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 Wednesday, 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. CHI ($7,700)
What is going on here!? Jackson was somebody we could count on for 20+ DKFP for weeks. He turned in seven consecutive games with at least 21 DKFP and then completely fell apart in the last three games. The Ravens have been held to 16 or less points in all of those games and Jackson is averaging just 12.4 DKFP in those contests. Given the amount of success the reigning MVP has had overall in our Madden sims, I think he turns it around sooner rather than later. He should be able to do enough damage with his legs to have a solid fantasy game tonight.
ValueMitchell Trubisky, CHI at BAL ($5,900)
Trubisky has been a pretty similar player to Lamar Jackson in Madden. In real life, this would be a ridiculous thing to say, but in the video game, Trubisky is averaging 19.5 DKFP, the second most of any player on this slate. The matchup against the Ravens is a bit of a concern since they have lockdown cornerbacks. This does create the possibility that we will see Trubisky struggle and turn the ball over. Even so, I think he could find success since most of his fantasy points are coming on the ground. Trubisky has 757 rushing yards in the Bears’ 15 games.
StudTevin Coleman, SF vs. IND ($5,800)
Coleman is one of the more obvious plays on this slate. I think it’s reasonable to expect that he is going to be the player that carries the most ownership. While running back has been a position that’s tough to get production out of, Coleman is averaging 17.7 DKFP and has at least a dozen DKFP in nine of his last 11 games. There isn’t even another running back on this slate averaging 12 DKFP per game.
ValueTarik Cohen, CHI at BAL ($3,800)
We can go with either Cohen or Nyheim Hines ($3,400) as a cheap running back option. Both players are pass catchers with a high ceiling. The risk of the two is also similar. If either the Bears or Colts are ahead, it stands to reason that neither of these backs will be on the field much in the fourth quarter. Since the Bears play a really tough matchup against the Ravens and have a 6-9 record, I feel pretty confident they should be trailing late in the game, giving Cohen a good chance to rack up PPR points as the Bears attempt a comeback.
StudJuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. DET ($6,600)
We have two expensive receivers that I am deciding between here. It’s JuJu or T.Y. Hilton ($6,800). Honestly, it’s pretty doable to make lineups with both, so we probably don’t need to make it a one or the other discussion. However, this is an article where I have a job to do and pick the best options. I prefer Smith-Schuster since I am a bit afraid of Hilton’s matchup against Richard Sherman. I also think there is a chance that the 49ers’ defense forces enough pressure that it limits the Colts’ passing game. The Steelers are in a much easier matchup against the Lions.
ValueMarvin Jones, DET at PIT ($5,000)
In Madden, Jones is just as infuriating as he is in real life. He mixes in GPP winning performances with complete duds. For instance, he played consecutive games with 0.4 DKFP and then 43 DKFP earlier in the Madden season. Jones is always a boom or bust option, but the upside makes him worth targeting on a slate without many great ceiling plays. On average, Jones is the third highest scoring wideout on this slate.
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StudGeorge Kittle, SF vs. IND ($6,500)
Kittle is the second of the obvious 49ers’ plays on this slate. Along with Coleman, Kittle figures to carry massive ownership. We are lacking in players to spend up for and Kittle is averaging 16.8 DKFP. A frequent target for Jimmy Garoppolo ($6,800), Kittle has amassed 1,114 yards in 15 games. With a 96 overall rating, he’s one of the top Madden players on the slate.
ValueVance McDonald, PIT vs. DET ($4,100)
If you want to save money at tight end or if you are looking for a flex play, McDonald has been a really steady play as of late. He’s scored double-digit DKFP in five of his last six games and averages 13.6 DKFP overall. Since this is a better average than all but two wide receivers, my favorite lineup build is playing McDonald together with Kittle.
Defense/Special Teams49ers DST vs. IND ($2,700)
The San Francisco defense is only averaging 3.7 DKFP per game, but none of these defenses have been reliable for consistent production. The 49ers are going up against Jacoby Brissett ($5,800), who has the lowest Madden rating of any QB on this slate. This combined with the strength of the 49ers’ defense ratings wise has me thinking they could potentially force a couple turnovers in this game.
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