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Thanksgiving Football: What About Ryan Grant?

Given many teams will be setting line-ups prior to today's 12:30PM kick-off for any player on one of the six teams going on Turkey Day, I would be conservative with any start/sit decisions that involve any injury questions i.e Packers' RB Ryan Grant.  Nor would I start any borderline players from poor teams i.e any of the New York Jets or Atlanta Falcons.

Gambling on a Jericho Cotchery type or Warrick Dunn one makes little sense if you already decide each week between/amongst a few options like them.  with 13 games yet to be played after today, there will still be options prior to Sunday's line-up decisions.  

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (+3.5), 12:30PM FOX

With questions about Packers RB Ryan Grant availability, no one is noting the Lions at 6-4 are home underdogs on Thanksgiving.  I would lay the points on that alone.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Grant play if he is close given he will have ten days to recover following this game.  As mentioned earlier, I would probably sit him on my fantasy team.  There is nothing worse than getting a zero before the Sunday games are even played.

New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys (-14), 4:15PM CBS

A short week without WR Laverneus Coles on Thanksgiving in Dallas makes swallowing the 14-point spread much easier.  Strangley, the O/U of 47.5 works out to the Jets scoring 16 points to the Cowboys 31.  I really have a hard time believing the Jets will score that frequently.

Indianapolis at Atlanta Falcons (+11.5), 8:15PM NFL Network Boo!

If this weren't the Falcons as double-digit home underdogs, I would rail against the Colts being such big favorites after showing very little against and equally bad Kansa City team last week.  On the other hand, the Falcons do not have a QB option that can win the job from Joey Harrington.