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Top DFS Sleepers for Super Bowl 55 – Value Fantasy Picks

| January 30, 2021 7:00 am PDT
Super Bowl 55 DFS Sleepers

Super Bowl 55 is going to be lit. Tom Brady is appearing in his 10th Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs are shooting for a repeat, and the game total is set at a cool 56.

The Buccaneers get to play the first “home game” in a Super Bowl, too, while this year’s big game features two top-5 offenses and a legendary quarterback battle.

Downplaying this one helps no one.

It’s going to be a game worth watching, and chances are you’ve at least thought about betting on this contest, too. If you do, just be sure to be well-versed on where to bet on the 2021 Super Bowl.

And if you want to take a crack at piecing together some Super Bowl 55 DFS lineups, I’m here to provide a little help.

Part of the process – particularly with these one-game showdown contests – is nailing the right value plays. To get you headed in the right direction, join me as I break down the best Super Bowl 55 sleepers for DFS contests.

Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($5.6k)

Hardman made my Super Bowl DFS sleepers last year, but he ended up being a non-factor with just two touches for -4 yards.

Ouch.

I tend to think there’s a pretty good chance of him popping up with some positive plays this time around, however.

Not only will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be busy trying to contain other playmakers, but Hardman has been busy with 10+ fantasy points in both of Kansas City’s playoff games.

Just last week, he turned three touches into 54 yards and a score.

It’s no lock that Hardman duplicates his recent success, but he’s a pretty good price, and he was somewhat involved (three catches for 23 yards on five targets) in an earlier meeting with the Bucs.

It does sound like Sammy Watkins will suit up for Super Bowl 55, of course, so temper your expectations here.

Then again, if Watkins is in, ownership for Hardman will likely plummet. That may make him super contrarian and ultimately one of the top Super Bowl fantasy sleepers.

Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs ($5.2k)

Running against the Buccaneers is admittedly pretty hopeless. Kansas City doesn’t run as much as they used to, either.

I mean, seriously, when comparing Super Bowl 55 defenses, Tampa Bay stands out as the better unit, and their top-ranked run defense is a huge reason why.

Just look at the rushing yardage they’ve allowed so far in three playoff games.

Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Rush TDs Allowed
Packers 67 0
Saints 104 0
Washington 86 2

Keep in mind that one of those Washington scores (and 46 of the yards) came against a running quarterback. Tampa Bay’s run defense has been on point.

While Chiefs running backs are probably easy fades in this spot, you still need to lend them a cursory glance.

Why? Because Williams is a bit too cheap for a guy who has logged 14+ touches in both of Kansas City’s playoff games.

With 11+ fantasy points in three of his last four games, Williams could be someone that gets a tad overlooked due to the brutal matchup.

Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3.4k)

Usually, when eyeing NFL fantasy sleepers, you want guys who are dirt cheap but offer immense upside.

Hardman and Williams could out-perform their salaries, but they’re not quite as cheap as someone like Scotty Miller.

The speedy slot receiver has actually been used in a variety of ways with Tampa Bay this year, and he handed in a huge play in the NFC title game.

He also is not lacking confidence, as he recently suggested he’s faster than Tyreek Hill.

I’m not sold on that, but Miller sure can fly, and if Antonio Brown is going to be limited or out (heck, maybe even if he’s playing), Miller may be one of the best fantasy football sleepers to consider for the big game.

Kansas City’s pass defense is tough, but that probably is more of a deterrent for paying for someone like Mike Evans. An ancillary piece like Miller might just benefit from less focus from the defense.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3k)

While the Chiefs have been tough against the pass, one area they have not been elite at all is tracking tight ends.

Rob Gronkowski has been really quiet in the NFL playoffs to this point, piling up just 6.4 total fantasy points over Tampa Bay’s last three games.

That string of lackluster games will have many forgetting he even exists, but you shouldn’t ignore the fact that he scored seven times during the regular season.

With Kansas City having issues against tight ends (6th most fantasy points allowed to the position), Gronk is very much in play at this absurdly low salary at DraftKings.

Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($2.2k)

Speaking of criminally cheap, I don’t see how Ronald Jones II doesn’t end up being the highest owned value play on this slate.

If he’s not, everyone is arguably doing it wrong.

Based on price alone, Jones stands out as perhaps the top daily fantasy Super Bowl sleeper. He’s been banged up and hasn’t really popped off in the playoffs, but the workload (10+ carries in two playoff games) isn’t terrible.

Leonard Fournette is seemingly the guy to own here, but Jones is arguably more explosive.

Remember what he did against the Panthers?

With the Chiefs struggling most against the run (8th most fantasy points allowed to running backs), this feels like a situation to exploit.

Jones has displayed monster upside this year, previously pouring in nine games of 10+ fantasy points. He’s popped off for 20+ three different times, too, and he had a rock-solid 17 against Kansas City in the first meeting.

If the Bucs are going to stay in this game, their running game will surely have something to do with it. Jones could be a big part of that.

Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($1.8k)

If you want to save even more cash – or just get really contrarian – you can consider fading Gronk or Jones and just punting with Byron Pringle.

Michael Wynn took a look at x-factors that could impact Super Bowl 55, and Byron Pringle made the cut.

Pringle could make waves in the return game, but he also could have a big impact as a receiver in the event Sammy Watkins is not operating at full strength for this game.

This could be one of the better Super Bowl DFS sleepers based on price alone, but Pringle’s on-field role isn’t that bad. The actual results are underwhelming, but in the AFC title game, Pringle saw 80% of the offensive snaps.

He only translated that into three catches for 22 yards, but the point is he’s on the field. Keep an eye on the status of Watkins. If he’s not a lock to play a lot, Pringle could be worth a dive in your Super Bowl 2021 DFS lineups.

Tyler Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($1.2k)

One of the other Super Bowl 55 fantasy sleepers I have my eye on is Tyler Johnson.

He didn’t do much in the NFC title game, but he’ll probably be etched in Tampa Bay history thanks to his clutch (yet controversial) hand in a game-deciding play.

He also did this.

Johnson’s role depends on the status of Antonio Brown, but this kid was a beast at Minnesota, and he has the ability to be a real force if he’s on the field a good amount.

There isn’t insane upside here, but Johnson could have a shot at some serious playing time, and the savings make him stand out as a solid Super Bowl fantasy sleeper.

Summary

The key to piecing together a winning Super Bowl 55 fantasy roster is finding the right fantasy football sleepers.

The guys above stand out as the best Super Bowl 55 sleepers, and you’re just going to need to decide which ones to put in your lineup and how you use them.

My favorite Super Bowl DFS strategy so far is putting one of these guys in the Captain slot, then targeting the top Super Bowl 55 DFS picks.

I’ll get into that more when I push out my favorite 2021 Super Bowl DFS lineups, though.

There’s more to Super Bowl 55 than just finding the right daily fantasy football sleepers, though.

You can also bet on the big game, and there’s a lot of great ways to do that. Check out some of our posts below for a little insight as to how to profit from the Super Bowl this year.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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