If you won any FanDuel contests last week you most likely didn't select any 49ers. It was another rough game with only Kaepernick finding the end zone. The offense looks to turn things around against an improved, but still unintimidating Green Bay defense. The Packers are going to put numbers on the board, but if Kaep and company keep the score close enough there should be some daily fantasy value on both sides of the ball. Here is a look at the prices for the relevant Niners and Packers:
Colin Kaepernick: $7500 (Down $400)
Long story short, spend the extra $100 and pick up Andy Dalton taking on the KC secondary at home. Or, save $300 and go with Philip Rivers against the Browns. I love Colin's history against the Packers and he could be a sneaky play, but I don't feel great about the price or situation.
Carlos Hyde: $7400 (Down $400)
Attempting to predict game flow isn't the best strategy, but it's not hard to imagine this game getting away from the 49ers in a hurry. We've seen what happens to Hyde's role when the team goes down big. One big positive is a lot of people are going to avoid looking at Hyde given his last two games. Green Bay is traveling on a short week and if they let the 49ers make this a competitive affair, then Hyde is going to get a ton of work. However, I'm off Carlos this week especially with some dude named Frank Gore priced at $7300 going against the Jaguars.
Anquan Boldin: $6400 (Down $200)
If you simply must have a 49er on your roster then Boldin might be the best value play. He tortured the Packers in their last meeting and while their defense is improved they are still beatable. Cheaper week 4 options I prefer include: Donte "Andre Johnson 2.0" Moncrief ($6300) and James "Touchdown Factory" Jones ($6000).
Torrey Smith: $6200 (Down $200)
A boom or bust receiver on a struggling offense isn't exactly a person of interest on FanDuel. Keep fading Torrey in DFS until he finds some consistency.
Vernon Davis: $5100 (Down $300)
I pushed Davis as a good option last week and for that you have my deepest apologies. He is in the cheap TE crowd again for week 4. I still prefer the likes of Eric Ebron or Charles Clay.
Reggie Bush: $5300 (No Change)
In August, many thought Bush would be the third down back and a better fantasy option than Hyde should the 49ers find themselves in a comeback situation. So far Carlos looks legit in the pass game and we really don't know Bush's role. He could have great game fantasy wise on Sunday, but he's too risky and pricey given all the unknowns. A super cheap alternative would be Khiry Robinson ($4800) going up against Dallas.
D/ST: $4000 (Down $400)
Don't pay for negative points.
Dawson: $4700 (Up $100)
Think cheaper, think safer, think Nick Folk or Cairo Santos.
Packers To Target
Aaron Rodgers $9200
Other than traveling on a short week, there is little to worry about with Rodgers. He is a top 3 QB with loads of weapons going against a defense that just can't seem to pull it together. He'll probably be the most popular QB this week, so it may behoove you to look elsewhere. I'll definitely have Rodgers in a few games, but I also like Cam Newton and Carson Palmer who are both significantly cheaper plays.
Eddy Lacy $7800
A hero to chubby kids everywhere, Lacy is quickly becoming one of the better backs in the league. His ankle probably isn't 100% and James Starks will be involved, but the 49er defense just allowed 5 combined touchdowns to DeAngelo Williams and Chris Johnson (not two of the better running backs in the league). Should the Packers go up big, Lacy will help salt away the clock. Lacy is a great play, but if you need RB1 value at a similar price consider Latavius Murray or Joseph Randle.
Randall Cobb $8200
He's most likely Rodgers' favorite target and while he may not be a burner, he'll certainly find room to operate against the San Francisco secondary. He's not as expensive as Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr, making him a solid WR1 option at his price. Cheaper alternatives with similar upside: Keenen Allen ($7700) and Emmanuel Sanders ($7900).
James Jones $6000
His seven receptions for 139 yards suggest he is more than a red zone threat. That's the good news. The bad news is that he could be very popular this week, especially at a price lower than both 49er starting receivers. You can either join the party or pull a juke move and take a look at Steve Johnson, John Brown or roll with Marvin Jones ($5500) going against the Chiefs secondary.
Here is the squad I'm putting out there this week in the Niners Nation FanDuel league. Let me know what you think and I'm always looking for a good Head-to-Head challenge.