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Top WR/TE punt plays for Pro Bowl DFS

The Pro Bowl can be an odd game for DFS strategy. With less than stellar defense, pass catchers can be the big value plays. We break down the best DFS options for Pro Bowl DFS.

AFC tight end Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts is pursued by NFC linebacker Thomas Davis in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy owners are able to find some Pro Bowl action on DraftKings, as single-game Showdown contests are available, headlined by an $8 entry, $200k prize pool tournament. The slate is set to lock on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET. Set your lineups here: NFL Showdown $200K Orlando Classic [$50K to 1st] (NFC vs AFC).

Pro Bowl fantasy strategy can be somewhat challenging, as playing time can be difficult to predict. For more tips on roster construction for the Pro Bowl, we’ve got you covered here: Figuring out DFS strategy for the oddities of the Pro Bowl.

Here, we will take a look at some punt plays that fantasy owners can consider using in Pro Bowl Showdown contests on DraftKings. A punt play is a cheap play that allows fantasy owners to load up on high-priced players elsewhere on their rosters. It should be noted that there are multiple WRs priced below $1k, including Deonte Harris ($800), Andre Roberts ($400) and Matthew Slater ($200), but these players are primarily special teamers and are unlikely to log targets in the passing game.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts ($3,600 FLEX; $5,400 CP)

Doyle is the cheapest tight end in Sunday’s Pro Bowl Showdown contest. Last year, 80 of the game’s 114 total plays were passing plays, so passing volume should be available for Doyle to capitalize on provided ample playing time. The 6’6” Doyle is a large red zone target, and last season, two touchdowns were scored by tight ends in the Pro Bowl, including one by Doyle’s teammate Eric Ebron. Doyle does not carry big play upside, but is worth consideration as a cheaper option as a red zone threat.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos ($4,200 FLEX; $6,300 CP)

Like Doyle, Sutton is the cheapest priced player at his position—at least among non-special team WRs—and his 6’4” frame makes him a good red zone target. Sutton ranked in the top 10 among all receivers in red zone targets during the regular season, which could be helpful for touchdown upside. Sutton also displayed a strong ability to squeeze out extra yards after the catch, outperforming his expected run after the catch by one of the better margins among receivers during the regular season based on factors such as defender distance. Sutton being a quality red zone target, combined with his ability to make plays after the catch, could help him overcome limited target volume.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions ($4,600 FLEX; $6,900 CP)

Golladay is the second cheapest non-special teams WR after Sutton, and he racked up big yardage on a per catch basis during the regular season. Golladay’s 18.3 yards per reception ranked third highest among qualified WR, and he was among the leaders in getting quality depth on his targets, recording the sixth highest average air yards per target. Golladay’s 11 receiving TDs also ranked highest. Golladay’s ability to get big yardage on catches and find the end zone makes him an appealing lower-cost consideration.