The 2018 daily fantasy football season as we know it has finally ended.
Last week’s conference championship games did not disappoint with both going into overtime, but when they were over they still capped our regular NFL DFS slates.
You can still play in showdown slates the next two weekends, of course. That starts with trying to pick your favorite stars in the 2019 Pro Bowl on Sunday and obviously ends the week after with Super Bowl 53.
Trying to gauge how the Pro Bowl will unfold is pretty difficult. We don’t even know for sure who will be active or how much they’ll play. Usually an explosive outing, last year’s matchup threw a wrinkle in your planning with a defensive battle.
I don’t know what to expect this year, but with Patrick Mahomes on one side of this thing, I tend to lean toward some points going up. Mahomes is my top target for this NFL DFS Pro Bowl slate and from there I’ll just try to cram as many elite options as possible:
MVP (x1.5 points): Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs ($14k)
Quarterback play tends to get split up between three or four guys, but the starter still tends to see the bulk of the work. That is Mahomes for the AFC’s side and considering he’s been good-to-great in virtually every game this season, I see no reason to go away from him here.
There are definitely some guys to stay away from due to likely being limited or flat out not playing in the Pro Bowl. Mahomes isn’t one of them, so fire him up with confidence.
FLEX: Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($11.5k)
Mahomes’ top weapon will be on hand at the 2019 Pro Bowl as well. Travis Kelce is sitting the NFL’s All-Star game out, but Hill will play and would really only need one long score to pay his salary off.
Hill has as much upside as anyone and will start the game with his quarterback throwing him passes. What are the odds these two don’t dazzle with a big play or three? Not great, I’d say.
FLEX: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($11k)
Evans enjoyed one of the most underrated campaigns in 2018 and nobody is really talking about it. Tampa Bay’s lack of team success has a lot to do with that, but you better believe he could come into the Pro Bowl with something to prove.
Evans wasn’t even voted in as starter, as he’s getting his chance due to a Julio Jones injury. He also performed in the Pro Bowl Skills Showcase, so I don’t have any real concerns that he’d be limited for the actual game.
This is a stud with amazing size and an excellent catch radius, so no matter who is throwing to him this weekend, a couple big plays and a score are on the table.
FLEX: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($11.5k)
Smith-Schuster is another explosive big-play threat that I have to have on my Pro Bowl NFL DFS roster. He can take any play the distance and with Mahomes always looking down the field, he’s a threat to do some major damage.
JuJu has soaked up his Pro Bowl trip with a dominant effort in the Skills Showcase, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him parlay that into a big weekend, either.
FLEX: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants ($12k)
I’ll wrap things up with Barkley, who was a monster as a rookie this year, compiling over 2,000 total yards and 15 touchdowns. He should look to continue his crazy first season in the NFL with some more big plays at the Pro Bowl.
Running backs are very tough to figure out for the Pro Bowl, but Barkley is young and has the explosiveness to turn even a handful of touches into a big day.
These are some of the very best talents in pro football, so you honestly can go back and forth all day as to how you build out the perfect Pro Bowl NFL DFS lineup. I love the team I have here, but if you want to just pick 1-2 of the options I like and mix them in with your own, feel free.
Whatever you decide, I wish you luck this weekend. Enjoy the game!