The season’s first Sunday Night Football matchup showcases two young, offensive-minded coaches unveiling new quarterbacks. Unfortunately, that sounds more exciting on paper, especially as it pertains to the Bears, who remain committed to trotting out Andy Dalton. Vegas sportsbooks opened the Rams as 6.5-point favorites with the over/under set at 43.5, painting the picture of a Rams win in a low-ish scoring game. That’s suboptimal for NFL DFS single-game contests, but one way or another there’s going to be a winning FanDuel single-game lineup on Sunday night, so we’re here to help with your lineup picks.
I’m approaching this game as if it’ll be a 24-17 or 23-16 type of showdown that leaves us wanting a bit more scoring. Keep that in mind as you consider pivots from the lineup below. Touchdowns are always important in DFS, but it might be all about TDs on Sunday.
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A quick reminder of FanDuel’s scoring system for single-game contests: The point total for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but he doesn’t cost any additional money like the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel’s default scoring is half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs , and there are no bonuses for 300-yard/100-yard games like on DraftKings.
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FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Bears vs. Rams
$60,000 budget, need at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Matthew Stafford, Rams ($16,000)
We may not see “Super Bowl Stafford” in this one if the new Bears defense sinks in its teeth, but the Rams are comfortable favorites according to Vegas. Furthermore, there are too many weapons at Stafford’s disposal to go elsewhere for our MVP.
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FLEX: RB David Montgomery, Bears ($13,000)
We’re not necessarily banking on Montgomery immediately picking up where he left off — he scored 20-plus FanDuel points in five of his last six in 2020 — but he’ll be involved on the ground and through the air. Historically, Matt Nagy leans on a bellcow back, the role Montgomery fulfills on this team. Damien Williams might be involved more than Montgomery owners like, but Montgomery still has a lot of upside.
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FLEX: Allen Robinson, Bears ($13,500)
Robinson heads into a tough matchup that will scare off a significant portion of the slate. Sometimes you bet on talent and role. As the Bears’ top receiver, Robinson is a solid bet to lead his team in targets, and good players often turn opportunity into production, even against stout competition. If you can’t bring yourself to spend on Robinson against Jalen Ramsey, you can pivot to Robert Woods ($12,000) and lock in what will likely be the Rams’ two busiest receivers on the night.
FLEX: Cooper Kupp, Rams ($11,000)
We’re looking for the Rams’ WR1 here, and while that title will be shared from game-to-game, we’re going to bet on Kupp in this case. After all, Kupp does have a 10-touchdown season on his resumé and was always more of a big-play scoring threat than Woods up until last season.
FLEX: DeSean Jackson ($7,000)
Jackson can still scoot, and there’s no better time to bet on the brittle vet than in Week 1 when he’s firing on all cylinders. We’re hoping for a long score, a skill that very much remains in Jackson’s arsenal. If betting on a deep shot to Jackson isn’t your cup of tea, “safer” options reside at the tight end position. Tyler Higbee ($9,500) has the top tight end role to himself and could be utilized heavily with the attention the Rams receiver duo commands. You’re still pretty touchdown-dependent if you turn to Chicago’s Cole Kmet ($7,500) or Jimmy Graham ($6,500), and TD opportunities might be few and far between for the Bears on Sunday night.