Yahoo NFL Daily Fantasy: Super Bowl NFL DFS Picks & Value Plays

Awesemo has a ton of great tools and NFL DFS rankings to tackle all the largest contests in Yahoo NFL Fantasy and DFS. This article will go through and highlight some of the week’s highest-projected Yahoo NFL fantasy picks at each position for the 2022 Super Bowl this Sunday. It will also provide insight into rostership projections and provide some other matchup information for optimal Yahoo NFL picks for daily fantasy lineups each week.

Yahoo Daily Fantasy: NFL DFS Picks Super Bowl 56

Top Graded QB: Matthew Stafford $30 | Grades: B, Values: B

The projections at quarterback this week are tight. We have two players who were near the top of the league in terms of yards per pass attempt and also two teams who don’t mind throwing the red zone. At the same time, we have to trust the Awesemo grades this week, which have been bullish on Matthew Stafford all season. Stafford grades out with the better points projection over Joe Burrow by over a full point and has outproduced Burrow in three playoff games thus far, with an average output that is hovering around 24.5 Yahoo points. Stafford ranked third in the league in red zone pass attempts this year and he’s projected out for over 300 yards and multiple passing touchdowns in this spot. With a cheaper price tag than his counterpart, he gains top billing at quarterback, with the strong note that both signal callers are strong plays.

Top Graded RB: Joe Mixon $31 | Grades: B, Values: D

The running back picture as a whole is a lot clearer than other positions this week (in terms of top grades). Joe Mixon has the largest point projection at his position by over 3.0 points this week and is the only running back who we can say for certain will be getting 10-plus touches. Mixon has topped 14 touches or more now in eight of his last nine games and offers upside that we simply won’t get by targeting running backs on the other side of the field this week. Mixon has gone over 24.0 Yahoo points in three of his last eight games of the year and his lower rostership projections means he could be a great pivot in the Superstar position on Yahoo, where he likely won’t be nearly as popular as either of the starting wide-outs or quarterbacks. Mixon deserves to be involved in the discussion for the most important portion of your single-game daily fantasy lineups this week, unlike the rest of the running backs in this game.

Top Value RB: Cam Akers $19 | Grades: C, Values: B

Akers role in this game is admittedly very murky. He did return to practice mid-week and is the most likely candidate to lead the Rams running back group in touches though, which also gives him the best upside. That’s reflected in the Awesemo grades and projections this week where Akers has the highest projection among all three Rams running backs by a wide margin. If Akers was more expensive for this game, he’d likely be a straight fade (due to the Darrell Henderson Jr. activation) but at under $20 — and in a role where he could yield 15-plus touches — Akers’ value is unmatched at this position for Super Bowl week.

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Top Graded WR: Cooper Kupp $41 | Grades: A, Values: D

Is this really a shock to anyone? Cooper Kupp has now exceeded 22.0 Yahoo points in six of his last nine games and is on a run where he’s grabbed six touchdowns in his last five games. The Bengals secondary has been solid at limiting opportunities to wide receivers this year but as we saw last week (when Tyreek Hill went for 100-plus yards and a touchdown) there’s certain players at wide receiver who are simply uncoverable in today’s NFL. Kupp leads that group and heads the projections this week at wide receiver by nearly 10.0 points. Seeing him NOT factor into winning lineups this week is hard to see.

Top Value WR:  Van Jefferson $13 | Grades: D, Values: B

When we’re talking about values for NFL DFS in the Super Bowl, the wide receiver who carries the best pure value score on Awesemo isn’t the likely to be popular Odell Beckham Jr. but it is the likely to be under-rostered Van Jefferson. Jefferson’s been dealing with injury issues of late but has been active in practice this week. The fact he’s failed to break 10.0 Yahoo points in seven straight games isn’t a great advertisement for this play BUT Jefferson has proven he’s got great big play potential and averaged a stout 16.0 yards per reception this year. Jefferson is a pure “big-play-or-bust” target in DFS, but he’s in a pass-heavy offense and likely to get weaker coverage given the ability of the Ram top-two wideouts. He’ll also give you great leverage over lineups with Beckham (who will be much more popular) as any Jefferson long score would certainly take away points from L.A’s other big-play option.

Top Graded TE: C.J. Uzomah $16 | Grades: D, Values: E

The Rams tight ends are a bit of mess right now. As of writing, Tyler Higbee has been put on IR and the only active Tight end on the roster for Los Angeles may be the unheralded Kendall Blanton (who has converted his last six targets into catches). While Blanton ($11) is certainly an interesting target at near the bare-minimum salary, there’s little doubt that the target consistency C.J. Uzomah has shown towards the end of the year makes him the more valuable play in this spot. Prior to him leaving early in the AFC Conference Championship game, Uzomah had averaged seven targets (per game) over his final four games of the year. The Rams have strong corners on both side of the field but are thinner down the middle where a player like Uzomah could certainly thrive this week. Uzomah leads all tight ends in point projections and likely has better upside just because of his positioning the offense than the special teams or kicker options near his price-point this week.

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