No, this is not fake news. There is one more week of NFL contests running this week. The top three DFS sites are all offering NFL contests that combine the Pro Bowl on Sunday along with of course Super Bowl next weekend.
The slate combines the most important game of the year with one of the most worthless. Yes, it’s weird. Yes, I don’t really have much of an idea how to play it. And yes, it might be a bit gimmicky, but it is your last official opportunity to play daily fantasy football until the preseason games in August.
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What to Expect from the Pro Bowl/Super Bowl Slate
DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo Daily Fantasy are each offering slates that combine the next two week of NFL games. Of the top four sites, only FantasyDraft is electing not to offer contests this weekend.
The Pro Bowl begins at 6 PM ET on Sunday, so that means that if you want to participate in the final NFL slate of the season, you need to get your lineups in before early evening on January 29th.
Let’s take a look at the action currently in each site’s lobby:
DraftKings – A far cry from its regular season offerings, DraftKings will still offer a $10 buy-in $400k Fantasy Football Season Finale with a $4 entry fee. In addition, DraftKings is offering a dozen or so guarantees over $10k and many more featuring with smaller prize pools. DraftKings will also be offering most of their usual contest types as well – leagues, head to heads, 50/50s, multipliers, satellites as well as beginner and casual contests.
FanDuel – The top guaranteed tournament at FanDuel this weekend will be the $250k Sun NFL Bowl Games Bash. This tournament has a $4 buy-in and will award $30k to first. FanDuel will offer ten addition tournaments with guarantees over $10k with many more featuring lower guarantees. FanDuel players will be able to join a variety of contest types as well – leagues, head to heads, 50/50s and multipliers.
Yahoo Daily Fantasy – The internet’s third largest DFS site is offering the $25,000 Bowler, a contest that is awarding $2.5k to first. Yahoo will also be offering other guaranteed contests, leagues, 50/50s as well as heads-up contests during the slate.
Tips for the Daily Fantasy Pro Bowl Super Bowl
To be honest, your guess is as good as ours with some of the strategy involved in this unpredictable slate. With that said, there are some things to consider if you decide to put yourself through the process of taking this slate seriously.
Pro Bowel QBs are risky – Pro Bowl quarterbacks are low priced and the games are generally high scored. Unfortunately, quarterbacks in the Pro Bowl rarely get more than 1 or 2 quarters. That’s a high variance situation.
Consider Avoiding Pro Bowl Defenses – Pro Bowls are high scoring affairs and teams rarely score under 30. This means it might be a good idea to stick one of the Super Bowl teams when pick your defense. With that said, despite the high scoring involved in the Pro Bowl, Pro Bowl defenses tend to get an above average amount of interceptions and fumble recoveries.
Pro Bowl Picks Will Be Rewarded – The natural reaction is going to be to avoid Pro Bowl players in general. So it’s reasonable to assume that any Pro Bowlers you select that do very well will be a huge boost for your lineup. This is due to the likely fact that most of your opponents are going to have very similar players in the Super Bowl part of your lineup.
Use Tight Ends in the Pro Bowl – This one comes from Rotogrinders and it’s a great tip – select at least one (possibly two) tight ends from the Pro Bowl. This is due to simple percentages, which essentially gave the tight ends in the game a better chance of having a good game. Check out the article for other tips and more detailed information on past Pro Bowl performances.
So that’s that. One more chance to play daily fantasy football before some of us hibernate. Despite what you think about this slate, it certainly can only improve the experience of watching the Pro Bowl. Right?