It’s Super Bowl week, which means it is the final weekend of daily fantasy football for the 2020 season. With only two teams playing, it limits the number of contrarian moves you can make in your lineup. This article will take a look at the daily fantasy best plays for Super Bowl 55 by telling you the safest players for small contests, the best tournament options, and the players to avoid for the Kansas City Chiefs.
*Note* For those new to DFS, when looking at picks, the game type is a big determiner of that day’s daily fantasy best plays. In general, there are two types of contests.
Small contest entrants generally will take fewer risks with the players they choose. Because you are playing against a smaller number of people, sometimes as little as one, you do not need to take very many chances. Smaller contests do not allow for a huge number of entries per person, thus limiting the number of risks that people tend to take.
In large tournaments, however, where people are entering multiple lineups, it is best to have at least one player who is seen as a gamble if you want to be near the top when all is said and done.
Daily Fantasy Best Plays: Playing It Safe
Travis Kelce | (TE) | FanDuel $14,500 | Draft Kings $11,000
First, on the list of the Chiefs’ daily fantasy best plays for the Super Bowl is Travis Kelce. The All-Pro tight end has been one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy football this year. He has not scored less than 10 half PPR fantasy points since week seven. He has seen double-digit targets in every game since week 7 as well, except one. That one game was against the Buccaneers, but he did see 8 targets that game, which he turned into eight catches for 82 yards. Kelce provides you an incredibly safe floor and a massive ceiling, and in daily fantasy, that makes him a great play because you get the safety and the possibility of a boom game.
Tyreek Hill (WR) | FanDuel $14,000 | Draft Kings $10,400
In the week eight matchup against the Buccaneers, Tyreek Hill put up 13 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns. That is the kind of week in daily fantasy that will determine if you cash out or don’t. Hill is the kind of player that can break a daily fantasy slate. Hill should be a focus of the Tampa Bay this time around, but even then, he will make a big play. He is another player that provides a relatively safe floor and a gigantic ceiling.
Patrick Mahomes (QB) | FanDuel $16,500 | Draft Kings $12,000
With only two quarterbacks on the slate, it comes down to who you want to stack with weapons for which QB you choose to go with. With all due respect to the weapons that Tamps has, Mahomes has to be the QB of this daily fantasy best plays list based alone on having Kelce and Hill.
Not to mention, Mahomes not only gives you a massive ceiling with his ability to throw the ball but also provides upside on the ground. In the playoffs, Mahomes has shown more of a willingness to take off and run. This shows a clear value over Brady, who will hardly be leaving the pocket at all.
Daily Fantasy Best Plays: Tournament Gambles
Sammy Watkins (WR) | FanDuel $7,500 | Draft Kings $4,200
With the Tampa Bay defense focusing on Hill and Kelce, Sammy Watkins could see a high volume of targets just like last year in the Super Bowl. Last year against the 49ers, Watkins finished with five catches for 98 yards and was the leading receiver before some big plays by Hill late in the game.
We could see a similar focus on getting Watkins involved in the big game, especially right after the news came out the Kansas City is interested in resigning him this offseason because, according to the GM, he is “a big part of this offense.”
Warning: Avoid Every Chiefs Running Back
Clyde Edwards-Helaire | FanDuel $10,000 | Draft Kings $7,000
Darrel Williams | FanDuel $9,000 | Draft Kings $5200
Le’Veon Bell | FanDuel $6,000 | Draft Kings $800
The Chiefs running backs could be in for a rough game in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneer’s run defense is the best in the league allowing only 3.6 yards per carry and 85.9 yards per game to the position. There is some intrigue to each option, but they do not present much upside for daily fantasy due to the tough matchup. Another issue with the Chiefs running backs is the lack of consistent touches; this is a true running back by committee. Edwards-Helaire has the best shot to be heavily involved in the game and see some work through the air.
Williams should have the goal-line work and fall into the end zone for a couple of scores that could be beneficial in a tournament format if you are looking for a risky contrarian play. Bell has not been practicing fully in the build-up for the game and has lost his role to Williams in the playoffs; with such a low price point, you could take a gamble if he is active to fit in some of the pricier options but should not expect much from him.
In the end, for this Super Bowl, the big names will be your best bets. There is a chance that Watkins can win you some money if you play him in a tournament, but as mentioned before, that comes with some risk.
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