Syracuse’s return to Atlantic Coast Conference play started with a loss to Notre Dame. After a late layup and two free throws, a Joe Girard 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left wasn’t enough to erase the deficit. When Virginia Tech (10-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) comes to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., SU (8-6, 1-2) looks to avoid a two-game losing streak.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen when the Orange face the Hokies.Nick Alvarez (12-2)HokeyVirginia Tech 77, Syracuse 68 Syracuse’s matchup against Notre Dame served as a preview for what SU can expect Tuesday night against Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish relied on 15 3s and key interior play down the stretch. While the Hokies don’t have a John Mooney, they do have the best 3-point shooting team in the ACC (37.9%). Virginia Tech is also coming off its worst shooting performance of the season against Virginia (4-of-25) and I doubt they go cold for a second-straight outing. The Orange can always shoot their way back into a game, but their defense will be the deciding factor. It’ll start with stopping Landers Nolley II (43% from 3) and end with limiting the Hokies’ five other competent shooters. In the end, though, SU’s 2-3 zone will crack, fatigue will play a factor and Virginia Tech will pull away. Michael McCleary (10-4)Do the Hokey Pokey and you…Syracuse 83, Virginia Tech 80AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOh, there will be tacos, alright. This will be a high-scoring game. Why? Three-point shooting battles usually are. That’s exactly what this game will be. Right now the Hokies are about 40 spots above the Orange in the NET Rankings. This is exactly the type of game the Orange need to win to revive their postseason hopes. The Notre Dame close finish showed that the Orange are on the brink of competing with fringe-ACC squads, and despite a ranking that says otherwise, I think Virginia Tech offers the Orange another shot at one. There’s a chance the Hokies don’t move the ball well enough or take enough chances to pace the Orange’s high-octane approach. Though it might be close, I’m thinking this close game falls to the way of the Orange. And if I’m right, it inches me closer to a victory in these predictions too.Josh Schafer (11-3)Turkey Day > Orange DayVirginia Tech 82 Syracuse 76The Hokies not only shoot the 3-pointer well (25th in the country) but also score 43% of their points from beyond the arc. In other words Virginia Tech is ready to shoot from one of the areas open in the 2-3 zone and that likely won’t bode well for Syracuse. On the flip side, the Hokies also allow a fair amount of 3-point shots and that could help Syracuse as well if the shots are falling. I’d expect this to be somewhat of similar matchup to Syracuse-Notre Dame only the Hokies don’t have John Mooney. So if Syracuse can score like they did on Saturday against the Fighting Irish, it’ll be close but we haven’t seen the Orange close out a tight game against a high-major opponent yet. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2020 at 4:52 pm
FLEX Michael Thomas, Saints @ Falcons ($9,200). Thomas is another player you pretty much have to have. If you fade him and he has a bad game, you’ll be in great shape. Far, far more likely is that he’ll gave a good game, though, and you’ll be mad at yourself for not paying up. MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderD/ST Chicago Bears @ Lions ($5,000). The Bears D/ST hasn’t been all that good this year, especially in sacks and takeaways. But the Lions will either be playing a gimpy Jeff Driskel (hamstring) or David Blough at QB, so how can we not start the Bears when there are no other obvious choices? Again, this might be too chalky, but hopefully we have enough differentiation with guys like Knox, Miller, and Gage to offset that. MORE THURSDAY FANTASY: DraftKings lineup | DK Showdown picks | Start/SitThanksgiving NFL DFS Lineup: FanDuel tournament picksQB Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Saints ($7,700). Ryan threw for two touchdowns against the Saints in Week 10, but with just 182 yards, it didn’t seem like he had that big of a day. Then, he failed to notch a score against Tampa’s porous pass defense last week. With Drew Brees ($8,500) being the obvious pay-up pick and Mitchell Trubisky ($6,800) being the obvious matchup-based value pick, we’re hoping Ryan gets lost in the shuffle behind other high-floor options like Dak Prescott ($8,200) and Josh Allen ($7,800). He could easily have the biggest game of the day, and it could be at relatively low ownership, at least as far as three-game slates go. If Julio Jones (shoulder) is out, that would obviously limit Ryan’s upside, but he still has decent enough receivers to pay off (see below). RB Alvin Kamara, Saints @ Falcons ($8,300). Kamara has been a disappointment lately, failing to dent the end zone in all but one game this year. Yes, you read that right. His perceived ceiling is probably higher than it actually is, so there’s a strong case to be made for fading him. We’re going the other route and paying up for the talent. Kamara is still averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 6.7 receptions per game. If there was ever a time for a vintage Kamara breakout game, why not in the prime-time Thanksgiving spotlight?WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB David Montgomery, Bears @ Lions ($5,900). We’ve been burned by Montgomery in the past, but this matchup and price are too good to ignore. The Lions allow the most FanDuel points to RBs, and Montgomery is priced as an RB8 on a day with just six teams playing. This might be the chalkiest pick of the whole day, but if Montgomery has a huge game, we’ll need him on our squad to cash. WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons vs. Saints ($6,500). Ridley might also be super chalky, especially if Jones (shoulder) is out, but for now, we’ll stack him with Ryan and fade Jones. Ridley has put up 228 yards and two TDs in the past two games, so owners will be on him, but he’s clearly a talented receiver who’s shown a nose for the end zone — often in garbage time — the past two seasons. WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWR Russell Gage, Falcons vs. Saints ($5,400). Gage is getting talked up this week because of 10-target Week 12. If Jones is out, Gage could also become a chalky pick, but for now, we think he’ll give us enough differentiation to be worth using. The Falcons will likely be throwing a lot against the Saints even if the score is close, as New Orleans has proved tough to run against. With Austin Hooper (knee) still ailing, Gage is the most likely candidate to soak up those extra mid-range targets. WR Anthony Miller, Bears @ Lions ($5,300). An RB-WR stack doesn’t always correlate, but with just three games on the slate, we’re taking that chance. Miller has seen 20 targets the past two weeks, catching 12 for 131 yards. With Taylor Gabriel (concussion) likely out, Miller will be the unquestioned No. 2 receiver against Detroit’s struggling pass defense. If you add in the Darius Slay-on-Allen Robinson factor, it’s possible Miller will lead the Bears in receiving. Given his WR15 pricing, he’s tough to pass up.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPTE Dawson Knox, Bills @ Cowboys ($4,500). The Cowboys struggle against TEs (fifth-most FD points allowed), and Knox gets regular playing time. He hasn’t done much with it, but he’s athletic enough to make a big play or score a short TD. That’s all we’re looking for here, as there really aren’t any obvious plays at the position. Few things provide a better distraction from your family on Thanksgiving than football and fantasy football. Now, imagine gambling on fantasy football in the form of NFL DFS contests — perfect recipe for not paying attention to your grandma. Our Thursday FanDuel tournament lineup can help you do just that. These Thanksgiving daily fantasy football picks aren’t guaranteed to win you money, but they are guaranteed to distract you when your uncle asks questions about your life.Our primary strategy involves fading two Thanksgiving staples — the Lions and Cowboys. Plenty of people will fade Lions players, but the Cowboys are a much bigger risk. Guys like Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup, and Dak Prescott could easily have big games, but we’re hoping casual fans go overweight on “America’s Team” and we can differentiate our lineup with some other picks.