant for slowing down games, but he can still be trotted out as a flex, especially in PPR.
Pierre Garcon, WR -- FLEX: Garcon is the safest play of the bunch, with five-plus catches and 51-plus receiving yards in seven of his 10 games in 2016, and four of his last five. His touchdown in Week 11 was his first since Week 5, though, so he's a better play in PPR.
DeSean Jackson, WR -- FLEX: Jackson came back and immediately provided a boost to the Washington passing attack. He has the highest ceiling of this bunch, but veteran fantasy owners know DJax is just as likely to put up a disappointing outing as he is to hit a home-run shot.
Jason Witten, TE -- START: Witten is a stronger start in PPR formats as he's seen seven-plus targets and had four or more catches in four of his last five games, but he can be looked at as a low-end TE1 in standard, too. Washington allows 64.3 yards per game to the position in 2016.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts: 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Ben Roethlisberger, QB -- START: Ben had a rough week against the Browns but that's because the Steelers' game plan was Le'Veon Bell from the get go. This week, look for Roethlisberger to attack a Colts defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks through the air. This could easily be another four-touchdown game for Big Ben.
Le'Veon Bell, RB -- START: The Colts run defense has toughened up recently, allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs over the last four weeks. That shouldn't keep you from starting one of the most versatile and elite fantasy backs in the game though. If Bell can't get it done on the ground, he'll get it done as a pass-catcher.
Steelers TEs -- SIT: We're still waiting for Ladarius Green to be a thing. With just three catches in two games, we're not banking on him to breakout in Week 12. Jesse James has had fewer than 20 receiving yards with no touchdowns in four of his last five games, so he's not a recommended play either.
Scott Tolzien, QB -- SIT: You'd have to be a crazy person to even think about starting a backup quarterback who, in three career starts, has never thrown a touchdown pass.
T.Y. Hilton, WR -- FLEX: If you think Scott "No Touchdowns" Tolzien can successfully get the ball to Hilton, well go ahead and throw him in your flex. If not, you probably have other options with zero teams on bye in Week 12.