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Previewing Ross Dwelley for Super Bowl DFS

49ers TE Ross Dwelley has been a decent replacement for George Kittle, but only when the start is injured. We break down his performance to date, his DraftKings and FanDuel salaries, and what to expect for Super Bowl 54.

Ross Dwelley of the San Francisco 49ers pumps up the crowd after the team scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Levi’s Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers square off in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, February 2nd. We’ll be breaking down everything you need to know to prepare your daily fantasy football lineups for the big game. We’re starting with a player-by-player preview for the skill position players on the two teams.

The 49ers signed tight end Ross Dwelley as an undrafted free agent in 2018, and he has quietly claimed a hybrid role. He is George Kittle’s backup at tight end, but he has also been able to slot in at fullback when Kyle Juszczyk has been injured. He had a fairly limited 2018, working primarily on special teams. He has emerged in 2019 as a second blocking option with Garrett Celek spending most of the season on the injured list.

DFS Super Bowl price

DraftKings Captain: $600
DraftKings Flex: $400
FanDuel: $5,500

DFS opponent position ranking

DraftKings: 28th
FanDuel: 24th

Season performance

Dwelley has appeared in every game this season, with 70 percent of his snaps on offense and 30 percent on special teams. A year after catching two passes for 14 yards, Dwelley caught 15 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns this season. Both touchdowns came in Week 11, when he started for a second straight week in place of an injured Kittle. Dwelley caught four passes for 14 yards and the touchdowns. During Kittle’s 2+ games absence, Dwelley caught 11 passes for 67 yards and the two scores.

Playoff performance

Dwelley was not targeted in the 49ers first two playoff games. He played 14 total offensive snaps and 22 special teams snaps. Levine Toilolo surpassed him in tight end work, playing 33 total offensive snaps. He was also not targeted in the passing game.

Matchup

Covering tight ends is one of the Chiefs biggest weaknesses as a defense. They rank 28th in DKFP allowed to the position and 25th in traditional fantasy points allowed. Their first two games have been more favorable in terms of tight end matchup. They held Jonnu Smith to three receptions for 38 yards last week and Darren Fells and Jordan Thomas to a combined four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown in the Divisional round.

DFS pricing and analysis

Dwelley will not be rostered in most DFS matchups in Super Bowl 54. The only way he finds any kind of production is if Kittle or Juszczyk got hurt. If it were Kittle, we’ve seen Toilolo getting more work of late, so even that might not be enough.