Six Smart Super Bowl Fantasy Player Picks for 2018
Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
Zach’s a Pro Bowl tight end who plays a modern style of the position, blocking and receiving at an elite level. Ertz caught 74 passes and scored 8 TDs, averaging 58.9 yards per game over 14 regular season appearances. He’ll be a great value option at this position, especially considering the attention and price Rob Gronkowski will command.
He’s developed a nice chemistry with Nick Foles, catching all eight targets during the Eagles win over Minnesota, earning an impressive total of 93 yards. This will be his third playoff game with the Eagles, beginning his post season career with a touchdown reception against New Orleans.
Danny Amendola – New England Patriots
Brandin Cooks will be one of the more popular, expensive receiving options, especially after earning 100 yards on six receptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars elite secondary. Despite his status as a top target, Cooks will likely be of less value than Danny Amendola.
Pesky Amendola partnered well with Brady during the last Super Bowl, catching 8-11 targets for 78 yards and a crucial TD reception. Danny was also instrumental in the Patriots comeback win against the Jaguars, earning 84 yards and a pair of TD catches. Look for Amendola to step up on the biggest stage.
Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles
An underrated offensive threat, Jeffery’s the type of tall, muscular wide receiver who has the ability to create game-breaking catches. Alshon’s length and range will make it a bit easier for Foles to target Jeffery downfield for a sudden strike.
During his first year with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffery enjoyed a bounceback campaign, catching 57 passes for a total of 789 yards and 9 TDs. He continued his superb play in the playoffs, receiving five catches for 85 yards against the Vikings, including two TD receptions. He also earned 61 crucial yards on four receptions during the close, 15-10 divisional round win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Dion Lewis – New England Patriots
Dion Lewis might be the most versatile selection for Super Bowl LII fantasy competitions. The running back finds himself playing a triple role in the Patriots offensive scheme, serving as a threat on the ground and as a receiver. He’s also a returner who scored a rushing, receiving and kick return touchdown in his first ever playoff game against Houston in 2017.
Coach Belichick will continue to utilize Lewis as a versatile threat, making him one of the best fantasy picks available. During the 2018 playoffs, he earned 96 rushing yards, 16 receptions for 111 yards and three kick returns totaling 61 yards. Lewis will probably be a featured member of the offense on February 4th.
Jay Ajayi – Philadelphia Eagles
If you’re looking for a running back option who might be a bit less expensive, Jay Ajayi will fulfill a need for a back who consistently contributes yards. Philly acquired Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins mid-season to add depth to the lineup, a wise hedge given the injury to Carson Wentz.
Ajayi averaged 62 yards per game during the 2017 regular season, scoring two touchdowns during his seven games with the Eagles. Jay’s improved his production in the playoffs, rushing for 63.5 yards a game while averaging 35 yards per game as a receiver. Philadelphia’s increased use of Ajayi as a receiver bodes well for his value as a Super Bowl fantasy selection.
Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles
Everyone knows about Tom Brady, which makes it that much more important to study Nick Foles as a potential low cost, high reward quarterback for your Super Bowl LII fantasy squad. Foles used to be a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Eagles, before his career fell off a cliff with the Rams and the Chiefs. He didn’t show much as a backup pivot to Carson Wentz, until the playoffs began.
Foles has been close to perfect in the 2018 post season, throwing three TDs, no interceptions and earning a 122.1 passer rating against the Falcons and the Vikings. His first playoff game with the Eagles in 2013 was impressive, throwing 2 TDs and no interceptions for a 105.0 rating. Brady’s obviously a preferred choice, but Foles might provide excellent value by continuing his steady pivot play.
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