DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @San Francisco

Another 2023 DraftKings showdown slate this time Dallas @San Francisco. This one could be interesting, as the Cowboys might force a change to the way the 49ers want to play on offense with their run defense. The question on this slate will be finding value with the receivers. Ferguson feels like a great play, and Schoonmaker as a punt TE option. The defenses are both tough up-front so we could see plenty of action for the kickers here. The O/U here is 45, with the 49ers around FG favorite.

DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @San Francisco Captain Picks

Christian McCaffrey ($17,700 Capt/ $11,800 Flex)

McCaffrey is elite. Efficient on his touches, and he gets alot of them. The Cowboys are among the toughest team in the league for teams to run on, and give up the fewest points on average to the position. The thing is, they’ve not faced a back with this much talent. I have him as a CPT play (no-brainer) but I’ll mix in some pivots.

Tony Pollard ($15,300 Capt/ $10,200 Flex)

Pollard is getting all of the work out of the backfield for the Cowboys and he hasn’t really disappointed this season. He just hasn’t had a ‘big’ game outside of the blowout against the Giants, and a high yardage total against Arizona. Not being used in the passing game in the same way as previous seasons too, but if you want a CPT play for Dallas- he feels like it. (Unless you want to roll the dice and go for Ferguson)

Brandon Aiyuk ($12,600/ $8,400 Flex)

Aiyuk is looking like an elite receiver. Getting plenty of looks in the offense, and seems to have developed a strong relationship with Brock Purdy. Has some appeal as a CPT as a pivot from McCaffrey if the 49ers are forced to throw the ball. The Cowboys secondary don’t really have the speed to deal with him, and Aiyuk has shown he is capable of making big plays.

DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @San Francisco Flex Picks

CeeDee Lamb ($10,000 Flex)

Lamb is elite. Even his ‘bad’ games he doesn’t really dud. This pricing hurts though, so you need him to have one of his boom games like he did against the Jets. That’s a tough ask against this 49ers offense that is going to do everything it can to force Prescott to get the ball out quickly.

Dak Prescott ($9,600 Flex)

Prescott is a decent flex play. Not great, but decent. Yet to throw for over 300 yards this season, and only had one game with multiple scores through the air. Isn’t turning the ball over too often this season. But that could change in a hurry against the 49ers. If you do roll with him in the flex, has to be part of a Cowboys-heavy lineup with his receivers.

Brock Purdy ($9,400 Flex)

Purdy has been doing what he is asked to do. Moves the ball accurately to his receivers, and lets them make plays. The Cowboys secondary without Diggs doesn’t feel quite as dangerous. Purdy has thrown for over 300 yards already this season, and has two games with multiple passing TDs. There is no doubt that McCaffrey has been dominant this season, but the Dallas defense could force a change in mindset. You could make the case for a CPT play, but I prefer him as a flex play here.

Deebo Samuel ($7,600 Flex)

Samuel is ‘healthy’ so should be good to go. Think his injury status will put people off, as he could see a reduced workload. At this price though, and his big-play ability, I think you have to take a few shots on him. Just be aware his floor is alot lower than it normally would be.

George Kittle ($6,400 Flex)

Kittle is having to be used to block more than in previous seasons, which is hurting his fantasy value. Feels like you are paying for his name, when you consider outside of the blowout victory over the Giants in Week 3 he hasn’t had more than 3 receptions or 30 yards in a single game. Obviously, massively tempting fate for one of his slate-breaking huge games. But he is being used differently in the offense with Aiyuk and Samuel working well as receivers and CMC out of the backfield.

Brandin Cooks ($5,600 Flex)

Cooks hasn’t hit the headlines this season, with limited work through the air. Infact over his three games he has totalled 15 targets for 8 receptions and 66 yards. Should have lower ownership as he hasn’t done anything on the field yet, but outside of a GPP pivot he isn’t in consideration for me. Especially when Ferguson is a bit cheaper.

Jake Ferguson ($5,000 Flex)

Ferguson has immediately stepped into the TE role for the Cowboys. Led the team in targets last week, and you can see why when you see him on the field. Able to run routes, big-body and a redzone threat. Could be a sneaky CPT play, but I prefer him in the flex.

Michael Gallup ($4,600 Flex)

Quiet start to the season, but the undisputed WR3 on an offense that is happy to throw the ball deep. That role is really his (deep-threat) in the offense and so doesn’t have much of a floor. But, can put up points in a hurry. Perfect GPP option.

Jauan Jennings ($3,800 Flex)

Jennings has been dealing with an injury, but looks set to play in this one. Averaging just over 2 targets in games he is playing in. Will need to make a big gain, or score with them to hit value here. Feels like an expensive gamble on the slate.

Rico Dowdle ($3,000 Flex)

Dowdle missed practice early in the week, but seems like he is going to suit up here. Seems to be the backup RB for the Cowboys, but there really isn’t alot left after Pollard’s workload is considered. Would need to break one off against this tough defense to hit value.

Dart Throw Plays (Various)

Instead of writing up a line for a few options with their own sections, thought I’d list out a few in one area. Not really worth considering these as core plays, only in multi-entry GPPs:

  • Deuce Vaughn (RB, DAL) $2,200 Flex – Vaughn is getting touches in the offense, which is great, but not enough to really make an impact for fantasy. Going to need a slight uptick in touches, or find the endzone to hit value here.
  • Jordan Mason (RB, SF) $1,800 Flex – Mason is the backup for the 49ers with Mitchell ruled out here. Not sure I like him though, with the sheer volume that CMC gets in the offense. Although, at some point they have to rotate him out to save him for later in the season. Even if that happen here though, the Cowboys defense is a strong unit so might not lead to much production.
  • Jalen Tolbert/ KaVontae Turpin (WR, DAL) $1,600/ $1,400 Flex – The WR4 for the Cowboys is up fro grabs. Both Tolbert and Turpin are able to make big plays, with Turpin given some rushing work. Given the limited workload for both in this game, I’d opt for Turpin who also sees so kick returning work. But unless there is an injury, they aren’t going to see much of the field.
  • Ronnie Bell (WR, SF) $1,200 Flex – Feels expensive at the price, with the receivers ahead of him getting healthy. Avoid for me.
  • Kyle Juszczyk (RB, SF) $400 Flex – Juszczyk has the potential to vulture TDs, and finish with a box score of two rushes for 6 yards and 2 TDs. With Mitchell out, could see him getting carries to spell CMC at times, or being moved out to catch a pass or two. Can’t ignore him, don’t feel great starting him.
  • Luke Schoonmaker (TE, DAL) $200 Flex – My favorite punt play on the slate. Hendershoot has been ruled out, which means that Schoonmaker should see plenty of snaps again. Last week he was on the field for as much as Ferguson. Failed to catch any of his 3 targets though. If he sees similar targets, and catches some, hits value easily at the price.
  • Hunter Luepke (RB, DAL) $200 Flex – Getting some snaps at fullback, and it’ll take him getting a fullback flop over the line to hit value. Managed to score last week in similar circumstances, and sees goal-line work. Worth a punt at the price, as you can load up elsewhere.

My favored plays from the above are Schoonmaker, then playing full-back bingo with Juszczyk and Luepke. Although let me be clear, Schoonmaker will be a majority of lineups, with the mix of full-backs in a minority.

DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @San Francisco Kickers and DSTs

The 49ers DST ($4,000) are a great real-life defense, but don’t always translate that to fantasy. But, with the playmakers on their team the potential is always there with the pass-rush to get some sacks and force Prescott to have one of his turnover-prone games. The Cowboys DST ($3,400) feel really cheap on the slate. The 49ers offense is efficient, but the Cowboys have the ability to take any turnover to the house for a score.

Brandon Aubrey ($4,200) has been great all season, kicking everything that has come his way. If the Cowboys offense stalls out, then the leg of Aubrey will be called upon to keep the scoreboard ticking. Equally Jake Moody ($4,400) has been great all season. Disappointed last week as he was only on the field for PATs, but should see some FG attempts against this Dallas defense.

So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Dallas @San Francisco! Remember any DFS questions, you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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