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Which player are you most thankful for?

Bell, Brown and Butker among best

ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: Which player are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

SAM HENDRICKS

Never thought I would say this but Case Keenum. I am a huge Vikings fan. Suffered through numerous Super Bowl losses and thought their season was over. Keenum has put us in a 6-game winning streak and in position to have a 3-game lead after we beat Detroit on Thanksgiving! Go Vikes!

Hendricks is the author of Fantasy Football Guidebook, Fantasy Football Tips and Fantasy Football Basics, all available at ExtraPointPress.com, at all major bookstores, and at Amazon and BN.com. He is a 25-year fantasy football veteran who participates in the National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) and finished 7th and 16th overall in the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). He won the Fantasy Index Open in 2013. Follow him at his web site, www.ffguidebook.com.

ALAN SATTERLEE

I’d have to go with Alvin Kamara. It doesn’t always work out this way, but he was a key target in my leagues and he’s paid off handsomely and saved my season a bit (plugging in for a suspended Ezekiel Elliott in one league, and for injured Dalvin Cook in another). Kamara is the No. 1 player in fantasy over the past three weeks and against running backs he’s been 29.6 percent better than even RB2 over that timeframe (who is teammate Mark Ingram). I give an honorable mention to Antonio Brown. In a year filled with 1st-round potholes, Brown at 1.03 has been money off a three-touchdown game and becoming the first skill-position player this year to crack 1,000 yards on the season. A quick thought on the opposite end -- Dallas and fantasy GMs alike likely would have been much better off if Ezekiel Elliott had just served his suspension out of the gate and gotten it over with.

Satterlee is the Fantasy Football Insider for the Charlotte Observer and is syndicated in a few other newspapers in the southeast. Satterlee first started playing fantasy football in 1990.

IAN ALLAN

Harrison Butker. I’m in a TD-only league where kickers are really important. In that kind of format, it’s a big advantage to have the kickers who finish with 140-plus points. I wanted to buy Stephen Gostkowski, but bidding on him went through the roof. But after getting locked out of the good kickers at the auction, I stumbled onto Butker on the waiver wire, and he’s been everything I could have ever hoped for. He’s helped pull out a couple of tight games for me.

Allan is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. A co-founder of Fantasy Football Index in 1987, he generates most of the writing, player rankings and analysis for that publication. His work can be seen in Fantasy Football Index magazine and also at www.fantasyindex.com.

SCOTT SACHS

Although not truly fantasy related, I am thankful for Joe Thomas, stellar left tackle and human being from my beloved (and beleaguered) Cleveland Browns. He went fishing with his dad on Draft Day instead of joining in the hoopla in New York. Joe has toiled for most of his 10,000+ snaps for a once proud cornerstone franchise that has sunk so low that they have now become an NFL laughing stock. Continuing his top-shelf Hall of Fame career is in jeopardy. So how is he spending his Thanksgiving as he rehabs from injury? Yesterday he was serving free turkey dinners at an annual Cleveland charity event feeding the region's hungry. Thankful to have a truly class act representing my hometown team.

With two perfect seasons and multiple league championships to his credit, Sachs runs Perfect Season Fantasy Football, featuring LIVE Talk & Text Advice. He won the 2011 and 2016 Experts Auction League and also the 2012 Fantasy Index Experts Poll.

DAVID DOREY

I am most thankful for Antonio Brown, who for the last five years has been the easiest wideout to project and the best wideout to own. He’s so much better than the rest that he’s as matchup independent as any NFL player. He makes my job and my fantasy teams better!

Dorey is the co-founder and lead NFL analyst for The Huddle and author of Fantasy Football: The Next Level. He has projected and predicted every NFL game and player performance since 1997 and has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, radio and television.

MIKE NAZAREK

LeVeon Bell. Because he always produces and never gets injured.

Nazarek is the CEO of Fantasy Football Mastermind Inc. His company offers a preseason draft guide, customizable cheat sheets, a multi-use fantasy drafting program including auction values, weekly in-season fantasy newsletters, injury reports and free NFL news (updated daily) at its newly re-designed web site. He has been playing fantasy football since 1988 and is a four-peat champion of the SI.com Experts Fantasy League, a nationally published writer in several fantasy magazines and a former columnist for SI.com. He's also won in excess of $20K in recent seasons of the FFPC High Stakes Main Event. www.ffmastermind.com. Nazarek can be reached via email at miken@ffmastermind.com.

ANDY RICHARDSON

There are a lot of players worth naming. An obvious one is Todd Gurley, who's really carried my most important team for much of the season. Another is Evan Engram, a late-round flier who helped me all season long. And the awesome Zach Ertz, even though he and Engram conspired to cost me a little money with their Week 11 flops. But I'm instead going to name Marvin Jones, a guy Fantasy Index was higher on than almost everyone else, and he rewarded us with a lot of good weeks along the way. Since he's a guy a lot of other teams (in big national leagues) didn't have, his big games were extra rewarding.

Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and www.fantasyindex.com since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.

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