We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the three-game late slate, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET. It’s important to note that Madden runs a bit different here and we have some things to consider.
First and foremost, speed is such an important factor. These players are always going to get open and can give you an edge with a player that you’d potentially look over when you consider his real-life role. We’ll get into that more in the article below. Players also have particular X-Factors, which can best be described as “power ups” that can be activated if a player completes a certain threshold. These will be put into considerations as well and will be highlighted with those particular players.
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StudLamar Jackson, BAL vs. GB, $7,600 – I can’t and won’t stop rostering Jackson in Madden. The reigning NFL MVP has been unstoppable in the video game since an inauspicious start to his sim fantasy career. Just like in real life, Jackson has become unstoppable due to high speed rating. He has six rushing touchdowns in his last nine games and he’s scored at least 21 DKFP in seven straight games. Jackson has the best combination of ceiling and floor of any quarterback in Madden.
ValueDerek Carr, LV vs. SEA, $6,400 – With this being a smaller late slate, we only have two cheap quarterbacks to choose from. We are left picking between Carr and Jared Goff ($6,200). Between the two, Carr has the much easier matchup. Goff is facing the Chargers, who have elite cornerbacks. We also have to consider that Carr has been the better fantasy producer of the two, averaging 19.5 DKFP compared to 16.8 DKFP for Goff.
StudTodd Gurley, LAR vs. LAC, $6,300 – When talking about Jared Goff above, I mentioned how strong the defensive back play is for the Chargers. This could mean that we will see a bit more focus on the run game from the Rams. As is, Gurley has been one of the more involved running backs in Madden. He averages 15.9 DKFP and is one of just two running backs on the slate scoring double-digit DKFP per game. The other is Mark Ingram ($6,200), who averages 10.5 DKFP. Due to the similar price and wide gap in average production between the two, Gurley looks like the stronger play.
ValueJalen Richard, LV vs. SEA, $3,500 – Despite the cheap price, Richard is the third best fantasy producer on this slate. He averages 8.6 DKFP, putting him behind just Gurley and Ingram in average DKFP production. He’s the 11th most expensive running back on the slate even though he’s putting up the third most DKFP. This is a good sign of value and, as the pass catching back for the Raiders, Richard should find himself in a favorable game script since the Raiders figure to be trailing late against the Seahawks.
StudTyler Lockett, SEA at LV, $6,900 – I am a bit conflicted here. I typically like to build my lineups focusing more on average DKFP production than Madden rating, but the Raiders do not have strong cornerback play. Daryl Worley, who has a 75 overall rating, is going to be tasked with covering Lockett. I think this gives Lockett a great chance to have a strong game as an 88 overall, so I am willing to look past that he’s only averaging 11 DKFP.
ValueMike Williams, LAC at LAR, $4,500 – With Keenan Allen ($7,400) drawing coverage from Jalen Ramsey, Philip Rivers ($6,900) might have to give Williams extra looks in the passing game. In most situations, Williams has been the Chargers’ top wide receiver anyway. Even though he’s number two on the depth chart, Williams averages 21.2 DKFP, which is the most of any wide receiver in our Madden sims. Williams has caught 10 touchdowns in 10 games.
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StudDarren Waller, LV vs. SEA, $5,000 – There’a a pretty big gap in the production between Waller and the rest of the tight ends on this slate. He’s averaging 17.7 DKFP and the next best tight end has been Mark Andrew ($4,900), who averages 12.4 DKFP. Waller has scored over 12 DKFP in nine of his 12 games, making it seem pretty likely that he comes away from tonight’s slate as the highest scoring tight end.
ValueWill Dissly, SEA at LV, $4,200 – For me, it’s hard to consider any tight end other than Waller for this slate. If looking to put Dissly in the flex spot, I think that’s a reasonable decision. He’s averaging 10.6 DKFP and he’s shown upside, scoring as many as 21.5 DKFP. Like Lockett, Dissly should be able to benefit from the weak pass defense of the Raiders.
Defense/Special TeamsRavens, BAL vs. GB, $2,200 – This is another slate where it’s really tough to choose a defense. In this situation, I’ll almost always gravitate towards the cheapest option. The Ravens are nearly the minimum price, and due to their strong cornerback play, it’s conceivable that they can force Aaron Rodgers ($7,200) into a turnover.
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