Super Bowl Fantasy Football: Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Picks for Super Bowl 56 vs Bengals
By Max Staley
Super Bowl LVI is just a week away. There are plenty of ways to get a little more invested in the big game, like playing fantasy football. But building out the right lineup isn't as easy as you might think.
Rams Fantasy Picks
If you need some help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Los Angeles Rams against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy
Start Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Los Angeles Rams: Odell Beckham Jr. has really turned it on lately. He's put up at least 54 receiving yards in all three of the Rams' playoff games, averaging 78.7 per game in the postseason. The volume is really encouraging, too, as Beckham has seen 8-plus targets in back-to-back games and saw 11 in the Divisional Round. Don't expect him to slow down much against a Bengals' defense that owns the league's ninth-worst pass defense by DVOA.
Start Los Angeles Rams D/ST: The Rams' defense couldn't have asked for a better matchup here. Los Angeles had the league's third-most prolific pass-rush this season, generating a whopping 50 sacks. That should be a nightmare for a Bengals' offense that took the third-most sacks in the league (55) and owns a bottom-eight pass-blocking grade from PFF. And it just gets worse from there. Not only is LA's pass-rush downright elite, but it's also strongest where Cincinnati's offensive line is weakest. Aaron Donald will be seeing plenty of center Trey Hopkins and right guard Hakeem Adeniji, who both grade out as bottom-five players at their positions. And Von Miller should have no trouble dominating right tackle Isaiah Prince – PFF's 77th-rated tackle out of 83 qualified players. It's fair to expect some significant sack production, giving this defense a sky-high ceiling and safe floor to boot.
Matthew Stafford Fantasy
Sit Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams: There's nothing to suggest Matthew Stafford is going to have a bad game. But if we're deciding between the two quarterbacks, it feels like Joe Burrow is the preferred play. Stafford is a 4-point favorite here, which suggests the Rams could be be running the ball as they try to protect the lead. Cincy is also holding opponents to a measly 19.7 points per game through three postseason games. Stafford should be a fine option, but Burrow feels like the preferred play due to volume.
Sit Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams: The emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. has really cut into Van Jefferson's role. Jefferson has only seen 12 targets over his last four games, averaging 27.5 receiving yards per game while never recording more than 41 yards in that time. If you play Jefferson you're essentially banking on him making one big play because he's probably not going to see much in the way of volume. He could break one against a leaky Bengals' secondary, but there are too many good other receivers to justify playing Jefferson here.
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