C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample DFS Value, Prop Bets vs. Rams: A healthy Uzomah could be a bargain

Is C.J. Uzomah a safe DFS start and prop bet? Could Drew Sample step up if needed? Here are their most likely numbers in Super Bowl 56.

C.J. Uzomah or Drew Sample could provide value for fantasy football managers and bettors in Super Bowl 56. When the Bengals face the Rams on Sunday, what are the odds of a breakout performance from one of Cincinnati’s tight ends?

C.J. Uzomah Super Bowl fantasy outlook

During the Conference Championships, Uzomah exited his contest with a sprained MCL. As with most injuries, the timing couldn’t be worse. But since we’re talking about the Super Bowl, the timing literally couldn’t be worse.

Fortunately, Cincinnati’s No. 1 tight end recently stated, “I’m not missing the biggest game of my life.” Earlier this week, he ripped off his knee brace at a rally in front of about 30,000 Bengals fans. So, it’s fair to assume Uzomah will start Sunday.

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The biggest remaining question lies with his usage. The historically sparingly used TE has grown into a weekly offensive threat, thanks to a possibly unprecedently stacked Bengals offense that wreaks havoc on opposing defenses. If teams somehow contain Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins on a drive, Uzomah has proven to be a more-than-capable pass catcher. As long as his injury does not hinder him, Uzomah should return to form.

Uzomah ($4,400) is only $200 more expensive than Sample. As you’ll see below, a healthy Uzomah would be a no-brainer option compared to the low-ceiling, low-floor Sample. Additionally, if you’re making prop bets on Uzomah, we believe more than 3 catches and more than 40 yards are realistic, assuming no injury limitations. His scoring probability is around 25%-35%.

Drew Sample Super Bowl fantasy outlook

Sample has not yet demonstrated the playmaking ability one might have expected from a former second-round draft pick. If Uzomah somehow suffers a pregame setback, Sample would play the lead TE role, but as a distant No. 5 or No. 6 offensive option.

While Sample could net a goal-line look, the odds would be against him exceeding 2 catches or 20 yards. With Uzomah on the field, Sample possesses an even bleaker fantasy outlook. He’s not worth any serious investment in DFS or in prop bets.

BJ Rudell is the Fantasy Football and Betting Product Director for Pro Football Network. You can read all of BJ’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @BJRudell.


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