With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. With six Madden Streams each day, there are eight free daily contests, with a single-game Showdown for each game in addition to a pair of classic contests, one including all six games and one focusing on the late three games. Each simulation is played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
We’re back to a full six-game slate on Saturday after a bit of a breather on Friday, so get ready for another awesome all-day slate of contests. The all-day contest, which is the focus of this post, kicks off at 12 p.m. ET with the Jaguars hosting the Bills. At 2 p.m. ET, the Jets welcome in the Saints before the Steeelers and Giants take the field at 4 p.m. ET. The late slate starts with the Bears at the Bengals at 6 p.m. ET, and then in primetime we have an NFC East showdown between the Cowboys and the Redskins at 8 p.m. ET. “Madden After Dark” is also back after a one-day hiatus with the Lions hosting the Rams in the final game of the day.
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StudDak Prescott, DAL at WAS, $6,300 — The Cowboys were dominant in their most recent sim, crushing the Bengals, 35-3, on Thursday afternoon. Prescott threw for four touchdowns and 256 yards on his way to an impressive 29.74 DKFP. He has over 18 DKFP in five of his past six contests and went off for 39.46 a few games ago against the Giants. He should hit the 3,000-yard mark in this game and has a sterling 26:3 TD:INT ratio in these sims. He’s very affordable in a great matchup and has averaged the second-most DKFP of any QB on this slate. Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,500), Ben Roethlisberger ($6,500)
ValueMitchell Trubisky, CHI at CIN, $5,900 — Trubisky is the only QB that has been out-averaging Dak, with a very impressive 20.5 DKFP per sim. Most of his value actually comes from his ability to run, which was on full display in his most recent game when he ran for three touchdowns and finished with 35.44 DKFP against the Ravens. He has over 18 DKFP in three straight and in 11 of his past 14. The Bengals have been a great team to attack with either a full stack or at least key players, so Trubisky is in a great spot to continue to produce.
Other Options — Sam Darnold ($6,000), Daniel Jones ($5,600)
StudLeonard Fournette, JAX vs BUF, $6,100 — Fournette has hit a bit of a cold streak for the Jags over his past four sims, but should be set up to bounce back against the Bills in the first game of the day. Fournette was held to under 8.0 DKFP in three straight games before rebounding with 14.2 DKFP in his most recent outing against the Patriots. Before the drought, he was a beast with over 19 DKFP in three straight games. On the strength of those games and some earlier contests, Fournette is up to 1,123 yards in his 14 sims with eight touchdowns and 15.8 DKFP per sim. Other Option — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,200), Alvin Kamara ($6,900)
ValueChris Thompson, WAS vs. DAL, $3,000 — Thompson is available at the minimum salary since he is the RB3 on the Redskins’ depth chart. However, he is heavily involved in many of their game plans since he is the team’s third-down back. He had a long touchdown catch two games ago against the Steelers for 16.4 DKFP and followed that up with 10.5 DKFP against the Eagles by hauling in five catches out of the backfield. His workload and upside make him an awesome value play with a solid 91 speed rating, 72 elusiveness rating and 76 catching rating.
Other Options — Devin Singletary ($5,500), J.D. McKissic ($3,200)
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StudJuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs NYG, $6,400 — JuJu should have a big advantage in his matchup against the Giants’ slot corner, Grant Haley. Haley only has a 70 overall rating with 68 awareness and 91 speed, but Smith-Schuster has an 86 overall rating with an 89 awareness rating, an 86 release rating and a 90 catching rating. That should definitely give him the advantage. In two of his past three games he has put up over 95 yards and has scored four touchdowns during that span. He has over 12 DKFP in five straight highlighted by 33.8 DKFP in a huge two-touchdown game against the Panthers. Other Options — Michael Thomas ($8,400), D.J. Chark ($5,800)
ValueBrandin Cooks, LAR at DET, $5,000 — Even though he is the Rams’ WR3, Cooks has been excellent in these sims, thanks in large part to his 95 speed rating. He has found the end zone eight times and piled up 838 yards over his first 15 sims. He produced an impressive 118 yards on four catches against the Seahawks for 24.8 DKFP in his most recent sim and has over 12 DKFP in seven of his past 10 contests.
John Ross III, CIN vs. CHI, $3,200 — Ross has a crazy 97 speed rating, which always gives him an extremely high ceiling. The burner can take any touch in space the length of the field, but remains a little bit boom-or-bust. He has seven touchdowns on the sim season with three coming in his seven most recent contests.
Other Options — Paul Richardson Jr. ($3,800), Robert Foster ($3,000)
StudJared Cook, NO at NYJ, $5,600 — Since catching a pair of touchdowns in his sim-season opener, Cook has been a nice play for the Saints given he has been so involved in the team’s game plan. He scored his sixth touchdown of the season against the Falcons in his most recent sim on his way to 19.2 DKFP. He has averaged five catches per contest and has produced over 14 DKFP in three of his past five games. Cook has been a constant red-zone threat and has an extremely high ceiling against the Jets. Other Options — Evan Engram ($5,800), Jordan Reed ($5,300)
ValueT.J. Hockenson, DET vs. LAR, $4,000 — Hockenson has caught at least four passes in each of his past six sims, highlighted by a 12-catch, 135-yard game against the Jets in which he totaled 34.5 DKFP. He has a good matchup in the nightcap against the Rams and should be involved in the middle of the field. He has been getting such good volume, that he’s an amazing value at just $4K.
Other Options — Trey Burton ($4,600), James O’Shaughnessy ($3,700)
StudSteelers DST vs. NYG, $3,200 — The Steelers have piled up 31 sacks in their 15 sims to go along with 10 takeaways. Pittsburgh has multiple playmakers at every level of the defense and a good matchup against the Giants’ hit-or-miss offense. They should be able to get pressure on Daniel Jones and force the rookie QB into making mistakes.
ValueJets DST vs. NO, $2,600 — The Jets’ DST has been outstanding in these sims at forcing fumbles thanks to big hitters like Jamal Adams. They have recovered 14 fumbles in their 15 sims, including four in their past three games. They have at least 7.0 DKFP in three straight sims and can make plays even in this tough matchup against the Saints.
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