“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Super Bowl LVI Cash Games

By Ha Kung Wong 

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

In 2020, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Super Bowl LVI!

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As usual, before we get to winning you more bragging rights (and DFS cash), remember, the point of this article is not just to give you one or two lineups for each site, it’s to give you examples of a few POSSIBLE lineups.  Getting exposure to a few different lineups is always a good idea, so don’t forget to mix and match additional lineups from my suggestions below.  Trust me, it’s a lot more fun that way AND you’ll improve your chances of cashing!

And this year, we’re also adding our ThriveFantasy prop picks to help you win even MORE money!

Let’s get to winning you some CASH in Super Bowl LVI!

Daily Fantasy Football

Cash Games, for those who don’t know, are essentially the lowest risk games.  They include “50/50” games, in which half the entrants win about 1.8x the entry fee, and “Double Ups”, in which slightly less than half the entrants win 2x the entry fee.

All the Super Bowl lineups this year are of the “Single Game” or “Showdown” variety.  This means slightly different things on FanDuel, Draft Kings and Yahoo.

  • FanDuel – You have $60,000 total salary to fill 1 MVP and 4 regular spots. MVP scores 1.5x but does NOT cost more. The average amount you have to spend per player is $12,000.
  • Draft Kings – You have $50,000 total salary to fill 1 Captain and 5 regular spots. Captain scores 1.5x but COSTS 1.5x more. The average amount you have to spend per player is $10,000. But since you have to pay more for your Captain, assume you’re paying around $15,000 for a Captain leaving you with around $7000 for each of the 5 remaining slots.
  • Yahoo – You have a $135 total salary to fill 1 Superstar and 4 regular spots.  Superstar scores 1.5x but does NOT cost more. The average amount you have to spend per player is $27.

Remember, this article is not focused on GPP (Tournament) Games, JUST Cash Games.  Feel free to use a few of these suggested players as a base when constructing a GPP lineup, but you’ll have to take some chances on a few low cost, upside players as well.

As per usual, I’m going to provide you with a few sample lineups on each site and give you a few notes to consider.  You’re welcome. ?

ThriveFantasy is actually quite a bit different.  There you have your choice of various player prop bets to pick from.  You can enter a traditional contest where you pick the Over or Under on 10 of the available prop bets, getting more points for risker picks, and compete for the most points in the contest.  Or you can just select two, three, or four player prop bets to create a custom lineup from the list of player predictions. Pick 2/2 correctly, win 3.6x your entry amount ($10 entry wins $36). Pick 3/3 correctly win 6.2x your entry. Pick 4/4 correctly win 11x your entry amount. The only limitation is that you choose athletes from more than one team to be able to enter.

I’ll be providing my 2 way prop bet picks each and every week!

If you’d like to try ThriveFantasy, go to www.ThriveFantasy.com and use code GARBAGETIME to get an instant deposit match up to $100! 

So, without further to do, here are my suggestions for the Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games for Super Bowl LVI contests, along with their prices.


Draft Kings 

Yahoo! DFS


Game Notes:

  • For those new to this column, note that I never advocate against you paying up at any particular position for DFS.  But remember that DFS is a salary cap game.  You can feel free to sprinkle high priced players into your lineups, but you can’t pay up everywhere because there’s simply not enough salary to go around.  I try my best each week to provide my thoughts on how you might want to balance your cash lineups in terms of points potential and salary.
  • I don’t have a “Free Square of the Week”™, but I do think there’s some value to be had at TE with Kendall Blanton.  Tyler Higbee is doubtful for the Super Bowl, which means a start for Kendall Blanton.  When Higbee exited the Conference Championship with a knee injury in the first half, Blanton stepped in and caught all 5 targets for 57 yards, being third in receptions behind only Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr.  If he does anywhere near that for his rock bottom pricing, he’ll be worth it, plus he caught his first TD in the Divisional Roud Playoffs, so he also has TD upside.
  • It’s near impossible to play a Super Bowl DFS lineup without Cooper Kupp.  As I’ve mentioned he had the most receiving yards of any player this season and the 2nd most receiving yards of any WR in the history of the NFL, only behind Calvin Johnson.  He’s clearly Matthew Stafford favorite target and it doesn’t matter what opposing defenses do, he always gets his.  Slot him in at your MVP or Superstar slot since it doesn’t cost you more and consider using him as your Captain on Draft Kings even with the premium pricing.
  • I’ve been on playing Odell Beckahm Jr. throughout the playoffs, and I’m definitely not stopping now as his yards and targets have increased every week. Check out our “Scares & Dares“™️ episode of the podcast for more on why I like OBJ this week!
  • Everyone will be on Ja’Marr Chase, but I’m all in on Tee Higgins.  He’s priced down across industry and he’s been the consistent workhorse on the Bengals in the postseason.  Check out our “Scares & Dares“™️ episode of the podcast for more on why I like Tee Higgins this week!
  • Both QBs are also in play with both Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford playing at a high level in the postseason.  Due to pricing, I like playing Burrow and matching him with Kupp, OBJ and Blanton thereby getting exposure to both sides, but feel free to flip that.
  • Finally, don’t forget about Evan McPherson.  Generally, I don’t recommend kickers in DFS, but McPherson has been ridiculous, winning back-to-back playoff games with kicks as well as going 12 for 12 in the playoffs.  He’s only two FGs away from tying the all-time record for FGs made in the postseason currently held by Adam Vinatieri.  You can bet he’ll at least get a chance to tie that record and he’s priced way down.
  • With regard to ThriveFantasy, I’m in on the Tee Higgins receiving yards prop and Odell Beckham Jr. receiving yards prop.  Want to know why?  Check out our “Scares & Dares”™️ podcast episode, and also get Joanne’s player prop bet picks of the week!

Thanks for reading all season long, and good luck with your Super Bowl Cash Lineups!  Hope you had fun and won some money, and I’ll see you again next season!