If you’re competing in a DFS tournament or 50/50 competition for the Sunday playoff single-game slate between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve run through dozens of potential game scripts to arrive at the most likely scenarios and how these scenarios would impact fantasy football performances. Here are our top two recommended 49ers vs. Cowboys DFS picks, based on FanDuel pricing.
Top NFL DFS FanDuel picks for 49ers vs. Cowboys | Lineup No. 1
This lineup assumes a high-scoring game featuring two strong passing attacks. In particular, the Cowboys would garner success by targeting their top two receivers.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys ($16,500)
Some fantasy managers and DFS competitors make the mistake of questioning the upside of slumping players. Six times this season, Dak Prescott has had less than 20 fantasy points. Four times, he exceeded 20 fantasy points in his next game.
It’s hard to keep Dak down, and with 12 touchdowns in his last three games, he’s a good bet to find success against the Niners. If you have a DFS MVP slot, plug him in there.
Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($12,500)
Remember when Amari Cooper went on the radio a few weeks ago to lament that he was being underutilized? It was hard to blame him. Since then, he has racked up 25 targets in three games and appears locked in once again as a go-to option, despite the crowded receiving corps.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($12,000)
First, consider that CeeDee Lamb hasn’t surpassed 8.4 DFS fantasy points in any of his last four outings. Then, consider that despite this massive slump, he finished the regular season as the WR21 in fantasy points per game.
Lamb’s not a back-end WR2, he’s a slumping back-end WR1/high-end WR2. The former suggests he’s overpriced in DFS. The latter assumes he’s entirely capable of bouncing back in a big way.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers ($11,000)
This lineup is loaded with recent underperformers. Who’s next? George Kittle, of course. In Weeks 13 and 14, Kittle combined for an astounding 22 catches for 332 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. In Weeks 16-18, he netted 8 catches for 60 yards and zero touchdowns.
What changed? Certainly not Kittle’s talent. He’s not hurt. No one on the team hates him, as far as we know. So we can either avoid him out of fear that he’ll flop again, or we can trust that he’s the same top-five fantasy TE he’s been most of the season — and for most of his career.
Jauan Jennings, WR, San Francisco 49ers ($8,000)
The price is right. We have $8,000 left for this lineup, and Jauan Jennings has positioned himself as the Niners’ No. 4 receiver and No. 5 overall offensive weapon. As a whole this season, there’s not a lot to get excited about for DFS. But in his last five games, Jennings earned 16 catches for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is certainly worth a dart throw this week.
Top NFL DFS FanDuel picks for 49ers vs. Cowboys | Lineup No. 2
Our second lineup assumes a similarly pass-heavy contest, but with different heroes at receiver. In particular, we’re slightly downgrading the ceilings of our Dallas WRs and slightly upgrading the ceilings of our San Francisco WRs. Prescott remains in the MVP slot, but Cooper, Lamb, and Jennings are replaced by the following three players.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers ($11,500)
Savvy managers did not give up on Brandon Aiyuk as he sputtered the first two months of the season. Even savvier managers bought low, wrestling a likely WR3+ from unsuspecting opponents. The 49ers’ 2020 first-round pick cleared double-digit fantasy points only once through Week 7, but he’s hit 10+ points in eight of 11 games since. He is a locked-in, solid-upside fantasy receiver.
Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys ($10,500)
Dalton Schultz has averaged just a hair shy of 10 DFS fantasy points per game, putting him within earshot of Cooper and Lamb. What he lacks in high-yardage potential, he makes up for in TD potential. He has 8 scores on the season and is 1 catch behind Lamb for the team lead in receptions. His last 4 TDs have come inside the 10-yard line, reinforcing his value as a prime red-zone target.
Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($9,500)
With Michael Gallup out for the year, Cedrick Wilson is the Cowboys’ (relatively) newly-minted No. 3 wideout. To say he’s stepped up is an understatement. He should continue to see the field for about two-thirds of Dallas’ offensive snaps and perhaps more. His 74% catch rate is icing on the cake. Wilson is a potential DFS bargain on Sunday.