Are you ready for some (virtual) football? With real-life sports in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings has been offering great sports simulations to fill the void. With six Madden Streams each day, there are now eight free contests, with a single-game Showdown for each game along with 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.
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StudDeshaun Watson, HOU vs. JAX, $7,100 — After a poor game from Lamar Jackson last night, Watson is now the top producing quarterback in Madden from a fantasy perspective. He’s averaging 22 DKFP, which is the most of any player at any position on this slate. Despite this, there are still three quarterbacks priced above Watson.
ValueJosh Allen, BUF at MIA, $6,300 — Allen has some odd touchdown stats in our simulations. He’s only thrown nine touchdown passes in 13 games, but he’s made up for it with his feet. Allen has rushed for seven scores, making him one of the more potent rushing QBs in Madden. This has led to Allen scoring at least 21 DKFP in three consecutive games despite limited passing success.
StudLeonard Fournette, JAX at HOU, $5,900 — This is a tough slate to roster running backs. Of the starting backs, Fournette is the only player producing consistently. He’s scored at least 16 DKFP in eight of the 12 games the Jaguars have played. This sets a high floor for Fournette, especially relative to the field. No other running back on this slate is averaging more than 14.5 DKFP.
ValuePatrick Laird, MIA vs. BUF, $3,000 — Since the expensive running backs on the slate haven’t been reliable outside of Fournette, it makes sense to punt with the second running back slot. Enter DFS legend Patrick Laird. He made a name for himself in the fantasy community during the last real NFL season and has had some decent Madden games. Laird is averaging 6.3 DKFP and scored 13.3 DKFP in the Dolphins’ last game.
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StudDeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. JAX, $8,400 — Since Watson has been so good in the DK Madden simulations, it only makes sense that DeAndre Hopkins has been a top position player. He averages 20.1 DKFP and is one of the only receivers that have over 1,000 receiving yards. The other thing that’s great about rostering Hopkins is how often Watson looks for him in the Redzone. Hopkins has hauled in a touchdown in seven consecutive games.
ValueTrey Quinn, WAS vs. PIT, $3,200 — Quinn has been tearing up defenses lately. Overall, he’s been one of the top value receivers in Madden, averaging 13.3 DKFP and he’s always around min price. Quinn has over 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games and scored as many as 38 DKFP. As the Redskins’ third receiver, he often benefits from not having to be covered by top cornerbacks.
StudDelanie Walker, TEN vs. CAR, $5,100 — Without any of the top Pro Bowl tight ends like Travis Kelce or George Kittle on today’s slate, this looks like a position to save money at. Walker is an okay option since he averages 10.1 DKFP, but it’s only because the other expensive tight ends, Austin Hooper ($5,600) and Greg Olsen ($5,500), are both averaging single-digit DKFP.
ValueBen Watson, NE vs. ATL, $4,300 — Even if Watson was the most expensive tight end on this slate, he would be my favorite target at the position. Luckily, we don’t have to pay all that much to roster him. Watson averages 16.4 DKFP, the most of any tight end on this slate by a pretty wide margin. He’s scored at least 11 DKFP in eight of his last 10 games, so Watson makes for a really safe play.
DSTPanthers DST at TEN, $2,800 — The Titans’ haven’t had a great offense in Madden. They have scored over 20 points just twice in their last nine games, so this should be a spot where the Panthers have a decent floor as far as defenses go. With Luke Keuchly still there to anchor their defense in the video game, Carolina is averaging 7.4 DKFP.
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