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 Redskins vs. Jets on Thursday night at 10:00 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.
Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
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Washington RedskinsDwayne Haskins ($10,400) came out of the gates strong in the simulations, but he went through a few consecutive sims with single-digit DKFP. He’s bounced back recently, exceeding 29 DKFP in two of his last three sims. Haskins is actually the higher-ceiling QB play in this showdown.
Terry McLaurin ($8,600) is pretty cheap for a WR1, and he surprisingly hasn’t gone off as much as you’d expect with all of the production Haskins has had. McLaurin’s topped 100 yards twice, and really only gone off one — a 4-165-2 line for 36.4 DKFP against the Giants. Given the success of the other WRs in this offense, I’ll be looking to pay down.
Paul Richardson ($6,200) and Trey Quinn ($4,400) are the plays to stack with Haskins. Richardson’s 14.2 DKFP average is more than McLaurin, and he brings an even higher ceiling — just look at his 7-200-3 sim against Tampa with 48 DKFP. Quinn’s had a ton of success running the short routes, with four sims of over 15 DKFP. He went off for a monster sim in his last outing, posting an 8-210-1 line for 38 DKFP. It was Quinn’s second straight sim with a touchdown.
Jordan Reed ($7,800) is relatively consistent, and if you have the leftover salary, I wouldn’t talk you out of rostering him. But the lack of ceiling (no sim with more than 17.2 DKFP) means laying off him in tournaments.
Derrius Guice ($8,200) is an easy fade. He’s the starting RB, but he doesn’t play enough of a role to pay off his salary unless he rips off a long touchdown. Averaging 4.6 DKFP and reaching double-digit DKFP in three sims, why waste this much salary?
Chris Thompson ($1,000) costs absolutely nothing, and brings more upside than Guice, averaging 6.6 DKFP.
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New York JetsHopefully the value on the skill players on the Washington side allows you to roster both QBs. While I prefer Haskins, Sam Darnold ($10,800) has been more consistent in the sims, averaging 16.9 DKFP, and showing a ceiling into the high 20s in fantasy points. Washington’s found itself in some shootouts, so Darnold has the potential to have one of his better sims. The lack of fantasy points in recent outings has been no multi-touchdown game in his last five.
Robby Anderson ($9,400) is an expensive way to target big-play upside, but his speed really separates him. Darnold seems to look in on Anderson more than Haskins does McLaurin, which has me leaning towards spending the extra salary here. Anderson has eight touchdowns in 13 sims, and he only has one multi-score game. It was good for 43.2 DKFP against the Falcons, finding the end zone on three deep scores. Washington’s lack of a secondary opens up that upside.
Jamison Crowder ($7,000) has had two massive sims, scoring 33.8 DKFP against the Raiders and 37.9 DKFP against the Colts. However, we get that same upside in cheaper plays like Richardson and Quinn. If you prefer Crowder to get some savings off Anderson, I can’t argue, but if you have the salary, Anderson’s been far more consistent.
Demaryius Thomas ($4,800) is just another good example of where we can save salary on pass-catchers on this slate. Averaging 11.6 DKFP, DT enters this sim scoring in double-figures in seven of his last nine, including four straight. Thomas had nine receptions for 164 yards (28.4 DKFP) against the Bengals in his last outing.
Ryan Griffin ($6,400) is a pretty easy fade, and his 8.8 DKFP average is even misleading. After scoring double-digit DKFP in his first three sims, he’s been held to single-digits in his last 10 sims. With all three WR plays as big threats, this is a rare sim where you can consider completely fading the TE position.
Le’Veon Bell ($10,000) has the advantage of being an every-down back, but the question becomes if you want to fade one of the QBs to roster him. Bell’s stepped it up in recent sims, with two of his three 20-plus DKFP games in his last four sims, including a high of 28.8 in his last sim. If there’s another matchup like the Bengals that presents the same three-touchdown upside, Washington is it. I still prefer doubling down on QB plays, but there’s a debate to be had.
THE OUTCOMEI think this one could turn into a bit of a shootout, and if we want to fit as many key offensive players as possible, finding value as captain can be important. If you want to go all out at the top, you could consider paying $1,500 for Thompson at the Captain’s spot, but I don’t think we need to pay down that low. Give me either Richardson or Quinn at Captain for $9,300 or $6,600, and the other pieces should fall in place. I’ll fade the defenses, but I’m open to slotting a kicker into a FLEX spot.
Final Score: Redskins 27, Jets 31
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