Below, you’ll see the fantasy rankings for this game, plus a look at how each player fared in fantasy this season.
1. Patrick Mahomes
You’ve probably heard of this fella somewhere down the line. The 2018 MVP and 2019 Super Bowl MVP has yet to ascend back to his ‘18 statistics, but still managed a QB4 fantasy season with 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Against this Buccaneers team in Week 12, he completed 37-of-49 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns. Only his five touchdown game against the Jets produced more fantasy points this season.
2. Tom Brady
Brady ended up as QB8 in fantasy, as he threw for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He had some inconsistencies, but overall it was an amazing season for a quarterback moving to a new team at 43-years of age.
3. Travis Kelce
What can you say about Kelce? He’s the Mahomes of tight ends? That’s true. But he may be even further ahead of the crowd than his quarterback. Kelce finished as the TE1 in fantasy as he caught 105 passes for a tight end record 1,416 yards and 11 touchdowns. And has 21 receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs two playoff games.
As long as teams try to contain Tyreek Hill from beating them 70 yards at a time, Kelce is going to continue to feast, especially in PPR. When he faced the Bucs in Week 12, he had eight receptions for 82 yards and no touchdowns. That was actually a middling game for him, but that meant that Hill went off big.
4. Tyreek Hill
Hill finished as the WR2 in PPR and Non-PPR scoring, as he caught 87 passes for 1,276 yards and 15 touchdowns. Not long ago, Hill was a bit more boom or bust in fantasy, but as is targets went up, so did his consistency. He’s still not as consistent as someone like Davante Adams, as he had just three 100+ yard games this season, but the touchdowns are consistent. in his last 43 games he has 37 touchdowns.
His biggest game of the season was easily against this same Bucs team in Week 12, as he caught 13-of-15 targets for 269 yards and three touchdowns. That was the fifth-best wide receiver fantasy game of all-time! Carlton Davis will need a little more help this time around.
5. Chris Godwin
Godwin finished as WR31 with 65 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Nagging injuries kept him out of four games and the learning curve between himself and Brady can’t have been easy to navigate. He finished the season strong with four touchdowns in his last three games and has 14 receptions on 28 targets for 223 yard and a touchdown in his three playoff games. If we look at his average fantasy points per game, he’d be around WR15 while his compatriot Mike Evans would be WR16.
6. Mike Evans
Evans was WR11 in PPR and WR 8 in non-PPR after catching 70 passes for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. He played in every game, but did deal with some injuries throughout the season. In the end, he was the touchdown maker for the passing offense while Godwin was the target and reception leader.
The last time these teams met, Evans was huge in the fourth quarter, as he caught two touchdowns to give the Bucs a shot at beating the Chiefs.
7. Leonard Fournette
Fournette has taken over the lead back role from Ronald Jones during the playoffs, as he’s totaled 313 yards, 14 receptions and three touchdowns in three playoff games. Against the Packers in the NFC Championship game, he had 12 rushing attempts for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught 5-of-7 passes for 19 yards. He did have a couple drops, but Jones had just 10 carries for 16 yards and no targets. Who knows what two weeks of planning will do for Fournette’s usage in the Super Bowl, but he’s been playing too well to knock down in the rankings.
8. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
This could be Darrel Williams, as he’s been playing well while Edwards-Helaire was hurt, but I still expect their rookie running back will lead the way with two more weeks removed from his injury. That doesn’t mean he won’t share work with Williams, but I expect he’ll get more work than the six rushing attempts he had against the Bills.
Overall, Edwards-Helaire was RB22 as he rushed 181 times for 803 yards and four touchdowns, adding 36 receptions for 297 yards and another touchdown. He ended up missing three regular season games due to injury. He was held in check by the Buccaneers good defensive line, as he rushed 11 times for 37 yards and caught one pass for two yards.
9. Antonio Brown
Brown played his first game of the season in Week 9 after coming off suspension. He was productive, but didn’t top 70 yards and find the end zone until Week 15. He did end the season with three strong games, as he caught 20 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
The playoffs haven’t been as productive, but he did catch a touchdown against Washington, but injured his knee against the Saints and wasn’t able to play in the NFC Championship. But, the injury sounds like one that shouldn’t keep him out of the Super Bowl and he’s shown enough of late to believe he can put up numbers if the game plan goes his way.
10. Sammy Watkins
Putting Watkins this high after a poor season and coming off an injury might be a stretch, but he was able to practice all week heading up to being inactive for the Bills game and should be ready to go for the Super Bowl. Last season he was a key player in the playoffs and Super Bowl, as he caught 14-of-18 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown in three postseason games. I expect Mahomes will be happy to have him back for the big game.
11. Ronald Jones II
Despite not doing anything with them, Jones did have 10 touches last week and he still looks explosive. He had a good season, as he finished as RB20 in PPR and RB15 in standard leagues. Jones finished with 192 carries for 978 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 28 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown through the air. He also missed two games due to an injury. His 5.1 yards per carry ranked sixth in the league.
It’s not impossible that Arians brings out Jones as the lead back and tries to establish the run against Kansas City, but going with recent success, it’s hard to rank Jones ahead of Fournette.
12. Mecole Hardman
Hardman is a big play waiting to happen, but he also has a fantasy floor of negative points. Against the Bills he had a 50 yard run, short touchdown catch and lost fumble. Those three plays kind of encapsulate Hardman. And as long as Watkins returns, his time on the field could take a hit. The good news is that he should have some plays designed for him to utilize his speed and it only takes one big play to be worth a DFS or fantasy play in a single game contest.
13. Darrel Williams
Williams was often behind Le’Veon Bell in the pecking order, but ended up passing him after Edwards-Helaire’s injury. That led to two strong playoff games, as he rushed 23 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and caught all five of his targets for 25 yards.
He has played well, but I believe Edwards-Helaire will win the lead role back for the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean Williams is out of the picture, as he’s proven his worth these last two weeks.
14. Cameron Brate
Brate has outplayed Rob Gronkowski over the last six weeks, as he has 18 catches for 241 yards, and one touchdown on 24 targets to Gronk’s nine catches, 159 yards, two touchdowns on 20 targets. That’s enough to push me toward Brate over Gronk for the Super Bowl.
15. Rob Gronkowski
16. Scotty Miller
Miller is a burner who can do things like smoke Kevin King for a long touchdown before halftime in the NFC Championship. But, if Brown returns, which he should, Miller’s opportunities will decrease. Like Hardman though, Miller does have big play upside.
17. Byron Pringle
It was interesting to see Pringle get work ahead Demarcus Robinson, but as long as Watkins returns, his usage will take a hit. But if you’re taking a flier on a Chiefs receiver, I’d lean Pringle over Robinson.
18. Tyler Johnson
Johnson has shown he can make some pretty spectacular plays, but with Brown likely returning, he gets pushed to WR5 on the depth chart.
19. Le’Veon Bell
Darrel Williams has been playing ahead of Bell and he is also dealing with a knee injury. He could be active as the RB3 on the team, but wouldn’t be in line for much of a workload.
20. Demarcus Robinson
Robinson didn’t see one target in the Bills game despite Watkins being inactive. It is a bit strange, but Byron Pringle was the one who ended up seeing Robinson’s work. With Watkins likely being active for the Super Bowl, Robinson shouldn’t have much fantasy value.