Cowboys vs. 49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings |  News, Results, Highlights, Stats and Rumours

Cowboys vs. 49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings | News, Results, Highlights, Stats and Rumours

Cowboys vs. 49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings

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    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a 3 yard touchdown in the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Santa Clara Seattle Seahawks, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    The most electrifying fantasy football player in years has exceeded expectations for his first playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Christian McCaffrey’s successful round of wildcards means he will be the target of most daily fantasy football players in Sunday’s competitions on FanDuel and DraftKings.

    McCaffrey is a great basic piece, but he won’t win you a contest just because of the expected high squad percentage.

    Getting the right sleeper picks from the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys could make all the difference to put yourself in a winning position Sunday.

    McCaffrey’s backup, Elijah Mitchell, could be one of the under-the-radar stars to watch. Dallas could use its depth at wide receiver and tight end to hurt the 49ers.

    The stars on both rosters, like McCaffrey and CeeDee Lamb, will get the most touches, but a big play by the potential sleeper stars could change where you end up in the DFS contests for the two-game playoff list.

sleeper picks

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    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 7 yard touchdown against the in the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Santa Clara, California Seattle Seahawks.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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    Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco

    Elijah Mitchell is the sleeper alternative to McCaffrey and the other top running backs on Sunday.

    The 49ers backup running back scored against the Seattle Seahawks last week, but that’s all he did to contribute to DFS lineups.

    Mitchell had nine rushes for two yards and two catches for 25 yards. One of those catches led to his second-half touchdown.

    Mitchell’s nine carries against Seattle are the stats that should have DFS players believing in him for another week.

    The 49ers are willing to use him to spell out McCaffrey, so he’s not worthless even if McCaffrey has another big yardage tag.

    Mitchell’s best DFS position is probably the FLEX, allowing you to work in two quality running backs with high usage rates. He could prove an unlikely frontrunner if he gets used more in the red or gains more confidence in the passing game.

    Noah Brown, WR, Dallas

    One of Dallas’ lesser-known wide receivers has to make a big showing on Sunday.

    TY Hilton was that point of contact for Dak Prescott, but Noah Brown can fill that role if called upon.

    Brown caught both passes for 18 yards in a wild card win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    He was targeted five times or more eight times in the regular season, including six times in the Week 18 loss to the Washington Commanders.

    Brown’s yardage production has dropped recently, but he’s still at the target rate that suggests he could break out with a big game or two at Levi’s Stadium.

Cowboys lineup selection

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    TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: CeeDee Lamb #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida has achieved.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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    CeeDee Lamb has the potential to field massive numbers if the wild card games are any indication of what will happen on Sunday.

    Dallas’ No. 1 wide receiver had 68 receiving yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay.

    The San Francisco defense conceded 136 receiving yards on 10 catches against Seattle’s DK Metcalf.

    Lamb could be the key to Dallas causing a stir at Levi’s Stadium and setting up an NFC East NFC-only championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Lamb saved his best football for the end of the regular season when he reeled off three straight 100-yard rushes in Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

    A Dak Prescott-Lamb combo is a good start to filling out a Dallas deployment stack. Dalton Schultz, Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are the team’s other top options.

    Schultz will be a popular pick after his performance of 95 yards and two points at Raymond James Stadium.

    San Francisco gave up just 676 receiving yards in the regular season, which was the seventh-lowest total in the NFL, allowing it to stop Schultz and force the Cowboys to beat it with other players.

    Elliott and Pollard had an even split in rushes Monday, but Pollard’s 77 yards on 15 carries was far more productive than Elliott’s 27 yards on 13 carries.

    Pollard’s effectiveness in passing could lead to a lineup choice over Elliott, especially if you think the 49ers can clog up the middle and disrupt Elliott, just like the Buccaneers.

    Gallup, Brown and Hilton are the wild card options in the Dallas offensive. Any of the three wide receivers could land a game-changing long win, but none of them are targeted as often as Lamb and Schultz.

49ers lineup selection

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    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball for a 74 yard touchdown against the in the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 Seattle Seahawks to score in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Christian McCaffrey lived up to expectations in his postseason debut with the 49ers.

    The former Carolina Panthers running back had 119 rushing yards on 15 carries and 17 yards and a touchdown on two receptions.

    The top fantasy football option of recent years is once again the focus of Sunday’s 49ers offense and DFS lineups.

    McCaffrey is a mandatory starting option in Sunday’s divisional round games and he will likely have the highest squad percentage of any player at both FanDuel and DraftKings.

    Every San Francisco deployment deck should start with McCaffrey. In fact, any DFS lineup can simply start with the running back.

    Deebo Samuel is the second 49ers option to pick. He had 165 total yards on his return from injury last week.

    A McCaffrey-Samuel combo has the potential to earn a massive DFS score for the second straight week.

    Brock Purdy could be fielded as quarterback, but the impact McCaffrey and Samuel have on the frenetic game could take away from the rookie’s performance compared to other quarterbacks.

    However, Purdy has the lowest salary of any quarterback and he could be shuffled into a lineup pile if you need to save some salary for other positions.

    A Purdy-McCaffrey-Samuel-George Kittle lineup stack could yield a massive score. Kittle only had two catches last week but he formed a strong bond with Purdy while Samuel was sidelined.

    Kittle’s seven touchdowns in four games ending the regular season shouldn’t be ignored simply because he had poor reception overall.

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