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What to do with Bills D/ST, Cowboys D/ST

Buffalo’s defense has been a solid fantasy option all year, but the Dallas D has been a bit more volatile, showing slightly more upside. We break down the start/sit considerations on Thanksgiving.

Cowboys defensive back Darian Thompson celebrates with outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and middle linebacker Jaylon Smith during the second quarter against the Lions at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

While the snoozefest expected in Detroit has the lowest over/under on Thanksgiving slate, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, don’t overlook these defensive units for fantasy purposes. The Bills average 3 sacks per game and the Cowboys come in averaging 2.54. So, can you trust either unit?

If the Bills can keep Ezekiel Elliott under control, this should be a low scoring slugfest that leans on the under 46. After Dak Prescott had a miserable game against the Patriots, I expect the QB to play better, but that does not mean ignoring the Bills. Prescott has thrown an interception in four of his last five starts, meaning there is some upside here if one turns into a pick-6.

Speaking of interceptions, Josh Allen has pretty much been clean since his erratic showings in Weeks 3-5. Allen came into the league with a ton of questions about his accuracy, but seems to have been remedied the issues due to a combination of softer schedule and improved offensive weapons.

Fantasy Football Analysis:

Both defenses look solid, but a high-scoring game would hamper the upside. You’ve made it this far with these units, so it does not look like you should bench them, unless you can stream the Eagles vs. the Dolphins or the Packers vs. the Giants.

Considering the offensive line has the Cowboys ranked first in adjusted sack rate, I’m giving the edge to the Dallas D/ST due to the safer floor/ceiling combination.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation:

Start Buffalo D/ST and Dallas D/ST