NFL DFS is back on DraftKings! With the sporting world suspended due to coronavirus outbreak, our usual respite from the real world has been taken from us. 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.
Okay, so let’s try to break down this free Simulated Football Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.
Derrick Henry, Titans ($16,800)
In a league with little value for running backs who aren’t above average receivers, Henry ran over the competition, accumulating 2,213 total yards and 20 touchdowns through 19 games. Those numbers give us a good idea of how consistent Henry was, as he only had three games you would consider poor. And you well remember his run to end the season with four multi-touchdown efforts in his last six games.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans ($15,600)
Tannehill was extremely consistent last season, putting up good fantasy stats in ten of his 14 games. Of course, the simulation gives Tannehill statistics that only his receivers get, but they also pick a random game and use the QB’s rushing statistics as well. On the season, Tannehill had five rushing touchdowns in five separate games, which gives him a decent chance to add those stats to his total. And, if he can get matched up with Corey Davis and A.J. Brown’s smash games, which they never had on the same day, his numbers could be huge.
A.J. Brown, Titans ($7,000)
Brown was inconsistent due to the Titans run-first mentality, but when he got his chances, he made them count. On the season he had eight receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He had 10 down games and nine double-digit fantasy games. Five of those nine good results were 20+ DK points games, and at his price, that kind of upside is something I want a piece of in a tournament like this.
Jonnu Smith, Titans ($3,400)
Smith came on toward the end of the season as the Titans were making a push for the division and the playoffs. After Henry, Tannehill and Brown, the fantasy points were not many for the Titans, but Smith did finish with four double-digit fantasy games, which is fourth-best on the team. Corey Davis had just two double-digit fantasy games all season, but they were higher scoring affairs.