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.
Saturday brings another jam-packed six-game slate with some interesting matchups on tap. We start with a 12 p.m. ET kickoff between the Broncos and the Bengals from virtual Cincinnati before the Lions welcome in the Bucs at 2 p.m. ET. At 4 p.m. ET, the Chargers will head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings, and at 6 p.m. ET the Eagles take on the Cardinals. The primetime is a good one between the Rams and the Ravens with plenty of star power in that matchup, and we finish things out with a late game from the AFC West as the Chiefs host the Raiders.
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StudLamar Jackson, BAL vs LAR, $7,500 — There are two QBs with salaries over $7K, and of the two I prefer Jackson since he has been the more consistent option. In his most recent sim, Jackson didn’t have a huge game against the Packers in the snow, totaling just 17.42 DKFP. That snapped a streak of seven games in a row with over 21 DKFP and his 61 yards on the ground were his lowest rushing output in four contests as well. He can beat you with his arms; he can beat you with his legs — he’s the MVP for a reason. Jackson has a 92 overall rating with a 96 speed rating and an X-Factor of “First One Free.” Other Options — Patrick Mahomes ($8,100), Carson Wentz ($6,800)
ValueDrew Lock, DEN at CIN, $5,500 — One thing we’re repeatedly seen in these sims is that stacking against the Bengals is a strategy that can pay off. Lock struggled against the Pats in his most recent sim with just 9.6 DKFP, but he was much, much better in his previous matchup against the Chiefs when he racked up 36.08 DKFP. He threw four touchdowns in that contest after throwing for three scores and 19.36 DKFP against the Bills. The Bengals have given up huge games to so-so QBs, and I think Lock has much more “boom” potential than “bust” based on this matchup.
Other Options — Jameis Winston ($6,400), Jared Goff ($6,300)
StudDamien Williams, KC vs. OAK, $5,700 — Williams has been awesome for the Chiefs since quarters expanded to eight minutes. He has double-digit DKFP in nine straight contests with over 25 DKFP in two of his past five sims. He usually is involved as a receiver out of the backfield and has been the go-to in the red zone with at least one touchdown in five straight contests dating back to a 38.3-DKFP sim against the Eagles. He has that kind of a ceiling in what should be a very favorable matchup at home against the Raiders in the late game. Other Options — Todd Gurley II ($7,200), Phillip Lindsay ($6,000)
ValueMiles Sanders, PHI vs ARI, $5,100 — Sanders usually adds a few catches out of the backfield and offers good playmaking ability due to his 90 speed rating, 91 acceleration rating, 83 elusiveness rating and 86 jump rating. He had five catches in his most recent sim and even though he only got seven yards on those catches he finished with 13.2 DKFP. He had produced double-digit DKFP in seven of his past nine games with over 20 DKFP in four of those contests. He’s in a great matchup against the Cardinals and if the Eagles play from ahead he could have a heavy workload.
Other Options — Austin Ekeler ($4,000), David Johnson ($3,500)
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StudCourtland Sutton, DEN at CIN, $6,100 — Sutton is one of the least expensive WR1 on the slate, but he has established himself as the go-to option in the Broncos’ passing game. He has 11 touchdowns in his 13 sims, while posting double-digit DKFP nine times. He has over 30 DKFP in three games as well, so his ceiling is sky-high. He gets a good matchup against the Bengals, and I really think the Broncos may be a great sleeper-stack with him and Lock going off for a big game early since the Bengals have given up so many monster games. Other Options — Tyreek Hill ($7,800), Mike Evans ($7,200)
ValueMike Williams, LAC at MIN, $4,700 — No other WR on this slate has averaged more DKFP than Williams in our sims so far. This is definitely the touchdown-machine version of Williams, who also has 11 touchdowns in his 13 sims while averaging about 80 yards per sim. He’d be a consideration at $2K more than this, and he’s basically a must-roster at this price. Take the free space!
Damiere Byrd, ARI at PHI, $3,100 — Byrd is the WR3 for the Cardinals, but has been very productive and involved while offering a very high ceiling due to his 95 speed rating. Byrd has over 70 yards in three straight games with over 10 DKFP in each of those three contests. In his most recent sim, he went off for 27.8 DKFP against the Bills getting the 100-yard bonus for the second time in these sims. If the Cardinals are forced to throw the ball to try to come back against the Eagles, Byrd could soar once again.
Other Options — Adam Thielen ($5,900), Zay Jones ($3,700)
StudDarren Waller, LV at KC, $5,000 — I love both the TE listed below as other options as well, but I love Waller just a little bit more in this matchup at this price. He has averaged more DKFP per sim than any other TE on this slate and has only been held under 10 DKFP three times in 13 sims. Waller has at least five catches in three straight games and is always a threat to go off. While I don’t like the Raiders’ chances of keeping up with the Chiefs, I do think they’ll throw a lot to try which should allow the Waller-us to feast. Other Options — Travis Kelce ($6,300), Zach Ertz ($5,500)
ValueMark Andrews, BAL vs. LAR, $4,700 — Andrews remains the primary option for Jackson in the Ravens’ passing game and has put up double-digit DKFP in three straight contests with at least four catches and over 45 yards in each of those contests. He hasn’t had as high a volume or ceiling as Waller, but he can definitely return nice value from a mid-range salary slot.
Other Options — Tyler Eifert ($3,900), T.J. Hockenson ($3,800)
StudLions DST at TB, $2,800 — The Lions have gotten plenty of pressure on the QB in these sims with 24 sacks in their 13 contests. They have only forced six turnovers but do have a pair of defensive touchdowns to help them average 5.0 DKFP. With Jameis Winston under center for the Bucs, there’s potential for both boom and bust, but either way there’s potential for turnovers. He did snap a streak of four straight games with an interception in his most recent sim but still tends to get careless with the ball at times.
ValueVikings DST vs. LAC, $2,500 — Harrison Smith leads a hard-hitting secondary for the Vikings, and they can be a strong play even against an effective Chargers offense. Minnesota has forced 16 turnovers in their 13 sims, including forcing four turnovers including one they returned for a touchdown on their way to 21 DKFP two sims ago. Even in not the best matchup for them, they’re worth a look at this salary.
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