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Ranking the RB/DST stacks for Super Bowl DFS

We break down the best running back/defense stacks for Super Bowl 54 DFS, and offer up some sleepers at DraftKings.

Damien Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs scores on a fourth quarter run in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

DraftKings is hosting three different Showdown contests for the 2020 Super Bowl. The main contest is for the whole game and pays out $1 million to first place. Set your lineups here: NFL $4M Super Bowl LIV Millionaire [$1M to 1st]. DraftKings is also offering an in-game second half Showdown contest and in-game fourth quarter Showdown contest for the Super Bowl.

Here, we will take a look at some RB/DST stack options to consider. Running backs can be appealing stack options with defenses because if a team gets out to a big lead, they could elect to hammer the running game to milk the clock, giving the RB more touches. The opposing team could also be forced into more passing volume, which creates more opportunities at sacks and turnovers for the DST.

Here are a few stack options to consider for Super Bowl 54 on DraftKings Showdown contests.


Damien Williams ($9,800) and Chiefs DST ($3,000)

Williams is coming off getting a strong 22 touches in the conference title game, and his ability to catch passes gives him another element to record fantasy points that increases both his floor and ceiling. The Chiefs’ incredibly explosive offense could also result in them getting out to a substantial lead, which could increase Williams’ touches in the run game and short passing game. More passing volume for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo could mean good things for the Chiefs’ DST, as Garoppolo threw more interceptions than average both on a per game basis and per pass basis during the regular season.

Raheem Mostert ($9,400) and 49ers DST ($3,600)

After losing touches to Tevin Coleman ($6,400) in the divisional round, Mostert re-established his grip on the 49ers’ primary RB role in dominant fashion, posting an epic performance in the conference title game. Mostert rushed for 220 yards with four TDs and finished with 31 total touches. That type of insane touch volume makes anybody an appealing fantasy play, and the Chiefs’ biggest defensive weakness during the regular season was stopping the run. The 49ers also match up well defensively with the Chiefs, as they can generate pressure without blitzing. The 49ers were also strong at preventing success on deep balls, which could help cut down some of the explosive nature of the Kansas City offense.


Matt Breida ($3,200) and 49ers DST ($3,600)

Breida’s playing time has declined lately, but he is capable of ripping off big runs. Breida reached a top speed of 22.3 mph on an 83-yard touchdown run back in Week 5, the fastest top speed recorded by any ball carrier during the regular season, which showcases his big play ability. The 49ers, who are run-heavy, can tend to ride the hot hand out of the backfield, and if Breida is having success, San Francisco could elect to keep feeding him the ball, especially with Tevin Coleman’s (shoulder) playing time uncertain. The 49ers’ DST also matches up well with Kansas City’s explosive offense for reasons mentioned above.

Darwin Thompson ($1,800) and Chiefs DST ($3,000)

LeSean McCoy is expected to be inactive and the team is only carrying two running backs. Thompson is the backup, and is a bit of a long shot. He had one rushing attempt and one passing target in the AFC Championship Game. If Damien Williams gets injured during the game, Thompson would be thrust into solid playing time. It’s as big a dice roll play as anybody in Super Bowl DFS.

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