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. With six Madden Streams per day, there are now eight free contests daily, with a single-game Showdown for each game along with a pair of classic contests. 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.
One of the matchups on tap for Sunday is an intriguing 4:00 p.m. ET kickoff between the Packers and the Jets. Each team has gone 8-6 in their first 14 sims and each currently sits in second place in their division. The Jets trail the Patriots and the Packers are looking up at the surprising Lions. They’ll look to keep the pressure on their respective division leaders with their ninth win of the season this afternoon. Since they’re in opposite conferences, these two teams don’t meet very often in real life. They aren’t scheduled to play against each other this year and haven’t met in real life since the Packers visited New York in Week 16 of the 2018 season and left with a 44-38 overtime win. We can hope for a similar score and plenty of fantasy points in this contest. Should we expect a high-scoring contest and who will be the top names to target for your showdown lineup? 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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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
New York JetsThe Jets have been leaning heavily on Le’Veon Bell ($9,400) in their past few sims, allowing the workhorse back to pile up 96 rushing yards and 28.8 DKFP against the Bengals and 99 rushing yards for 11.1 DKFP against the Redskins. He has been tantalizingly close to that 100-yard bonus but has only hit it once against the Colts. He is still averaging 14.2 DKFP per sim due to his usage in the passing game as well and the fact that he gets all the snaps in the backfield. Bell still has an 88 overall rating despite being downgraded to just Superstar after being one of the 50 players with an X-Factor at launch. He still has the superstar abilities of “Spin Cycle” and “Arm Bar,” which make his spin and stiff-arm moves more powerful and effective. He has over 11 DKFP in four of his past five games and is definitely an option in play against the Packers, although Green Bay’s defense is usually solid against the run.
With Bell in the backfield, Sam Darnold ($10,800) has been solid, averaging 16.6 DKFP per contest and throwing 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 14 sims. He only has a 74 overall rating, though, and hasn’t thrown for multiple touchdowns in any of his past six contests. Of the two QBs in this one, Darnold isn’t the better option, and he seems a little overpriced going against a solid Packers’ secondary.
The Jets top WR, Robby Anderson ($9,200) will be looking for a bounceback performance after laying an egg in his most recent game. He only had one catch against Washington for five yards. He averages a solid 14.5 DKFP which is on pace with his WR1 counterpart, Davante Adams ($10,600), but he costs significantly less. Anderson does have a high ceiling due to his 94 speed rating, which makes him the fastest player in this game. The Packers secondary does have some players that are close, though, with CB Jaire Alexander and SS Adrian Amos both checking in with a 93 speed rating. Anderson had over 70 yards in three straight before his most recent sim, and he’ll look to return to that level of production.
When Anderson does struggle, Darnold looks to Jamison Crowder ($6,800) and Demaryius Thomas ($5,200) next on the depth chart. Crowder has a very solid 80 overall rating and has scored a touchdown in each of his two most recent games. He has seven scores on the season and has been boom-or-bust depending on the matchup. The Packers use Tramon Williams as their slot corner and will likely have him matched up on Crowder. Crowder has a 91-to-85 speed rating advantage, so there could be some plays for him to make in this contest. When the Jets go to three-WR sets, Crowder typically moves into the slot while Thomas comes in on the outside. DT has a 90 speed rating and 78 overall rating while also being strong on the ball with an 83 catching rating and an 88 spectacular catching rating. Thomas has been cooking lately with double-digit DKFP in five straight games with at least five catches in each contest and a high-point of racking up 164 yards and 28.4 DKFP against the Bengals two sims ago. He’s an excellent value at just over $5K.
With Homas emerging more, Ryan Griffin ($6,200) had been sliding a little more into the background. He bounced back with a big game against the Redskins, though, hauling in eight catches for 110 yards and 22.0 DKFP. He had been held under 10 DKFP in 10 straight sims before that, though, so I prefer Thomas or Crowder to Griffin in this matchup.
The Jets DST ($3,400) has been one of my favorites to play in these sims since they have a playmaker in safety Jamal Adams, who started the season with the Superstar ability “Enforcer” and added the X-Factor “Reinforcement” and second Superstar ability of “Under Pressure.” Adams has a 92 overall rating, and should continue to wreak havoc from his spot in the secondary. He has helped force 16 turnovers in 14 sims for the Jets DST, which has also picked up 24 sacks and two defensive touchdowns on their way to 6.8 DKFP per sim. The Packers aren’t a great matchup but both the DST and former-Packer Sam Ficken ($3,800) deserve a look if you have to spend under $4K. Ficken was with Green Bay for four months last summer but was beaten out in training camp by Mason Crosby ($4,000). Both kickers have been good in these sims, averaging 6.9 DKFP.
Green Bay PackersThe Packers had been stuck in multiple weather games before finally getting clear skies for their Friday night sim against the Colts. Aaron Rodgers ($11,400) threw two touchdowns in that contest to Adams, and they finished with 19.12 and 26.1 DKFP, respectively. The offense has been built around those two big-name stars for most of the sim-season for the Packers, and that trend will likely continue in this contest. Rodgers has over 18 DKFP in five of his past seven contests, and his 17.0 DKFP average is skewed a little low due to the games impacted by weather. Rodgers has an 89 overall rating along with the X-Factor of “Gambler.” After he makes multiple consecutive passes for five-plus yards in the air, Rodgers cannot be intercepted by AI defenders, which is all of them in this case. That ability is part of how he has thrown 22 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He is also loaded with Superstar abilities of “Pass Lead Elite,” “Dashing Deadeye” and “Roaming Deadeye” which help his accuracy and range in specific situations, including when he’s on the run. Rodgers is a solid play and can definitely be considered for your Captain’s Pick if you can find the salary to work around his hefty price tag.
The highest-rated skill player in the game is Adams, which is why he’s the only non-QB over $10K. He has the Superstar abilities are “Red Zone Threat,” giving him a better chance to win contested catches against single coverage in the red zone, and “Double-Move Elite,” which increases his success when running double moves. His two scores Friday night bring his total on the sim season to 11, and he has nine touchdowns in his past seven games.
The rest of the Green Bay receiving corps have been much less reliable but have also shown upside ate times. Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,600) has been a very affordable WR2 because of his 73 overall rating. His impressive 93 speed rating gives him boom-or-bust potential, and he averaged 10.2 DKFP in his first 13 sims. Allen Lazard ($3,200) is the WR3 with a 70 overall rating, but he has been much less involved than WR4 Geronimo Allison ($3,000) is WR4 since Allison works as the team’s primary slot receiver and has a 73 solid overall rating. He averaged 9.2 DKFP in the Packers’ first 13 sims and is a great cost-saving option in this matchup. TE Jimmy Graham ($7,800) has a solid 80 overall rating, which is better than all the WR besides Adams, but he has been very hit-or-miss, so I don’t think he’s worth paying up for.
Another Packer I’m fading is Aaron Jones ($8,600), despite his 87 overall rating and a few flashes of upside. He loses so much work to Jamaal Williams ($2,800), who is both the third-down RB and the power back. Williams has a decent 78 overall rating but hasn’t been great either in a while. He will almost always give you something but his ceiling isn’t all that high either. I’d prefer Allison to Williams and take a look at both Ks and DST if you can afford them before going to Williams.
The Packers DST ($3,600) hasn’t been quite as good as the Jets, but they have been able to pressure the QB. I don’t expect this game to be super low scoring, though, so I don’t think you need both DST, and I’d prefer the Jets due to their playmakers and propensity to produce takeaways.
THE OUTCOMEFor Captain’s Picks, both Davante Adams ($15,900 CP) and Aaron Rodgers ($17,100 CP) are both great option if you can make the math work in your flex spots. Adams has been so locked in lately and such the focus of the offense since quarters were expanded to eight minutes. You could pivot to Jamison Crowder ($10,200 CP) or Demaryius Thomas ($7,800 CP) as cheaper plays as well if you want to spend more in your flex spots. For values, Allison is my top option with the Jets DST and the two kickers right behind.
I think the Packers passing game should find holes in the beatable Jets’ secondary. Despite Adams, they have given up some big games through the air, and I think Rodgers and Adams keep rolling in this one and get Green Bay the win at home.
Final Score: Packers 27, Jets 17
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