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 Bills and Jaguars game that’ll take place at 12 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon. 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.
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BillsIf you’re looking for a game with a high number of players that have been crushing it in these simulations, this isn’t the game for you. Josh Allen ($11,000) enters this game with the highest salary amongst both teams and the second best DKFP average of 16.1. The problem is, he’s barely throwing the ball and has only 11 (!) touchdowns thrown through 15 games. He has run in it in himself eight times, which is great, but it isn’t for the rest of the team. Currently, Allen has six games where he didn’t have a passing touchdown but of those games, he ran it in himself in four of them. It really makes it tough to stack the Bills but Allen, for the most part, is relatively safe despite his high price tag.
When it comes to the Bills receivers, it’s a really, really hard sell for any of them. When Tyler Kroft ($6,800) has the highest DKFP total on the team amongst all the receivers, you know it hasn’t gone well. He’s currently at 10 on the season to go with 4.1 receptions and 52.3 receiving yards per game. The problem is, he only has one touchdown. To be fair, no one has more than four, which belongs to John Brown ($9,400). Yes, he leads the team but I can’t justify paying $9,400 for someone averaging 2.3 receptions and 32.6 receiving yards. Overall, his DKFP of 7.8 is just above the Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo ($4,200) at 7.2. Even the WR2 in Cole Beasley ($7,800) feels too expensive. He’s averaging 2.6 receptions, 29.7 receiving yards and only two touchdowns for 6.6 DKFP. It’s extremely hard to be excited about any of the Bills receivers and if anything, I’ll be looking toward Robert Foster ($3,600) out of any of them. At least he’s been playing above his salary and his 6.3 DKFP average is much more appealing at his price point than the others. Foster is averaging 2.2 receptions, 27.8 yards and has scored three times.
One of the Bills I am comfortable taking is Devin Singletary ($8,600). He’s more on the expensive side but he’s produced back-to-back games with 16 DKFP, combining for nine receptions for 86 yards. For a team that it’s hard to get hyped for taking their receivers, Singletary has been one of the lone bright spot in this offense, even for someone that is averaging just 9.8 DKFP.
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JaguarsGardner Minshew ($10,600) is a bit cheaper than Allen but he’s been chucking the ball at a much higher rate. Minshew is averaging 16.8 DKFP with 229 passing yards and a much larger 24:5 TD:INT ratio through 14 games. After posting 9.6 DKFP against the Redskins, Minshew has averaged 20.3 DKFP since with eight touchdowns and 268 passing yards. He’s a much more appealing play than Allen, who for the record, I don’t hate using, I’m just not a fan of his receivers.
The WR1 and TE1 for the Jaguars have been the biggest beneficiaries in this offense in DJ Chark ($9,000) and Principal O’Shack Hennessey, I mean James O’Shaughnessy ($7,200). Chark has been a touchdown machine with 11 touchdowns and his 3.8 receptions and 65.3 receiving yards per game while O’Shaughnessy is averaging 3.8 receptions with 54.6 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Both of these guys would be my two favorite options to use as paying up for players shouldn’t be much of an issue in this game. Dede Westbrook ($6,400) has been a massive boom-or-bust candidate, posting games like a 26.6 performance against the Seahawks and a 3.2 game against the Falcons. At his mid-tier salary, he does carry some risk but he does have one of the better speed ratings in this game at 93. For reference, Chark are tied for the best at 94. If you’re looking for value, Marquise Lee ($4,800) has three touchdowns to his name, which would be amongst one of the best if he was on the Bills. He’s tough to rely upon for consistent production but he helps offset salary if needed.Leonard Fournette ($9,600) has really fallen off as of late. He enters this game averaging 15.8 DKFP during these sims but over the last five games, he’s at just 11.1 In three of those games, he didn’t even reach double-digit fantasy points and has only scored once in that span. He does catch out of the backfield so he’s certainly still worth taking a look at but I don’t think he’s necessary.
THE OUTCOMEThis is 100% a game where I’m looking to captain players from the Jaguars. You could use Josh Allen ($16,500) if you really want to but he needs multiple touchdowns too his name to bring back the fantasy points. With the way he’s playing, that’s not always a sure thing. Gardner Minshew ($15,900) is the much more appealing quarterback to captain over Allen. Overall, I really like using DJ Chark ($13,500) with his speed and touchdown equity. If you really wanted to go outside the box, Josh Lambo ($6,300) has been uber consistent and putting up some really strong games, even in double-digits at times.
Final Score: Bills 14, Jaguars 24
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