After an exciting NFL season, it will all come to an end on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Both teams have several great fantasy football producers. It should certainly make for interesting choices when it comes to Fantasy Super Bowl Start ‘Em.
For the Chiefs, getting this far was somewhat of was an expectation. They entered the season with the +600 odds, the second-highest behind the Patriots. However, the 49ers entered with the 16th best odds at +4000 and were not consistent picks to even make the playoffs, but here they are.
As far as fantasy football goes, very little is on the line. Those playing in fantasy playoff leagues do not have a large pool of players to choose from between. Luckily for you, those are the decisions I am here to help you with, one more time.
Start: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
Bench: Jimmy Garrappolo (SF)
I mean, come on. Did you seriously think I would not start arguably the best player in the NFL in the biggest stage of the season? There is very little debate here. Unless you are trying to save money in specific formats or trying to make a home run swing in others, Patrick Mahomes must be your starting quarterback if at all possible. That is not meant to insult Jimmy Garoppolo, who is a capable if unspectacular, fantasy quarterback.
Start: Raheem Mostert (SF), Damien Williams (KC)
Bench: Everybody Else
Raheem Mostert has done a terrific job of separating himself from the rest of the 49ers backfield in the playoffs and is undoubtedly the best running back in the Super Bowl. For Kansas City, Damien Williams is looking like he is really the only option. Darwin Thompson was the only other running back with a touch in the AFC Championship and that was a lone run for seven yards.
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Start: Deebo Samuel (SF), Sammy Watkins (KC)
Bench: Mecole Hardman (KC), Emmanuel Sanders (SF)
Deebo Samuel has had a terrific rookie season, one that honestly deserves recognition. His ability to lose defensive players once the ball in his hand is amazing and is somebody you must start. For the Chiefs, I went with Sammy Watkins. Of the four dynamic pass catchers for the Chiefs, I figured he would be shadowed by Richard Sherman the least. Mecole Hardman and Tyreek Hill will see most of his coverage and I am sure Kelce will draw him in double coverage multiple times. After his incredible eight catch performance in the AFC Championship, starting Watkins makes a lot of sense.
You can not go wrong about starting Tyreek Hill. He shares the same abilities as Samuel, and at a higher level. Leaving Hill out of your lineup is a risk, but makes sense considering the matchup. Emmanuel Sanders is slowly writing himself out of the lineup for the 49ers, seeing fewer targets every game. As for Hardman, the least experienced of the Chiefs’ top pass catchers, he will likely struggle in the presence of the 49ers dangerous secondary.
Start: Travis Kelce (KC)
Bench: George Kittle (SF)
I think there is a case for both tight ends here, but I believe Travis Kelce is just the smarter play. He has been far more consistent, as of late, and the Chiefs are much more likely to throw more than the 49ers, which ultimately gives the Chiefs pass catchers a lot more opportunities. While George Kittle, is a tremendous pass-catcher, he is equally one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL. He may be tasked primarily with a role in the run-game, which could limit his fantasy output.
Start: Harrison Butker (KC)
Bench: Robbie Gould (SF)
Super Bowl 54 Pick: 49ers defense outlast the Chiefs air raid, 31-27.