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We start things off on Tuesday with a 12 p.m. showdown in Buffalo between the Bills and the visiting Chargers. This matchup will be a preview of the Week 12 matchup between the two of these teams which could be Tyrod Taylor’s return to Buffalo depending on how the Chargers’ QB situation plays out. The Chargers have gone 6-7 in their 13 sims while the Bills have really struggled, going just 3-11. Buffalo has been a little bit better lately, but can they keep up with what has been an impressive offense for Los Angeles? I’ll give you my pick to win and my thoughts on who should be in your lineup after this quick review of the rules and settings for this simulation.
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Los Angeles ChargersThese Madden sims have returned Philip Rivers ($11,400) as the Chargers’ QB, and he seems to have turned back the clock in terms of his production, as well. In his 13 sims, he is already over 3,100 yards and has thrown 28 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. Rivers has only thrown one score in each of his past three games but had a nice run before that of six multi-touchdown performances in his previous seven contests. He had over 19 DKFP in each of those six sims but hasn’t reached that number in any of his three most recent games. He definitely has plenty of upside with his 84 overall rating along with his exceptional 94 short accuracy rating and 92 mid accuracy rating. He doesn’t have a great deep accuracy rating at just 85, but I would expect the Chargers to be able to limit their deep shots since they will likely be playing from ahead.
Rivers touchdowns have mostly gone to WR2 Mike Williams ($8,600), who has found the end zone in three straight contests and has 12 touchdowns on the sim season. He remains surprisingly affordable since he is the WR2 and isn’t totally risk-free, as he reminded everyone with a complete no-show in a catchless game against the Bengals. However, Williams has an 81 overall rating, and he has shown a great ability to get into the end zone thanks to an 88 catching in traffic rating and an 87 awareness rating. Even when you include the Bengals game, he’s averaging 18.6 DKFP per contest, which definitely makes him a nice option at this salary.
Williams has actually out-produced Keenan Allen ($11,400) even though Allen has the X-Factor of “RAC ’em up,” which gives him greater success rate on RAC catches against single coverage. He also has the Superstar abilities of “Slot-o-Matic” and “In-Out Elite.” Allen has averaged a very solid 18.4 DKFP but only has 10 touchdowns and hasn’t found the end zone in three straight games. The Bills use CB Taron Johnson as their slot corner, who has a 76 overall rating. That matchup definitely plays to Allen’s advantage since he has a 92 overall rating and a 95 to 77 advantage in awareness ratings. If Williams gets Tre’Davious White too much on the outside, it could be Allen’s game to go off instead of his productive teammate.
With the WRs soaking up so much usage, Hunter Henry ($7,600) has been relatively quiet despite an excellent 87 overall rating. He has averaged 7.8 DKFP per san and usually produces multiple catches in every contest. The biggest knock on Henry is that he only has two touchdowns since Allen and Williams catch them all. Another star who seems over-priced is Melvin Gordon III ($6,600), who has an 84 overall rating but has only produced 5.9 DKFP per contest. Gordon has upside to go off if the Chargers get a big lead early, but he only has one rushing touchdown on the sim season.
Gordon’s usage and price have dropped mostly due to his timeshare with Austin Ekeler ($2,800), who is a nice value play in his role as the team’s third-down back with an 83 overall rating. He caught four passes in his most recent sim against the Vikings and has 16 receptions in his past five games. He is a little up-and-down depending on game flow but does have enough upside to make him one of the best bargains on the board. Another value to consider is WR3 Travis Benjamin ($4,800), who has a 92 speed rating and an 88 elusiveness rating which makes him very hard to bring down in space. He has three touchdowns and is averaging 7.1 DKFP in his 13 sims and has multiple receptions in six of his past seven.
It’s also worth checking out the Chargers’ DST ($3,200) due to the Bills struggled on offense. They have produced 21 sacks in their 13 sims but only five turnovers. This unit hasn’t had a monster game but has put up double-digit DKFP in two of its past seven games.
Buffalo BillsThe Bills’ offense has been a mess most of the sim season but Josh Allen ($10,200) does have some raw talent, highlighted by his perfect 99 throw power rating. His 84 speed rating is also solid for a QB, and he has produced some solid rushing yards. However, he only has a 76 awareness rating and his accuracy ratings are under 80 for short, mid and deep range throws. He has over 17 DKFP in four straight, highlighted by a 28.84-DKFP performance against the Broncos in which he scrambled for a pair of scores. Despite his dual-threat upside, I would lean toward the Rivers if you’re going with just one signal-caller in your lineup.
When Allen is on point, he has nice WR options to work with, but both John Brown ($9,200) and Cole Beasley ($7,000) are averaging under 20 DKFP since their production has been so erratic. While Brown is listed as the WR1 on the depth chart, the two have identical 83 overall ratings. Brown’s 90 speed rating makes him a nice deep threat, and he has posted over 12 DKFP in two of his past three contests. Beasley is also a solid option out of the slot due to his 91 awareness rating, but he has been quiet lately with under 10 DKFP in four straight, including a 2.6-DKFP stinker against the Falcons. Neither of those two starters has lived up to the potential of their rating, but Robert Foster ($3,600) has been pretty solid as a cost-saving WR3. He has a blazing 94 speed rating which gives him upside as a flier play.
The most reliable pass-catcher for Buffalo has probably been TE Tyler Kroft ($5,600), who has averaged 9.9 DKFP in his 14 sims with double-digit DKFP in three straight games, dating back to his sim-season-high 25.5 DKFP against the Cardinals. He only has one touchdown and has still been this productive, so I like him better than any of the WRs.
This Bills’ running game hasn’t gotten much going either. Devin Singletary ($8,000) had seven catches in his most recent game to finish with 16.7 DKFP in a slugfest against the Dolphins that the Bills won 11-10. He has at least 8.0 DKFP in seven of his past eight games, which isn’t great returns for an $8K investment but does at least give you something. One thing to be careful of is that Singletary does lose goal-line work to Frank Gore ($2,200) at times since Gore is the power back.
The Bills DST ($3,000) definitely has playmakers with X-Factor CB Tre’Davious White and Superstar S Micah Hyde, whose abilities are centered around creating turnovers. They have forced only eight in 14 sims, though, while piling up 18 sacks. The defense has been put in a bad spot by their offense very often in our sims so far, and I prefer the Chargers DST based on matchup. The Bills do have the advantage at kicker where Stephen Hauschka ($4,000) outranks Michael Badgley ($4,400) and is actually a little more affordable as well.
THE OUTCOMEI think the Chargers’ passing game will be able to find room to work even against the Bills’ solid secondary. My top Captain’s Pick would be Keenan Allen ($17,100 CP) based on his matchup in the slot. Mike Williams ($12,900 CP) has also been outstanding but could end up matched up against Tre’Davious White more, which is why I’d lean slightly towards Allen. For the Bills, I do like Tyler Kroft ($8,400 CP) as a very affordable Captain’s pick pivot. There are some solid value plays with Ekeler, Foster and the Chargers DST the top salary-savers I would look at.
The Bolts should be able to beat the Bills in Buffalo based on the bevy of playmakers in their offense. Josh Allen has been so boom-or-bust that I can’t trust him to lead his squad to a home win in this one.
Final Score: Chargers 28, Bills 17
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