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Super Bowl LVI – Bengals vs Rams – FanTeam Showdown

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the greatest show on Earth… The Super Bowl LVI

Article written and published by @nickofwigan

If this is your first Super Bowl experience, soak it all up. This is the greatest spectacle bar none in the sporting calendar. Two teams, all out for 60 minutes, for a place in history and a chance to lift the Lombardi Trophy.

Throw in some pre-game hype and an out of this world halftime show lineup that features legends of the Rap/Hip-Hop genre, and we have an unmissable experience.

This year’s Super Bowl sees the Cincinnati Bengals face off against the Los Angeles Rams at the visually impressive SoFi Stadium, in LA. This is the second year in a row a team has made the Super Bowl with a chance to play in front of their own City. 

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The Rams are no strangers to the Super Bowl, this is their second visit in the last four seasons (losing in 2018 to the Patriots) and their fourth visit to the big game in franchise history. The Bengals last appeared in the Super Bowl in 1988, and have yet to lift the Lombardi Trophy.

These two teams have never met in the Super Bowl before, so we have a unique match up full of intrigue and enticing offensive and defensive matchups. 

There’s also an interesting coaching match up, with McVay coaching in his second Super Bowl. On the opposite side-line, Zac Taylor will be coaching his first Super Bowl. He is a product of McVay’s coaching tree and was the Rams Quarterback coach in 2018, when they lost to the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LIII.

The Contest 

There’s no better way to enjoy this fantastic occasion than to get building those showdown line ups. At FanTeam, we have you covered! We are running a fantastic contest, with a €1,000 guaranteed pot to first place. There will be two entry levels at €2 and €15 – the notable difference being the prize pot available in each contest.

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If you have played an NFL showdown on FanTeam this season, the format will appear very familiar. The concept is simple. In Universal-6, you have 6 spots to fill in your lineup. You can select any player, from any position, from either team. You have a budget of 115.0m to work with, which may seem a lot when you review the players’ prices. 

However, there is a catch (no pun intended). Your Captain will score 1.5x points, but will cost 1.5x his price tag. The same applies to your Vice-Captain, only this is 1.2x points multiplier with a 1.2x price increase. This means that unfortunately, you can’t fit in all of the top priced assets. There has to be some balance throughout your team. 

Player Picks

The highest priced players in this contest are Cooper Kupp (26.9m) and Ja’Marr Chase (21.4m), followed by the Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (20.8m) and Joe Burrow (20.2m).

If you are entering single or multiple lineups, you will absolutely have combinations of these players throughout. If you want to partner Kupp with Stafford, or Chase with Burrow, I will not warn or persuade you otherwise. These are great options, hence their hefty price tags.

But, it is difficult to fit all of the top priced players in without balance. With that in mind, here are some of my core plays to help free up the budget to accommodate some of the games’ top offensive assets.

Odell Beckham Jr. (17.6m)

If you are playing Stafford and Kupp, you might want to find a way to include Odell Beckham Jr. Through 3 games in the postseason, OBJ has been targeted 23 times and has hauled in 19 of his passes for a total of 236 yards.

Known throughout his career for his safe hands, OBJ also has a very impressive 82% catch rate thus far in the playoffs. He was phenomenal against the 49ers, and will see plenty of action against the very erratic Bengals cornerback, Eli Apple. This is a great match up for him.

Tyler Boyd (11.1m)

Often the forgotten receiver in Cincinnati, Tyler Boyd could be a key player if the Bengals come out on top this Sunday. The Rams have had their struggles throughout the regular and postseason with their linebacking crew, missed tickles have plagued this team.

If Joe Burrow can neutralise the Rams pass rush by getting the ball out of his hands quickly, Tyler Boyd could see plenty of work come his way. He will also likely match up against Rams Cornerback David Long or Donte Deayon, and Boyd will be happy with that. Chase and Higgins will likely command the attention of Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams.

Cam Akers (12.3m)

The Rams love to establish the run. Their offense operates off the back of an established run game, allowing them to run play action and control the time of possession. Add to that, the Bengals have allowed the most rushing yards of any team against opposition in the post-season thus far.

Despite some of Cam Akers’ issues in the postseason so far, McVay trusts him, and will use him early and often to establish the ground game from the off. Following return from his injury, this is also a great story for Akers. The kind of story you have to consider when building your showdown line ups. 

Value at Tight End

Tyler Higbee’s status still appears up in the air, it is uncertain whether he will suit up on Sunday. If he doesn’t, the Rams will look to Kendall Blanton (8.7m) to fill the void. Blanton has caught all 7 of his postseason targets for 1 score, and was instrumental in keeping drives alive against the 49ers, especially on third downs. Matthew Stafford appears to trust his big Tight End, and he could see a similar share of the targets once again.

The Bengals are also in a tricky situation at Tight End, with C.J Uzomah (8.9m) having missed the Conference Championship game against the Chiefs with a sprained MCL. He claims he will be ready and does not want to miss the biggest game of his career. Uzomah poses a good redzone threat and can also operate underneath, much similar to the role I expect Boyd to fulfil. 

Example line up build

I will be entering this lineup, along with several other line ups, so I’m not giving my entire strategy and team reveals away 🙂 – but hopefully I’ve given you enough food for thought… 

In this build, I have opted to captain Matthew Stafford, as quarterbacks are notoriously high scoring positions in DFS. My Vice-Captaincy falls on Stafford’s favourite target and triple crown receiver, Cooper Kupp.

This still allows me to accommodate Cam Akers and OBJ, as well as Boyd and Uzomah for some value. As a Rams fan myself, I am slightly biased. Though, I am backing the Rams to come out on top in this game.

You can either play this contest with a single entry, or you can multi enter (up to 50 entries) to allow you to build different lineup combinations. 

The contest locks On Sunday before the game, which begins at 23:30 GMT.

Best of luck, and I hope to see you in the cash spots!

Nick Owen

Twitter – @nickofwigan

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