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Top daily fantasy football D/ST punt plays for Week 17

It’s often hit or miss with defense and special teams, but these riskier punt plays could be to your advantage in Week 17.

Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack runs on the field before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Defense/special teams plays are often the some of the most unpredictable. But they can also be the most rewarding if you play your cards right. You can save some serious money elsewhere in your lineup with a cheap pick at this slot, and we want you to find the best value.

These are the defense/special teams punt plays we feel are worth a shot in Sunday’s bulky DFS slate.

Defense/Special Teams

Chicago Bears ($2,100)

Chicago is above average against the pass and run and will face a Vikings team it dominated in Week 4 this Sunday. Kirk Cousins only threw for 122 yards and a score against the Packers’ middle-of-the-road secondary and while his team combined for 57 rushing yards without Dalvin Cook, who is recovering from a chest injury. The Bears held the Vikings to six points earlier this year and recovered two fumbles while recording six sacks. They could very well have Minnesota’s number again.

Arizona Cardinals ($2,400)

The Cardinals topped the Seahawks 27-13 in Week 16 and their defense and special teams tallied 11 DKFP against the second-best team in the NFC West. Although Seattle suffered from some unfortunate health problems at the running back position, this was an impressive feat. Arizona sacked Russell Wilson five times and recovered a fumble. If Kyler Murray is available in Week 17 to help the defense’s field position, the Cardinals could put up a fight against the Rams as well.

Washington ($2,200)

This pick seems like a bit of a reach, but it just might pan out. Washington will be pitted against Dallas in Week 17 after the Cowboys only posted nine points against Philadelphia in Week 16. Ezekiel Elliott struggles, Dak Prescott was dealing with a shoulder injury, and the team hasn’t done a great job of getting Amari cooper involved in the offense. Prescott only completed 25 of his 44 throws against the Eagles and didn’t produce a single touchdown. Washington has been better than Philadelphia against the pass this year, so maybe its secondary will rebound in a big way after being picked apart by Daniel Jones and the Giants.