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

By Ha Kung Wong 

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

In 2022, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Super Bowl LVIII!

You’re welcome.😎

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!

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

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.

So, without further to do, here are my suggestions for the Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games for Super Bowl LVIII 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.
  • Check out my Super Bowl LVIII Preview & Prediction for a breakdown of the game as well as last week’s and this week’s podcast as we breakdown all aspects of Super Bowl LVIII with Scott King, Ryan Whitfield and Adam Aniba!  And don’t forget to check out our Super Bowl Player Prop Bets we dare to make for more info! 
  • No “Free Square of the Week”™ for Super Bowl LVIII, but still some value options available.
  • For Super Bowl LVIII, I’m absolutely trying to get 2 of the 3 top players in every lineup.  That includes Christian McCaffrey, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.
    • I don’t have to tell you how productive McCaffrey has been.  As I mentioned in my Super Bowl LVIII preview, McCaffrey led the league in rushing yards (1,459) and scrimmage yards (2,023) during the regular season and had the most receiving yards (564) and receiving TDs (7) of any RB this season.  In the playoffs, CMC has the second most rush yards per game (94.0), most rushing TDs (4), and most receiving yards per game of any RB (36.0).  Over 6 career playoff games, McCaffrey has now averaged 112.7 total yards per game, scoring at least one TD each time.  There’s no way you can leave CMC out of your lineups, particularly against a Chiefs defense that’s just 17th against the run, and I like playing him in the MVP/Captain/Superstar slot if you have the cap space.
    • Mahomes has had a “down” year, but he’s still a pretty sure bet to be productive.  He’s been here before, won two Super Bowls and has the highest postseason QBR of any QB in the playoffs (90.2), not to mention he’s had 0 interceptions and should be able to take advantage of the 49ers 14th ranked pass defense.  His price is significantly lower than CMC on most sites making him a good option for your Captain spot on Draft Kings where they price up your Captain.
    • Kelce has been a beast in the playoffs with 262 receiving yards and 3 TDs on a whopping 23 receptions over 3 games.  Plus, he has Taylor Swift flying in from Japan to support him, so that’s got be worth at least 10 fantasy points.
  • I don’t mind mixing in Brock Purdy in your lineups, since he does have a solid set of skill players to throw to and should be good for at least a TD.  The only problem is that his price is fairly high, and I’m not thrilled about his upside against the Chiefs 4th ranked pass defense.
  • I prefer to get exposure to the 49ers passing game through a much cheaper, and perhaps underpriced, George Kittle.  Kittle has quietly had the 2nd most receiving yards (1,128) and 4th most receiving TDs (7) of any TE in the league.
  • And if I’m going cheap, I’m targeting Marques Valdes-Scantling, Jauan Jennings, either kicker (with a slight preference for Harrison Butker) and both defenses.  Jennings has a role in the 49ers offense (58% route rate in the playoffs) and upside if either Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel are suddenly hampered (5 for 61 yards and 5 for 54 yards in two games when Deebo Samuel was out), so there’s some potential there.  Over 3 playoff games, MVS has 5 receptions on 8 targets for 108 total yards.  It’s not a lot, but the opportunity is there as the deep threat for the Chiefs as he had a 96% route participation in the AFC Conference Championship game and he’s played well against the 49ers in the past, posting 3-103-0, 2-53-2, 3-59-1 and 3-111-0 receiving lines in 4 of his 6 career games against them.  Both kickers should also have fair opportunity to meet value as both defenses have been solid.

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!