Cowboys vs.  49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, FanDuel roster picks, DraftKings |  News, scores, highlights, stats and rumors

Cowboys vs. 49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, FanDuel roster picks, DraftKings | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumors

Cowboys vs.  49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, FanDuel roster picks, DraftKings |  News, scores, highlights, stats and rumors

Cowboys vs. 49ers: Daily Fantasy Sleepers, FanDuel roster picks, 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 in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Football’s most electrifying player in years exceeded expectations in his first playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers.

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

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

    Making the right picks for the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys can make all the difference in moving into winning positions on Sunday.

    McCaffrey’s backup, Elijah Mitchell, might be one of the lesser-known stars to watch. Dallas could use his depth as a wide receiver and tight end to hurt the 49ers.

    The stars of both rosters like McCaffrey and CeeDee Lamb will get the most touches, but a big move by the potential sleeping stars could shift their position in DFS contentions to the two-game playoff roster.

Sleeping Choices

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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 of the 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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    Elias Mitchell, RB, San Francisco

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

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

    Mitchell had nine carries for two yards and two catches for 25 yards. One of those receptions resulted in his second-half touchdown.

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

    The 49ers are willing to use him to spell McCaffrey, so he’s not useless even if McCaffrey has another big day in yards.

    Mitchell’s best DFS position is probably FLEX, so you can work on two top running backs with high usage rates. He could emerge as an unlikely high points earner if he is used more in the red zone or gains more confidence in the passing game.

    Noah BrownWRDallas

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

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

    Brown caught his two passes for 18 yards in a wild card victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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

    Brown’s yard production has dropped lately, but he still has the goal that suggests he could start with a big play or two inside Levi’s Stadium.

Cowboys roster picks

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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 the 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 boost the numbers if wild card games are any indicator of what’s to come on Sunday.

    Dallas’ #1 wide receiver had 68 receiving yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay.

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

    Lamb could be the key for Dallas to turn around inside Levi’s Stadium and create an all-NFC NFC East NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Lamb saved his best football for the end of the regular season, as he threw three consecutive 100-yard appearances in Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

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

    Schultz will be a popular pick following his 95-yard, two-goal performance at Raymond James Stadium.

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

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

    Pollard’s effectiveness in the passing game could lead to a lineup pick over Elliott, especially if you think the 49ers can jam up the middle and stall Elliott, just like the Buccaneers did.

    Gallup, Brown and Hilton are wildcard options in Dallas’ offense. Any of the three wide receivers can produce a game-changing long gain, but none will be targeted as often as Lamb and Schultz.

49ers roster picks

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

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    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 option in recent years will once again be the focal point of the 49ers offense and DFS rosters on Sunday.

    McCaffrey is a must-pick in Sunday’s divisional round games and will likely have the highest draft percentage of any player in FanDuel and DraftKings.

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

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

    A McCaffrey-Samuel combination has the potential to generate a massive DFS point total for the second straight week.

    Brock Purdy could be used at quarterback, but the impact McCaffrey and Samuel have on the running game could take away some of the rookie’s production compared to other halfbacks.

    However, Purdy has the lowest salary of all quarterbacks and can be included in a lineup if you need to save some salary for other positions.

    A Purdy-McCaffrey-Samuel-George Kittle lineup stack can produce a huge point total. Kittle only had two catches last week, but he built a strong bond with Purdy while Samuel was sidelined.

    Kittle’s seven touchdowns in four games at the end of the regular season shouldn’t be ignored just because he had a low receiving total.

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