Simulated Football

With real sports currently on hiatus, DraftKings is launching simulated football games to join the simulated basketball games! Take careful note of the rules since this contest doesn’t work like any other contest we have had before.

How does Simulated Football work?

DraftKings will choose an NFL matchup and prior to each game, entrants can draft free-to-play DFS Showdown lineups for the upcoming simulated game. Lineups will receive fantasy points for performance within a randomly assigned game earlier this season (any game from the 2019/20 season is eligible, not just the specific Showdown matchup listed above).

Set your free to play lineups here: $5K Simulated Football Free Kickoff Contest (GB vs SF)

How does Simulated Football scoring work?

All RB/WR/TE will receive points for their performance in a specific game from the 2019-20 season. Each individual player will be randomly assigned stats from a single game in the 2019-20 season prior to the contest going live. QBs will receive passing yards and passing TD stats based on their teammates’ receiving performances and the remainder of the QBs stats (rushing yards, rushing TDs, interceptions and fumbles) from a specific game in the 2019-20 season. Points will be revealed per player as the game moves along. Players will receive points in accordance with our single-game NFL Showdown Captain Mode rules and scoring.

Which players and NFL games are eligible?

Players who have played in at least eight games in the 2019-20 season are eligible to be drafted. Players will only be randomly assigned games in which they played and scored more than 0 FPTs. Only QB, RB, WR, TE are eligible (DST and K are not included).

What do I get if I win?

Every free contest will award DK Dollars that can be used to enter DFS contests.

What are DK Dollars?

DK Dollars act just like cash and can be used to enter any daily fantasy contest on DraftKings. DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.

Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.

Set your free to play lineups here: $5K Simulated Football Free Kickoff Contest (GB vs SF)


Green Bay

When it comes to the quarterback position, the majority of their stats come from what their receivers are earning from their past performance that’s selected. The rest, like rushing stats, interceptions and fumbles, are all on the QB. Luckily for us, Aaron Rodgers ($12,000) only threw six interceptions on the year, one of which he tossed multiple, so let’s hope we don’t get that game. He only rushed in for one touchdown and averaged 11 rushing yards per game. For what it’s worth, four of the games he played, he did have over 20 rushing yards. Despite his overall lack of weapons, Rodgers averaged 18.3 DKFP on the season.

If you’re playing a Green Bay running back, of course, it’s going to be Aaron Jones ($11,200). Let’s be honest, the Packers’ offense was essentially Rodgers, Jones and Davante Adams, who we’ll talk about in a moment. It would be extremely bad luck if we didn’t get a game where Jones didn’t score one of his 19 total touchdowns, as he was held out of the endzone in only six of the 18 total games played by the Packers. Of the games he did score, seven were with at least two, giving us quite the upside with him. With the type of ceiling he possesses, he’s one of my favorite captain plays. Jones ended the year averaging 20.4 DKFP. Jamaal Williams ($5,000) is someone to consider for some value as he does have some good game logs from earlier in the season. It doesn’t feel like it but he does have eight games of at least 10.6 DKFP. Sandwiched in between Emmanuel Sanders ($6,000) and Jimmy Graham ($4,400), Williams can easily go overlooked.

No one will think anything of it if you roll with Davante Adams ($11,600) at some point in your lineup. You’re clearly going to pair him up with Rodgers, as Adams averaged 19.6 DKFP on the season. Of the 14 games Adams played, he had at least seven receptions in 10 of them while scoring five of his six touchdowns in those games. The other game he scored he “only” made six receptions. I really don’t think I have to push you to consider Adams, you just make him fit.

The other receiving options on the Packers are a total hit or miss. It’s quite the drop in price from Adams to the next most expensive option, which is Graham. They have a $7,200 (!) difference in salary, giving you quite the savings! I think we can pass on Graham, as he only scored double-digit fantasy points and scored in three of his 18 games. The rest saw him averaging just 4.7 DKFP. If you want to save some salary, Allen Lazard ($3,600) is a better option. While his DKFP average is only 6.2, he does have three games in which he scored over 15 DKFP. If you get lucky with one of those, he’d be a fine addition to your lineup. Both Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($2,000) and Geronimo Allison ($2,200) are similar in pricing and in production. You could get lucky as both of these guys posted some huge games at a point during the season but as their price reflects, they’re total dart throws.

San Francisco

The most expensive player from the 49ers is Jimmy Garoppolo ($10,200). Not quite sure I agree with that but they don’t ask my opinion on pricing (#blessed). As mentioned, all their stats come from how their receivers do while they “control” their rushing, interceptions and fumbles. I got some bad news to share, you aren’t getting anything on the ground from Jimmy G. He exceeded over 10 rushing yards and scored a touchdown once, both of which were not in the same game. He did throw an interception in seven of his 18 games and fumbled the ball five times. Of the expensive guys, he’s last on my list to use.

Priced right under him, however, is George Kittle ($9,400). Averaging 14.5 DKFP on the season, Kittle has plenty of solid games for the sim to choose from, so please pick one of those. His lack of touchdowns with five wasn’t ideal but he posted over 15 DKFP in eight of his 16 games. Deebo Samuel ($8,800) is priced right under him and really came alive during the second half of the season. He had four games over 20 DKFP and ended up averaging 12.6 on the year. An underrated part of his game was his groundwork, as he would end up scoring three rushing touchdowns and at least 20 rushing yards in five of the eight games he logged a carry. Personally, if I wasn’t going to miss out on one of the Niners receivers, Samuel would be that guy. Emmanuel Sanders ($6,000) is simply too cheap for some of the games you could get from him. He was wildly inconsistent in his time with the Niners but has some impressive game logs as well. Overall, he averaged 10.4 DKFP but with the potential to nab one of those games where he posted over 20+ DKFP could be huge at his price point.

Finally, we have the mess that was the Niners backfield. The way it breaks down is Tevin Coleman ($7,200), Raheem Mostert ($6,800), Matt Breida ($3,200), Jeff Wilson ($1,800) and Kyle Juszczyk ($1,600). You can truly get a crazy, wide area of outcomes from these guys. For example, you can see the 51.6 DKFP performance from Wilson from the Packers game or the -0.20 DKFP score against the Cardinals. Maybe you’ll get a single-digit performance from Coleman or the 40.8 DKFP he posted against the Panthers. Personally, if your build allows it, I think taking two of these guys could be a way to cover yourself. The combo of Coleman and Mostert runs you for a total of $14,000, which doesn’t sound like much when you think of the potential upside of both. In a desperate move, I wouldn’t hate using Wilson, as if he lands on one of those games where he scored a touchdown, doing so five times in three games, would give you a massive edge.


This game presents a lot of options to choose from as good Captain’s picks. As I mentioned, Aaron Jones ($16,800) is my favorite overall Captain’s play, as, amongst these players, he has the best range of outcomes. No one would fault you for using Davanate Adams ($17,400) but I like the small bit of saving with Jones and then try to get Adams in my flex spot. On the Niners side, especially if you want to save at this spot, Emmanuel Sanders ($9,000) truly has the potential to be the darkhorse in this spot.

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