Both major daily fantasy sports websites are offering contests for Super Bowl LII, a departure from prior seasons when there seemed to be broad understanding that DFS contests should include more than one actual event in order to stay within legal guidelines. But there has been no loud protest from regulators or watchdogs.
DraftKings already trotted out its version of a single-game football contest a few weeks ago, and for the Super Bowl, its biggest contest has a $20 entry fee and a $2.4 million prize pool; first-place gets $1 million and there's a drop to $100,000 for second place with thousands of lesser prizes.
FanDuel's biggest contest has a $9 entry fee and a $2 million prize pool; $1 million to first, $150,000 to second and thousands of lesser prizes.
DraftKings' lineup requirement is six players: four offensive players (any position) and two defensive players, with a salary cap.
FanDuel's lineup is five players, all offensive, with a salary cap. The twist is that you chose one position that will receive double fantasy points.
There's one more option to consider for DFS players who are reluctant to venture into the unfamiliar waters of these single-game paid contests. FanDuel is offering a bingo game for free. If you sign up, you get assigned a bingo card with 24 prop bets and the usual "free square." As your props hit, they're marked. First place is $1,000, a Madden video game and a $50 gift card to GameStop. The cash prizes go down to $2, and anyone who hits a Bingo gets a ticket to an upcoming FanDuel contest (hey, it's free).
This week's value picks are offered with the big DraftKings contest in mind.
Offensive Player No. 1
Dion Lewis, New England Patriots: This is price play on DraftKings, with Lewis the ninth-priced player on DraftKings and the fourth-priced player on FanDuel.
Offensive Player No. 2
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: New England's Tom Brady is the top-priced player on both websites. If you can fit both starting quarterbacks under a cap, go for it, but it makes sense to start with Foles and see how the puzzle goes together.
Offensive Player No. 3
Chris Hogan, New England Patriots: In terms of low price-high points potential, Hogan may allow for taking Brady.
Offensive Player No. 4
LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles: Blount comes into play inside the 3-yard line, but if the Eagles get there, he's the likely guy to carry the rock.
Defensive Player No. 1
Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles: Long doesn't get a ton of snaps, but he makes the most of them.
Defensive Player No. 2
Devin McCourty, New England Patriots: The Patriots safety was the team leader in tackles and as a safety, he has the potential for interceptions, although he had just one this season.