NFL Playoff Fantasy Football: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Super Bowl 54

Jason Schandl
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes runs with the ball during the AFC Championship.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes runs with the ball during the AFC Championship. / David Eulitt/Getty Images
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The arrival of the NFL playoffs doesn't mean that fantasy football is done for the year. Whether you're playing DFS, a playoff-long fantasy league or any kind of single-week format, there are still plenty of ways to get your fantasy football fix in the postseason.

Super Bowl Fantasy Football

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Super Bowl LIV. Be sure to also check out our full Super Bowl 54 fantasy football rankings as well.

Super Bowl Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Start Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: There aren't many choices at QB, and you shouldn't let a matchup with the dangerous San Francisco 49ers' defense scare you off Patrick Mahomes. He's absolutely dominated in the postseason, throwing for an average of 307.5 yards and tallying 36.6 fantasy points per game.

Sit Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers: Process of elimination here, unless we get really literal and look at how Matt Moore and Nick Mullens aren't worth playing. Jimmy Garoppolo's playoff total of 208 yards, one touchdown and one interception wouldn't be an especially good single-game stat line for fantasy. With Mahomes offering so much appeal, and KC defending the pass better than the run (more on that later), Garoppolo is an easy sit.

Super Bowl Fantasy Football Running Backs

Start Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers: Both Mostert and Damien Williams are in play, of course, but there's a reason that Mostert checks in as our RB1 for the Super Bowl. KC's defense sits sixth against the pass in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, but the Chiefs are only 29th against the run. They may have stifled Derrick Henry last week, but expect the 49ers to stick with a Mostert-heavy approach as they look to exploit the Chiefs' defensive vulnerability.

Sit Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers: Matt Breida seems to have really fallen out of favor down the stretch. He has just 13 combined carries over the last three games, and hasn't played more than 12 snaps in a single contest since Week 10. Even with Tevin Coleman suffering an injury last week, Breida only played two snaps and handled one carry. Though the 49ers will likely commit to the run, don't expect Breida to be heavily involved.

Super Bowl Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

Start Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers: For all the talk about the Niners' run game, Deebo Samuel is a nice exception. Kyle Shanahan is clearly committed to getting the ball in Samuel's hands. He has accounted for 35 percent of the team's targets in the playoffs, while nobody else is above 23 percent. He's also getting touches manufactured in the run game, averaging 2.0 carries per game across the last four.

Sit Emmanuel Sanders, San Francisco 49ers: We'll close out with another 49er, as most of the Chiefs' players are fairly obvious starts/sits. While Samuel should be heavily involved in the 49ers' attack, the same can't be said of Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders isn't even second among 49ers wide receivers in playoff targets, with only half as many (three) as Kendrick Bourne (six). Even if the 49ers happen to take a more pass-heavy approach than we've seen recently, Sanders has just a 12 percent target share in the playoffs, and has seen four or fewer targets in four of his last five games.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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