We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing their part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the 49ers and Bears game that’ll take place at 10 p.m. ET Monday evening. It’s important to note that Madden runs a bit different here and we have some things to consider.
First and foremost, speed is such an important factor. These players are always going to get open and can give you an edge with a player that you’d potentially look over when you consider his real life role. We’ll get into that more in the article below. Players also have particular X-Factors, which can best be described as “power ups” that can be activated if a player completes a certain threshold. These will be put into considerations as well and will be highlighted with those particular players.
Madden Stream: 49ers at Bears
LIVE at 10 p.m. ET
The settings for this and all other Madden games are as follows:
Game Style: Arcade
Event Type: Exhibition
Even Teams: Off
Quarter Length: 8 minutes
Accelerated Clock: On
Play Clock: 20 seconds
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How does Simulated Football scoring work?All lineups will receive points for the performance of their players within our simulated football games. Players will receive points in accordance with our single-game NFL Showdown Captain Mode rules and scoring. DFS points will be updated at the end of each quarter.
Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
49ersJimmy Garoppolo ($11,000) is providing false hope for Niners fans with how well he’s been playing in these simulations. He enters this game averaging 241 passing yards with a 26:5 TD:INT ratio through 13 games thus far. With all that in mind, it’s no surprise to see him averaging one of the highest DKFP totals at 18.1. On paper, no one would really be excited about using with Garoppolo of Mitch Trubisky ($10,600) but both have performed extremely well up to this point.
George Kittle ($9,600) continues to smash TE1 salaries but his production is a huge reason why, averaging 17.5 DKFP, which his the highest amongst all receivers in this game. Kittle has been a force in the red zone with nine touchdowns to go with an average of five receptions and 76.2 receiving yards per game. He’s been quiet the past two games with just 8.3 and 8.4 DKFP scored, but despite that he’s averaging 15.2 DKFP over his past five games with three touchdowns scored. Emmanuel Sanders ($10,200) is listed as the WR1 but has been unusually quiet, scoring just four touchdowns and 51.8 yards per game. His enormous price tag has me constantly ignoring him during lineup construction. Instead, I find my way toward Deebo Samuel ($5,600) who is a much stronger player at almost half the price. He’s essentially seeing the exact production that Sanders is, scoring four times with 55.2 receiving yards and 3.5 receptions per game. You’re much better off taking Samuel while saving some salary, especially with him being listed as the WR2. Kendrick Bourne ($4,200) doesn’t see consistent work, but his seven touchdowns should grab your attention. He’s scored four in the Niners’ past five games, all while averaging 11.7 DKFP. Once again, it really dampens the need to roster someone like Sanders, who is simply not getting the work.
My mortal enemy in Tevin Coleman ($8,800) continues to put in the work as the RB1 on this team. His ridiculous production has now bumped his average up to 93.3 rushing yards, 16.8 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. All that combines for a very healthy 19 DKFP average per game, which makes his $8,800 salary a steal. He does have one of the fastest speed ratings in this game at 93 to go with his 82 overall. With him hogging all the carries and receptions, it’s been essentially curtains for the rest of the RB depth chart on the Niners, as Raheem Mostert ($3,000) rarely takes the field.
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BearsThe reigning, defending, undisputed King of the simulations for the Bears continues to be Mitch Trubisky ($10,600). At this rate, you have to consider him Lamar Jackson Jr. with the way he’s been juking and using his legs. In fact, Trubisky rushed for 139 (!) yards against the Panthers on his way to a 32.98 DKFP performance. Overall, he’s not getting a ton done through the air, averaging just 195 passing yards with a 21:3 TD:INT ratio. On the ground, however, he’s gaining a massive 51.1 yards with two rushing touchdowns. It’s such a weird sentence to type out, but Trubisky is a really hard player to fade at this point.
Despite the high DKFP average of Trubisky, none of his receivers are really reaping the benefits. With so much work being down on the ground from Trubisky, you’d be surprised to know that the TE1 in Trey Burton ($8,000) has the highest DKFP average at just 11.4. He nabs about 4.5 receptions per game and 52.6 yards, but only three touchdowns. Allen Robinson ($9,800) continues to feel overpriced at just under $10K and averaging almost a whole reception less per game than Burton at 3.2. He’s also turned in three straight games with no more than 7.7 DKFP scored while seeing his salary rise as high as $10,200. Taylor Gabriel ($6,400) has been the best overall play at his price point. The WR2 has scored seven times but has been held out of the end zone in three straight. Regardless, you can’t deny his 11 DKFP average at just $6,400. His 94 speed is the best on the Bears and third-highest amongst all offensive players in this game.The only running back option you should be considering in this game comes from Tarik Cohen ($2,800). Despite being the RB2, he catches out of the backfield and has eight touchdowns to his name. David Montgomery ($7,400) is basically non-existent, averaging an embarrassing 4.3 DKFP with 30 rushing yards and one single reception to his name. Take the savings with Cohen and smile.
THE OUTCOMEMany people will likely go with Trubisky as captain because of his DKFP average. Yes, he’s done well and could do that once again. However, I think we have safer options to consider like George Kittle ($14,400 CP). He’s always getting the targets and despite a couple of off games, should be busy no matter what. Tevin Coleman ($13,200 CP) won’t even stop getting work just to spite me so taking that is a play I don’t hate at all. If you want to go cheap, it’s hard not to look at the touchdown machine in Kendrick Bourne ($6,300), who’ll open up the flex spots in your roster by a big amount.
Final Score: 49ers 23, Bears 17
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