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4 Best Prop Bets for 49ers vs Vikings NFC Divisional Round Game

Tristan Jung
Jimmy Garoppolo speaks in the huddle during a game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jimmy Garoppolo speaks in the huddle during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images
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The Minnesota Vikings are heading to the Bay Area to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round. The 49ers are 7-point home favorites for this playoff matchup, according to the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're looking for alternative ways to wager, here are four of the best prop bets for Saturday's matchup between the 49ers and Vikings.

1. Any Time Touchdown Scorer: Dalvin Cook (+100)

Dalvin Cook runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints.
Dalvin Cook runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Dalvin Cook has scored a touchdown in 13 of his 15 games this season. The Vikings are fully committed to giving him the ball, as evidenced by his 28 (on which he scored 2 touchdowns) against the Saints last weekend. Cook is a safe bet to get the ball any time the Vikings end up in scoring position. Also, the 49ers have been more susceptible to the run than the pass this year, ranking 11th in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA metric, compared to second against the pass.

2. Kirk Cousins Passing Yards: Under 228.5 (-110)

Kirk Cousins plays in a game against the New Orleans Saints.
Kirk Cousins plays in a game against the New Orleans Saints. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

If the Vikings rely on Dalvin Cook and the running game against San Francisco, it would limit opportunities for Kirk Cousins to throw downfield, especially against a tough 49ers secondary. The oddsmakers are already down on Cousins' chances to throw over 228.5 yards, as his per-game average in the regular season was 240, but that may not be low enough. With yards likely being easier to come by on the ground this week, Cousins may not see enough volume to rack up big numbers. A mid-week injury to Adam Thielen isn't going to do the passing game any favors, either.

3. George Kittle Receptions: Over 6.5 (+126)

George Kittle makes a catch against the Seahawks.
George Kittle makes a catch against the Seahawks. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

The Vikings are in the top ten in catches allowed to tight ends this season. Kittle is arguably the best tight end in football right now, and he has averaged 7.6 targets and 6.1 receptions per game in the regular season. He also boasts one of the best catch rates in the NFL, and it's likely the 49ers will try to get him as involved in the offense as possible to exploit the Vikings' struggles against the position.

4. Raheem Mostert over 11.5 rushing attempts (+116)

Deebo Samuel runs after a catch against the Seahawks.
Deebo Samuel runs after a catch against the Seahawks. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

The Vikings have a top-ten defense, but they are slightly more vulnerable to the run than the pass. The 49ers have given Mostert double-digit carries in his last five games (averaging 12.8 per game in that time), and as seven-point favorites, Mostert's volume could benefit from a more run-heavy game flow.

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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. 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.

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