UPDATE: DraftKings has added Jared Cook to the player pool. He quickly becomes a top play for the Pro Bowl slate.
Amazingly, tight ends have one of the best upsides of all the positions and there are only four to choose from, which helps us quite a bit, because it is difficult to know which of the four will see the most targets.
Over the last three Pro Bowls there have been 10 touchdowns and six of those have gone to tight ends. The fact that each team must have a tight end on the field at all times, theoretically gives each tight end a half to work.
No tight end over the last three Pro Bowls has had fewer than two targets and five of the 12 have scored touchdowns, with seven of the 12 scoring a touchdown and/or topping 70 yards. Last year, three of the four tight ends were fantasy worthy and two in each of the two previous seasons needed to be rostered in Pro Bowl DFS. Those numbers give us pretty good odds when picking a tight end.
One weird thing for the Pro Bowl DraftKings slate is that Jared Cook isn’t available, as they have Zach Ertz in there, who is the player Cook replaced. Cook is a great pick, but you can’t pick him.
Mark Andrews, AFC, Ravens (Captain $15,000, Flex $10,000)
Andrews is a big play receiver and a red zone threat, which gives him a real chance to get good yardage and a touchdown. I don’t know if he’ll be in the game when Lamar Jackson is, but we know how good that connection is and I’m sure his quarterback would like to give him a Pro Bowl touchdown.
Austin Hooper, NFC, Falcons (Captain $15,000, Flex $10,000)
Hooper scored a touchdown last year in the Pro Bowl on his one reception. He is very much in the conversation for another touchdown this year. The other tight end is Jack Doyle, who is more of a possession receiver than these three tight ends, so I’m leaning toward fading him in my lineups. His chance at a touchdown is as good as the other three, but he’s likely to have less yardage.
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