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 Chiefs and Raiders game that’ll take place at 10 p.m. ET Saturday 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.

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Madden Stream: Raiders at Chiefs


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

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Madden Streams have been updated to 8-minute quarters as of Apr. 14.

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


SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Oakland Raiders

Of the two quarterbacks in this game, it shouldn’t come as a shock that Derek Carr ($10,800) is the lower-rated of the two with an 80 overall rating. Despite this fact, he’s actually scoring more DKFP per game than Patrick Mahomes ($11,800). Carr is putting up 19 DKFP per game, making him the best fantasy producer in this contest. I still think Mahomes is the stronger option of the two, although it makes sense to try to jam both quarterbacks into your lineups.

As for the Raiders receivers, Tyrell Williams ($8,600) is the only wideout with a decent rating. He has an 82 overall rating, and the next highest rated receiver is Zay Jones ($5,400) with a 75 overall rating. Since I am looking to save salary to get both quarterbacks into my lineup, I prefer Jones for savings. He’s averaging 10.3 DKFP compared to 13 DKFP for Williams. Per dollar, this makes Jones the better play based on the average production from these wideouts.

The pass-catcher most likely to find success from the Raiders is Darren Waller ($10,500 CP/$7,000) at tight end. He is tied for a team-best 85 overall rating with Josh Jacobs ($8,200). The 85 rating hasn’t meant a ton for Jacobs. He averages just 7.5 DKFP per stream, so I think we can fade him. As for Waller, he’s vastly underpriced considering that he’s been one of the top Madden tight ends. Averaging 17.1 DKFP, I like the idea of rostering Waller in the Captain’s spot and saving some bucks.

For a really cheap value play, I think this game script sets up nicely for Jalen Richard ($2,200). The pass-catching back for the Raiders, Richard figures to get most of the snaps in the later stages of the game as the team tries to come back from behind. For his price, Richard has been a solid value play, averaging 8.3 DKFP.


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Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes ($11,800) is tied as one of the highest-rated players in Madden at a 99 overall. While this hasn’t always led to a ton of production, Mahomes has faced a really tough strength of schedule. This is not going to be the case tonight as the Raiders have one of the worst secondaries in Madden. The former MVP should be able to tear them apart through the air. On paper, the Silver and Black does not have the ratings to match up with the skill position players that Mahomes has to throw to.

Damien Williams ($7,600) is one of the few starting running backs in Madden that we have seen produce consistently. With an 83 overall rating, he’s averaging 15.9 DKFP. We have also seen Williams score at least 14 DKFP in eight of his past nine games, so it looks like there is plenty of security in rostering him. Assuming the Chiefs win this game, Williams should also find himself in a favorable game script.

On the high end, we have to consider whether Tyreek Hill ($10,400) or Travis Kelce ($9,400) is the better option. Both have a 96 overall rating, but Hill has been the more productive of the two overall. He’s averaging 17.9 DKFP compared to an average of 15 DKFP for Kelce. This is also one of the easiest matchups Hill has had to this point, in my opinion. I would be somewhat surprised if Hill doesn’t haul in at least one long touchdown reception.

Of the Chiefs’ secondary receivers, Demarcus Robinson ($4,800) is a viable value play. Robinson has been serviceable and averages 11.2 DKFP. We might need his salary savings to be able to fit all the highly-rated players from this game into our lineups.


THE OUTCOME

It’s hard to look at this game on paper and envision the Raiders stopping the Chiefs’ offense. Kansas City might score on every drive this game. This is going to mean the Raiders are going to have to throw the ball early and often to try to keep up with one of the most potent offenses in the history of the NFL. The Raiders have played in a number of high-scoring Madden simulations and that is likely how this game will go as well. In the end, KC should win this pretty handily with a few big fantasy games coming from their offense.

Final Score: Chiefs 31, Raiders 17


DEPTH CHARTS

Raiders

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Chiefs

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