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 Contest (KC 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 DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.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.



San Francisco

The top three players on the board are from Kansas City, but there is definitely value to check out from the San Francisco side as well. Jimmy Garoppolo ($10,000) leads the way for the team but limped to the finish. He had under 13 DKFP in each of his past six games and averaged 15.29 DKFP per game. He did have a couple of monster games, but is an expensive boom-or-bust play.

The most reliable option from San Francisco is George Kittle ($9,600), who averaged 14.15 DKFP in his 16 games this season and postseason. He had over a dozen points in 10 of his games, including four games with over 20 DKFP. He had a few quiet games while battling injuries, but has enough upside to be worth paying up for.

At wide receiver, Deebo Samuel ($7,400) leads the way with an average of 12.73 DKFP. Like Kittle, he had four games with over 20 DKFP but does have 18 games to choose from, so the chance that he goes off is slightly less than Kittle’s chance of posting a monster number. Emmanuel Sanders ($5,000) had a big impact once he joined the team, but I prefer Kendrick Bourne ($1,800), if you’re going to go cheap. Bourne had five games with touchdowns, giving him a 26.3% chance of getting into the end zone and a 10.5% chance to have over 16 DKFP since he broke that plateau twice during the season. Sanders is better if you have the salary, but Bourne’s high ceiling makes him a better play for the price.

Due to injuries and shifting workloads, the running back situation in San Francisco offers a lot of variance. Raheem Mostert ($5,600) had the highest average in the backfield, but Tevin Coleman ($5,800) had a monster game with 40.8 DKFP against the Panthers and also posted 25.5 DKFP against the Vikings. Mostert had big games of his own with 51.6 against the Packers and two other games with over 24 DKFP, but he also comes with more of a bust risk since he posted 5.0 DKFP or fewer in five games, including a season-low -0.2 DKFP against Arizona. Don’t sleep on Kyle Juszczyk ($1,200) and Jeff Wilson Jr. ($1,600), since both had two games with over a dozen DKFP as well and could pop as a punt play. Neither has the potential of Bourne, but both can be great values if the draw goes in their favor.

Kansas City

Most of the offensive firepower in this game is on the Kansas City side of the ball with Patrick Mahomes ($13,000) the most expensive player for a very good reason. Not only did he lead the way on the field, he also was a fantasy stud most of the season, averaging 23.5 DKFP in his 17 games. He added at least 5.0 DKFP on the ground in 41.2% of his games as well, so there could even be some extra production coming after you add up all his WRs, TEs and RBs production.

Two of Mahomes’ primary two targets are the next two players on the salary charges, Tyreek Hill ($10,800) and Travis Kelce ($10,200). Hill averaged 16.31 DKFP in his 15 games while Kelce averaged 16.95 DKFP in his 19 games. Kelce had 20-plus DKFP in 31.5% of his games and went off for his biggest game against the Texans when he had 44.4 DKFP. Hill had 20-plus points in 40% of his games and had a season-high 36 DKFP against the Titans in Week 10. Kelce is slightly lower risk and has a higher high point, but Hill is slightly more likely to get you over 20 DKFP.

If you need a cheap option, Mecole Hardman ($2,800) and DeMarcus Robinson ($2,200) both had a few big games, but Robinson is a slightly better option since return yards and touchdowns don’t count in this contest. Robinson even has a 38.2 DKFP game from Week 2 that could pop up.

Another great option for Kansas City is Damian Williams ($8,200), who averaged 16.2 DKFP. He finished with over 18 DKFP in each of his past five games and in seven of his 14 games overall. He’s actually a little better play than both Hill and Kelce, although his highest single-game total isn’t quite as high. LeSean McCoy ($4,000) had some solid games while Williams was out, but isn’t as strong of a play as some of the other cheap options from San Francisco.


It’s very hard to argue against Mahomes ($19,500 CP) as a captain’s pick since he’s so consistent and has such a high ceiling. The only reason not to go with him is that he is likely to be a very popular option. If you want to differentiate your team and save some salary, you could go with Kelce ($15,300 CP) or Hill ($16,200) and hope they hit. My favorite play in the middle, though, is Williams ($12,300 CP) since going with him as a captain’s pick leaves room to still fill your flex with good plays as well. If you want to go cheap in the captain’s spot and balanced across the board, Mostert ($8,400 CP) is a solid option or you can even go with Bourne ($2,700 CP) and get all the stars in your flex spots. If Bourne hits one of his bigger games and most of the stars come through, that construction could pay off.

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