Sunday’s three-game slate of Madden simulations will feature the Detroit Lions, Washington, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, and San Francisco 49ers. There will be a classic contest available for the contests, and we break down some ideal DFS strategies below. You can select your lineup at DraftKings.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans ($6,200)
Go with the upside coupling Tannehill with one of his receivers. His 80 overall rating leaves him a bit underrated, but with a solid 85 awareness and 88 throwing power, he’s got some upside. A.J. Brown makes the most sense out of the gate, but you can go cheaper with Delanie Walker or Corey Davis.
Other options: Matthew Stafford, Lions ($6,600)
Devin Singletary, Bills ($5,400)
Derrick Henry is the superior running back with the Madden ratings to prove it in this matchup, but you can save $1,800 and get a running back who is more useful for DraftKings DFS. Singletary is likely to be more involved in the passing game, which is key for DraftKings’ PPR scoring system. Through the early going of the sims, Singletary has outscored Henry.
JD McKissic, Lions ($3,500)
This is an easy one to save a few bucks. McKissic is behind Kerryon Johnson on the depth chart, but is averaging 0.7 more DKFP per game thanks to his work in the passing attack. Johnson has the higher upside, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks to invest more elsewhere, McKissic is worth a look.
Other option: Tevin Coleman, 49ers ($5,900), Chris Thompson, Washington ($3,000)
Kenny Golladay, Lions ($6,600)
Golladay is only a slight notch above Marvin Jones in overall rating, but he’s been the Lions best receiver to date in these sims. Through three games he’s averaging 16.1 DKFP per game, which is the most among anybody in this matchup. Whether you captain Golladay or Stafford, the other should be a flex.
Kendrick Bourne, 49ers ($3,300)
In two games he’s been a regular target for Jimmy Garoppolo, finding the end zone both weeks. He’s third on the Madden depth chart behind Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel, but he’s finding plenty of opportunities.
Other option: A.J. Brown, Titans ($5,600), Paul Richardson, Washington ($3,900)
T.J. Hockenson, Lions ($4,000)
You can find considerable value in the tight end position, so why not go especially cheap if possible. Hockenson has solid performances in two of the three games to date, finding the end zone twice. He faces a bad Washington defense this week.
Other option: Jordan Reed, Washington ($4,600)
Tennessee Titans ($3,500)
The Bills have some decent upside with Josh Allen, but all sorts of downside with the inconsistent quarterback. The top rated players on the Titans team are regularly on the defensive side of the ball. They had a monster game against the Colts in their opener, so go for the upside.
Other option: Detroit Lions ($3,000)