This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
A divisional matchup between two playoff-aspiring teams usually makes for a dramatic nationally-televised showdown in itself, but this game between the Rams and the 49ers carries even more intrigue than usual due to recent events. One of those events was disheartening – the Friday ACL tear suffered by Rams receiver Robert Woods – while the unexpected arrival of Odell Beckham was otherwise a cause for excitement for the Rams. The 49ers might be the more conventionally 'dangerous' team of the two given their desperate state – a 3-5 record as they prepare for this home showdown – but at 6-2 the Rams clearly have the sounder overall roster. That would be true even before we factor in the additions of Beckham and Von Miller. The weather should be very cooperative – mild temperatures and almost no wind – and the over/under (50.5) is 1.5 points higher than what the game opened at. The Rams are favored by 3.5.
Matthew Stafford ($10800 DK, $17000 FD) struggled against Tennessee and seemed to get a bit roughed up in the contest, but the Rams didn't list him on the injury report. There may or may not be reason for concern over the loss of Woods – Stafford has had big games this year where Woods was only moderately involved, so even on short notice the addition of Beckham might be enough to get by here. The 49ers have been less than imposing on defense, allowing opponents to complete 68.7 percent of