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What to do with the Chiefs D/ST in Super Bowl 55 for DFS and playoff fantasy leagues

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of Chiefs D/ST ahead of the Chiefs Super Bowl matchup against the Bucs.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs welcomes strong safety Tyrann Mathieu #32 onto the field to start the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Unlike running backs and wide receivers, where there are multiple players, if your Super Bowl fantasy football contest includes a defense/special teams unit in the lineup, you have exactly two choices. And unlike those weeks in the regular season where you could just blindly pick up whoever was playing the Jets, both teams here happen to be pretty good, duh. So how does the Kansas City Chiefs D/ST unit look for the big game?

Fantasy Football analysis: Chiefs D/ST, $3,900

The Chiefs defense was able to sack Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen four times in the AFC Championship, and they also managed to pick him off once. Still, the Bills scored 24 points in the loss, and the Chiefs D/ST came away with just six fantasy points.

That’s pretty consistent with their season average of 6.7 per game through the regular season and playoffs. The unit was a more formidable force in fantasy when Tyreek Hill was returning kicks and punts, but they’ve moved him out of that role over the last two seasons. It’d be cool if they brought him to do it in the Super Bowl, but that’s not something you should bank on since he didn’t do it last year either.

The thing to weigh here is how well the Chiefs defense can limit the Bucs offense. The last time these two teams met, they gave up 24 points, resulting in just five fantasy points. The Bucs offense averaged more than 30 points per game in the regular season, and they’ve scored at least 30 in all three playoff games so far. And the point total for the Super Bowl is currently sitting at 56.5, which doesn’t bode well for fantasy points for either team’s D/ST.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Picking between the two, the Chiefs D/ST gets the edge.