Sunday second set DFS plays

Four games with marquee names for DFS in the Sunday 4 o'clock games

San Francisco 49ers v Pittsburgh Steelers
San Francisco 49ers v Pittsburgh Steelers / Joe Sargent/GettyImages

The second set of Sunday NFL games in the 4 o'clock window will be very telling for all involved. Are the Rams as an offense back after last year's debacle of a season or will they once again run into a familiar roadblock in the 49ers? Can the Giants bounce back after a humiliating start to the season? Will the Cowboys dominate the other MetLife Stadium team as well or will the Jets defense keep Breece Hall & Co. in the game? Who's more for real...the Broncos or the Commanders? By kickoff in Foxboro Sunday night all those questions will be answered, but in the meantime let's get you a DFS win in that late afternoon window.

If you're in a pretty standard DFS, like a DraftKings, you have roster spots for a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a defense and a flex player or at least something close to this. As exciting as an old-fashioned Giants/Cardinals matchup is (where's Stump Mitchell?) and as much as some fans want to see Zach Wilson fall on his face for another season, the two games featuring the New York teams are not the marquee matchup in the 2nd set of games today. Most eyes will be on the 49ers/Rams game at SoFi Stadium and your DFS roster should reflect that.

San Francisco swept the Rams last year in the month of October with the second game of that stretch being at SoFi and with rosters more reflective of what the 49ers are today. Swap out JImmy G for Brock Purdy and essentially that's what you get today. Christian McCaffery was settling in to his new team and the rest as the say is history. In that late October game at SoFi McCaffery ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk. Should fans expect pretty much the same results today? You might not see the touchdown pass but it's a safe bet you'll see everything else from McCaffery which is why he's a must grab in the high $8000s price range. Even if he's at $9000 you should start your roster with him. McCaffery kicked off the season with a strong performance in Pittsburgh last week with 152 yards rushing and a touchdown while adding seventeen yards receiving. The 49ers steamrolled the Steelers in the opener and the man who caught McCaffery's touchdown pass in this matchup at SoFi last season also had a stellar start to the season. Aiyuk had eight catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns last week and he should continue to be a favorite Brock Purdy target today. Aiyuk is available for about $5800 which makes him a steal in my opinion. If you're not feeling Aiyuk for some unknown reason, fan favorite and production machine in his own right, Deebo Samuel carries a slightly lower price this week, around $5600. You should be able to fit both Aiyuk and Samuel on your roster while staying within budget, which is what I did.

As for the QB spot I'm in favor of staying with the 49ers and rolling with Brock Purdy at around the $5700 price. No QB option in the 2nd set of games carries a high price in DFS, but remember you're working within a budget which is why I love Purdy at his price. Dak Prescott carries the highest ticket price at $6600 which isn't bad but how many of you really trust Dak against a tough defense? The Jets may have lost Aaron Rodgers, but their defense remained stout Monday night against Josh Allen and the Bills and combined with an amazing special teams play pulled out the upset in the opener. I certainly think the Cowboys win today but it's not going to be 40-0. Speaking of 40-0, the QB on the "0" end of that score is in Phoenix to play a Cardinals team that played Washington tough last weekend. Daniel Jones is priced at around $6000 with Giants fans hoping the offense wakes up and Jones starts earning his guaranteed $82 million. Amazingly Russell Wilson is also priced more than Purdy, although just slightly at around $5800, but remember you're compiling projected stats against a budget so save the $100-$200 and roll Purdy.

Whether Daniel Jones every lives up to his contract remains to be seen, but the guy who will most likely more often than not save his butt this season is running back Saquan Barkley. Back from injury and ready to tear it up this season Barkley pairs nicely with McCaffery at the running back position for about $8000. Arizona held the Commanders to under 100 yards rushing last week and held Brian Robinson, Jr. to just 59 yards on the ground. Robinson Jr is a nice player valued around $5200 this week but he's no Saquan Barkley. I see Saquan having a big day today so spend the loot and grab him. Another Giant worth looking at is wide receiver Darius Slayton at around $4400. Slayton only had fifteen yards receiving last week but tied Darren Waller for targets (5) and has a solid history as a target of Jones so he's a great value grab for the roster.

By now we've spent some good dough-re-mi so we are really value shopping now. At the tight end spot I really like Jake Ferguson of the Cowboys. Dallas' laugher of an opener versus the Giants didn't require much production from Ferguson so his eleven yards don't really impress, but he was targeted a team high seven times by Dak which is a trend that should continue. Dallas always seems to have a productive go-to tight end and Dak has a good repour with Ferguson so grab him at the nice & frugal price of $3300.

To round out this DFS roster continue with the value angle and grab the Commanders defense. At $3100 their price has risen a few hundred bucks since last week and with the defenses we're working with they present the best value. I like Sean Peyton but I'm not so sure even he can bring Russell Wilson back to glory. Denver struggled to get 260 total yards of offense against the Raiders last week and Washington's stout D-line should be successful in keeping Denver to under twenty points, a number the Broncos struggle to hit. With about $5000 left for your flex position your options are enticing. Rams wide receiver Tutu Atwell sits at $4700 while some of his teammates TE Tyler Higbee, WR Van Jefferson and RB Kyren Williams all come in under the $5000 mark. The aforementioned Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr is worth a look at $5200, but I rolled with Broncos running back Samaje Perine at $5100. Perine rushed for forty-one yards last week while catching four passes for thirty-seven yards off four targets. Perine was third in targets for the Broncos but first in yardage. Javonte Williams is the lead back in the Denver offense, but Perine is a reliable veteran back who's a threat on the ground and in the passing as a safety valve for Wilson.


Get your studs, shop value and most of all have fun. Good luck out there!