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 six-game slate on Wednesday, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET. 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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It’s Weather Wednesday in simland! Make sure you take note when building lineups, but here’s what the weather will be at each stadium:San Francisco — Rain
Pittsburgh — Snow
Tennessee — Snow
Oakland — Wind
Baltimore — Snow
Los Angeles — Rain
StudLamar Jackson, BAL vs. GB ($7,600)
Jackson’s rushing ability provides him with such a safe floor and high ceiling, it’s tough to pass up. Could the snow slow him down? Sure, but the defense will have just as much of an issue. Jackson has scored over 20 DKFP in seven straight sims, and over 29 DKFP in each of his last two.
ValuePhilip Rivers, LAC at LAR ($6,900)
It’s not often we see rain in L.A., but I’m still willing to target the Chargers’ passing attack. Rivers has had the benefit of two of the best WRs in these Madden sims, both of whom are strong plays, but why not stack them with the QB? Rivers’ 20.3 DKFP average ranks only behind Jackson on this slate. The edge goes to Rivers in the rain rather than Carr in the wind or Fitzmagic in the snow.
Other value options: Derek Carr ($6,400), Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6,000)
StudTodd Gurley, LAR vs. LAC ($6,300)
Gurley’s one of the few every-down backs on this slate, and one of the cheaper top-tier ones. He saves you a couple of bucks off the likes of a Christian McCaffrey ($8,000) but has a similar ceiling. Gurley averages 15.9 DKFP, and he destroyed the Packers for 37 DKFP three sims ago. He’ll get every backfield touch for the Rams unless he gets injured.
ValueTevin Coleman, SF vs. NO ($5,800)
Coleman’s an even cheaper featured back, on a dominant stretch of sims for the Niners. Like Gurley, he’ll have to keep his footing in one of the rain games, but the upside is too much to ignore. Coleman’s 18 DKFP average leads all RBs on the slate, and his 47.2-DKFP upside shows the type of damage he’s capable of in tournaments.
Other value options: Austin Ekeler ($4,100), Jalen Richard ($3,500)
StudDavante Adams, GB at BAL ($7,800)
Keenan Allen ($7,400) should be a popular play with Rivers, but I didn’t want to pile onto the Chargers too much. Allen’s coming off a bad sim but is usually as consistent as they come. If you want pure upside, Adams should garnish a large target share for the Packers while attempting to keep up with the Ravens. In his last five sims, Adams has topped 24 DKFP three times, with a high of 33.2.
ValueMike Williams, LAC at LAR ($4,500)
Sure, Allen has been great, but what WR averages the most DKFP on this slate? Williams. However the Chargers scheme their offense in Madden, it works around Williams. He had one complete bust where he was shutout; otherwise, we’re talking about a consistent 20 DKFP producer, with nearly 40 DKFP upside. His floor has been right around 9.0 DKFP, which doesn’t kill your lineup at this price. This is a no-brainer.
Other value options: Curtis Samuel ($4,400), DK Metcalf ($4,300), Ted Ginn Jr. ($3,400), Diontae Johnson ($3,100), Jakeem Grant ($3,000)
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StudDarren Waller, OAK vs. SEA ($5,000)
This isn’t a slight at George Kittle ($6,100), who has massive upside along with consistency. Kittle’s a strong play against the Saints, and you could even put him in FLEX along with Waller at TE. But given the savings, Waller’s been almost as good as Kittle, so I’ll explore paying down. I’ll admit, if there’s one weather aspect that makes throwing the ball a little dicier, it’s the wind. But Waller’s been the dominant force of this passing offense, averaging 17.7 DKFP, with 30-plus upside. The matchup is also a good one, outside of the weather.
ValueMike Gesicki ($4,100)
Gesicki will have to battle through the snow, but McDonald is in the same situation if you’re looking for another value. I lean Gesicki because he’s been Fitzpatrick’s go-to-guy across the middle, whereas Pittsburgh has more weapons. Both are great TE plays at these prices.
Other value options: Vance McDonald ($3,900)
StudPanthers D/ST at PIT ($2,700)
Defense in Madden is about having a playmaker that can force turnovers and create big plays. The now-retired Luke Kuechly is that guy for the Panthers. You don’t have to pay up much for them, and the snow should help slow down the Steelers’ offense.
ValueRams D/ST vs. LAC ($2,400)
The Rams also have some playmakers on the field, and while the Chargers have really moved the ball on offense, there’s no guarantee that continues in the rain. Playing the Ram is probably taking a larger chance than targeting a snow game, but I’d expect you also get lower ownership.
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