Written By Jackson Sparks
The 49ers and Cowboys match up in the playoffs for the first time since Troy Aikman and Steve Young went head to head, and while tons of football fans are excited about the nostalgia of a classic matchup, we're ready to take a stab at DFS tournaments with our FanDuel single-game lineup. We're going against the grain by picking a "WR3" and "backup" running back, and combining some superstar receivers to try and make some noise in wild card GPP tournaments.
Here are the key scoring settings for FanDuel single-game contests: The point total for the "MVP" is multiplied by 1.5, but he doesn't cost any additional money like the "Captain" in DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel's default scoring is half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs, and there are no bonuses for 100/300-yard games like on DraftKings.
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FanDuel Single-Game DFS Picks: 49ers vs. Cowboys
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
MVP: (1.5x points): WR Deebo Samuel, 49ers ($15,000)
We love Samuel in our MVP spot because we avoid QB and RB chalk even though Samuel operates as a running back and wide receiver (and evidently a quarterback like in Week 18). He can have an explosive DFS day with only rushes or only receptions, but he'll get a healthy mix of both. He's scored 20-plus FD points on seven occasions this year, and since Dallas has allowed the 12th-most yards/play (5.5), he'll have plenty of chances for homerun shots.
FLEX: WR CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys ($12,000)
Lamb has been awfully quiet over the last five games this season, so there's a chance DFS players could stay off of him here, especially since Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson have produced at a higher clip during that span. Ultimately, Lamb has the highest upside in virtually all scoring formats, and the 49ers are a bottom-10 team in FD points allowed to WRs.
FLEX: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers ($14,500)
Garoppolo is working with one of the elite skill groups in the league, and he'll be significantly less chalky than Dak Prescott, so we're rolling the dice with him here. The Cowboys were the third-strongest defense against fantasy RBs in half-PPR scoring, so if the Niners' ground game is limited and Jimmy G can avoid turnovers, the touchdown upside is strong here. He'll certainly want to prove himself in what could be his last game as a 49er.
FLEX: WR Jauan Jennings, 49ers ($8,000)
You can accuse us of chasing Jennings' 24.4-point performance from last week, but there is more to it than that. While Samuel has acted more as an RB, Jennings has gotten involved in the passing game. He drew at least five targets in four of his past five games and has logged at least a 44-percent snap share in eight of his past nine games. He's a real factor in this offense and his 6-3, 220-pound frame makes him a perfect red-zone option.
FLEX: RB Tony Pollard, Cowboys ($10,000)
Ezekiel Elliott is hit or miss at this point in his career, and Pollard has played around 40 percent of the Cowboys' running back snaps for most of the season. Pollard the more explosive athlete and has real home run potential at a fair price for DFS. Jennings and Pollard should give us the right formula to avoid having the same lineup as a ton of people with our Samuel and Lamb picks.