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Top QB/RB punt plays for Pro Bowl DFS

It’s difficult to tell who will have a big game in the Pro bowl at QB and RB given how the rosters turn over. We break down the best DFS options for Pro Bowl DFS

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws the ball during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. 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 higher-priced players elsewhere on their rosters.

The two cheapest running backs in this contest are C.J. Ham ($600) and Patrick Ricard ($200). Ricard is primarily a run blocker and only touched the ball eight times during the regular season. Ham, also primarily a run blocker, saw 24 touches and got into the end zone once on a catch. Both of these players are high risk to score zero fantasy points in the Pro Bowl due to limited to no touches.

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens ($3,000 FLEX; $4,500 CP)

It isn’t clear if Ingram is actually going to play due to a calf injury that bothered him towards the end of the season, so his status will need to be monitored leading up to the game. If Ingram is set to play, fantasy owners can take advantage of a heavily discounted price. Every other non-blocking running back on this slate costs $6,400 or higher. Ingram scored 15 total TDs during the regular season as a key piece of a potent Baltimore offense and could carry some touchdown upside if given ample playing time. If no word comes in about Ingram’s playing time prior to the game, he will be a risky fantasy play best reserved for tournaments.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings ($5,000 FLEX; $7,500 CP)

Cousins is the cheapest QB on this slate and should see enough playing time to be a viable fantasy play. In last season’s Pro Bowl, all six QBs split passing attempts fairly evenly, with the AFC having a 14-attempt/15-attempt/17-attempt share among their three QBs and the NFC posting an 8-attempt/11-attempt/9-attempt share among their three QBs. Cousins had strong regular season numbers, posting a league adjusted passer rating that was 21 percent better than the league average QB and fourth best among all qualified QBs. Passing volume should be strong in this game given 70% of the total plays in last year’s Pro Bowl were passing attempts.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans ($5,400 FLEX; $8,100 CP)

Tannehill is the second cheapest QB behind Cousins, and like Cousins, Tannehill should receive enough playing time to be a viable fantasy option. Tannehill had a breakout season with Tennessee, posting incredibly strong numbers during the regular season. Tannehill’s adjusted passer rating was an incredible 35 percent better than league average and ranked best among all qualified QBs. Tannehill’s fantasy production tailed off in the playoffs, but that was primarily due to game-script issues, as the Titans elected to give RB Derrick Henry a massive amount of touches through the ground game.