Thanksgiving Specials and Big Contests for NFL Week 12

Image credit: Giovanni Arteaga

Image credit:
Giovanni Arteaga

Thanksgiving football is always a beautiful thing, but this year’s Thanksgiving lineup looks especially enticing with all six teams boasting records of .500 or better and every game holding meaning. Now is where the season really gets serious and teams fight to reserve their places in the postseason.

Between the playoff implications and Thanksgiving holiday, we are in store for another great week in football. Fantasy sites are of course putting in extra work this week to give us fantasy players all the action we want on Thanksgiving itself and the normal Sunday lineup. Big promotions and large guaranteed prize pool contests all wait for us in Week 12.

The Thursday lineup is a little short for daily fantasy with just three games to choose from, but FanDuel and DraftKings are both hosting some very large special contests that consist of those three games. Additionally, both sites will continue with their normal big guarantees for Sunday. What this all means is we have a busy week ahead of us in Fantasy Football World, so let’s get to it.

Thanksgiving Fantasy Football Contests

Thanksgiving Day features three primetime, nationally-televised contests with all six games looking fairly competitive and interesting in their postseason implications. Up first is the Vikings vs. Lions in Detroit at 12:30 PM ET. Then, we’ll have a 4:30 PM showdown between the Redskins and Cowboys in Texas followed by an 8:30 PM Steelers/Colts game.

Every DFS contest described next will involve those three games only. With fewer games and fewer players to choose from, it’s going to take some work to pick the winning combination. But, there is a lot of money on the line and the effort is worthwhile. Some DFS fans are going to make a lot of money on Thanksgiving Day.

FanDuel: $600K NFL Gravy Bomb

  • Entry: $25
  • Total Entries: 28,235
  • First Place: $100,000
  • Places Paid: 5,905
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FanDuel: $500K NFL Roasted Rush

  • Entry: $5
  • Total Entries: 117,647
  • First Place: $50,000
  • Places Paid: 23,950
  • Enter now:

FanDuel: $250K NFL Pecan Snap

  • Entry: $2
  • Total Entries: 147,058
  • First Place: $25,000
  • Places Paid: 28,698
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DraftKings: NFL $1.5M Wishbone Classic

  • Entry: $20
  • Total Entries: 86,700
  • First Place: $100,000
  • Places Paid: 22,450
  • Enter now:

DraftKings: Casual $100K Thanksgiving Special

Note: This contest is restricted to users who have experience badges; only casual/newer players may enter

  • Entry: $4
  • Total Entries: 29,400
  • First Place: $5,000
  • Places Paid: 7,950
  • Enter now:

DraftKings: NFL $650K Mini Wishbone Classic

  • Entry: $3
  • Total Entries: 254,900
  • First Place: $50,000
  • Places Paid: 67,450
  • Enter now:

Leagues Thanksgiving Throwdown at DraftKings

throwdown-logoDraftKings is hosting a special promotion on Thursday that looks like a lot of fun and is completely free. If you’re involved in DraftKings Leagues (personal contests between you and your friends), this promotion is just for you.

In the Thanksgiving Throwdown, you and four friends each draft lineups of players drawn from the three Thanksgiving games like you would for any other contest. Then, you and your friends all compete as a team against other teams with the goal being to score more points as a team than any other team.

Your team’s points are tallied up by simply adding up the point totals of each team member’s individual lineup. The same thing happens for all the other teams in the contest and then the teams with the highest point totals share in the prizes

If your team finishes in first place, you all get to split a $1,000 first place prize. Second place is good for $750 and so on down the line. The top one hundred teams all receive payouts and this contest is totally free to enter.

You can enter now by visiting, logging in and then going to your leagues page. The new contest will be placed inside an active league and then click to join. You’ll need at least one other person to join you to take a shot. If you don’t have a league at all, you can still join the action by going to the leagues page and creating a new league. DraftKings will add the “Thanksgiving Throwdown” contest to your new league before the games begin.

The Corona Road to 51 is Still Running at FanDuel

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-7-29-59-pmWe mentioned this promotion in a past post, but it’s worth brining up again because time is growing short. As we get deeper into the 2016 NFL season, talk of the playoffs and postseason is picking up and pretty soon people will be talking about the Super Bowl. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally attend the Big Game in person?

Well, that’s why it’s worth talking about this promotion one last time. FanDuel is looking to send you to the Super Bowl in Houston free of charge. There are two FREE qualifiers running this week at One of them takes place on Thursday and one happens on Sunday. Finish in the top 51 in either contest and you’ll gain entry to the final round on December 11th.

In the final, you’ll play in a 612-person contest in which the first place prize is a trip for two to Houston. The winning prize package includes airfare, hotel reservations and two tickets to the Big Game. In all, FanDuel estimates the trip to be worth about $5,000.

Visit to get started now.