Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Sunday Night Football of Week 12. Tonight’s matchup is between the Packers and 49ers, as San Francisco is listed as three-point favorites with an over/under of 48.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - San Francisco
Garoppolo is a promising play on this slate, given the matchup potential against a Green Bay team that ranks 23rd in pass defense. Still, there’s a little bit of concern with the 49ers’ QB, as he has only been able to post rewarding fantasy performances against Arizona (and at Cincinnati early in the season). Still, the favorable draw combined with a lack of opportunity cost (Aaron Rodgers is in a tough spot) pushes Jimmy G to the front of the pack. This will likely be a competitive game, which should force Garoppolo to pass throughout, unlike other games where he turns to the running game.
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George Kittle - TE - San Francisco
We’ll need to double-check the injury report as we move closer to kickoff. As of Sunday morning, it appears that Kittle will make a case to play, even though he’s technically questionable. If the All-Pro tight end sees the field, he’ll be greeted by a tasty matchup against a Green Bay defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends. If Kittle can’t go, backup TE Ross Dwelley becomes a no-brainer through all formats. Even if Kittle is playing, Dwelley makes a case in tournaments while possibly picking up the slack if Kittle doesn’t absorb his usual snap rate. Stay tuned.
Kendrick Bourne - WR - San Francisco
Emmanuel Sanders will reportedly play through a rib injury on Sunday night. That has been the case over the past two weeks, and his snap rate has suffered down to 47% last week. Enter Kendrick Bourne, who is helping fill-in while Sanders is less than 100%. Bourne has responded with 4-42-1 and 4-31-1 on eight and six targets respectively in the past two weeks. He’s still cheap on all DFS sites, making sense as a stacking extension of Garoppolo.
Chase McLaughlin - K - San Francisco
Mason Crosby - K - Green Bay
There’s plenty of uncertainty on this slate, and the likely return of George Kittle zaps numerous value plays. The 49ers’ capable defense makes it difficult to roster any fringe options from the Packers as well. That leaves us with both kickers as realistic fallback options through all formats. In fact, I don’t mind taking both of them on DraftKings (cheaper compared to the rest of the player pool) in order to stack Garoppolo/Rodgers/Kittle/Coleman.
Tevin Coleman (RB - SF) makes a strong case as a potential cash option on all DFS sites. He failed to capitalize on Matt Breida’s absence last week, but that doesn’t mean we should turn our backs on him. The Packers have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and Coleman should have a decent workload while handling goal-line responsibilities. I don’t mind putting him in the same lineup as his quarterback, as the matchup is ripe for the picking … Raheem Mostert (RB - SF) should see 5-10 touches with Breida doubtful, depending on how the game flow works out. He’s cheap across the DFS board, earning tournament consideration while hoping he can make the most of his limited chances (TD or big-gainer).
Aaron Rodgers (QB - GB) finds himself on the road in the worst possible matchup for quarterbacks. Still, this is Rodgers in primetime, so he deserves some consideration when building lineups of any format. After all, Arizona QB Kyler Murray was able to post a few solid performances against the 49ers recently … Rodgers’ favorite target is Davante Adams (WR - GB), who has more than twice as many targets as the next receiver (Lazard) in Green Bay’s offense … Speaking of Allen Lazard (WR - GB), he’s a tournament option who is borderline cash playable if you need someone in his salary level. It appears that Lazard is here to stay while seeing 10 targets over the past two weeks.
The rest of the 49ers’ receiving situation becomes muddy with Kittle potentially returning. Deebo Samuel (WR - SF) enjoyed life without him, but his salary has spiked alongside him dealing with an injury as well ... I can’t play Emmanuel Sanders (WR - SF) in good faith, as he’s only in the player pool for exposure purposes while building 25+ tournament lineups.
Aaron Jones (RB - GB) and Jamaal Williams (RB - GB) can be a headache at times, and this is a tough matchup to peg for two running backs who are splitting work. For that reason, I’m calling them more tournament options than anything, although Williams can be viewed as a cash filler with a cheaper price point and significant work in the passing attack - where game flow could push production.