The Cowboys and Vikings are both fresh off bye weeks and will meet on Sunday night in Minneapolis. The status of Dak Prescott (calf) remains up in the air, but even if he plays, we expect Dallas to employ a conservative approach (much to the chagrin of DFS players). That’s why we’re stacking Vikings in our Week 9 FanDuel single game lineup.
In case you’re in need of a refresher, here are key scoring settings for FanDuel 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: Cowboys vs. Vikings
$60,000 budget, need at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points) QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings ($15,000)
It will never be “cool” to back Cousins, but he’s had a very solid season so far. He’s scored 22-plus FanDuel points on four occasions and should be in good shape to do so once again on Sunday night. Cousins has a full complement of weapons at his disposal, and Vegas sportsbooks opened this contest with totals north of 50.
FLEX RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings ($14,000)
The ankle injury that kept Cook out of two games — and seriously hampered him in another — looks to be fully behind him. He handled 31 touches in Week 6 and presumably received some additional treatment over the past two weeks. Anytime a healthy Cook steps onto the field, he’s a threat to post a fat FanDuel score. The Cowboys aren’t a Swiss cheese defense by any means, but that won’t preclude Cook from venturing into mid-20-point territory.
FLEX RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys ($13,500)
Even if Prescott plays through his calf strain, it’s reasonable to expect the Cowboys to make sure they don’t tax their franchise quarterback. That suggests a big workload for Elliott. He’s had 20-plus touches in his past four games and eclipsed 20-plus FD points in three of those contests. If the Cowboys opt to start backup Cooper Rush, the team might hitch their entire wagon to Zeke’s back on Sunday night.
FLEX WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings ($12,000)
It will be fun watching Jefferson go toe-to-toe with Trevon Diggs, two players who should know one another well from their time in the SEC. Jefferson has combined volume (9.8 targets per game) and efficiency (13.2 yards per catch, 69.5-percent catch rate) to provide fantasy owners with the high-end receiver production they expected of him. He’s provided at least 15.5 FD points in four-of-six contests and is a good bet to do so once again on Sunday night.
FLEX TE Chris Herndon, Vikings ($5,500)
Herndon is this week-s wild card — and a necessary risk that allows us to stack the top of our lineup. However, he’s more than a prayer to the football gods. Herndon is young (25) and talented, and he was on the field for a season-high 24 snaps in Week 6. He even scored a touchdown. If his workload continues to grow, he could receive enough targets to make a tangible contribution.