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.
Friday’s late slate kicks off at 6 p.m. ET with a great NFC matchup between the Saints and the Cowboys in the Superdome. The primetime game gives you a chance to see one of the two teams in our Madden sims with 10 wins as the 49ers welcome in the Steelers in what should be a tough, smashmouth style contest. In the “Madden after Dark” matchup at 10 p.m. ET, the Packers are back in action as they host the Colts in their first non-weather game in four contests.
As you examine each of these three matchups, make sure to check out each individual game’s Showdown spotlights on DK Playbook for picks and previews of specific matchups. You can also check out the Madden info page for all the data on upcoming matchups, specific team abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this three-game classic slate after this quick review of the rules and settings.
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StudDrew Brees, NO vs. DAL, $7,800 — Brees has already passed for over 3,000 yards and racked up 29 touchdowns in his 13 sim games. His 94 overall rating and 98 awareness rating have helped him to an average of 18.6 DKFP per contest and made him one of the most reliable QBs in our sims. He has actually had a few down games lately, including a bad day on the road in the rain on Wednesday, which he salvaged with two late touchdown passes for 16.72 DKFP. He gets to return to his home in the dome where his Superstar trait of “Indoor Baller” will give him an extra boost. While the Dallas defense is not an easy matchup, it’s one of the better ones on this particular slate, so paying up for Brees could definitely pay off. Other Option — Aaron Rodgers ($7,100)
ValueJacoby Brissett, IND at GB, $5,700 — Brissett has been a boom-or-bust producer in our sims but actually comes in with ah higher average than any other QB in action on this three-game slate at 20.1 DKFP per sim. He only threw one score against the Redskins in the Colts most recent sim, but before that had been on a roll with over 25 DKFP in three straight and 10 total touchdowns during that stretch. Part of Brissett’s success has been due to the Colts typically having to play from behind and struggling to get much going on the ground. Based on the matchup against Green Bay, both those factors are likely to be in place again, so Brissett makes sense as the cheapest starting QB on the board.
StudTevin Coleman, SF vs. PIT, $5,700 — Even though he’s the fifth-highest priced RB on this slate, Coleman has been the definition of a stud in these sims so far. He gets such a heavy workload that he’s almost always a great value at his price under $6K. He has an extremely high ceiling, having produced over 24 DKFP in four of his past nine games and a low risk factor since he has only been held under 12 DKFP once during that span. Even against a stout Steelers defense, Coleman is a “set it and forget it” option at RB. Other Options — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,100)
ValueNyheim Hines, IND at GB, $3,500 — Hines has been a very productive third-down back for the Colts and has been involved in all 13 of their sims, averaging 9.1 DKFP per sim. He had multiple receptions in three straight games before not getting much done against the Redskins, as the Colts struggled overall. He did go off for over 30 DKFP against the Jets earlier in these sims, so he does have a very high ceiling if the Colts have to rally against the Packers, as I mentioned above could be the case.
Other Options — Jamaal Williams ($3,000), Jaylen Samuels ($3,000)
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StudDavante Adams, GB vs. IND, $7,800 — The Colts secondary has been very beatable throughout the sim-season, and Adams comes in on a nice roll. He and the Packers have had bad weather in four straight sims but he has still found the end zone and produced over 12 DKFP in each of his past three games. In his two most recent games without weather conditions, Adams posted 24.8 DKFP against the Texans and 33.2 DKFP against the Titans. Adams is far-and-away the go-to option in the Green Bay passing game and should continue to get plenty of targets against the Colts. Other Options — Michael Thomas ($8,400), T.Y. Hilton ($6,700)
ValueDeebo Samuel, SF vs. PIT, $4,200 — Samuel has been a solid contributor as the WR2 in the 49ers’ offense. He has over 60 yards and over 9.0 DKFP in three straight games and in six of his past seven. He has a nice 92 speed rating which gives him big-play potential, and in their most recent game, the Steelers gave up two touchdowns to a speedy WR2 named Samuel (Curtis of the Panthers). Deebo will look to keep rolling and help the Niners be the first team to 11 wins as they host Pittsburgh.
Geronimo Allison, GB vs. IND, $3,000 — At the minimum salary, Allison could end up being a steal as he goes up against Colts slot CB Kenny Moore II, who has a 79 overall rating. Moore was crushed by Trey Quinn when the Colts faced the Redskins in their most recent game, so Allison could be posted for a big game of his own since he is Green Bay’s primary slot option. He’s averaging 9.2 DKFP per contest and has multiple catches in 11 of Green Bay’s 13 sim contests.
Other Options — Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($3,600), Ted Ginn Jr. ($3,300)
StudJared Cook, NO vs. DAL, $5,200 — Cook has been very involved for the Saints throughout their sims, ever since he hauled in two touchdown passes in their very first contest. He has at least 13.9 DKFP in seven of his past nine contests and is almost always good for around 50 yards. Since the Saints won’t have to worry about the rain that derailed them on weather Wednesday, I think their offense will bounce back and Cook will be a big part of them getting on track against the Cowboys. Other Options — George Kittle ($6,200)
ValueVance McDonald, Pit at SF, $3,700 — We have no evidence that Madden figures in revenge narratives, but McDonald will return to where he started his NFL career as the Steelers hit San Francisco. McDonald has double-digit DKFP in three of his past four games and is averaging 12.2 DKFP per sim. He has already hauled in six touchdowns and is definitely a red-zone presence that has Big Ben’s attention near the goal line.
StudPackers DST vs. IND, $3,200 — The Packers DST has gotten a boost from all the weather they’ve been playing in, but they were a solid unit even before that posting 25 DKFP combined in their most recent good-weather games against the Texans and Titans. They’ll look to keep causing trouble for AFC South squads as they host the Colts. The Pack has 25 sacks, seven takeaways and three defensive touchdowns in their 13 sims.
ValueSteelers DST at SF, $2,700 — Pittsburgh’s defense was at its best in Wednesday’s snow game against the Panthers. Minkah Fitzpatrick had a pick and key sack while T.J. Watt scooped up a fumble and took it back for a touchdown. They have 28 sacks, ten takeaways and four defensive touchdowns in their 13 sims. The only reason they’re a little bit cheaper is that they do have a tough matchup against Coleman and the 49ers. As long as they don’t get crushed by a points allowed penalty, I still like them to find success.
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