With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. With six Madden Streams each day, there are eight free daily contests, with a single-game Showdown for each game in addition to a pair of classic contests, one including all six games and one focusing on the late three games. 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 (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
Thursday should be a fun, three-game late slate highlighted by the fan’s choice for the “Game of the Week” contest at 8 p.m. ET between the Texans and the Chiefs. Before that, though, entries will lock at 6 p.m. ET when the Bucs visit the Vikings. The night closes out with a “Madden after Dark” matchup between the Redskins and Jets in virtual New York.
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StudPatrick Mahomes, KC vs. HOU, $8,200 — Mahomes appears poised to feast in a tasty matchup in primetime at home against a very suspect Houston secondary. In his most recent sim, he racked up 26.88 DKFP against the Broncos solid secondary with 272 yards passing along with four touchdowns. He has multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games with over 25 DKFP in half of those contests. He’s a member of the exclusive 99 Club and the cover boy for Madden 2020. He is actually being out-paced by Deshaun Watson ($6,900) overall in these sims, but in such a good matchup, I think he’s worth paying up for due to his virtually unlimited ceiling.
ValueJameis Winston, TB at MIN, $6,200 — Of the three cheaper QBs on the slate, Winston has been the most successful and consistent. He has already racked up 3,214 yards in 12 sims with 23 touchdowns. He has multiple passing scores in five straight games with over 21 DKFP in four of those contests. In his most recent sim against the Bengals, he exploded for 381 yards, five touchdowns and 39.24 DKFP. Winston has thrown one interception in four straight games as well but the upside outweighs the risk at this salary if you can’t pay all the way up for Mahomes.
StudLe’Veon Bell, NYJ vs WAS, $6,600 — Bell, Cook and Williams are all very solid plays as top RBs on this late slate since all monopolize work in their backfield, get involved in the passing game and have high ceilings. Bell gets a great matchup against the Redskins, though, so I’m leaning his direction. He had three touchdown runs in his most recent sim falling just short of the bonus with 96 yards for 28.8 DKFP. He has over 14 DKFP in three of his most recent four sims and is averaging 14.4 DKFP per contest. Other Options — Dalvin Cook ($6,800), Damien Williams ($6,000)
ValueChris Thompson, WAS at NYJ, $3,000 — Because those top-three RBs don’t share much work there are limited value plays on this slate, but I do like Thompson, who is available at the minimum but almost always gets involved as the Redskins’ third-down back. He did only managed nine yards and 0.9 DKFP in his most recent sim but is still averaging 6.6 DKFP and had caught multiple passes in four straight games before coming up empty against the Colts. He should be able to bounce back even in a matchup against a tough Jets’ front seven.
Other Options — Ronald Jones II ($5,000), Dare Ogunbowale ($3,000)
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StudTyreek Hill, KC vs. HOU, $7,800 — Hill actually doesn’t have an X-Factor, but he’s the only player in all the Madden universe with a 99 overall speed rating. On top of that, he also has a 99 acceleration rating, a 98 elusiveness rating and a 97 juke move rating to go with his 96 overall rating. He went off for 33.3 DKFP against the Broncos in his most recent sim and has at least 75 yards in five of his past six games with over 28 DKFP in four of those contests. The Chiefs use Hill as their slot WR, which puts him in a matchup against Texans’ slot corner Vernon Hargreaves III. Hargreaves has a 90 speed rating but only a 68 awareness rating, and his 73 overall rating means that Hill will have a huge mismatch for Mahomes to attack. Look for him to find plenty of space and be a great stack with Mahomes in the primetime showcase. Other Options — Mike Evans ($7,400), Robby Anderson ($6,200)
ValueAdam Thielen, MIN vs TB, $5,800 — Thielen is one of the highest-rated WR2s in the Madden world and has the X-Factor of “Double Me” along with Superstar traits of “Slot-o-matic” and “Slot Apprentice.” Out of the slot in this one, he’ll be matchup up against the Bucs’ Sean Murphy-Bunting, who has a 75 overall rating compared to Thielen’s 91 overall rating. While it’s not quite Hill vs. Hargreaves, it should be enough to allow Thielen to have a solid game with the ceiling of a huge game if he gets into the end zone a time or two.
Breshad Perriman, TB at MIN, $3,100 — If you pay way up for the Hill-Mahomes stack, you’ll need to save salary somewhere and Perriman is a great place to do it. He is the Bucs WR3, so he’s barely more than the minimum despite posting over 18 DKFP and over 85 yards in four straight games. His 95 speed rating gives him a very high ceiling, and he can make plays down the field and in the red zone. Winston looks his way often, so getting him at this salary is a steal.
Other Options — Will Fuller V ($4,800), Paul Richardson Jr. ($3,900)
StudJordan Reed, WAS at NYJ, $5,000 — Sadly, the Madden simulations are about the only place to see a healthy Jordan Reed, but he has been excellent in these sims as a reliable option for the Redskins. He is averaging 12.2 DKFP per sim with over that mark in four of his past six contests. He has four catches or more in five of those six sims, so he’s usually heavily involved and frequently targeted. While Travis Kelce ($6,300) is truly elite and has a higher ceiling, Reed offers very nice mid-range value and comes with upside as well.
ValueDarren Fells, HOU at KC, $3,800 —Fells has hauled in at least four passes in four straight sims as well, producing over 6.0 DKFP in each of those contests. He has only found the end zone twice in his 12 games, which has hurt his average a bit, but he does catch enough passes and is involved enough to be my favorite option among the limited value plays at TE.
StudVikings DST vs. TB, $3,000 — The Bucs can definitely put up big points as we’ve seen in their 9-3 start to the sims, but they are also a bit turnover prone. As mentioned above, Jameis has thrown an interception in four straight contests and can get overly aggressive at times. The Vikings have a defense that can take advantage of that and force turnovers as they have done 16 times in their 12 sims this season. They forced three fumbles, had three sacks, an interception and a defensive touchdown to post 21 DKFP against the Texans in their most recent game. Harrison Smith leads the way with his X-Factor of “Reinforcement,” but they have other playmakers as well and should be able to put up points against the Bucs.
ValueJets DST vs WAS, $2,600 — Another star safety leads this group, as Jamal Adams has the “Enforcer” Superstar trait and can force fumbles and make picks when he’s locked in. New York has 22 sacks in their 13 sims along with a safety and 15 takeaways. They have produced 6.5 DKFP per contest and should be able to get pressure on rookie Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,600) and force him to play to his 70 overall rating with just a 70 awareness rating.
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