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.
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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
New England PatriotsShockingly, Tom Brady’s ($11,800) has the worse fantasy average of the two starting quarterbacks in this game. Even so, with 91 overall rating, Brady is averaging 17.5 DKFP and has been a pretty solid option in the sims for the most part. At his best against the Texans, he tossed six touchdowns and finished with 39.5 DKFP, so there’s plenty of upside in rostering the future Hall of Famer. Despite the difference in average fantasy production between Brady and Drew Lock ($10,400), I still think Brady is the stronger fantasy play.
The Patriots’ highest-rated wideout is Julian Edelman ($10,200) at an 87 and he’s going to be covered by Chris Harris, who has a 90 rating and a speed advantage over Edelman. The salary for Edelman seems a bit high since he’s the Pats’ sixth-highest scoring skill position player in Madden. Edelman is only averaging 10.2 DKFP and hasn’t shown much of a ceiling.
My favorite pass catchers from the Pats are also the best sources of value in this game. Retired in real life, Ben Watson ($11,700 CP/$7,800) is still going strong in the video game. He is averaging 16.0 DKFP, one of the top marks in this contest. In fact, he’s been one of the top tight ends in general during the simulations. Watson likely deserves to be one of the higher-priced players in this game, yet he’s on the cheaper end. I love him for Captain. In a similar vein, Phillip Dorsett ($5,000) has proven to have a high ceiling. He’s scored 33.3 DKFP in two separate games.
In real life, the New England running back situation is never easy to predict. On any given Sunday, we could see big games from Sony Michel ($2,800), James White ($8,400) or Rex Burkhead ($1,200). Luckily, this has been a situation easier to predict in Madden. While top running backs typically haven’t been all that productive, White has been an exception as the starting back for the Patriots. His involvement in both the running and passing games has made him a solid option. White is averaging 10.9 DKFP and has scored as many as 25.1 DKFP in a game against the Saints.
Denver BroncosDespite a fairly good showing during his rookie season, Drew Lock ($10,400) has a 68 overall rating on Madden. This makes it tough for me to trust him as a play despite his success in Madden. Lock averages 17.9 DKFP, the most of any player in this game. Here’s the thing though, the Broncos have mostly played soft competition. This game against the Patriots DST ($4,000) is a really tough matchup and it isn’t hard to envision a situation where they cause problems for the young quarterback.
As far as running backs go, Phillip Lindsay ($9,200) has actually been pretty decent, averaging 12.1 DKFP. In real life, we always need to be wary of shared touches in the Broncos’ backfield. In Madden, this is less of a concern since the starter gets almost all of the touches. I don’t love the matchup, but I do think Lindsay is okay to roster. This is especially true due to his involvement in the passing game and the high likelihood that the Broncos struggle to keep up with the Pats in this game. Lindsay has hauled in nine receptions in the Broncos’ last two games, both of which were losses.
Generally, Courtland Sutton ($9,800) has been a great play. He has an 84 overall rating, but he is going to be covered by Stephon Gilmore, who has a 98 overall rating and is arguably the best cover corner in the NFL. The massive difference in ratings makes Sutton tough to roster. This is further magnified by the poor Madden rating for Lock. The video game ratings imply that this could be tough sledding for the Broncos’ offense. With touchdowns likely tough to come by, this is a decent spot to look at kicker Brandon McManus ($3,800).
Much like Lock, Noah Fant ($6,200) doesn’t have a great rating even though he came alive down the stretch of his rookie season. Also like Lock, the tight end has managed to produce despite a poor Madden rating. With a 75 overall rating, he’s putting up an average of 12.4 DKFP. I think Fant makes for a reasonable midrange play.
THE OUTCOMENew England should roll in this spot. The Patriots have the advantage in basically every facet of the game. Overall, the Pats have an 8-4 record in Madden despite playing against most of the best teams in the NFL. As for the Broncos, they have a fine 6-6 record, but they are mostly playing against poorly rated teams. This makes this record a bit deceiving since they have only played against a couple of playoff-caliber teams. I expect the Patriots’ defense to do work in this spot as the Broncos’ young offense struggles to move the ball.
Final Score: Patriots 24, Broncos 13
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