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Best lineup strategy for Bills vs. Cowboys in Showdown

The Cowboys and Bills both bring winning records into their Thanksgiving matchup. What players will shine for your DFS lineups on Turkey Day?

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott high steps into the end zone with a rushing touchdown in front of Detroit Lions defensive back Will Harris  and cornerback Amani Oruwariye during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The 6-5 Cowboys host the 8-3 Bills on Thanksgiving day. The Cowboys are currently favored by 6.5 points, which probably feels a little disrespectful to Buffalo due to their superior record. It is true, though, that the Cowboys have played a tougher schedule, as they have losses to the Saints, Packers, Vikings, Jets, and Patriots. Of course, those were losses, but they were to good teams as long as you squint a lot when reading J-E-T-S. The Bills have losses to the Patriots, Eagles, and Browns, and no real signature wins, as they’ve beaten the Jets, Giants, Bengals, Titans, Dolphins, Washington, Dolphins again, and Broncos.

The Cowboys are in the same boat, as they’ve only beaten the Giants, Washington, Dolphins, Eagles, Giants again, and Lions. Whoever wins this game can probably say it was their best win of the season.

For this Thanksgiving Showdown, there are plenty of high-powered fantasy players on the Cowboys and some mid-powered Bills players, with prices matched accordingly. Let’s check out who is worth a spot on your Showdown team this Turkey day.


Ezekiel Elliott ($11,200)

Elliott is the most expensive player in this game and for good reason. He hasn’t been as great this year as he has been in previous seasons, but he’s still getting plenty of work and has the best matchup of any player in this game.

The Bills are an excellent defense, but put most of their scheme into stopping the pass. They allow the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks while giving up 4.62 yards per carry to running back. Football Outsiders has them ranked fifth against the pass and 26th against the run. This should be an “Elliott game.”


Josh Allen (10,600)

Allen has been one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks this season, but he also doesn’t put up slate breaking numbers, especially in tougher matchups. But the risk here is based on Allen’s ability to score with his feet and arm. The same can be said for Dak Prescott, but I expect Elliott to have the most success while Allen may need to push to come from behind as -6.5 underdogs.


Michael Gallup ($8,000)

Gallup is my favorite Cowboys receiver with Tre’Davious White, likely shadowing Amari Cooper. We’ve seen Gallup go off before, so his upside is significant, mainly if this game stays close or the Bills get a lead.

Cole Beasley ($7,400)

The Cowboys have the most trouble against slot receivers, and Beasley has a little extra push to show his old team that he’s just fine up in the frigid confines of Buffalo New York. Beasley has had some consistency, with 70+ yards and/or a touchdown in five of his last six games.

Devin Singletary ($8,400)

Singletary has taken over the lead back role and has rushing totals of 95, 75 and 106 yards in three of his last four games. His reception numbers have taken a hit of late, but he’s had inconsistent targets that always seem to pop back up after you think they’re gone, and Dallas allows the fourth-most running back receptions. His ability keeps his upside high, and now that Frank Gore has topped Barry Sanders’ in rushing yards, we could see even more from Singletary.