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Super Bowl 54 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Advice for Kansas City Chiefs

Max Staley
Patrick Mahomes throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship.
Patrick Mahomes throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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This year's Super Bowl brings us a matchup between two teams with contrasting styles. The San Francisco 49ers have attempted just 27 passes in the playoffs thus far. Patrick Mahomes, meanwhile, had 70 pass attempts during the Kansas City Chiefs' two postseason games.

Despite their different approaches, both teams still checked in as top-five scoring offenses in the regular season, and both offenses generated plenty of fantasy football value.

With two star-studded rosters set to face off in this one, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the 49ers' players in the Super Bowl.

Start Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Yes, he's an obvious pick. But with just two QB options to choose from, the difference between Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo makes the Chiefs' signal-caller a must-start option. Through two games this postseason, Jimmy G is averaging 104.0 passing yards and 5.1 fantasy points per game, while Mahomes is averaging 307.5 yards and 36.6 fantasy points per contest. The 49ers are about as difficult a matchup as it gets, but don't overthink this one.

Start Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Sammy Watkins essentially did nothing after his 198-yard, three-touchdown performance in Week 1. He failed to even reach 70 receiving yards in his 13 subsequent regular-season games. But for the second consecutive season, Watkins has come alive in the playoffs. Watkins is averaging 95.0 receiving yards per game in the postseason, and is coming off a game in which he saw a team-high 10 targets. Notably, Watkins averaged 88.0 receiving yards per game in two playoff contests last year.

Sit LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: LeSean McCoy was inactive last week, and only played one offensive snap in the AFC Divisional Round. At this point, whether or not he'll be active is anyone's guess, but regardless, he isn't fantasy viable in the Super Bowl. McCoy hasn't reached a 40 percent snap share since Week 7, and that's just not enough opportunity to consider using him, even in an offensive as explosive as Kansas City's.

Sit Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman is a scary player to bench, as he's already proven to be one of the most dynamic big-play threats in football. Like McCoy, however, Hardman just isn't seeing enough volume. Hardman hasn't exceeded four targets since Week 5, and he's been held to two or fewer catches in 12 consecutive games now. While his game-breaking speed and versatility as a receiver, runner and returner does give him some upside, using Hardman is little more than a shot in the dark at this point.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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