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Jeff Driskel active in Week 13 on Thanksgiving, but not expected to start

Lions QB Jeff Driskel is active, but not expected to start for his Week 13 matchup against Chicago. We break down the fantasy football impact.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel is tackled by Washington linebacker Ryan Anderson in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions quarterback room is getting kind of ugly. Matthew Stafford suffered fractures in his back and was replaced by Jeff Driskel the past three weeks. Now, Driskel has suffered a hamstring injury and is reportedly not able to play on Thanksgiving. Driskel is active, but rookie David Blough will get the start in his place, according to all media. Driskel is likely the emergency quarterback.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Detroit Lions QB David Blough

So, Driskel’s fantasy value starting in place of Stafford had widely been tied to his legs, making this a bit of a blessing in disguise for owners. If you were going to roll Driskel out in this game (which I wouldn’t have recommended), he likely wouldn’t have been 100% and re-injury was a risk. Trying to beat the Chicago Bears defense with your legs is tough enough, but having to do it purely with your arm wouldn’t have ended well for Driskel.

We aren’t exactly sure what to expect from the undrafted rookie Blough in his first career NFL start. Blough does have a lot of college experience, having started four years at Purdue, throwing for 9,734 yards and 69 TDs in 44 games. He also threw 43 INTs, so we can expect at least a few of those potentially this afternoon. In DFS on DraftKings, he’s dirt cheap at $4,200 and will likely go a bit under-owned with the Bears D/ST ($2,500) being very popular. This makes Blough a decent tournament target if he does show up. Realistically we should see a lot of Bo Scarbrough ($4,700) and J.D. McKissic ($3,700) today.