The sports world has been mostly suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, but DraftKings is offering some fun alternatives to keep us engaged. Although the NFL season is still five months away, DraftKings is rescuing us with Simulated NFL contests. Here are the rules, so be sure to go over them before making a lineup. I’ll pull the part about how scoring works, since that’s most important:
All RB/WR/TE will receive points for their performance in a specific game from the 2019/20 season. Each individual player will be randomly assigned stats from a single game in the 2019-20 season prior to the contest going live. QBs will receive passing yards and passing TD stats based on their teammates’ receiving performances and the remainder of the QBs stats (rushing yards, rushing TDs, interceptions and fumbles) from a specific game in the 2019-20 season. Points will be revealed per player as the game moves along. Players will receive points in accordance with our single-game NFL Showdown Captain Mode rules and scoring.
Let’s consider a 49ers-specific lineup strategy for this free Simulated Football Showdown contest as we get a simulated rematch of the 2019 NFC title game.
Raheem Mostert, RB ($10,200)
Mostert gave us a dud in the first DraftKings simulation, but his upside remains great due to his price and his big stretch of strong games to end the 2019 season and then into the playoffs. Yes, he had plenty of down games early in the season that can scare you off, but he also had two games that won’t count, due to him scoring zero DK points and a four touchdown game in the playoffs. He managed 9 double-digit DK games through 17 total games, including a slate breaker that could hit like a lottery ticket.
Deebo Samuel, WR ($8,800)
Samuel was a consistent fantasy scorer in 2019 due to rushing stats helping him boost his floor. Of his 18 games played, he managed double-digit DK points in 10. There are four true duds in there, but for the most part, he managed to give fantasy players a good chance week in and week out.
George Kittle, TE, ($9,400)
Kittle didn’t have the blow up games he had last season and his playoff run was full of down fantasy games, so overall he six down fantasy games and 11 double-digit fantasy finishes. That’s still consistent and should set us up for a decent DK floor.
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB ($1,800)
Do you remember Wilson’s short stint as the 49ers goalline back? Well, you may be able to relive those glory days if the simulation transports us back in time to week’s two and three, when Wilson scored two touchdowns against the Bengals and then two more against the Steelers. He also had a receiving touchdown against the Cardinals, giving him three good fantasy days out of eight eligible games. He’s extremely risky, but if his rock bottom price can give you a stout overall lineup, go for it.