Cowboys vs. Boys  49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleeper, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings |  News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Cowboys vs. Boys 49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleeper, Lineup Picks for FanDuel, DraftKings | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Cowboys vs. Boys 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 against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of an NFC Wild Card playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14 , 2023 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    The most electric fantasy football player of the past few years defied expectations for his first playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Christian McCaffrey’s successful wild card run means he will be the target of most daily fantasy football players in Sunday contests on FanDuel and DraftKings.

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

    The right sleep choices from the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys could make all the difference in putting yourself in a winning position on 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 most of the touches, but one big play from the potential sleeper stars could change where you land in the DFS contests for the two game playoff slate.

Sleep Options

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

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    Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco

    Elijah Mitchell is the sleeper option to replace McCaffrey and the best back-to-back on Sunday’s slate.

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

    Mitchell had nine rushes for two yards and two catches for 25 yards. One of those catches resulted in his crash in the second half.

    Mitchell’s nine carries against Seattle is the stat DFS players should be counting on for another week.

    The 49ers are willing to use him to spell McCaffrey, so it’s not worth it, even if McCaffrey has another big yard day.

    Mitchell’s best DFS position is probably the FLEX so you can work in two running backs with high usage rates. He could emerge as an unlikely high performer to some degree, if he is used more in the red zone, or if he earns more confidence in the running game.

    Noah Brown, WR, Dallas

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

    TY Hilton has been the go-to for Dak Prescott, but Noah Brown can also fill that role when called upon.

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

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

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

Cowboys Picks Online Game

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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 during the fourth quarter of an NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa , Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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

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

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

    Lamb could be the key to Dallas pulling off an upset inside Levi’s Stadium and setting up the all-NFC East Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

    A Dak Prescott-Lambs combination is a nice start to fill out Dallas’ lineup stack. The team’s other top picks are Dalton Schultz, Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

    Schultz will be popular after his 95-yard, two-score performance at Raymond James Stadium.

    San Francisco gave up just 676 receiving yards to a tight end in the regular season, which was the seventh fewest in the NFL, so it could stop Schultz and force the Cowboys to hit him with different players .

    There was a meaningful split between Elliott and Pollard on Monday, but Pollard was much more productive with 77 yards on 15 carries compared to Elliott’s 27 yards on 13 carries.

    Pollard’s effectiveness in the running game could be the result of a lineup choice over Elliott, especially if you think the 49ers can clock up the middle and disrupt Elliott, just like the Buccaneers did.

    Gallup, Brown and Hilton are the wild card options within the Dallas offense. Any of the three wide receivers could produce long, game-changing gains, but none will be targeted as often as Lamb and Schultz.

49ers Line Picks

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

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

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

    The top fantasy football pick of the last few years will once again be the focal point of the 49ers offense and DFS lineups on Sunday.

    McCaffrey is a must pick in Sunday’s divisional round and likely has the highest roster percentage of any player on FanDuel and DraftKings.

    Any San Francisco lineup should start with McCaffrey. In fact, any DFS line can start with the running back.

    Deebo Samuel is the 49ers second pick that should be selected. He had 165 total yards in his return from injury last week.

    The McCaffrey-Samuel combination has the potential to put up a massive DFS points total for the second week in a row.

    Brock Purdy could be used at quarterback, but the impact of McCaffrey and Samuel in the rushing game could take away some of the rookie’s production compared to other quarterbacks.

    However, Purdy has the lowest salary of all the quarterbacks and could be mixed into a lineup stack if you need to save some salary for other positions.

    A Purdy-McCaffrey-Samuel-George Kittle lineup stack could result in a huge point total. Kittle had just two catches last week, but he built a solid connection with Purdy as Samuel was sidelined.

    Kittle’s seven carries in four games to end the regular season shouldn’t be overlooked just because he had one low receiving total.

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