There has been something new on the fantasy front this season, a game that allows you to play fantasy contests for just the Super Bowl.
This format is called “single-game” at FanDuel and “Showdown” at DraftKings. Both require you to pick a top player — an “MVP” on FanDuel and a “captain” at DraftKings. Both score 1.5 times the fantasy points — so if Player A gets 10 actual fantasy points, he gets credit for 15 if in the MVP or captain spot.
The rest of the roster at both sites is comprised of Flex options — any player from any position — including quarterbacks, kickers or defense/special teams. At FanDuel, there are four such spots on a five-man roster; at DraftKings, there are five Flex options on a six-man roster.
The primary challenge is picking your captain/MVP. For our purposes, we’re going to build a DraftKings roster. We’re going to do this at DK because we want to be a tad contrarian without taking a wild stab at a secondary player. Instead, we put Patriots running back Sony Michel ($10,200) in the captain spot.
This can be considered slightly contrarian because: 1. He isn’t a QB; 2. DraftKings scores full PPR and Yahoo scores just half-point PPR, so Michel’s value takes a hit, which should make him a less popular captain pick at DK; 3. You want to put a player who has a decent chance of being the game’s top fantasy performer in this spot, and Michel certainly could do that considering his volume of usage, particularly at the goal line.
To fill in the rest of the spots, we first add the players we know we want — QBs Tom Brady ($10,600) and Jared Goff ($10,000) and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski ($6,000).
This leaves us with just $13,200 remaining out of a $50,000 salary cap. So we add the Patriots DST ($2,800) on the cheap, thinking Bill Belichick’s defense could confuse Goff into some turnovers, which also could help force the Rams to keep passing and boost Goff’s numbers.
With $10,400 left, we can have any other player except for Julian Edelman, which is fine by us — we don’t mind fading Edelman here since he has a tough matchup with slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman, whom you might have heard of after the NFC Championship game.
With all the other choices remaining, we take Todd Gurley ($9,000). We feel some will be hesitant since Gurley’s workload has been split with C.J. Anderson during the playoffs. But with two weeks’ rest, we’re, hopefully, going against the grain here to get the most talented player on the field.
Then, like every week, we cross our fingers and hope the game breaks our way. Because it is our last chance before the long, hard, football-less hell to come. Best of luck Sunday, and see you next season.