With only two teams to work with for the Super Bowl, the DraftKings main slate features four offensive and two defensive flex positions. With unique pricing, multiple flex slots, and a reduced player pool, roster construction will be the key to unlocking this week. With that said, here are a few intriguing Super Bowl plays.
Tom Brady – $15,500
Despite the highest salary on the slate, Tom Brady should anchor lineups this weekend. Projected to be the highest scoring player overall, Brady faces an Eagles’ defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards to running backs but the 15th most passing yards to quarterbacks. The natural pass-funnel of the Eagles’ defense figures to be Brady’s clearest path to victory. Despite the neutral matchup, Brady showed the ability to carve up the league’s best defenses, posting 19.6 points against the Jaguars. Play Brady with confidence in all formats.
Jay Ajayi – $8,300
In two playoff games Jay Ajayi has led the Eagles’s in touches with 18 and 21. According to Football Outsider’s DVOA schedule adjusted metrics the Patriots rank 30th in run defense. Although Nick Foles performed well last week, it was his first time eclipsing 300 passing yards since 2014, despite starting 17 games. The Eagles should feature Ajayi in this game, making him a nice pivot away from Dion Lewis.
Nelson Agholor – $7,400
Since Nick Foles took over as Philadelphia’s starter, Nelson Agholor ranks second on the team in targets. The Patriots allowed the third most yards to receivers this season and Nelson should draw the coverage of struggling slot corner, Eric Rowe. Per Pro Football Focus, Rowe ranked 15th worst out of 121 qualifiers at the corner back position. Priced below Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery, Agholor offers a strong salary saving option among Eagle pass-catchers.
Brandin Cooks – $9,100
As the third most expensive receiver on the slate, Brandin Cooks looks to be a value. Cooks has drawn target counts of 9 and 8 in each of the Patriots two playoff games. After battling the Jaguars loaded secondary in the Conference Championship, Cooks will draw an easier matchup against Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. Cooks should also go low owned after Danny Amendola’s strong playoff performance, creating a leverage opportunity.
Brandon Graham – $4,100
With DraftKings’ new scoring, sacks earn players five point and interceptions account for six. With sacks occurring more frequently in NFL games overall, targeting pass rushers appears to offer a significant edge. Brandon Graham led the Eagles in sacks this season with 9.5, but is priced down at $4,100. Playing more snaps than any other Eagles’ defensive lineman, he should work his way into a good amount of tackles as well. Graham should anchor the defensive flex position this weekend.
Stephon Gilmore – $3,600
With the Patriots favored to win, the Eagles may be forced into a negative games script in this game. This could create opportunities for New England’s play making secondary. With two interceptions and nine passes defended this season, Gilmore remains an underpriced option on the slate. An interception and a couple passes defended could propel Gilmore to the top of GPPs this weekend.