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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StudRussell Wilson, SEA at CLE, $8,000 — I went back and forth between deciding whether I prefer Wilson or Drew Brees ($7,800) as the top expensive quarterback to roster on this slate. They actually both average exactly 18.6 DKFP per game. The difference between the two is that I think Wilson offers a bit more upside due to his rushing potential. He’s averaging 42 rushing yards per game while Brees has a total of -5 rushing yards across the Saints’ 13 simulated games.
ValueJacoby Brissett, IND at GB, $5,700 — The highest scoring fantasy quarterback on this slate isn’t Brees or Wilson, it’s Brissett. In fact, he’s the highest scoring player on this entire slate. Brissett averages 20.1 DKFP and has scored at least 25 DKFP in three of his last four games. He has three games with four or more touchdown passes, so I think we have to ignore that Brissett doesn’t have a great player rating in Madden. It hasn’t done anything to prohibit his production.
StudTevin Coleman, SF vs. PIT, $5,700 — This slate is loaded with some of the best running backs in football. Among names like Saquon Barkley ($6,700), Christian McCaffrey ($8,000), Ezekiel Elliott ($7,100), Alvin Kamara ($6,400) and Nick Chubb ($6,800), Coleman tops them all in DKFP average. He averages 18.9 DKFP and has scored at least a dozen DKFP in eight of last nine games. Most starting running backs aren’t even averaging 12 DKFP in our Madden sims.
ValueNyheim Hines, IND at GB, $3,500 — We have seen some good success from backup running backs that play a pass catching role. This has been the case for Hines, who averages 9.1 DKFP per game and has scored as many as 30.1 DKFP in a game against the Jets. We can also consider Tarik Cohen ($3,700) a play for similar reasons. He’s averaging 9.0 DKFP at a cheap price.
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StudOdell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. SEA, $7,200 — In the Browns 13 games, Beckham has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards and has 11 touchdowns. Averaging 19.8 DKFP, Beckham is putting up the kind of production in Madden that we expected him to have in real life when he first got traded from the Giants to the Browns. OBJ has also scored as many as 49.4 DKFP, which I think is the best mark we have seen from anybody in Madden.
ValueDarius Slayton, NYG vs. TEN, $3,100 — As far as value plays go, we can’t do much better than Slayton. Despite averaging 14.2 DKFP, he remains close to min price. While Slayton has been a bit of a boom or bust option, it’s hard to ignore his upside at such a cheap price. He’s scored over 21 DKFP in four of the Giants’ 13 Madden sims. On a per game basis, Slayton is the fifth highest scoring receiver on this slate.
StudGeorge Kittle, SF vs. PIT, $6,200 — Kittle has shockingly had a couple of bad games in a row. He’s scored under 10 DKFP in each of his last two games, but he likely won’t be held down for long. Kittle is one of the highest rated tight ends in the game and, prior to this two game stretch, he scored at least 13 DKFP in seven of eight games. Kittle should bounce back today.
ValueVance McDonald, PIT at SF, $3,700 — If you are looking to save money at tight end, McDonald is the cheapest starting player at the position on the slate. Despite being the cheapest starter at TE, he averages 12.2 DKFP, the fourth most of any player at the position. I prefer spending up for Kittle although McDonald isn’t a terrible pivot if salary savings is a must.
DSTBears DST at CAR, $2,300 — Maybe the reason Cam Newton ($6,300) hasn’t been signed yet is because of his video game play. Newton has been one of the worst quarterbacks in Madden, averaging just 12.8 DKFP. Due to this, the Panthers have had one of the worst offenses in the game. They have gone five games in a row without scoring more than 20 points.
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