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Thursday brings another game of the week with a full $10K in prizes in the 8 p.m. ET primetime matchup. Fans voted on DraftKings Twitter account for the Packers and Seahawks in that spot, which is also the centerpiece of the three-game slate we’ll highlight in this post. The late slate includes the final three games of the day, starting with the Texans against the Titans at 6 p.m. ET and wrapping up with the Patriots visiting the Rams in the late game. With those six teams in action, there are definitely plenty of interesting plays to consider.
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StudAaron Rodgers, GB vs. SEA, $7,100 — Rodgers numbers are a little skewed since the Packers played a stretch with four straight weather games in a row. In his two games since then he has thrown for five total touchdowns and put up 19.12 and 23.38 DKFP. He has produced over 19 DKFP in five straight games that didn’t have snow and has an impressive 27 touchdowns in 15 sims with just three interceptions. The Seahawks have been beatable by the pass in their sims, and Rodgers has been very good at home at Lambeau Field, where he’ll face the visiting Seahawks in the game of the week.
ValueDeshaun Watson, HOU at TEN, $6,800 — Watson got to exactly 300 yards in his most recent sim with a passing touchdown along with 40 yards on the ground. His 23 DKFP give him at least that many in three straight contests and in five of his past six overall. Watson’s dual-threat ability make him worth a look even in a difficult matchup against an under-rated Titans’ defense. He still has such a high ceiling and so many ways to produce points, that he’s a very nice play as the fourth-most expensive QB on the slate.
StudJames White, NE at LAR, $5,600 — Unlike in real life, White has a firm grasp on the top spot in the sim Patriots’ backfield. He can still do damage as a receiver out of the backfield but has also run for over 100 yards in two of his past three sims. He has over 18 DKFP in each of those three contests and has been locked in. The RB1 has an 83 overall rating with an 89 speed rating, an 86 elusiveness rating and a 79 catching rating. He has been a big part of New England’s offense, especially since quarters expanded, so look for him to be a solid mid-range play against the Rams, especially if New England plays from ahead. Other Option — Derrick Henry ($6,700), Todd Gurley II ($6,100)
ValueJamaal Williams, GB vs. SEA, $3,400 — Williams is both the power back and the third-down back for the Packers. He usually gets a few catches and a few carries every game while working in the lighter half of the timeshare with Aaron Jones ($6,300). Williams ratings aren’t exceptional but his role makes him worth a cheap flier since he has been involved in all 15 sims for Green Bay and has put up over 5.0 DKFP nine times.
Other Options — Sony Michel ($3,700), Dion Lewis ($3,300)
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StudDavante Adams, GB vs. SEA, $7,700 — Both Adams and DeAndre Hopkins ($8,200) have been outstanding in their recent sims. They’re both WR to build around, but Adams has been even better lately even with all the weather the Packers have faced. Adams had six catches for 188 yards and a touchdown against the Jets for 31.8 DKFP. He has over 25 DKFP in three of his past four games and is clearly the No. 1 target for Rodgers. He did have a few bad busts early in our sims but has been locked in lately and has a slightly better matchup than Hopkins. Other Options — DeAndre Hopkins ($8,200)
ValueBrandin Cooks, LAR vs. NE, $5,000 — While revenge-game narratives aren’t really a thing in the Madden universe, Cooks is still worth a look against his former team, the Patriots since he has been good lately and has good speed with his 95 speed rating. He had four catches for 118 yards and a touchdown on his way to 24.8 DKFP against the Packers. He has over 12 DKFP in seven of his past 10 sims.
DK Metcalf, SEA at GB, $4,400 — Metcalf’s 95 speed rating also gives him a very high ceiling, and he’s also a big target in the red zone with his 86 catching in traffic rating and 89 spectacular catching rating. He has caught at least four passes in six of his past seven contests and has over 25 DKFP three times during that run. He has both high upside and relatively low risk since he is so involved as Seattle’s WR2.
Other Options — Phillip Dorsett II ($3,500), Geronimo Allison ($3,000)
StudBen Watson, NE at LAR, $4,100 — Watson had been one of the most reliable TEs in all of Madden before going very quiet over his past two games. He only caught two passes against the Falcons but one was a touchdown, so he still managed to finish with 12.6 DKFP. His most recent sim was even worse, though, since he only made one catch for six yards and put up just 1.6 DKFP against the Jaguars. Watson is still a great value, though, after posting double-digit fantasy points in four straight before that letdown in Jacksonville. It’s actually the second single-catch game he has posted, and there have been a few low totals. However, he has always been able to bounce back and return to his high level of involvement. Other Options — Delanie Walker ($5,000), Will Dissly ($4,200)
ValueDarren Fells, HOU at TEN, $3,600 — Fells is a huge target for the Texans and towers over his opposition at six-foot-seven-inches. He matched his sim-high with eight catches in his most recent sim against the Browns and put up 14.6 DKFP. He has over 14 DKFP in three of his past six games and has at least three receptions in eight straight contests. Fells has only three touchdowns, but despite his under-utilization in the red zone he does get enough volume to be a solid value play in this matchup. The converted basketball player should be able to box out the Titans and pull in some good numbers for his fantasy investors.
StudPatriots DST at LAR, $2,900 — Hopefully this rematch has more offense than the Super Bowl these teams played, but I do think the Pats D is in a good spot to produce. They have been great at getting pressure on the opposing QB with 37 sacks in their 15 sims. They have only forced 11 turnovers, but that pass rush has led them to a still-solid 5.9 DKFP. New England has playmakers and is the top DST to consider on this slage.
ValueSeahawks DST at GB, $2,600 — Seattle’s defense is alo nice option to consider with a solid secondary and an elite option to build around in Bobby Wagner. Wagner checks in with an outstanding 98 overall rating and a propensity for forcing fumbles. The Seahawks have recovered 15 fumbles in 15 sims and have averaged 5.2 DKFP per sim. I prefer the Pats’ D only because they have a better matchup, but the Seahawks can also make some noise when they’re dialed in.
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