This week’s Sunday Night Football matchup pits two teams searching for their footing. Both the 49ers and Colts maintain playoff aspirations, but early-season stumbles have put them behind the pack. San Francisco is expected to have a healthy — or at least healthier — Jimmy Garoppolo under center. That should ultimately prove to be good news for the skill position players in this offense, particularly the pass-catchers. Indianapolis, meanwhile, could be dealing with a depleted wide receiver corps once again with Parris Campbell (foot) hitting IR and T.Y. Hilton (quad) missing early week practice time. All things considered, we have an intriguing matchup for DFS purposes and are ready to put together our FanDuel single-game lineup.
In case you’re in need of a refresher, here are key scoring settings for FanDuel single-game contests: The point total for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but he doesn’t cost any additional money like the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel’s default scoring is half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs, and there are no bonuses for 300-yard/100-yard games like on DraftKings.
FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Colts-49ers
$60,000 budget, need at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points) RB Jonathan Taylor ($15,000) Taylor and Nyheim Hines are Nos. 1-2 in the touch department for Indianapolis, but there’s a gulf in between the two (102 vs. 41). Taylor was quiet in Weeks 2-3 but has been quite loud since then, scoring 18.9, 30.4, and 28.3 FanDuel points in successive weeks. He’s going to be active on the ground, through the air, and in the end zone, and his five scores pace the team. He’s also tied for third with 15 receptions. He’s an easy choice for our MVP here.
FLEX QB Carson Wentz ($14,000) Wentz hasn’t been particularly great from a real-life or fantasy perspective, but he hasn’t been that bad from the latter standpoint. Aside from his Week 3 dud against the Titans (7.76 FD points), he’s averaged 18.9 FD points per contest. He’s in the midst of a strong three-game showing and has led the Colts to a 2-1 mark over that span. Dare we suggest he’s starting to find a comfort level in his new digs? An additional benefit of rolling with Wentz here is we don’t have to take a stab at which Colts receiver will win this week’s raffle.
Additional Consideration: If you ultimately decide you want to include a Colts receiver in your build, Michael Pittman Jr. is the logical pivot. He received 12 targets apiece in Weeks 2-3 but proceeded to follow that up with games of eight, seven, and three looks. The Colts will be without Campbell for certain, and if Hilton is slowed — or absent altogether — Pittman will be a very appealing option.
FLEX WR Deebo Samuel ($13,000) Not only is Samuel second on the 49ers with 37 touches, but he’s averaging a whopping 15.4 yards every time he gets his hands on the rock. He has just 22 yards on his six carries, but he found paydirt on one of them. When it comes to Samuel — and Brandon Aiyuk — it’s not just about the yards per carry. Instead, it’s the fact that they often receive manufactured touches in high-leverage scenarios and areas of the field. With tight end George Kittle (calf) sidelined, Samuel figures to be busy on Sunday night.
FLEX WR Brandon Aiyuk ($8,500) There’s no denying that something has simply been off between the 49ers and their second-year receiver. The snaps haven’t been an issue since Week 1, and we saw him start to come out of his shell with a 4-37-1 line in Week 3. He’s received just seven targets in the two games since, but it’s important to remember Jimmy Garoppolo left midway through Week 4 and missed Week 5. Garoppolo is tentatively expected to play this week. Perhaps his return combined with a bye week will allow Aiyuk and the Niners to get locked in. The Colts’ secondary is compromised following the loss of safety Julian Blackmon (Achilles’), and defenses will naturally place an emphasis on containing Samuel. The stage will be set for Aiyuk to reemerge as a breakout stud. He just needs the opportunity to perform.
FLEX RB Nyheim Hines ($8,000) The aforementioned Hines is second on the Colts with 41 touches, but just as important is the versatility he’s demonstrated over the years. While he will never be confused for a between-the-tackles thumper, Hines has proven to be a threat to run for touchdowns as well as catch them. He’s only received 15 opportunities (carries plus targets) and 13 touches since Week 3, so he’ll be off a lot of radars for Sunday night. However, down Campbell (foot) and perhaps Hilton (quad), the Colts may be compelled to utilize their scat back to a greater degree.
Alternate Consideration: If you’re simply not comfortable calling upon Hines on account of his lack of usage in recent weeks, tight end Mo Alie-Cox ($7,500) fits into the lineup and makes a compelling case thanks to three touchdowns over the past three weeks.
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