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 six-game slate on Wednesday, which starts at 12:00 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. CHI, $7,700 — Picking between Jackson and Patrick Mahomes ($8,200) is a tough call, especially with Mahomes facing a cushy Tampa secondary. Mahomes is a terrific play, and I’m not here to talk you off of him. I’ll just take the discount on Jackson, who brings a higher floor and ceiling with his rushing ability. Jackson hasn’t been finding the end zone through the air or on the ground in his past couple of sims. He’s due for some regression.
ValueJameis Winston, TB vs. KC, $6,200 — Winston’s arguably been the best QB in these sims, thanks to a combination of reasons. First of all, he’s not throwing interceptions at the same rate, allowing him to actually finish drives by getting his team into the end zone. The lack of RB production also means more slinging. So against a team like KC, Winston has the potential for a ceiling game with three-plus touchdowns.
Other value options: Derek Carr ($6,400), Mitchell Trubisky ($5,900), Jacoby Brissett ($5,800)
StudSaquon Barkley, NYG vs. MIN, $6,500 — Saquon is generally the safest RB play on the board, so at the second-cheapest salary we’ve seen him at in a sim there’s no reason not to roster him. Barkley averages a slate-high at his position with 18 DKFP and has essentially been matchup proof. He was on a bit of a three-game skid, but proved that was nothing to worry about by going off for 33.7 DKFP in his last sim.
ValueTevin Coleman, SF vs. IND, $5,800 — There are only four or five every-down backs on this slate, and Coleman is the cheapest. So while there are a handful of cheap RB2s that offer a lot of upside listed in the other options, Coleman offer a significantly higher ceiling and an even safer floor. The Colts present a formidable rush defense, but Coleman has already topped 27 DKFP four times, along with a 47.2 DKFP outburst. He’s underpriced slate after slate.
Other value options: Tarik Cohen ($3,800), David Johnson ($3,600), Nyheim Hines($3,400), Jalen Richard ($3,300)
StudTyreek Hill, KC at TB, $7,900 — If you’re paying for Mahomes, no doubt you’re stacking him with Hill. But even if you go the Jackson route, you can play him on an island and still roster Hill. Hill’s blazing speed gives him obvious upside, but he’s been unlocking it more often than any other play. Hill’s scored at least 28 DKFP in five of his past eight sims, and going up against the awful Bucs secondary he’ll have a chance to continue the streak.
ValueDarius Slayton, NYG vs. MIN, $3,600 — The value is pretty deep at WR on this slate and it’s also very spread out. I consider Thielen to be underpriced, but chose to take one of the cheaper values to highlight. Slayton’s 13.6 DKFP average keeps him up there with the low-end WR1 plays for a fraction of the price. But if your lineup build allows you to pay up for one of the other clues you prefer, they’re all solid plays. Use multiple if it lets you roster the studs you want.
Other value options: Adam Thielen ($6,100), Chris Godwin ($5,400), Marvin Jones ($5,000), Deebo Samuel ($4,100), James Washington ($3,700), Zay Jones ($3,500), DeMarcus Robinson ($3,400)
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StudDarren Waller, LV vs. ARI, $5,100 — Every time Waller is on the same slate as George Kittle ($6,500) I give the same answer. Kittle is a spectacular play, and we’ve seen he has the higher ceiling — two sims with at least 37 DKFP. But Waller is a comparable play, and potentially even more consistent for significant savings.
ValueVance McDonald, PIT vs. DET, $4,100 — The TE position is dominant in the Madden sims, so you might want to consider rostering two. Maybe you can afford Kittle and Waller, but McDonald has been on a run of his own. McDonald showed a high ceiling early in the sims with 45 DKFP against the Colts, but he’s been active on a consistent basis recently. McDonald’s caught a touchdown in each of his past four sims, averaging 17.1 DKFP during that span.
Other value options: O.J. Howard ($4,400), T.J. Hockenson ($4,000)
StudVikings D/ST at NYG, $3,000 — Barkley can generally piece together a good game with all his touches, but the Giants’ offense does lack upside. The Vikings’ D/ST leads the slate with a 7.2 DKFP average, along with a lot of upside for both sacks and turnovers.
ValueRavens D/ST vs. CHI, $2,100 — The Bears have been better than we expected in these sims, but this still doesn’t add up. Chicago is capable of imploding on offense, while the Ravens have one of the more talented defenses in the NFL. Listing Baltimore as the cheapest play here feels a little light.
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