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 night continues a fun weekend of contests with a three-game late slate that locks with the 6 p.m. ET kickoff between the Eagles and the Cardinals in a battle of the birds. The primetime matchup should be a good one between the Rams and the Ravens with plenty of star power on both sides. The full day of action closes with an AFC West rivalry game as the World Champion Chiefs host the Raiders.
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StudLamar Jackson, BAL vs LAR, $7,500 — At the top of the evening salary structure are two starting QBs with salaries over $7K. Of the two, I prefer Jackson since he has been the more consistent option, although Patrick Mahomes has a higher overall rating with his perfect 99 overall. 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 should be able to bounce back in better weather against a beatable Los Angeles defense in primetime. Jackson has a 92 overall rating with a 96 speed rating and an X-Factor of “First One Free.” Other Option — Patrick Mahomes ($8,100)
ValueDerek Carr, OAK at KC, $6,500 — The Chiefs can pile up points in a hurry which often leaves their opponents in catch-up mode. At least that should be familiar territory for Carr, who has been very good in these sims as a result of having to rally his team after the defense has surrendered plenty of points. The Raiders have one of the best playbooks in all of Madden, and Carr has used that and his playmakers to his advantage, averaging 19.0 DKFP per sim. He has thrown 26 touchdowns to just one interception in his 13 sims and should get plenty of opportunities to throw the ball in the nightcap at K.C.
Other Option — Kyler Murray ($6,100)
StudDamien Williams, KC vs. OAK, $5,700 — While Mahomes is the centerpiece of the Chiefs’ offense, Williams has been outstanding for the Chiefs as well, especially 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. If the Chiefs play from ahead, as I mentioned above is likely to be the case, they could rely even more heavily on Williams. Other Option — Todd Gurley II ($6,200)
ValueMiles Sanders, PHI vs ARI, $5,100 — While he isn’t quite as highly-rated as Williams, Sanders has a similar all-around skillset and gets all the work in the Eagles’ backfield. He 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 has 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 much like Williams could have in the Chiefs’ game.
Other Option — Jalen Richard ($3,200)
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StudAlshon Jeffery, PHI vs. ARI, $6,200 — Jeffery has offered nice production in his most recent contests, hauling in at least four catches in four straight games and over 11 DKFP in each of those games. He showed his ceiling with a 36.3 DKFP performance in his most recent sim as he and the Eagles put up 31 points in a loss to the Browns. Jeffery has eight touchdowns in 13 games and is the top WR for the Eagles, who should be able to dispatch the Cardinals in the first game of the slate. Other Option — Tyreek Hill ($7,800)
ValueRobert Woods, LAR at BAL, $5,200 — The Rams typically spread the ball around to their top three WRs: Cooper Kupp ($6,600), Woods and Brandin Cooks ($5,100). Woods has the best average of the three and Kupp will be in a tough matchup against Baltimore’s slot CB Marlon Humphrey. Woods should be lined up for a bounce-back performance after being held to 6.5 DKFP in the rain on Wednesday. Before that game, he had five straight games with over 11 DKFP, highlighted by a 29.5 DKFP performance against the Packers. Even though he’s a WR2, I like the matchup and the upside at this mid-range salary.
Damiere Byrd, ARI at PHI, $3,100 — Byrd is actually 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 free to soar once again.
Other Options — Nelson Agholor ($4,400), 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. It’s definitely a slate where I’d look to stack a second top TE in the flex spot. Waller has been the best of the bunch and has averaged more DKFP per sim than any other TE on this slate. He has also been very consistent, only finishing with fewer than 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 set up perfectly for a monster Waller game. Other Options — Travis Kelce ($6,300), Zach Ertz ($5,500)
ValueMark Andrews, BAL vs. LAR, $4,700 — Andrews has been 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 Option — Charles Clay ($3,700)
StudEagles DST vs. ARI, $3,100 — None of the defenses on this late slate have been outstanding, but the Eagles have a favorable matchup against the Cardinals, whose offense has been very hit-or-miss. Philly had three straight games with over 5.0 DKFP before giving up 37 points to the Browns and ending up with -4.0 DKFP in their most recent sim. They do have 25 sacks in their 13 sims, so they should be able to get pressure on Murray, and could force the rookie QB into mistakes.
ValueCardinals DST at PHI, $2,200 — The Cardinals have actually been the highest-scoring DST on this slate, averaging 5.9 DKFP per sim. Since I expect the latter two games to be higher scoring, I’d roll with a DST from the first game on the board. Arizona has 22 sacks and five takeaways in their 13 sims, but have been in generally low-scoring contests overall. They have picked up multiple sacks in four of their past five games dating back to a shutout of the Browns, in which they posted a sim-season high of 12.0 DKFP.
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