With real-life sports in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings has been helping to fill the void with some very entertaining simulated sports action. Usually, there are six Madden Streams per day and eight free contests daily, with a single-game Showdown for each game along with a pair of classic contests. On this Friday, on a slightly reduced schedule due to the holiday weekend, with three games with single-game showdowns along with a three-game classic slate. Each simulation is played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DK Live app or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team rack up some big fantasy points.
In the 2 p.m. ET stream, there’s a fun matchup between the Chiefs and the Falcons. Kansas City is 8-7 in their 15 sim games so far while Atlanta is 7-8. These two teams will meet this upcoming season in Week 16 at Arrowhead Stadium. Both of these offenses feature plenty of firepower, so hopefully the fantasy points flow in both directions in what should be a fun showdown contest. What players have the best matchups and who has a chance to break out? 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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Event Type: Exhibition
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Quarter Length: 8 minutes
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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
Kansas City ChiefsThe Chiefs are led by the only QB in the game with a perfect 99 overall rating, so it isn’t surprising that he’s the most expensive play in this contest and averaging the most DKFP per sim. Patrick Mahomes ($11,400) actually started these sims slowly but has locked in recently with multiple TDs and over 20 DKFP in four straight games after being held under 20 DKFP in his three previous contests. He definitely hasn’t been automatic but does have an extremely high upside. In addition to his ticket to the exclusive 99 club, he has the X-Factor of “Bazooka,” which increases his maximum throw distance by 15 yards after he has completed two long passes, and the Superstar abilities of “Escape Artist,” “Dashing Deadeye,” “No-Look Deadeye” and “Red Zone Deadeye.” In true Mahomes fashion, those abilities make him accurate and effective in specific situations and allow him to extend plays and improvise on the move.
WR Tyreek Hill ($9,800) has been Mahomes’ top target even though he doesn’t have an X-Factor. However, Hill the only player in all the Madden universe with a 99 overall speed rating, and he also has a 99 acceleration rating, a 98 elusiveness rating and a 97 juke move rating to go with his 96 overall rating. He is an absolute beast in space and can take any touch the distance if the defense leaves any gaps. He has piled up 1,084 yards and 13 touchdowns in his 15 sims, and he has gone over 100 yards in five of his past nine contests with nine touchdowns during that span. The Chiefs typically use Hill as their slot WR, which puts him in a matchup against Atlanta’s slot corner Kendall Sheffield. Sheffield has just a 73 overall rating and a very low 66 awareness, so Hill should be poised to exploit that mismatch.
If the Falcons worry too much about Hill’s matchup, they could end up leaving Travis Kelce ($9,000) open. Kelce has an identical 96 overall rating to Hill’s but also adds the X-Factor of “Double Me” along with Superstar abilities of “Double-Move Elite” and “In-Out Elite.” When he’s in the zone, he’s virtually impossible to stop with just single coverage. Kelce has had a few big games and is a very reliable play with four catches or more in all but two of his 16 sims. He has seven touchdowns and 965 yards and is a great option if you can figure out how to work his $9K salary under your cap.
Those two great options aren’t all Mahomes has to work with, though, since Sammy Watkins ($5,000) has an 81 overall rating with a 92 speed rating, which makes him one of the better WR2s in the game with a very high ceiling. He has averaged 12.2 DKFP per sim and went off for 20.5 DKFP against the Bucs in his most recent contest. He’s very affordable in this matchup with his lowest salary of the whole sim season. Demarcus Robinson ($4,600) is also involved but to a lesser degree than Watkins, so go with Sammy if you have to choose between the two. Robinson does have upside, though with double-digit DKFP in seven straight before posting 7.4 DKFP and 1.9 DKFP in his two most recent contests.
As if they didn’t have enough offensive options, Kansas City also has gotten great work from their top RB Damien Williams ($7,600), who has nine touchdowns and 999 yards in his 15 sims. I think it’s safe to assume he’ll hit 1,000 yards in this contest and could be a great play since he has over 13 DKFP in six of his past seven and nine of his past 11. Williams has a high ceiling if touchdowns come his way but can also be involved enough in the passing game to have the safety net of PPR points if touchdowns go somewhere else. He showed an incredibly high ceiling with 38.3 DKFP against the Eagles and has hardly ever been a bust.
Since all the options on the Chiefs are so expensive, you may need to search around the bargain bin for a flex spot or two. The Chiefs DST ($3,600) is worth a look coming off a six-sack performance against the Bucs, but they did have just a single point in each of their two previous matchups before that 13-DKFP outburst. If you can scrape together a little more salary, Harrison Butker ($4,000) has been more consistent with his 82 overall rating and 7.2 DKFP per sim average. He has a 95 kick power rating and 86 kick accuracy rating and is the third-highest rated kicker in all of Madden.
Atlanta FalconsAtlanta’s offense isn’t as stacked with star power as the Chiefs, but they do have some solid fantasy options as well. Matt Ryan ($10,600) and Julio Jones ($10,200) are pivots worth considering and could be contrarian plays with lower ownerships if everyone is attracted to the top names from the Super Bowl champs. Jones is slightly higher rated than the Chiefs’ pass-catchers with his 97 overall rating based on an excellent 98 awareness rating, 94 agility rating, 96 catching rating and 98 spectacular catching rating. He has been a little inconsistent in the sims but has a high ceiling. He has been held to under 10 DKFP in five of his past eight games but also went off for 20.1 DKFP against a tough Patriots defense. He is clearly the primary option in the Falcons offense and has the same “Double Me” X-Factor that Kelce has. His superstar abilities are “Post Flag Elite” and “In Out Elite,” which improve his effectiveness on those specific routes.
Jones isn’t the only WR option worth a look for Atlanta, though, since Calvin Ridley ($6,200) is fairly affordable. He has an 82 overall rating and can make things happen after the catch with a 93 speed rating and an 86 elusiveness rating. He has found the end zone in three straight games and is now averaging 11.7 DKFP per contest. He is a little boom-or-bust if you look at his whole sim game log but lately has been locked in. He has been better than Austin Hooper ($6,800), who costs a little bit more, but Hooper has a higher 89 overall rating. Hooper definitely has the skill set to go off but hasn’t been quite involved enough to merit that salary, in my opinion.
Since there aren’t a ton of value options to consider in this matchup, WR3 Russell Gage ($4,400) and WR4 Justin Hardy ($1,800) could be worth a look. Hardy actually has a slightly better overall rating at 73, but Gage and his 67 overall rating are higher on the depth chart and gets the work out of the slot for the Falcons. Gage does have slightly better speed but neither is a real burner. He went off for 24.9 DKFP against the Giants a few sims ago but has only reached double-digit DKFP in one other sim. Hardy has been good when he has been involved but has also failed to make a catch in nine sims. He does have two touchdowns and is actually not a bad punt play, but there is also a good chance he’ll give you nothing. If you need that salary to get the rest of your lineup the way you want it, though, Hardy would be where I would look ahead of Luke Stocker ($2,000), Ito Smith ($2,800), or Jaeden Graham ($1,000).
The entire Falcons’ passing game is led by Ryan, who has a Superstar ability of “Inside Deadeye” along with his 87 overall rating. His throw power is decent at 88 but he really excels with his throw accuracy short rating of 95. Ryan has over 17 DKFP in four straight sims with multiple touchdown throws in each of those four contests. He spreads the ball around enough but is a pricey flex play in this contest.
Like the Chiefs, the Falcons mostly rely just on one RB as their top option, the power back and the third-down back. Devonta Freeman ($8,400) has nine touchdowns in his 15 sims, six on the ground and three more as a receiver. He went off for 42.8 DKFP two games ago against the Patriots but came back to earth with just 9.3 DKFP against the Saints. He is a very solid play if you can figure out how to squish that salary under your cap. However, I do like Williams a little better only because I think the Chiefs are more likely to play from ahead in this contest.
I’m going to pass on the Falcons DST ($3,800) in this matchup even though they have an impressive 31 sacks in 15 sims. They only have created four turnovers, though, and have a very tough matchup against the Chiefs. Younghoe Koo ($4,200) is a better play but I prefer Butker as a kicker unless you just need a Falcons play to meet the requirement of having a player from each team.
THE OUTCOMEThere are so many good options in this game, and hopefully the offenses don’t disappoint. Patrick Mahomes ($17,100 CP) is always a solid option in your Captain’s Pick spot but will leave you stretched thin in the flex spots especially with a lack of great value plays. I actually really like Tyreek Hill ($14,700 CP) in his mismatch and at a more affordable price, so he is probably where I’d go for my top Captain’s Pick option. If you want to have the stars in flex spots, Sammy Watkins ($7,500 CP) or even Demarcus Robinson ($6,900 CP) could also be affordable Captain’s Picks which would let you fill your flex spots with the top options. Don’t forget Butker or even punting with Hardy if you need to go ultra-cheap to make your cap work since there are lots of hefty salaries in this one.
The Chiefs have been the more consistent of these teams recently and have an overwhelming number of offensive options. If they play at the top of their game, there is no way the Falcons can keep up. The Hill matchup especially should be a focus for Kansas City, and I think they’ll pile up the points and get a close win.
Final Score: Chiefs 35, Falcons 28
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