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 Redskins game that’ll take place at 12 p.m. ET Sunday 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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Event Type: Exhibition
Even Teams: Off
Quarter Length: 8 minutes
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Play Clock: 20 seconds
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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
SteelersBen Roethlisberger ($10,800) has been fantastic in these simulations, averaging 16 DKFP, 208 passing yards and a 26:7 TD:INT ratio. He’ll be facing a generous Redkins secondary, which should allow him to post one of his better games thus far. Of his last 10 games, Big Ben has double-digit fantasy points in eight of them, including a game against the Colts where he threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns, good for 39 DKFP. In the last sim for the Steelers, he tossed for only 193 yards but did have three touchdowns and 17.7 DKFP. Both quarterbacks in this game have been great but Ben would be my choice.
Ben’s number one receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster ($10,000) is coming off one of his best games of the sim season where he made eight catches for 108 yards, two touchdowns and 33.8 DKFP. For an offense that has seen the ball spread around immensely, JuJu has been one of the most consistent receivers for Big Ben. His 91 speed and 86 overall help boost up his salary, which is the third-highest in this game at $10K. The WR2 in James Washington ($5,600) and WR3 in Dionte Johnson ($5,000) have been really strong mid-tier options. Washington is averaging 11.2 DKFP while Johnson is at 9.8. Neither of them pop off with their overall Madden rating of 77 and 75 respectively but it helps drive home how much Roethlisberger has been spreading the ball around in this offense. Finally, Vance McDonald ($7,600) sees a $400 increase in his salary as his DKFP average continues to increase, which is now up to 12.2. He’s scored in two straight games, giving him a total of six through 13 games. Making a Steelers stack certainly feels optimal and when this team has been playing, using Ben as a captain and using two or three receivers has usually worked out quite well.
One person I’m not giving the time of day to is James Conner ($9,000), who continues to be WAY overpriced. For whatever, a player who is averaging just 6 DKFP a game is worthy of a $9K salary, which makes him an easy fade in my eyes. He’s not catching out of the backfield and is averaging just 47.1 rushing yards per game with two scores. If you want to use a running back, you’re much better off with Jaylen Samuels ($1,400) who actually has a higher DKFP average than Conner at 6.1. Samuels is averaging only two receptions per game but he is carrying the ball as well. In some odd, twisted way, he’s the safer play over Conner, in my opinion.
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RedskinsFun Fact: Dwayne Haskins ($10,400) actually has the highest fantasy point average amongst all players in this game at 17.4 DKFP. His last game wasn’t anything special with just 204 passing yards and one touchdown but before that, he threw nine touchdowns with an average of 293 passing yards. Despite his 70 overall and awareness, he’s still been ripping up these sims. As I mentioned earlier, I do like using both quarterbacks if possible but Ben would still be the option of the two.
Haskins, like Roethlisberger, has been spreading the ball around to his receivers. All of them on the depth chart, between Terry McLaurin ($9,400), Paul Richardson ($7,000) and Trey Quinn ($3,200) are all within .5 DKFP of each other at 13.1, 13.3 and 13.6 respectively. It’s been Richardson who has been churning out the most, as his nine touchdowns currently lead the team. Quinn has been quite the value with his four touchdowns and McLaurin, who is the WR1, has six to his name. Richardson has shot up the ranks in his salary as once upon a time he was only $5,400. If Richardson has gotten too expensive, Quinn is becoming the receiver to use to save some salary, as he’s averaging just under four receptions per game and 67 yards per game. With all this attention on the receivers, it’s made Jordan Reed ($8,000) a forgotten commodity. He shouldn’t be, however, as he’s been putting up some good games of his own. Thankfully in these Madden streams, injures are few and far between, which means we consistently see Reed on the field. He’s scored six touchdowns of his own with an average of 50.2 yards and 4.2 receptions.With so many receiving options to choose from, it’s hard to get excited about using Derrius Guice ($8,600). Like Conner, he’s not catching out of the backfield so you have to rely on him rushing the ball, which he’s only averaging 29.6 yards per game. Chris Thompson ($1,600) has been catching out of the backfield, making 2.2 receptions per game and rushing an average of 21.1. Again, if you need to save salary, these RB2 are the better options.
THE OUTCOMEIt’s hard not to want to captain one of the quarterbacks in this game like Ben Roethlisberger ($16,200) or Dwayne Haskins ($15,600). Haskins has been slightly more productive and like Ben, is spreading the ball around immensely. If you can’t afford to go that high, we have a plethora of options to use. Personally, I really like going with Paul Richardson ($10,500) or even James Washington ($8,400) for a cheaper receiving option.
Final Score: Steelers 24, Redskins 21
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