The San Francisco 49ers finish up their road schedule with a date against the Detroit Lions, who aren't playoff bound, but aren't exactly pushovers. There are a few interesting FanDuel plays in Sunday's game so here is a quick breakdown.
Blaine Gabbert $6100 Down $200
So you want to play a cheap QB? Avoid Gabbert and the San Francisco offense and roll the dice on Brandon Weeden ($6300) if Brian Hoyer sits. At least he has DeAndre Hopkins to help boost is value.
Anquan Boldin: $5900 Up $200
There is some garbage time appeal here and the price is right for a WR3 who usually sees around 5-8 targets a game. Of course, Rueben Randle at $5700 is going to be a hot play with Odell Beckam Jr. suspended.
Torrey Smith: $5500 Down $300
The season of sadness continues for the speedster. Travis Benjamin ($5400) was shutdown last week against Seattle, but should bounce back as a serviceable WR3 against Kansas City.
Kendall Gaskins: $4900
He's expected to get the bulk of the carries and he looks good as a receiver. I like his chances to get around 18 touches so he will make it onto a few of my lineups.
San Francisco Defense $4400
The Lions are on a short week, but that is about the only positive for San Francisco. Stafford is good for 3 pick game every once in awhile, but I'll pay the $4600 for the Lions Defense playing at home.
Matthew Stafford $7600
He's been solid over the last few weeks and even with Calvin Johnson not at 100% he has enough weapons to make bad defenses suffer. I doubt he gets 300 yards, but 250/2/1 seems like a layup in this situation. I also like Alex Smith at $6800. He's due for one of those games where he rushes for 2 Tds.
Ameer Abdullah $5300
He found the end zone last week and the 49ers can be run on, but you worry about Joique Bell getting the goal line work and Theo Riddick making a play as a receiver. Abdullah is my favorite play of the three since he should get the most touches as the Lions continue to see what the rookie can do. Karlos Williams ($5400) seems like a stronger option given how well he played earlier in the season.
Calvin Johnson $7800
He has a terrific matchup, but he's disappointed in two straight weeks and my not be healthy. That leaves too much doubt for a $7800 wide receiver. Doug Baldwin has been a menace to defenses the last three weeks and will only run you $7700.
Golden Tate $6700
With Megatron ailing Tate has taken over as Stafford's favorite receiver and hasn't let fantasy players down. He gets a mighty fine matchup against the San Francisco secondary so I'm buying a few shares. John Brown is only $6400. He may not receive the same amount of targets as Tate, but there is always the threat of a big play.
Detroit Defense ($4900)
The sacks should be there and San Francisco's offense isn't a threat for a big game. The Lions rarely hit double digit fantasy points on defense, but they are worth a look as a value play this week.
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