The Packers and 49ers has developed into one of the NFL’s premier rivalries, delivering a number of iconic moments in big games. The past few meetings have been blowouts, but perhaps that trend will change on Sunday Night Football in Week 3. While many are expect a San Francisco victory, we’re fading Jimmy Garoppolo in our DraftKings Showdown lineup. Instead, we’re targeting a few of the more maligned 49ers players, as well as a couple of traditional Green Bay stars to lead us to DFS glory.
Before you play in a DraftKings Showdown contest, you need to know the key rules. It’s full-point PPR, and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Packers vs. 49ers
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers ($17,700)
Rodgers is always going to be an attractive option for captaincy when he’s flanked by his supporting cast. The Niners have had his number of late to a large degree, but Sunday wouldn’t be the first time a future first-ballot Hall of Famer exacted some revenge on a difficult foe. If you have a little extra bankroll to play with, it’s not a bad idea to sprinkle in a few 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 beat on which Packers stud earns top honors this week. The best strategy is to cover your bases and do a second lineup with Jones ($11,200) in this spot. Adams has yet to score or be targeted 10-plus times. Both will change sooner rather than later.
FLEX: TE George Kittle, 49ers ($8,200)
Kittle has been relatively quiet this season (8-95 on nine targets), but it doesn’t take much to get him barreling toward one of his 25-plus-point performances. Simply put, this isn’t the time to fade the All-Pro tight end.
FLEX: WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers ($5,600)
By all counts, Aiyuk has looked good in practice and has maintained a professional mindset, so reports of him being in Shanahan’s doghouse may have been slightly — or wholly — overblown. His snaps climbed to 38 from 26 in Week 2, and we’re going to see his fantasy production climb sooner than later, as well. It makes sense it would happen this week with Jaire Alexander giving Deebo Samuel all 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 don’t make a habit of hopping on the bandwagon over such a small sample, but when so many key pieces are still in place — and Gould’s salary is $4,000 — it’s worth giving some extra consideration to the previous results.
FLEX: RB Trey Sermon, 49ers ($3,000)
With Elijah Mitchell “doubtful” because of a shoulder injury, Sermon is in line to get his first crack at the lead role. That’s too much opportunity to pass up at his price. The Niners have averaged 33 rushes per game so far, so he’ll have plenty of chances to pay off this paltry price tag. Sermon will likely be a chalky pick, but with Trenton Cannon, Jacques Patrick, and Kerryon Johnson serving as his backups, it’s tough to fade him.