Kirk Cousins is about to embark on a three-game audition.
Making the most of his surprise opportunity won't give him permanent residence atop the Washington Redskins' depth chart. It could, however, set him up for a starting job elsewhere in 2014.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan strongly hinted at the organization's intentions Friday, telling reporters (via ESPN Radio) that "maybe we can bring a first-round pick (back)" if Cousins shines in Washington's final three games.
Cousins has flashed some of his potential in limited action, including 329 yards passing on 26 of 37 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception in his one career start, which came in Week 15 last season on the road in Cleveland. The key is can Cousins limit the interceptions as he has five to four touchdowns in his career. Cousins has a very favorable matchup this week against the Falcons making him worth considering as a discounted option in DFS play this week.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender
Ziggy Ansah had 3.5 sacks on Thursday afternoon against the Eagles.
Ansah dominated with 3.5 sacks on Thursday afternoon against the Eagles, as he gave Mark Sanchez fits all throughout the Thanksgiving festivities. The game was out of reach early on, but that didn’t stop Ziggy from harassing the Philly signal caller all day long. He is clearly one of the best pass rushers in the league with little recognition, so consider him to have made his mark on Thursday, spurring him as a popular add in most IDP leagues. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday afternoon against the Eagles.
Megatron put on a show against the Eagles on Thanksgiving, reminiscent of what Dez Bryant did to them in December of last year, as he caught six balls for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson finished with eight catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns, effectively putting this game out of reach before it really even got underway. For the sake of fantasy owners, hopefully this is something that the most intimidating receiver in the game can build off of, especially headed into the Lions Week 13 matchup against the Packers. Analysis: Dom Murtha