Simulated Madden Football

We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the Broncos and Lions on Monday 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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LIVE at 10 p.m. ET

The settings for this and all other Madden games are as follows:

Difficulty: All-Madden
Game Style: Arcade
Event Type: Exhibition
Even Teams: Off
Quarter Length: 8 minutes
Accelerated Clock: On
Play Clock: 20 seconds

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

How does Simulated Football work?

DraftKings is running live Madden Streams, CPU vs CPU, using Madden 20 at the scheduled time. Prior to each game, DraftKings players can draft free-to-play DFS Showdown lineups for the upcoming simulated game. Lineups will receive fantasy points for players’ performances within the Simulated Madden game.

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.

Can I follow along with each game?

DraftKings will provide a streaming link for each Madden Stream game where players can watch each game live. These games can also be watched within the Contest Gamecenter.

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 DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.

Is there more information on the video game simulation?

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


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



Drew Lock ($10,000) has been a really good value play at QB on multi-game slates, but you have to pay up for any QB play on a showdown. But his 16.5 DKFP average does lead the slate, and Detroit’s defense isn’t one that does much to limit opposing passing games. Lock’s been held to single-digit DKFP in consecutive sims, but it’s worth exploring his 30-DKFP upside.

Courtland Sutton ($9,800) is the clear WR you want to stack with Lock, not only sharing that 30-plus DKFP upside but also being able to breakout at any stage of the game. Sutton was being completely shutout early in his 31.1-DKFP outing against the Chiefs, posting his entire 5-111-2 line in the final frame.

DaeSean Hamilton ($4,600) and Tim Patrick ($3,600) are cheaper options to add to your stack, or use as contrarian plays off Sutton. Hamilton in particular feels like a very strong play, coming down to his cheapest showdown salary yet despite scoring 10-plus DKFP in five of his past six contests. Patrick offers less consistency, but that’s to be expected at his price point.

Noah Fant ($6,200) has been a pretty boom-or-bust play. In his past six games, he’s scored 7.1 DKFP or fewer four times, but topped 25 DKFP twice. In these large field GPPs, the upside is obviously worth exploring. Fant’s shown close to the same ceiling as Lock and Sutton, but with significant savings.

After a really slow start in his first six sims, Phillip Lindsay ($9,200) somehow turned his sim season around. He’s gone for double-digit DKFP in six of his past eight, but you’re looking for a larger outcome here. Two of those sims were for 26 or more DKFP, but we can get that upside for cheaper. I don’t think anything suggests Lindsay’s a bad play, but there are equal plays for less salary.


Matthew Stafford ($11,800) just hasn’t lived up to the hype. He has just three sims with over 20 DKFP, which means we have nothing to justify his enormous salary. This is an easy fade for me, with much better pieces to build around on the board.

Kenny Golladay ($10,200) has seen the majority of the targets from Stafford and his big-play ability down field has come into play several times. He’s a better play than Stafford, but the two are linked. Denver’s tough top corners also factor into fading Golladay at a pricey salary.

Marvin Jones Jr. ($7,800) offers a little bit of savings and will have the better matchup on the field. Jones’ 12.4 DKFP lead Detroit’s WR, and he’s not only been a consistent play, but flashed a 43 DKFP upside.

Danny Amendola ($5,200) is a safe play, running a lot of slot routes as the WR3. While he’s a consistent 10 DKFP, he doesn’t offer the upside Hamilton does. I’ll take the savings on the high upside play.

T.J. Hockenson ($6,600) is my favorite pass catcher to target on the Detroit side. We know how dominant the TE position has been in the Madden sims, and Hockenson’s been that go-to-guy in this offense. Hockenson’s scored at least 13 DKFP in four of his past five sims, including a 34.5 DKFP outburst against the Jets thanks to a 12-135-1 line.

Although he’s the RB1, Kerryon Johnson ($8,600) is way too expensive for someone splitting carries. Just take the savings on J.D. McKissic ($2,400), who comes onto the field for pass-catching duties. McKissic has a 24-241-1 line as a receiver, and his time on the field has also allowed him to mix in for 295 rushing yards in 14 sims.

If I target a kicker, it’s Matt Prater ($3,800), who’s been one of the best in the sims. He’s scored 10 or more DKFP in five straight.


Final Score: Broncos 30, Lions 24
The Broncos just have more weapons that’ve been preforming in the Madden sims. There’s plenty of value on this slate to leave salary open to captain whoever you desire. Drew Lock ($15,000 CP) or Courtland Sutton ($14,700 CP) would be the high-priced considerations for me.




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