We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing their part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the Seahawks and Browns game that’ll take place at 4 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. 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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How does Simulated Football work?DraftKings is running live Madden Streams, CPU vs CPU, using Madden 20 at the scheduled time. Prior to each game, DraftKings players can draft free DFS Showdown lineups for the upcoming simulated game. Lineups will receive fantasy points for players’ performances within the Simulated Madden game.
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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
Seattle SeahawksFor as inconsistent as the Seahawks’ offense has been during these simulations, Russell Wilson ($11,200) has rarely strayed from formula. I’m hesitant to say that the QB has been his team’s entire offensive attack – especially with Wilson spreading the love to his receivers a little more often in recent games – however, with the pivot’s ability to scramble, he’s the primary weapon both through the air and on the ground. To wit, Wilson’s averaging 6.3 more DKFP per game than anyone else on Seattle’s roster, the product of the veteran not only leading his team in passing touchdowns (17), but also rushing touchdowns (4). It’s rare for the Seahawks to put points on the board and have Wilson not be involved. It’s why he has to be thought of as a possible Captain’s pick.
Conversely, it’s extremely difficult to get too excited about the viability of someone like Chris Carson ($8,200). It’s not that this virtual version of Carson is bad, in fact, far from it, as the former seventh-round pick checks in as Seattle’s fifth-best player by overall rating (86). No, this is simply about role. Carson loses snaps to C.J. Prosise ($1,000) in passing situations and without the added bonus of a few targets per contest, the 25-year-old has struggled to have much of an impact game-to-game. Carson has only once exceeded 50 yards rushing and has only once managed to bring back double-digit DKFP in a stream. Thus is the curse of a low-volume workload in a 32-minute simulation. It’s hard to even recommend the running back as a variance play, as we just haven’t seen anything resemble a ceiling through 13 matchups.
Tyler Lockett ($9,400) is in a similar spot to Carson, though it shouldn’t feel all that foreign to DraftKings’ users that were underwhelmed by the wideout’s production in the real-life second-half of this past season. Lockett has the skills to break a slate open, as evidenced by a 29.3 DKFP outburst versus Houston last week; but the consistent volume simply hasn’t been there. In Lockett’s past five starts, he’s averaging a mere 3.2 receptions per contest. That’s not enough when your salary is closing in on $10K. It also doesn’t help Lockett’s case that DK Metcalf ($6,400) and Will Dissly ($6,600) have been just as productive at a much lower price. To that point, the former has scored a combined 104.1 DKFP in the Seahawks’ past five streams, while the latter leads the team in overall catches (48). Heck, even Josh Gordon ($4,400) has been outperforming Lockett in recent simulations on a per dollar basis.
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Cleveland BrownsBefore you ask, I have no idea which version of the Browns will be showing up this afternoon. There might not be a team that’s presented as wide a range of outcomes as Cleveland has throughout these simulations. To wit, in just their past six games, the Browns have scored over 30 points twice and been shutout just as many times. It’s not like we’re talking about struggling with an elite defense, either. Yes, New England held Cleveland without a touchdown in a recent Sunday night meeting; yet it was Arizona and Tampa Bay that held Baker Mayfield ($10,400) and friends without a single point. It’s all enough to make you lose your mind, but I guess that’s what makes the former first-overall pick such a perfect GPP quarterback. He’s incredibly boom-or-bust and the booms are huge. Considering that Mayfield has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns three times in the Browns’ past nine streams, he’s always someone that has to be thought of as viable.
Not surprisingly, Mayfield’s best games have tended to overlap with the best performances we’ve seen from Odell Beckham ($10,200). The talented wideout has scored eight touchdowns in his past 10 games, a span of time where OBJ has also exceeded 27.0 DKFP on four occasions. It’s obviously an expensive stack, but no duo in this particular matchup have more upside than Mayfield and Beckham. You might as well swing for the fences in these free contests, right?
Still, it’s not like Beckham is the only Cleveland skill-position player who’s had a few great showings in these streams. David Njoku ($7,000) has been presented a consistently high-floor, even producing more catches (55) and receiving yards (665) than Jarvis Landry ($7,800). Damion Ratley ($4,200) has managed multiple receptions in seven-straight simulations and should be a very popular value asset after hauling in a pair of touchdown passes in the Browns’ recent matchup with Philadelphia. Finally, Nick Chubb ($9,000) has exceeded 26.0 DKFP three times in his past seven starts – rushing for 100-plus yards in each – though the Georgia product doesn’t have a lot of correlation with Mayfield; so it’s probably best to build your lineups around one or the other.
THE OUTCOMEI feel like I can’t overstate how weird both these teams have been throughout these Madden streams. Cleveland’s Jekyll-and-Hyde act has been pretty apparent in the past couple of weeks, while somehow, a talented Seattle squad is just 4-9, having lost recent games against the likes of Oakland and Jacksonville. With so much uncertainty, I think this is one of those Showdown slates where you have to avoid as much risk as possible. To me, that means captaining either Russell Wilson ($16,800 CP) or Baker Mayfield ($15,600 CP) and finding the mid-tier salaries to make it all work.
Final Score: Seattle 24, Cleveland 21
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