The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially set to host and play in Super Bowl 55 against the Kansas City Chiefs. These two teams last met in Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season, when Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a three-point victory at Raymond James Stadium.
How did the players on each of these rosters perform for our fantasy football teams and DFS lineups? We take a look back at their Week 12 salaries and stat lines.
Kansas City Chiefs
QB Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes absolutely went off in this game, putting up his second highest fantasy day of the season. There weren’t many fantasy beneficiaries though, as Tyreek Hill was the only receiver who caught a touchdown. But wait, how was Hill the only player to catch a touchdown while Mahomes had his second highest fantasy day of the season? Well, he did throw for 462 yards and three touchdowns, with all those scores going to Hill.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Facing the Tampa Bay run defense pushed the Chiefs to throw more than they usually do, giving Edwards-Helaire just 11 rushing attempts for 37 yards and one reception on one target for two yards. Le’Veon was seeing a bigger share of work at that time though, and had seven touches.
The Buccaneers run defense was without Vita Vea at the time and he should be a full go for the Super Bowl. I truly doubt we see much of an effort to run the ball when they meet again next Sunday.
RB Le’Veon Bell
As I mentioned in the Edwards-Helaire section, Bell did see a good chunk of work considering how few running back touches there were. He rushed five times for 22 yards and caught both of his targets for 10 more yards. His role has changed since then though, as Darrel Williams has been getting more touches.
WR Tyreek Hill
Hill had his best game of all time against the Buccaneers in Week 12, as he caught 13-of-15 targets for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Even with 462 yards passing on the day for Mahomes, Hill took up over 58 percent of the receiving yards.
We of course can’t expect the Buccaneers to give up so much real estate to Hill this time around, but there is little doubt he has the ability and the best quarterback and coach to help unlock big plays.
TE Travis Kelce
Even in a game where Hill went off for record breaking numbers, Kelce still managed a good fantasy game, as he caught all eight of his targets for 82 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, which isn’t his norm.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Tom Brady
Brady was picked off twice in this game as he tried to bring his team back from a substantial deficit. But that extra passing in comeback mode did finally pay off in the fourth quarter, as he hit Mike Evans twice for touchdowns. He ended the day with 345 yards passing on a 65.9 percent completion rate, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Those two interceptions put him up to seven in his last four games before the bye. But after the bye, he he threw 12 touchdowns to just one interceptions in the final four games of the regular season.
RB Ronald Jones
Jones had an efficient day, but the score prohibited much rushing usage, as he ran nine times for 66 yards. A 34-yard run was the big gainer that propped up his numbers. But, he did have catch one of two targets which he took 37-yards for a touchdown. So overall, it was a solid day on just ten touches.
The problem now is, will Jones play behind a hot Leonard Fournette like he’s done the last two games? I think both players will get their shots and whoever is playing best will get more shots, but Fournette is likely out there on the first offensive play.
WR Mike Evans
Evans only caught three passes on nine targets for 50 yards, but two of those receptions were for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Overall Chris Godwin had a better day in bringing in passes, but Evans was more efficient in finding the end zone.
WR Chris Godwin
Godwin caught 8-of-9 targets for 97 yards and no touchdowns. The sure handed Godwin did end up hurting his pinky in this game, which slowed him down to finish the season. He had an insane five drops against Washington in the Wild Card round, but that was very much an outlier after having just two drops on the season. This Week 12 game is the Godwin we’re used to.
TE Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski has lost some of his speed and agility, but his hands and strength are still there. In Week 12, he had his most yards on the season, as he caught 6-of-7 targets for 106 yards. His next highest output was 78 yards. Unfortunately, Cameron Brate has taken over the receiving tight end job so far in the playoffs, as he has 11 receptions to Gronk’s two.