The Packers and 49ers have become one of the NFL’s main rivalries, offering a series of iconic moments in the big games. The last few meetings have been explosive, but maybe that trend will change on Sunday Night Football in Week 3. While many expect a victory in San Francisco, we are fading Jimmy Garoppolo in our DraftKings Showdown lineup. Instead, we targeted some of the most maligned 49ers players, as well as a couple of traditional Green Bay stars, to lead us to DFS glory.
Before playing in a DraftKings Showdown contest, you should know the key rules. It is Full point PPR, and here they are 3-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain’s pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Packers vs 49ers
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers ($ 17,700)
Rodgers will always be an attractive option for the captaincy when flanked by his supporting cast. The Niners have had their number largely late, but Sunday wouldn’t be the first time a future Hall of Famer on the first ballot has taken revenge on a tough foe. If you have a little extra cash to play with, it’s not a bad idea to add some lineups with Davante Adams ($ 17,100) and Aaron Jones ($ 16,800) earning the Captain tag.
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FLEX: WR Davante Adams, Packers ($ 11,400)
We’re not going to pretend to have a pace where the Packers stallion wins top honors this week. The best strategy is to cover your bases and make a second lineup with Jones ($ 11,200) at this spot. Adams has yet to score or be targeted more than 10 times. Both will change sooner rather than later.
FLEX: TE George Kittle, 49ers ($ 8,200)
Kittle has been relatively quiet this season (8-95 in nine goals), but it doesn’t take much for him to move into one of his 25-plus-point performances. Simply put, this is not the time to fade the All-Pro tight end.
FLEX: WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers ($ 5,600)
By all calculations, Aiyuk has looked good in practice and maintained a professional mindset, so the reports that he was in Shanahan’s doghouse may have been somewhat, or totally, exaggerated. His snapshots went up to 38 from 26 in week 2, and we’ll also see his fantasy output go up sooner rather than later. It makes sense for it to happen this week with Jaire Alexander giving Deebo Samuel everything he can handle on the other side of the field.
FLEX: K Robbie Gould, 49ers ($ 4,000)
When these teams met in 2018 and ’19, 49ers kickers Chase McLaughlin and Robbie Gould averaged 15 fantasy points. We’re not in the habit of jumping on the bandwagon with such a small sample, but when there are still so many key pieces in place, and Gould’s salary is $ 4,000, the above results are worth considering.
FLEX: RB Trey Sermon, 49ers ($ 3,000)
With Elijah Mitchell “in doubt” due to a shoulder injury, Sermon is in line to get his first shot at the title role. That’s too much of an opportunity to pass up at your price. The Niners have averaged 33 runs per game so far, so he will have plenty of opportunities to pay this measly price. Sermon will likely be a tough pick, but with Trenton Cannon, Jacques Patrick and Kerryon Johnson serving as backups, he’s hard to fade.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.