There are likely to be many similar DraftKings Showdown lineups for 49ers-Rams single-game DFS tournaments, which means if you really want to win, you’re going to have to take your chances. Maybe that means fading out Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp or lugging around value sleepers, but regardless of your strategy, there are plenty of viable NFC Championship picks.
These are the important settings for DraftKings single game contests: It is Full Point PPRand here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yardsY 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: 49ers vs. Rams NFC Championship
Budget of $50,000, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain: (1.5x salary, 1.5x points): RB Elijah Mitchell, 49ers ($12,300)
Deebo Samuel gets more publicity, but Mitchell has racked up 44 carries in the playoffs. Before last week’s 17-carry game, he recorded at least 20 carries in each of his last six games. The 49ers will lean on him again this week with Samuel (knee) hurt, and Mitchell can likely compile solid numbers against a Rams run defense that isn’t as good as the team’s pass defense. Mitchell even caught three of four targets last week, so he’s not a complete bust in that department, either.
FLEX: WR Cooper Kupp, Rams ($12,200)
Kupp has been the most reliable and automatic player in fantasy football this year. It really is that simple. Case in point: In two games against the 49ers, he had 18 receptions, 240 yards and a touchdown. You can fade him at his peril, but the real question is whether to pay for him as “Captain” or just flex him like we’re doing.
FLEX: QB Matthew Stafford, Rams ($10,800)
Stafford has been strong in the playoffs, recording at least three TDs in each contest. The 49ers have had his number (481 yards, four interceptions) this year, but even with his struggles, he managed four touchdowns against them. The Rams’ offense features a lot of legitimate weapons, so instead of trying to guess which non-Kupp receivers are going to score, we’re just pulling the trigger and hoping for a third straight game with a rushing TD.
FLEXIBLE: RB Sony Michel, Rams ($4,800)
After receiving just one carry at 24 from Cam Akers last week, Michel is a very risky pick. However, Akers’ clumsiness issues could open the door to a higher workload for Michel, at least around the goal line. That’s what we expect by choosing you here at a reduced salary. With a relatively low ceiling, he’s sure to be a contrarian pick, but if he gets eight carries and finds the end zone, it’ll be worth it in this tough matchup.
FLEX: Rams D/ST ($4,600)
Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown six interceptions and been sacked nine times in the last four games, and he always seems in danger of delivering more. Los Angeles has a high-pressure, big-play defense that can give him trouble, and while he’s played well against the Rams this year, we’re confident they’ll turn up the pressure and score some points this time.
FLEXIBILITY: K Robbie Gould, 49ers ($3,800)
Gould has averaged 2.5 field goal attempts over the past four weeks, and hasn’t missed a kick since Week 14. He doesn’t have the biggest leg at this point in his career, but in Los Angeles’ indoor-but-outdoor field Angels. stadium, the weather should not be a problem. Because we’re confident that the Los Angeles defense will mostly block the 49ers, we expect Gould to see more than three FG attempts again. At this price, he will more than pay his salary if that happens.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.