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 Steelers and 49ers game that’ll take place at 8 p.m. ET Friday evening. 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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Pittsburgh SteelersIf you’re looking who has averaged the most fantasy points in this game, you have to get through three 49ers players before reaching Ben Roethlisberger ($10,800). It’s not as if he’s been playing poorly, as he’s averaging 16 DKFP, 212 passing yards and a 26:7 TD:INT ratio. He’s nothing special when it comes to Madden ratings with an 81 overall and 86 awareness but he has a good cast of weapons around him to utilize. My concern here is the high amount of turnovers he has, although the 49ers’ DST ($3,600) has only grabbed four interceptions through 13 games.
It makes plenty of sense that his WR1 has been one of the busiest in the offense, as JuJu Smith-Schuster ($10,000) is averaging 14.1 DKFP, 4.4 receptions and 54 yards per game. He’s reached the end zone eight times and do so twice in the Steelers last game against the Panthers, where he also reached the 100+ receiving bonus with 108 yards. With an overall of 86 and a 91 speed, he’s a strong receiver overall but he’ll be tangling with Richard Sherman a bit, so he weary of that. Fading him is always dangerous but could pay off if he’s shutdown. James Washington ($4,800) has been a great WR2, averaging 11.2 DKFP, three receptions and 47.2 yards per game. He’s been a red zone monster with seven touchdowns of his own. For as cheap as he is, he’s almost as fast as Juju with a 90 speed rating 77 overall. He should be considered one of the better values on this slate. Even cheaper is Diontae Johnson ($3,400) as the WR3. He’s averaging 9.8 DKFP, three receptions and 42 yards per game. He’s scored five times but hasn’t done so in three straight games. With both of these guys enduring softer coverage, it truly makes for a contrarian lineup to be heavy on them over JuJu. Vance McDonald ($6,400) is a fairly cheap TE1, averaging 12.2 DKFP, 4.1 receptions and 51 yards per game. Like everyone else, he’s been getting the ball in the end zone with six scores of his own. It makes for a really interesting construction taking these receivers without JuJu if you’re worried about the coverage.
As you can imagine with all the attention to the receivers, James Conner ($8,000) has been a massive disappointment if you were brave enough to take a shot with him. He’s averaging just 6 DKFP, 47 rushing and 0.7 receiving yards (lol) per game. He’s only scored twice and he’s not catching anything out of the backfield. I wouldn’t even waste your time, especially with how expensive he still is. You can get the same DKFP average with Jaylen Samuels ($1,200) who is averaging two receptions per game.
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San Francisco 49ersIn these simulations, Jimmy Garoppolo ($11,000) actually throws the ball instead of handing it off constantly. When he’s throwing the ball, Jimmy G is averaging 241 yards with a 26:5 TD:INT ratio and 18.1 DKFP overall. He’s surpassed 20 DKFP in five of the Niners last 10 games, making him another strong QB to take. If you can, taking both QB’s would likely be an optimal construction, especially with the cheap receivers on the Steelers side.
George Kittle ($9,400) is one of the most expensive TE1 you’ll find but it’s for a good reason. He’s averaging a massive 17.5 DKFP, five receptions and 76 yards per game while scoring nine times. Wait, how many times?
Anyways, he’s by far the receiver you want on the Niners with how busy he’s been and he would be a really, really tough fade. I’m ok with the fade on JuJu but I wouldn’t be on Kittle. The WR1 and WR2 in Emmanuel Sanders ($10,600) and Deebo Samuels ($7,400) have been nearly identical. Sanders is averaging 11.3 DKFP with four receptions and 51 yards per game while Samuel is at 3.5 receptions, 55 yards per game and 11.4 DKFP. Samuel has four touchdowns over the three of Sanders, so with how close they are in production, take the $3,200 savings with Samuel. If you really want to save, Kendrick Bourne ($4,400) has been a really strong value as well averaging 9.7 DKFP, 2.8 receptions and 34 yards per game. All that aside, he’s scored seven touchdowns, making him a legitimate red zone threat.
Finally, the beast known as Tevin Coleman ($8,800) simply won’t stop. I’m not fan of Coleman but I cannot deny how well he’s playing. He has the highest DKFP average in this game at 19 with 93 rushing, 16.8 receiving and 10 touchdowns scored. He hasn’t given up nearly any touches to any of the other running backs, which is quite the opposite of what transpired in real life. Coleman is a near must in your lineup.
THE OUTCOMEWe have a lot of good captain options in this game. With the way that Ben Roethlisberger ($16,200) is spreading the ball around, he’s one of the best options if he can do so in this game. Of course, you can’t deny two of the big playermakers on the 49ers with Tevin Coleman ($13,200) and George Kittle ($14,100). If you want to get cheap to fit in a lot of those big names, I think Kendrick Bourne ($6,600) fits that description with how often he’s used in the red zone.
Final Score: Steelers 24, 49ers 27
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