FanDuel DFS NFL Wild Card Round picks and lineup advice: 49ers vs Rams
49ers vs Rams (-3.5, O/U 46 Points)
Of the two games, this is the game that Vegas projects to be both lower scoring and closer. We have seen these teams face off twice already in the regular season, with the Niners getting the best of the Rams in both games, the second of which actually got the Niners into the postseason.
While the Rams have been on a tear this postseason, the Niners’ defense has been equally impressive, holding the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers in check while the offense claws its way to a win. This should certainly be a close game with the Niners matching up very well with the Rams, and if they have their way I believe you will want to have played fewer pieces in this game than the other game.
I like the Niners to cover the spread and the under here, so most of my lineups will feature a majority of players from the early game.
Matthew Stafford ($7500) has had his troubles against this 49ers defense so far, and a lot of it has to do with how he performs against zone versus blitz. The Niners are able to pressure quarterbacks without blitzing and I think Stafford may struggle to find the same success he did last week.
On the other side, Jimmy Garoppolo ($6200) has had an atrocious postseason so far, but I think he has a chance to be a sneaky play this week. It will come down to touchdowns but if he finds his way to 250 yards and two scores, he could win people some money if paired with a cheaper 49ers receiving option. With that being said, I want my quarterback to come from the early game more often than not.
At the running back position, I am interested in Eli Mitchell ($7000) as someone who will likely see 20+ carries regardless of the game script as the Niners try and control the game on the ground. As for the Rams side, I am afraid to play Cam Akers ($6200) against this stout Niners defense even at his cheap price tag, especially considering he had one of the worst games possibly in NFL history last week.
At the receiver position, it is hard to make a case against Cooper Kupp ($9700) or Deebo Samuel ($8400) but I will mention I think Kupp is a tad expensive and Samuel a bit cheap. Kupp should post a solid stat line but needs 100+ yards and a touchdown to pay off his salary. I believe he will be a victim of the situation I outlined when talking about Stafford, and may have a hard time getting there.
Samuel is simply too strong in all facets of the game and has feasted against the Rams in their first two meetings.
Brandon Aiyuk ($5600) is my favorite play in this game, as he has been heavily featured in both games against the Rams largely due to them running less play action and quicker routes. I think he can deliver a very solid stat line and pay even larger dividends if he finds the end zone.
Van Jefferson Jr. ($5200) is way too cheap for his deep threat ability, but he is nothing more than a tournament play for me.
Finally, George Kittle ($5800) priced in the five thousands is sad to see, and I am willing to give him a chance on this smaller slate even though he has been virtually useless for a while in fantasy.
As for defense, I think both of these options are strong, especially since this projects to be the lower scoring game by almost ten points. Of the two I prefer the 49ers ($4200) simply to save some extra money.