The second-seeded 49ers, winners of 11 straight games thanks to rookie phenom Brock Purdy and All-Pro back Christian McCaffrey, will host the fifth-seeded Cowboys this Sunday evening at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. This could be a dicey game to bet, but NFL DFS enthusiasts have plenty of options for their FanDuel single-game lineups.
For both squads, the central storyline this season revolved around the quarterback position. Dak Prescott broke his thumb in Week 1 against Tampa Bay, missed a handful of games, and then came back stronger with the help of breakout back Tony Pollard, TD monster Ezekiel Elliott, and stud wideout CeeDee Lamb. Purdy, meanwhile, stepped up after both Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo suffered major injuries, and he has San Francisco riding one of the longest single-season winning streaks in NFL history with the help of CMC, tight end George Kittle, and stud wideouts Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.
This has the makings of a star-studded, highly entertaining divisional-round slugfest, and we’ve got the TO glasses out and the popcorn ready. Before we get into our picks and strategy, here are the notable 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.
- Unlike on DraftKings, FanDuel features no bonuses for 300-yard/100-yard games.
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Cowboys-49ers FanDuel Picks
$60,000 budget; must roster at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys ($16,000)
With both the Cowboys and Niners flaunting superb defenses, our main objective was to get a QB in the MVP multiplier spot. Naturally, our first choice was Prescott, who averaged 19.2 FanDuel points per game this season compared to Brock Purdy’s 14.5. Prescott took a massive leap forward after returning from his hand injury in Week 7, and he’s been the main catalyst in the Cowboys’ fourth-ranked scoring offense this season. He put up 305 passing yards, four TDs, 24 rushing yards, and a rushing TD last week against Tampa Bay If anyone in the NFC can stop “Purdy Power” and rise above the 49ers’ top-ranked defense, it’s Dak. He has stepped up big against tough defenses already this campaign, including a 347-yard, three-TD effort against Philly on Christmas Eve. Prescott’s the MVP of this Cowboys team, and he could easily wind up the MVP of this game.
FLEX WR CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys ($13,000)
We usually like to stack our QB with his best receiver, and that’s exactly our strategy here. After a slow start to the year, Lamb exploded in the second half of the season and finished with an average of just a hair below 15 FD points per game. He only has one game with fewer than 13 points since late November! You’re not just getting a high floor with Lamb, you’re also getting a massive ceiling. The two-time Pro Bowler caught 11-of-15 passes for 150 yards and two TDs earlier this season against the Packers at Lambeau Field and hauled in 10-of-11 targets for 120 and two TDs against Philly on Christmas Eve. As strong as the Niners’ front-seven has been, their secondary has been beatable. San Francisco allowed the sixth-most FD points to wideouts this season, making Lamb one of the easiest choices on this DFS menu.
FLEX WR Deebo Samuel, 49ers ($11,500)
Another wideout we love in this game, Samuel seems to finally be over the multiple ailments (knee, ankle) he battled throughout the regular-season campaign. He cooked Seattle for six catches, 133 yards, and a TD in the wild-card round, frustrating Johnathan Abram so much at one point that the safety tried twisting his legs after tackling him. Samuel cannot be contained when he’s on, and he rises in big games as well as anyone. With Dallas likely to focus its efforts on stopping Christian McCaffrey and running mate Elijah Mitchell out of the backfield, don’t be surprised if Deebo breaks free for a couple of long bombs. The Cowboys quietly allowed the fifth-most FD points to wide receivers this season. Book’em, Deebo.
FLEX RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys ($10,500)
Just as we gobbled up Zeke in our DraftKings Showdown lineup, we’re grabbing him in all our FanDuel single-game tournaments. Tony Pollard is clearly the better all-around runner in Dallas at this point, but the TD upside we get from Elliott is hard to pass up for the modest price of $10,500. The guy logged nine straight games with a TD this season, breaking the plane twice in two of those nine games. If the Niners bottle up Zeke and Pollard on the ground, as they do to virtually every opponent they face, then the veteran back will be the one making catches out of the backfield. Zeke is the best value at RB in this game.
FLEX WR Michael Gallup, Cowboys ($8,000)
Gallup caught five-of-six targets for 46 yards and a TD last week in Tampa Bay, giving him two TDs in the past four games. He regularly sees around a half-dozen targets, and considering all we can ask for with an $8,000 DFS investment is opportunity and upside, we get plenty of both with the fifth-year wideout. Run — don’t gallup — to add him to your squad (Dad joke mic drop).