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 Colts and 49ers game that’ll take place at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday 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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ColtsIf I asked you who had the highest DKFP average in this game, would your first guess had been Jacoby Brissett ($10,400)? If you said yes, you’re a genius but if it wasn’t your guess, you’re not alone. Brissett has some of the best QB numbers I’ve seen in these simulations, averaging 255 passing yards, 19.5 DKFP with a 27:5 TD:INT ratio though 15 games. He’s posted 30+ fantasy points in four of his last 10 games and at least two touchdowns thrown in seven. He’s not even the most expensive quarterback in this game, which is honestly a bit mind-boggling. I don’t think you have any excuse to not use Brissett in this spot.
T.Y. Hilton ($9,600) has eaten with Brissett under center, averaging 18.7 DKFP, 4.5 receptions and 78.4 receiving yards per game. He’s been a touchdown machine as well, reaching the end zone 13 times and doing so multiple times in four of his last 10 games. The 49ers do have some good corners, as Richard Sherman has the third-highest overall rating in this game at 94 but Hilton does have a big speed advantage with his 93 rating over Sherman’s 88. Another receiver that has been awfully busy has been Eric Ebron ($7,600) who has the TE1 status on the depth chart. Despite only scoring twice, he’s still averaging 12.6 DKFP, thanks in large part to his 5.2 receptions and 62.2 yards per game. The only drawback here is if Ebron isn’t getting the look and his lack of usage in the red zone can really make him a boom-or-bust option. Personally, I prefer using Zach Pascal ($5,000) who is simply too cheap for a WR2. With seven touchdowns to his credit, Pascal is averaging 3.8 receptions and 46.4 receiving yards. While he may not be getting the same amount of receptions as Ebron, he’s been a favorite of Brissett in the red zone. One player I’m totally avoiding is Devin Funchess ($4,600), who you wouldn’t even know is the WR3 with his 2.2 DKFP average. He hasn’t made more than a single reception in a game and is being outperformed by Chester Rogers ($1,600) who is the WR4. Rogers has at least two receptions in 10 straight games and has scored four times, all while averaging 9.2 DKFP.
Despite being listed as the RB2, it’s been Nyheim Hines ($2,600) who has been performing. His ability to catch out of the backfield has been the difference, as he’s averaging 24 yards through the air and 2.2 receptions per game. He has gettin a bit of groundwork as well, averaging 23.6 DKFP but his catching ability is what has me using him over Mack. The RB1 in Mack is averaging a pathetic 4.6 DKFP and 26 yards per game on the ground. With only three touchdowns to his credit, your salary can be spent much more efficiently elsewhere.
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49ersJimmy Garoppolo ($10,600)has the third-highest DKFP average overall in this game but highest amongst the Niners at 18. He’s coming off a very poor game against the Bears, as he threw for 223 yards without a touchdown or an interception, good for just 8.9 DKFP. It was a massive disappointment for someone who averaged 22.2 DKFP in his prior five games with 12 touchdowns and no interceptions thrown. This matchup should be a nice bounce-back spot against a poor Colts secondary. Pierre Désir is their highest-ranked cornerback with an overall rating of 80. That’s….not great.
As you’d imagine, the Niners receivers didn’t have a great game either, especially their highest-rated receiver in the TE1 of George Kittle ($9,200). He made five receptions in that last game but only for 37 yards. Overall, Kittle has nine touchdowns, 5.2 receptions and 74 yards per game. This should be a really good game for the Niners offense overall and Kittle shouldn’t have any issues in this game. I’ll continue to use Deebo Samuel ($6,400) over Emmanuel Sanders ($9,800) with such a massive difference in their salaries. Samuel is essentially mirroring the production of Samuel despite being the WR2. With his 3.8 receptions and 57 yards per game, it’s hard to ignore the price difference. Sanders is averaging 4.2 receptions and 55 yards, which isn’t worth almost $10K. My guy Kendrick Bourne ($3,400), who has eight touchdowns to his name, continues to be way too cheap. You honestly can’t get a better value than him, as he’s reeling in just under three receptions and 33.6 yards. Most importantly, though, are those touchdowns.This is why I can’t stand Tevin Coleman ($8,000). I finally give the guy some love because he’s been crushing these simulations and he goes out and posts 7.8 DKFP against the Bears. That’s just the type of person he is, I know he did that on purpose. Either way, the dude is averaging a ridiculous 17.7 DKFP overall with 85 yards on the ground and 16.7 through the air. He’s catching out of the backfield, running the ball in, he’s doing everything. I’ll let YOU decide what you want to do with him because our feud is never-ending and when I hate him he does well and when I’m on his side he doesn’t do anything. So today, I’m neutral. How’s that, Tevvy!?
THE OUTCOMEI really think this could be a strong offensive game on both sides of the ball so I think we have a number of options to consider here. The boring option is, of course, the quarterbacks with Jacoby Brissett ($15,600) or Jimmy Garoppolo ($15,900). I like going with some of the receivers here and hoping they end up with a huge game like T.Y. Hilton ($14,400) or even Kendrick Bourne ($5,100) for the ultimate salary saver. The Niners have a running back you can use in the captain spot but I’m not saying his name out of spite. I will say, it rhymes with Kevin Polecan.
Final Score: Colts 24, 49ers 30
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