Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Thursday Night Football of Week 9. Tonight’s matchup is between the 49ers and Cardinals, as San Francisco is listed as 10 point road favorites with an over/under of 43.
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 hasn’t needed to post huge numbers in order to keep San Francisco in the win column, but he’s still a solid play through all formats on this single game slate. It helps that his opponent, Arizona, has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. While the 49ers’ defense and running game have stolen the show up to this point, Jimmy G could come away with one of his better stat-lines of the year on Thursday. He’s a strong MVP candidate on FanDuel, while you’ll need to play the pricing game for the Captain spot on DraftKings.
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George Kittle - TE - San Francisco
Kittle has one touchdown through seven games this season, and I’m expecting that to change tonight. As Ian Hartitz noted in his WR/CB Matchups article (a must-read), Kittle has had three touchdowns called back due to penalty in 2019. Bad luck, game flow, and an emphasis on the running game have hurt Kittle’s touchdown total so far, but he has an excellent opportunity to boom against an Arizona team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. He’s still seeing plenty of targets, and that should translate to one of his best fantasy performances on Thursday.
Deebo Samuel - WR - San Francisco
As mentioned earlier, the Cardinals are one of the worst defenses against the pass (29th to be exact). In other words, this could be a spot where the San Francisco passing attack takes off. Kittle will be the focal point, and then we’ll need to parse through a myriad of receivers to pin down fantasy value. Adding Emmanuel Sanders to that group makes it even harder to read the tea leaves. However, Samuel checks in with an economical salary with some upside in this matchup. He held a 70% snap rate last week (only trailing Sanders) while seeing designed plays that included a rushing touchdown on a jet sweep. In other words, Samuel is trending upward while settling into this comfortable matchup. He has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, but there’s definitely upside on his bargain salary.
Damiere Byrd - WR - Arizona
I want to clarify that Byrd is more of a dirt-cheap filler on DraftKings than anything else. He’s only $1,600 over there (compared to $7200 for Kirk and $7000 for Fitzgerald) despite holding a team-high 88% snap rate among Arizona WRs last week. That hasn’t translated into consistent fantasy production this season, and this matchup is brutal against San Francisco. However, you’ll need to select at least one Cardinals player in your lineup, and Byrd could make something happen with Arizona likely forced into passing situations.
How will Tevin Coleman (RB - SF) follow up his outstanding four-touchdown performance from last week? Game flow is on his side, and the Cardinals rank 25th in rushing defense so far this season. Needless to say, he’s a viable cash game option on all DFS sites, and I’ll be looking to stack him alongside Jimmy G and Kittle … Matt Breida (RB - SF) is a tournament pivot away from Coleman, hoping the rushing production funnels to him. Of course, you’ll need to double-check his questionable status as we move closer to kickoff. If Breida doesn’t play, Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB - SF) gains traction as a bargain through all formats.
Kyler Murray (QB - ARI) is playable in this single game slate, but I’m hesitant to utilize him in cash games. San Francisco’s defense is something fierce, and Murray hasn’t exactly shown fantasy reliability over the past two weeks. In tournaments, Christian Kirk (WR - ARI) is worth a look while averaging 9.6 targets per game. Larry Fitzgerald (WR - ARI) also deserves consideration in large-field GPPs, although to a lesser extent than Kirk.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR - SF) wasn’t really needed in his first game with the 49ers, but he still posted a 4-25-1 line with a hearty snap rate to boot. Sanders should avoid coverage from CB Patrick Peterson while manning the slot, which feeds his fantasy rationale in this juicy matchup. The newly-acquired San Francisco WR is a great tournament choice while garnering some cash game consideration.
Kenyan Drake (RB - ARI) and Zach Zenner (RB - ARI) are expected to split carries out of the Arizona backfield with Chase Edmonds out and David Johnson doubtful. This is a brutal matchup, and we can’t exactly bank on the volume for either of them. Drake was just traded from Miami a few days ago, so he’ll only play in certain packages. Both of them are touchdown reliant bargains while trying to mix-and-match multiple lineups in large-field tournaments.
Robbie Gould (K - SF) and the 49ers Defense are both very much in play tonight. Gould makes for a reliable bargain choice, especially on DraftKings where the salary is relaxed. It’s difficult to predict fantasy success for defenses, but San Francisco is in a truly great spot in that regard. I’m not forcing them into a cash game lineup, but I’m also not opposed to that strategy if the salary meshes favorably.