Fantasy Football Rankings, 2019 Super Bowl: Model that crushed experts says start Sony Michel, sit C.J. Anderson
SportsLine's advanced computer model reveals optimal start-sit advice for Super Bowl LIII
At least five running backs, three tight ends and seven wide receivers should see significant action in the 2019 Super Bowl when the Patriots take on the Rams on Sunday. Add in quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jared Goff, two of the most reliable kickers in the league, and defenses and there are plenty of decisions to make for Fantasy contests for Super Bowl 53 or the 2019 NFL playoffs. Should you trust James White, Sony Michel, or Rex Burkhead in the Patriots' backfield? Is Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, or Josh Reynolds the better bet at receiver for L.A.? Before you lock in any lineups, check out the Super Bowl Fantasy football rankings from the team at SportsLine.
When it comes to ranking players, their advanced computer model beat human experts in Fantasy football last season when there were big differences in ranking. And the model was closest to the hole overall, meaning it best pinpointed where every player would finish each week. That could literally be the difference between winning your league and going home empty-handed.
During Championship Week, the model was extremely high on Chiefs running back Damien Williams, saying he would finish as a top-two running back. The result: Williams recorded 96 total yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.
Now the model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has revealed its latest Fantasy Football rankings for the 2019 Super Bowl. One player the model is extremely high on for the 2019 Super Bowl: Patriots running back Sony Michel.
The Patriots have made a huge commitment to the run game since the start of the 2019 NFL playoffs. The main beneficiary has been Michel, who is firmly established as the new pound-it back in place of LeGarrette Blount. The first-round pick out of Georgia has rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries in the postseason, winning leagues week after week.
Still, some Fantasy owners are wary of the rookie because he's only had 11 targets in 15 games all season, which seemingly makes him touchdown-dependent. But the model expects the Patriots to use their rushing attack to take the wind out of L.A.'s sails and for Michel to get a large enough workload to finish as the No. 2 Fantasy football running back for the 2019 Super Bowl, ahead of backfield mate James White.
One huge shocker from SportsLine's Fantasy football rankings: Rams running back C.J. Anderson stumbles big-time on Sunday and finishes outside the top three backs.
The Rams have leaned heavily on the free agent acquisition this postseason, as he's taken 39 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He had 16 carries against the Saints compared to just four for Todd Gurley, so he's arguably the top option in Los Angeles' backfield heading into the 2019 Super Bowl.
But the model is projecting Gurley, who was one of the top Fantasy producers in the entire NFL during the regular season, to be the workhorse in the Super Bowl. Anderson is projected to produce just nine Fantasy points on Sunday, far fewer than Gurley. He's a player to avoid in any kind of postseason Fantasy contest.
The model is also calling for a shocking player you aren't even thinking about to finish high in its Fantasy Football rankings, and he could go off for big numbers in the Super Bowl because of a dream matchup. You absolutely need to see who it is before locking in any lineups.
So who should be in your Fantasy Football lineup for the 2019 Super Bowl? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Football rankings for every position, plus see which player could lead you to victory in your Fantasy Football playoff league, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season, and find out.
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