NFC Championship Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Packers vs 49ers

Max Staley
Aaron Rodgers loads up to throw against the Seattle Seahawks.
Aaron Rodgers loads up to throw against the Seattle Seahawks. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The arrival of the NFL playoffs doesn't mean that fantasy football is done for the year. Whether you're playing DFS, a playoff-long fantasy league or any kind of single-week format, there are still plenty of ways to get your fantasy football fix in the postseason.

If you're looking for some help in the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: Davante Adams is rolling right now, and he's probably the only Green Bay pass-catcher worth playing. In what was obviously a must-win game against the Seattle Seahawks, Adams stepped up, catching 8 of 11 targets for 160 receiving yards and two scores. In fact, Adams was the only Green Bay wideout with more than one reception, and the only GB pass-catcher with more than three targets. Green Bay is a 7.5-point underdog, per FanDuel Sportsbook, and if the Packers are forced into a more pass-heavy game script, the bulk of those targets should once again go Adams' way.

Start Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: While the Packers' defense has made tremendous strides this season, they've struggled to contain explosive passing attacks. They don't give up many completions (seventh-fewest allowed), but when they get beat, they tend to get beat deep, surrendering the league's sixth-most yards per completion (12.3). That vulnerability should play right into Deebo Samuel's hands, as he had the most yards per reception of any of the 49ers' top wideouts (14.1), and his 607 air yards tie him with Emmanuel Sanders for the most on the team.

Sit Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: You'll likely hear plenty about Aaron Rodgers facing the 49ers, who notoriously passed on him in the 2005 NFL Draft. Extra motivation is all well and good, but there's little reason to believe Rodgers will have a productive fantasy outing here. San Francisco is the league's second-best pass defense by Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, and the 49ers held opposing passers to bottom-10 fantasy production in the regular season. Rodgers' third-worst fantasy outing of the season came against the 49ers in Week 12, and he's the lowest ranked QB in our fantasy rankings this week.

Sit Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Samuel looks like a great start against a quietly shaky Green Bay secondary, but the same cannot be said of Sanders. The veteran wideout hasn't caught more than three passes in a game since Week 14, seeing fewer than seven targets in each contest during that span. With the 49ers likely playing from ahead, there might not be much passing volume to go around, and the bulk of those looks will likely go to George Kittle and Deebo.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.