Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers

Jason Schandl
Carolina Panthers v Green Bay Packers
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Sunday night's games are a bit of a different beast in fantasy than primetime games on Thursday and Monday. On Thursday, you need to make lineup decisions on a short week, and on Monday you're usually left without many options as only two teams are left to play. "Sunday Night Football" falls somewhere between the two.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Sunday's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.

Who to Start in Fantasy Football

Start Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Matt Breida is doubtful to suit up, giving Raheem Mostert's fantasy outlook a boost again this week. He didn't produce much with Breida on the shelf in Week 11, though he did play 48 percent of the Niners' offensive snaps in that game, notching nine opportunities (six carries plus three targets) to No. 1 RB Tevin Coleman's 16 (on a 51 percent snap share). Mostert is no threat to offer the kind of value that Coleman does, but that close split of snaps does make Mostert fantasy viable this week.

Start Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Another No. 2 RB that plays a big role, Jamaal Williams has seen a snap share between 40 and 61 percent in each of his last seven healthy games. He gets heavily involved in the receiving game, with at least three receptions in four of the last five games, averaging 7.8 rushes and 3.4 receptions per game in that stretch, putting up an average of 15.7 PPR points per contest. He checks in at RB29 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Sit Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers doesn't land on our Week 12 rankings, sitting outside the top 12 at QB. He ranks 11th at the position with 18.8 fantasy points per game on the year, but this week's matchup provides a significant downgrade. The 49ers rank second in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric, and that has translated to SF allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

Sit Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite dealing with a broken ankle, George Kittle expects to suit up tonight, and Emmanuel Sanders is also questionable to play despite his rib injury. Deebo Samuel has exploded for 100-plus yards in each of the last two games, but both of those contests saw him serving as the 49ers' top receiving target thanks to Kittle and Sanders' injuries. The 49ers are one of only three teams that run on at least 50 percent of their offensive plays, and that play-calling doesn't leave enough volume available to support three receiving options in fantasy.


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