3-game slate

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 slate on Tuesday, 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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Drew Brees, NO vs. ATL ($7,700)
Brees hasn’t reached 17 DKFP in any of his last four sims, but we know the upside is there — he topped 23 DKFP in his three prior sims. This is a prime ceiling spot for Brees, who will face an awful Falcons secondary in the Super Dome. There are safer QB plays on the slate, but none with more upside.


Gardner Minshew, JAX vs. NE ($5,400)
Minshew’s the cheapest QB play by $800, and four of the six plays cost over $7,000. So if you need a bargain, Minshew’s your guy by default. The cheapest QB plays on these slates have generally produced well in terms of DKFP-per-dollar. Minshew’s 16.6 DKFP is not far off from the other plays on the slate, and he’s shown a 30-plus ceiling, so you’re not risking too much upside. The Patriots defense is daunting, but Minshew will likely need to sling it to keep up.

Other value options: Matt Ryan ($7,100)

Running Backs


Devonta Freeman, ATL at NO ($5,900)
We have four every-down backs on this slate, priced as the four most expensive plays, and all of them are justifiable targets. Freeman stands out as the most intriguing play because of his matchup and upside. Freeman’s rushed for over 100 yards in two of his last three sims, catching at least three passes in each. He’s a legit dual threat, and we just saw him play to his ceiling against the Patriots — 42.8 DKFP. A shootout against the Saints offers a similar ceiling.


James White, NE at JAX ($5,500)
Outside of the four every-down plays, White clearly stands out. His role as a receiver is what makes him so intriguing, but because he’s on the field so much, it’s led to more rushing success than you’d expect — totaling 306 yards on the ground in his last three sims combined. White’s totaled 57.9 DKFP in his last two sims.

Other value options: C.J. Promise ($3,200)

Wide Receivers


Michael Thomas, NO vs. ATL ($8,500)
No need to get cute. Thomas is the best WR on the slate, and also has the best matchup. If you’re playing Brees, you’re stacking him with Thomas. There’s other value on New Orleans you can add to the mix, but MT is pretty much an automatic 20-plus DKFP. He’s scored 20 or more in seven of his last 11 sims, and also has the highest ceiling on the slate.


DK Metcalf, SEA vs. LAR ($4,400)
No single WR value stands out much more than the other, so I decided to chase the GPP upside of Metcalf here. All the plays listed below are solid, so play what fits in your budget. However, Metcalf has scored at least 26 DKFP in three of his last six sims, including 36.2 against the Patriots.

Other value options: Robert Woods ($5,200), Calvin Ridley ($4,500), Mohamed Sanu ($4,300), Ted Ginn Jr. ($3,700), Tre’Quan Smith ($3,400)

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Tight Ends


Ben Watson, NE at JAX ($4,300)
TE is a crucial position on these slates, and while Jared Cook ($5,700) is a better play than any WR in his price range, there’s still cheaper targets at his position. Watson has been a go-to-guy for the Pats in these sims, averaging 16.2 DKFP. He’s scored double-digit DKFP in 11 of his 14 outings, and hit as many as 44.6 DKFP in a single sim. This is as safe a target as they get.


James O’Shaughnessy ($3,700)
O’Shaughnessy’s been one of the main reasons Jacksonville moves the ball through the air in Madden. He’s averaging 13.2 DKFP in sims at home, and should see a lot of short targets to keep the ball moving against the Patriots.

Other value options: Will Dissly ($3,900)

Defense/Special Teams


Patriots DST at JAX ($3,000)
Even with hyping up a couple of Jags on offense, the Patriots still have the most DST upside. The Pats lead the slate at 5.9 DKFP per game, and face the offense with the least firepower. Pretty simple decision if you want to play it safe.


Seahawks DST vs. LAR ($2,400)
If you need to save a couple bucks to keep play a skill player your set on, the Seahawks have a productive DST. There’s some downside, with only one interception thus far, but facing a poor decision maker like Jared Goff ($6,200) could change that.

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