Fantasy football players and DFS darlings unite in the final game of the season, as the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. Of course, with just two teams to choose from and one game taking place this weekend, traditional DFS lineups go out the window. It’s Showdown Sunday, so we have put together the best NFL DFS picks for the “Big Game.”
*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 2/2/19
Captain: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots ($15,900)
In showdown mode, the first player you pick is by far the most important, so you must carefully assess your options before making a selection. This player will score 1.5x the amount of points anyone else in your lineup can register. He will be more expensive but more productive than all other players.
Our captain choice will probably not surprise many of you, because he is the most notable player in the game. In fact, he is probably the most notable player in the league and arguably the most notable player in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady is an absolute stat-stuffer in the Super Bowl, winning the most MVP awards in the game’s history and even breaking the passing record in last year’s loss to Philly. Despite Bill Belichick and company relying on the running game for most of the first two playoff matchups, Brady will need to be prepared for his guys to struggle, since two of the best D-Tackles in the game will be lined up across from him. Presumptive DPOY Aaron Donald and former All-Pro Ndamukong Suh will clog the holes, causing the G.O.A.T. to have to pass his way to a title.
Flex: RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams ($9,000)
Oddly enough, Todd Gurley touched the ball just five times in the NFC Championship against New Orleans. Whether that is due to the game plan or his nagging injury, Gurley has now had two full weeks to rest, so you better believe Sean McVay is going to let him loose this weekend. I mean, he is one of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL. You can’t hold him back in the Super Bowl. At 26.4 fantasy points per game this season, TGII was one of the top DFS picks all year long. If the Rams have any shot at winning this game, he will need to be a factor out of the backfield.
Flex: RB Sony Michel, New England Patriots ($6,800)
Speaking of the run game, Sony Michel has had an incredible rookie postseason thus far. In fact, he has rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns through two games this postseason, so clearly Belichick and Josh McDaniels trust the youngster in big moments. He has plenty of big game experience too, having totaled 222 yards and four touchdowns as a member of the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP semifinal against Oklahoma last season. Michel is a darkhorse to win SBLIII MVP (+1200), but if the last two games are any indication, he should get plenty of opportunities to make a splash on Sunday.
Flex: WR Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams ($8,200)
While Robert Woods burst onto the scene this season, receiving a ton of credit and praise as the Rams No. 1 wideout, everyone knows that Brandin Cooks is the real No. 1 threat in L.A.’s passing game. Not to mention, Cooks played in this game last season… as a member of the Patriots. Cooks could have an upper hand on his opponent this weekend, due to his familiarity with the prestigious franchise. Not to mention, he is their undisputed top deep threat, since Cooper Kupp went down with injury earlier in the season. In fact, he’s already hauled in 11 catches for 172 yards this postseason, leading the way for the Rams in that category. Put the man in your lineup, because Jared Goff is going to go to him early and often right out the gate.
Flex: TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots ($6,000)
Arguably the greatest tight end in NFL history, Rob Gronkowski has been a shell of himself lately. That is, until the AFC title game against Kansas City. He had just one catch for 25 yards in the blowout win over the Chargers but stormed back with six receptions for 79 yards against the Chiefs. Brady clearly trusts the big man, and if the veteran QB struggles to find Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan (who will be cover by Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters), then he might need to rely on old faithful for production through the air. There has been a ton of speculation as to whether or not Gronk will retire after this game. Whether or not that is the case, you better believe he is going to leave it all out on the field this Sunday.
Flex: K Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams ($3,400)
Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein is still among the best kickers in all of football, and he proved it against the Saints a couple weeks ago. He was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts in the NFC Championship, extending his range each time he stepped out onto the field. After nailing a 36-yarder in the first half, Zuerlein rested for quite a while, before being leaned on heavily late in the game. He made a 24-yarder and a 48-yarder to help the Rams send the game into overtime. Then, the beast cocked back and blasted a 57-yard game-winner with plenty of room to spare to send L.A. to Atlanta. Sean McVay knows what he has in his kicker, so anytime he needs to put points on the board, he won’t hesitate to send in “The Leg.” At just $3,400, he is worth putting in your lineup for some easy fantasy points.