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 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 at DAL, $7,600 – Oddly, Jackson has had a couple of bad games in a row. His last game against the Rams was particularly awful. Jackson scored just 8.2 DKFP as the Ravens were only able to muster a pair of field goals in a loss. The past two games for Jackson aside, he’s been an excellent fantasy option in Madden with the highest floor at quarterback. He went on a run of seven consecutive games with at least 21 DKFP.
ValueMitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. SF, $5,900 – Trubisky is like Lamar Jackson-lite in Madden. His rushing ability has made him one of the safest quarterback plays in the game. Trubisky averages 19.5 DKFP and is coming off a game where he rushed for 139 yards and scored 33 DKFP. The one concern here is the tough matchup against the 49ers. As good as Trubisky has been in our Madden simulations, he’s a risky play due to the quality of the San Francisco defense.
StudDalvin Cook, MIN vs. ARI, $6,800 – Typically, I am a Tevin Coleman ($5,900) guy whenever he’s on a slate. He averages 18.9 DKFP and is almost always the top scoring running back when he’s on a slate. However, Cook draws a matchup against the hapless Cardinals defense. There are very few quality rated players on their defense and they recently allowed Miles Sanders to put up 58 DKFP.
ValueTarik Cohen, CHI vs. SF, $3,900 – The Bears’ pass catching back, Cohen is typically dependent on Chicago trailing to see extended time on the field. When behind in the second half, we usually see Cohen get the bulk of the snaps and return good value with PPR points. We have seen him score as many as 26.1 DKFP and a game against the 49ers likely means the Bears will be down late in this game.
StudAdam Thielen, MIN vs. ARI, $6,000 – Above, I mentioned how bad the Cardinals’ defense has been in Madden. The only spot they are strong in the secondary is with Patrick Peterson. He’s going to be covering Stefon Diggs ($7,600), opening up Thielen to be covered by some really weak competition. On a slate with weak wide receivers, Thielen leads the position with an average of 13.8 DKFP. This is a great spot for him to have another good game.
ValueDeebo Samuel, SF at CHI, $4,100 – There are only seven receivers on this slate averaging over 10 DKFP and Samuel is the cheapest of the group. He is averaging 11.4 DKFP and has been extremely consistent. With at least 9.0 DKFP in six of his past seven games, it seems unlikely that Samuel will kill a lineup.
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StudGeorge Kittle, SF at CHI, $6,400 – Kittle is the top pass catcher on this slate by a mile. He’s averaging 17.5 DKFP and, along with Adam Thielen, is the only pass catcher averaging over 12 DKFP. With this information, paying up for Kittle seems pretty obvious. Even his worst game, which is 7.3 DKPF, would likely outscore most of the wide receivers and tight ends on this slate. On the high end, Kittle has scored as many as 42.3 DKFP in a win over the Eagles.
ValueMark Andrews, BAL at DAL, $4,900 – Without many players to pay up for on this slate, I think rostering Kittle at tight end makes the most sense. The one situation that I would want to roster Andrews is in lineups with Lamar Jackson for stacking purposes. Andrews is the Ravens’ leading receiver in Madden with 687 receiving yards in 13 games.
Defense/Special TeamsVikings, MIN vs. ARI, $2,800 – This is one of the rare spots where I will advocate for paying up for a defense in Madden. The Vikings have been surprisingly effective, averaging 7.1 DKFP. Expecting any DKFP out of a defense is usually a stretch and they have averaged 11.3 DKFP in their past three games. This is also a favorable spot against a struggling Cardinals team. Arizona has been held to 17 points or less in eight of its past nine games.
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