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.
After a bit of a break on Friday, the full six-game slate is back for Saturday, so there’s another late slate classic matchup with the final three games that start at 6 p.m. ET and later. The Bears and Bengals get things started at 6 p.m. ET, and then in primetime there’s a very nice NFC East matchup between the Cowboys and the Redskins at 8 p.m. ET. “Madden After Dark” returns after a one-day hiatus with the Lions and Rams at virtual Ford Field in Detroit for the final game of the day.
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StudDak Prescott, DAL at WAS, $6,300 — In their most recent sim, the Cowboys crushed the Bengals, 35-3, on Thursday afternoon. While Dallas did whatever they wanted on offense, Prescott threw for four touchdowns and 256 yards on his way to an impressive 29.74 DKFP. He has over 18 DKFP in five of his past six contests and went off for 39.46 a few games ago against the Giants, showcasing his upside. He should hit the 3,000-yard mark in this game and has a sterling 26:3 TD:INT ratio in these sims. He’s very affordable in a great matchup and has averaged the second-most DKFP of any QB on this slate.
ValueMitchell Trubisky, CHI at CIN, $5,900 — If you’re going cheaper at QB, Trubisky is a good option and has actually averaged even more than Dak, with a very impressive 20.5 DKFP per sim. Turbisky is a scrambling QB and most of his value actually comes from his ability to run. He showed that off in his most recent sim, running for three scores and posting 35.44 DKFP against Baltimore. He has over 18 DKFP in three straight and in 11 of his past 14. The Bengals have been a great team to attack with either a full stack or at least key players, so Trubisky should be in a great spot to produce.
StudTodd Gurley II, LAR at DET, $6,200 — Gurley is the kind of full-time, versatile RB that makes sense to pay up for since he doesn’t typically lose carries in the backfield. He is consistently the focus of the Rams’ running game and gets a bunch of carries. He has 80 or more yards on the ground in each of his past two games, and he has posted at least 13 DKFP in four of his past six sims. Another reason I really like Gurley as a play is that he is so involved as a receiver, including posting multiple catches in nine straight games. His consistent catches give him a nice PPR safety net and reduce the risk of him being a total bust while also raising his ceiling. Other Option — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,200)
ValueChris Thompson, WAS vs. DAL, $3,000 — At the minimum salary, Thompson is a very nice play since he serves as the third-down back even though he is the RB3 on the Redskins’ depth chart. He had an impressive long touchdown catch two games ago against the Steelers and finished with 16.4 DKFP, and then followed that up with 10.5 DKFP against the Eagles, hauling in five catches out of the backfield. His consistent workload and upside make him an awesome value play with a solid 91 speed rating, 72 elusiveness rating and 76 catching rating.
Other Options — Gio Bernard ($3,600), J.D. McKissic ($3,200)
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StudAllen Robinson, CHI at CIN, $6,800 — There aren’t a ton of top-tier options on the evening slate at WR, but Robinson is the clear go-to option at WR. He had 25.9 DKFP against the 49ers two sims ago and followed that 11.3 DKFP against the Ravens. His 56 catches exactly matches Amari Cooper’s ($7,600) output, but his 11.9 DKFP per sim is slightly higher and he’s in a much better matchup against the Bengals’ iffy defense. Other Options — A.J. Green ($7,200), Kenny Golladay ($6,500)
ValueBrandin Cooks, LAR at DET, $5,000 — Despite his spot as the Rams’ WR3, Cooks has been very good in these sims due to his 95 speed rating. He has found the end zone eight times and racked up 838 yards over his first 15 sims. He showed his upside with an impressive 118 yards on four catches against the Seahawks for 24.8 DKFP in his most recent sim and has over 12 DKFP in seven of his past 10 contests.
John Ross III, CIN vs. CHI, $3,200 — Another WR with nice upside due to his speed is Ross, who has a blazing 97 speed rating. He can take any touch in space the length of the field, but remains a little bit of a boom-or-bust. He has seven touchdowns on the sim season with three coming in his seven most recent contests.
Other Options — Taylor Gabriel ($4,400), Paul Richardson Jr. ($3,800)
StudJordan Reed, WAS vs. DAL, $5,300 — Reed has been a very reliable option for rookie QB Dwayne Haskins ($5,700) while averaging 12.3 DKFP per sim. He has averaged over four catches and over 50 yards per game while getting into the end zone seven times. Reed is reliable and has a high ceiling even though the Dallas defense has been pretty solid most of the sim season.
ValueT.J. Hockenson, DET vs. LAR, $4,000 — Hockenson has caught at least four passes in each of his past six sims, highlighted by a 12-catch, 135-yard game against the Jets in which he totaled 34.5 DKFP. He has a good matchup in the nightcap against the Rams and should be involved in the middle of the field. He has been getting such good volume, that he’s an amazing value at just $4K.
Other Option — Trey Burton ($4,600)
StudBears DST at CIN, $2,800 — Kahlil Mack leads this DST unit, which started the season with the highest rating in all of Madden. They have picked up 22 sacks and nine takeaways in their 16 sims for an average of 4.8 DKFP per sim. They’ve got the best matchup on the slate against the turnover-prone and inefficient Bengals.
ValueLions DST vs. LAR, $2,400 — Detroit has gotten good pressure on the QB with 25 sacks in their 15 games, but have only forced seven turnovers. The Lions have only recovered one fumble but usually do a decent job limiting their opponent. They hadn’t posted a negative game until their more recent game when they got crushed by the Broncos. They’ll likely bounce back with a stronger effort against the Rams.
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