Super Bowl LV brings fans one of the best matchups in recent memory, as NFL legend Tom Brady takes on the league's legend in the making, Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs are currently 3-point favorites over Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you're still looking to get your fantasy football fix, there are plenty of formats available to keep playing fantasy football in the Super Bowl.
With that in mind, here are two Buccaneers to target in DFS this week and two to avoid in Super Bowl LV.
FanDuel Super Bowl 55 Fantasy Football Picks
Note: All salary information is current as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Chris Godwin Fantasy
Target Chris Godwin ($12,000), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Coming in at only $500 dollars more than his teammate Mike Evans, Chris Godwin is a great value in Super Bowl LV. The Penn State product has clearly established himself as the top dog in this passing game, seeing a whopping 9.3 targets per game in the playoffs thus far. Evans, meanwhile, is seeing just 7.0 in that time. Not only does he have the edge in volume, but Godwin also poses a serious matchup problem for the Chiefs. In the second half of the season, Kansas City surrendered 7.2 yards per attempt to wide receivers lined up out wide, but that figure jumps up to 8.3 YPA against slot WRs, per Warren Sharp. That should play right into Godwin's hands, as he's TB's preferred option out of the slot. Notably, Godwin torched this defense to the tune of 8 receptions for 97 yards when these two met in Week 12.
Ronald Jones Fantasy
Target Ronald Jones ($8,000), RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If you're looking for a bit of a contrarian play, Ronald Jones might be your guy. Strictly looking at their rushing ability, Jones is clearly more explosive than Leonard Fournette. In the regular season, Jones averaged 5.1 yards per carry compared to 3.8 YPC for Fournette. In fact, Jones led the NFL by averaging 3.0 yards after contact per rush in the regular season. The primary reason Fournette has overtaken Jones for early-down work is because of Jones' lingering injury issue. But with two weeks to heal up, you have to think the USC product is at or near full strength. And if that's the case, look out. The Chiefs were the NFL's second-worst run defense by DVOA in 2020. If Jones gets back to his regular-season form, he is massively underpriced. Fournette is a significantly safer (and more expensive) option, but Jones quietly has a huge ceiling on Sunday.
Mike Evans Fantasy
Avoid Mike Evans ($11,500), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chris Godwin is a strong play for all the reasons that Mike Evans isn't. As mentioned above, Kansas City does an excellent job covering perimeter receivers, which is typically where Evans lines up. He's also seeing significantly less volume than his counterpart in the postseason, and he's averaging just 27.0 receiving yards per game across his last two outings. He's salvaged his value with touchdowns, but you don't want to be paying up for a TD-dependent option when his much-safer teammate is only $500 more expensive.
Tom Brady Fantasy
Avoid Tom Brady ($15,000), QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It's probably worth it to bite the bullet and pay up for Patrick Mahomes ($16,500) on Sunday. That's not to say Tom Brady looks poised for a bad game or anything, but the prop bets on FanDuel Sportsbook are giving Mahomes a much higher over/under total in pretty much every passing category. Even if we're being charitable to Brady and assume he matches Mahomes' output through the air, the 25-year-old's ability as a rusher should set him apart. Mahomes averaged 48.3 yards per game as a rusher in the 2019 postseason. His numbers are down in this year's NFL Playoffs, but that's likely due to a turf toe issue. With two weeks two heal, Mahomes should look a lot like he did this time last year, giving him a real edge over Brady in DFS.
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