Yahoo DFS Football: Pro Bowl-Super Bowl Picks
Yahoo DFS Football: Pro Bowl-Super Bowl Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Football series.

Whether or not you found DFS success during the NFL regular season, Yahoo! has been giving you a chance to add to your winnings with contests throughout the playoffs. The final contests of this NFL season cover a unique slate which spans the Pro Bowl (Sunday, 3:00 PM Eastern time) and the Super Bowl (a week from Sunday, 6:30 PM Eastern). While grabbing some of the league's stars at a fraction of their usual prices is tempting, keep in mind that last year's Pro Bowl featured no more than 113 passing yards or 21 rushing yards from any individual player. Among the options primed to pop on this slate are a quarterback who's been in this situation many times and a receiver facing his former team.


QB: Jared Goff, LAR vs. NE ($32): The intro outlined the meager production offered by quarterbacks in the Pro Bowl – each team is splitting playing time at the position three ways while the guys in the Super Bowl get to work the whole game. Throw in the offense-friendly conditions at the site of this year's Super Bowl – Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium – and there really isn't much justification for picking a quarterback besides Goff or Tom Brady. Goff is $5 cheaper than Brady and will face a Patriots defense that's allowed a combined 626 yards and a 6:1 TD:INT to Philip Rivers and Patrick Mahomes this postseason.

RB: Todd Gurley, LAR vs. NE ($34): C.J. Anderson has done a great job getting the Rams to this point, but there's little doubt that a healthy Gurley would be Los Angeles' running back of choice in this winner-take-all game. Gurley refused to use the knee injury that forced him to miss the last two games of the regular season as an excuse for playing just 32 of 69 offensive snaps in the NFC Championship Game (and underperforming when in the game), but that injury was almost certainly a factor. Some hesitation is warranted given his $34 price tag, but a healthy Gurley is easily the best running back play on this slate, and the two weeks off between the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl could be just what he needs to get back to full health.

WR: Tyreek Hill, AFC at NFC ($20): Hill has a clear path to production in the Pro Bowl, as his elite speed makes him a threat to score on any play. The AFC's other top quarterbacks besides Patrick Mahomes will likely relish the opportunity to throw the ball as far as they can and let Hill go get it, so he should have a few deep ball opportunities. As for Mahomes, he has the combination of arm strength and chemistry with his Chiefs teammate to put on a show, even without the benefit of Andy Reid's play-calling.

Other Against-the-Grainers

QB: Russell Wilson (NFC, $20)
RB: C.J. Anderson (LAR, $21); James Conner (AFC, $15)
WR: Mike Evans (NFC, $20); Phillip Dorsett (NE, $14)
TE: Rob Gronkowski (NE, $20)
DST: Los Angeles Rams ($16)



Tom Brady, NE at LAR ($37)

With plenty of affordable options from the Pro Bowl available at other positions, owners should have no trouble clearing out the cap space necessary to pay up for Brady. Doing so is strongly recommended given his experience in big games. It seems like New England has done most of its damage this postseason on the ground, yet Brady's still thrown for at least 343 yards in New England's first two playoff games. It would be surprising to see him finish under 300.

Running Back

Sony Michel, NE at LAR ($26)

Michel has been the engine driving New England's offense this postseason, with 242 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He should see a heavy workload as New England attempts to slow down the Rams' fearsome pass rush, though Michel's lack of involvement in the passing game could lead to a dearth of touches should the Patriots fall behind. Should the game remain competitive throughout or the Patriots pull ahead early, Michel's likely to continue his recent success.

Wide Receiver

Brandin Cooks, LAR vs. NE ($21)

Cooks helped his current team knock off one of his former teams with seven catches for 107 yards against the Saints in the NFC title game, and now he gets the opportunity to take on his other former club. Extra motivation isn't a factor with the Super Bowl on the line, but Cooks' familiarity with the Patriots organization could prove valuable. Priced well below other Super Bowl options, Cooks offers nice bang for the buck at $21.

Jarvis Landry, AFC at NFC ($20)

Landry's no stranger to success in the Pro Bowl, having recorded 81 yards and a touchdown in the 2016 edition and 78 yards in 2018. Playing with other skilled players brings out the best in the talented receiver, who hasn't gotten to experience much of that otherwise as a member of the Dolphins and now the Browns. With the trio of Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball, Landry's primed for another strong showing in the exhibition game.

Tight End

George Kittle, NFC vs. AFC ($18)

Tight ends tend to find success in the Pro Bowl, since wide receivers have to battle with the NFL's best cover corners while the linebackers and safeties tasked with guarding tight ends often make it to the Pro Bowl for skills other than coverage. Rob Gronkowski's lack of game-to-game consistency and the Rams' general aversion to throwing to tight ends further bolsters the case for snagging a non-Super Bowl option at the position. Kittle finished the regular season on a tear, with 484 yards and two touchdowns over the final four weeks, and he's easily the more talented pass-catcher compared to NFC teammate Austin Hooper.

Defense/Special Teams

AFC All-Pros, AFC at NFC ($10): The AFC's defense has the easiest path to success if you just look at the quarterbacks. The Rams have to face Brady for a full game, New England will defend against Goff and offensive wizard Sean McVay, and the NFC has to contend with Mahomes, Luck and Watson. Meanwhile, the AFC defense will get to face Russell Wilson, Mitchell Trubisky and Dak Prescott – three quarterbacks who ranked no better than 15th in passing yards, with only Wilson finishing in the top 14 in touchdowns. Both Pro Bowl defenses also come in at the minimum $10, making them much better value plays than the Rams ($16) or Patriots ($17).

Honorable Mentions

QB: Patrick Mahomes (AFC, $20)
RB: James White (NE, $22); Saquon Barkley (NFC, $15)
WR: Julian Edelman (NE, $29); Robert Woods (LAR, $25)
TE: Eric Ebron (AFC, $18)
DST: NFC All-Pros ($10)

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Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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