DraftKings is dialing it down from the six-game lates of Madden simulations it had Tuesday and Wednesday this week. It’ll have a lighter three-game slate ahead of Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft Monday. There will still be a classic DFS contest where you can choose players from each of the three games. We break down the ideal lineup strategies below, and you can set your lineups here.
Jared Goff ($6,300) vs. Buccaneers
Goff will face one of the worst secondaries in the game and has an elite receiving corps to work with. Both his starting receivers have overall ratings at least 10 points higher than the one Tampa Bay’s best cornerback sports. Then there’s Todd Gurley, who can also be a factor in the passing game. Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Tyler Higbee, and others should be too hot for the Buccaneers to handle.
Other options: Aaron Rodgers ($7,400) vs. Saints
Nyheim Hines ($3,500) vs. Giants
Hines has proved to be a reliable value play week in and week out. His breakaway speed (93) and contributions to the passing game have made him more effective than Marlon Mack and several other starters in the slate.
Todd Gurley ($5,700) vs. Buccaneers
Gurley averages the most DKFP per game (14.5) in the slate. He’s also the fourth most expensive. Although Tampa Bay has a solid defensive line, Gurley has reached the end zone three times in five games and is a serviceable pass catcher as well.
Other option: Le’Veon Bell ($6,100) vs. Colts
Mike Evans ($7,200) vs. Rams
Evans is a walking 100-yard game regardless of who lines up across from him. Although he’ll be lined up against Jalen Ramsey, his size and catching in traffic will still give him a good shot at catching balls in tight coverage. He’s averaging six catches and 21.1 DKFP per contest.
T.Y. Hilton ($7,000) vs. Giants
Hilton is slippery in space and shouldn’t be challenged by New York’s cornerbacks. The best cornerback the Giants has to offer has an overall rating of 71, which pales in comparison to Hilton’s 88. New York’s safeties are better, but Hilton can dominate on shorter routes.
Other option: Robby Anderson ($6,400) vs. Colts
Jared Cook ($5,000) vs. Packers
Cook is one of the few tight ends with more than one multi-touchdown game. He plays second fiddle to Michael Thomas but has managed to outperform the star so far by averaging 15.1 DKFP per contest. He and Eric Ebron have the highest ceilings at the tight end position in this slate.
Other option: Eric Ebron ($4,800) vs. Jets
Jets D/ST ($2,600) vs. Colts
New York has recovered a fumble in four of its five sims. It has also notched at least one sack in four of its five appearances. I like the Jets to come out on top because they average the most DKFP per contest (8.6) after having played the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons.
Other option: Colts ($3,100) vs. Jets