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Super Bowl 54 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Advice for San Francisco 49ers

Max Staley
Jimmy Garoppolo smiles during the 49ers win in the NFC Championship over the Packers.
Jimmy Garoppolo smiles during the 49ers win in the NFC Championship over the Packers. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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 Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: It's been discussed ad nauseam, but Jimmy Garoppolo only attempted eight passes in the NFC Championship Game. Yet somehow, Deebo Samuel still found a way to rack up 46 receiving yards, adding another 43 on the ground. It's clear San Francisco wants to involve Samuel anyway it can, whether it's through the air or on the ground. The 5.0 targets per game he's averaging over the last four games are right in line with what George Kittle (5.25) is seeing, and the 2.0 carries he's averaged during that span do give Samuel a nice boost on a run-heavy team.

Start Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Raheem Mostert sure picked a great time to have the best game of his career. He racked up 220 rushing yards and four scores on 29 carries, and with Tevin Coleman's status still looking uncertain, he should be in line for another heavy workload in the Super Bowl. Kansas City was the league's fourth-worst defense against the run in the regular season, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, which should also play right into Mostert's hands.

Sit Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers: It's hard to fault Emmanuel Sanders much for his catch-less outing against the Packers, but it's continued what has become a worrying trend. Sanders has only seen more than four targets once over the last five games, averaging 3.4 per game during that stretch. That lack of opportunity makes it tough to expect a big game from Sanders, especially against a Chiefs' team that had the sixth-best pass defense by DVOA in the regular season.

Sit Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Even with Coleman's latest injury, Matt Breida doesn't figure to be much of a factor in this one. Coleman missed more than half of the NFC Championship Game, and yet Kyle Shanahan still elected to ride the hot hand, only giving Breida one carry. The lack of involvement might be attributed to his ball-security issues. Breida fumbled the ball twice in Week 15, and has only handled an average of 3.25 carries per game in the four subsequent contests. Regardless of what happens with Coleman in the coming weeks, there's little to suggest Breida will be involved in SF's Super Bowl game plan.

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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.