After another strong week on Championship Sunday, it’s time for the final daily fantasy recommendations of the 2018 season. For both DraftKings and FanDuel, “Captains/MVPs” cost more but get 1.5X point bonuses (so if a captain has 10.0 fantasy points, the bonus gives him 15.0 points). It was tough to leave Julian Edelman out of the Super Bowl LIII daily fantasy recommended lineup, but there are many good options from two great offenses.
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Captain/MVP: James White
DraftKings: $10,800 | FanDuel: $12,500
This feels like a James White game, as the Rams have had their struggles against running backs through the air all season, including in the NFC title game when Alvin Kamara was doing whatever he wanted as a receiver for much of the game. To avoid getting hit by Aaron Donald, Nndamukong Suh, and company up the middle, Tom Brady will likely get rid of the ball quickly to White and others to keep the offense in favorable positions. 10-12+ receptions wouldn’t be a surprise for White.
FLEX: Tom Brady
DraftKings: $10,600 | FanDuel: $15,500
Tom Brady is at his best in the biggest moments, and he should put up numbers this Sunday. In his last three Super Bowls, Brady has thrown for 1,299 yards and nine touchdowns (433 yards and three touchdowns per game). This could certainly turn into a shootout, which would benefit fantasy owners inserting the 41-year-old into their final fantasy lineups of the season.
FLEX: Sony Michel
DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $14,500
Sony Michel has five touchdowns this postseason, the most by a rookie running back in playoff history and the most in a postseason since Terrell Davis in 1997. The Rams are allowing just 2.3 yards per carry this postseason, but they allowed a league-high 5.1 yards per carry during the regular season, so you don’t have to shy away from using a runner against them. New England probably won’t abandon the run, and it starts with the explosive first-round runner from Georgia.
FLEX: Rob Gronkowski
DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $9,000
The Rams have been up-and-down against tight ends this season, but they’ve allowed huge games to Jared Cook (9/180/0), Travis Kelce (10/127/1), and George Kittle (5/98/1 and 9/149/1). Rob Gronkowski looked more like the Rob Gronkowski we’ve been used to seeing over the years against the Chiefs, and he should be fired up for what could be the final game of his great career. Don’t be surprised if Gronk has one of the better games he’s ever had on Sunday.
FLEX: Rex Burkhead (DraftKings) | Phillip Dorsett (FanDuel)
Burkhead: $4,800 | Dorsett: $8,500
Rex Burkhead is likely to be involved as both a runner and receiver in Super Bowl LIII, and we’ve established the Rams’ struggles against running backs on the ground and through the air; there’s potential for a dozen or so points from Burkhead. In FanDuel, there’s not enough salary left for Burkhead, but Phillip Dorsett has some sneaky upside if he’s able to get behind beatable cornerback Marcus Peters for big plays.
FLEX: Jared Goff
DraftKings has six players for their lineup while FanDuel has five. There’s room to have Jared Goff in the final DraftKings spot, and he’s shown what he can do when his team needs him to throw the ball around in a shootout (see: Chiefs game). You could also go with Phillip Dorsett or another player cheaper than Burkhead and instead use Julian Edelman in the final spot, or you can play around with different captains before setting your FLEX spots.