Saturday’s six-game slate of Madden simulations will feature the Arizona Cardinals, new York Giants, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans. DraftKings will have an all-inclusive classic DFS contest for the lineup, and we break down the best options at each position here.
Baker Mayfield ($6,100) vs. Broncos
Mayfield has the highest DKFP average (19.7) in the first trio of games. While Denver has capable defensive backs and a pass rush led by Von Miller, the Cleveland signal caller has enough weapons to put up solid numbers. Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Kareem Hunt should all be serviceable.
Lamar Jackson ($7,700) vs. Texans
Jackson is a lethal dual threat quarterback who’s rushed for three scores in five games. He hasn’t thrown for a ton of yards, but he has a chance to get those numbers up against Houston’s below average secondary.
Other options: Kyler Murray ($5,700) vs. Giants, Tom Brady ($7,400) vs. Chiefs
Kareem Hunt ($4,600) vs. Broncos
Hunt is about even with Nick Chubb in terms of point production but is a more skilled price catcher. Get the same value as a starter for a significantly better price.
Saquon Barkley ($7,100) vs. Cardinals
Barkley is the most expensive running back in the first half of games, but also the most successful. He was a diverse skill set and not competition. None of New York’s other running backs are even averaging a single DKFP. The world is Barkley’s oyster.
Miles Sanders ($6,000) vs. 49ers
Sanders is coming off a 38.1-point performance in which he rushed for 129 yards and two scores while also hauling in a touchdown pass. San Francisco has a strong secondary and defensive line, but I think his versatility will continue to be a weapon.
Tevin Coleman ($5,500) vs. Eagles
Coleman might be the best running back play in the slate. The 49ers are run dominant, and he’s averaging 15.6 DKFP per contest. San Francisco’s backups haven’t been able to challenge him for touches at all, so he’s a steal for this price.
Other option: Phillip Lindsay ($6,100) vs. Browns, James White ($5,800) vs. Chiefs
Odell Beckham Jr. ($7,700) vs. Broncos
Beckham leads the slate in DKFP per game (24.6) at his position. He’s caught seven touchdown passes in five games and is just under 100 receiving yards per game. You’ll have to pay up, but he’s a strong pick with a few value plays elsewhere.
Courtland Sutton ($6,000) vs. Browns
Despite a below average quarterback and receiving corps around him, Sutton has been a bright spot for the Broncos at wide receiver. He’s so much better than his peers that he’s sure to get plenty of targets.
DeAndre Hopkins ($8,300) vs. Ravens
A top three wideout is typically a must play. Matchups don’t typically matter much for players with Hopkins’ stats. It’s just about getting targets. I like him do make plays against Marcus Peters and the rest of Baltimore’s secondary.
Phillip Dorsett ($3,600) vs. Chiefs
Dorsett’s price has risen since he logged 5.1 DKFP in his last appearance, but he’s still the Patriots’ leading receiver. His bargain price is second to none and his speed isn’t easy to come by.
Other option: Golden Tate ($5,200) vs. Cardinals, Sammy Watkins ($4,400) vs. Chiefs
Vance McDonald ($4,000) vs. Bills
McDonald is averaging nearly five catches per game and gave us arguably the best performance we’ve seen from a tight end two games ago. He’s cheap but his upside has been highlighted by a three-touchdown showing.
George Kittle ($6,700) vs. Eagles
We’ve got the best tight end in the game against an underwhelming secondary. It’s a toss up between Kittle and Travis Kelce ($6,600) for the top spot in the later games. But Kittle has an edge because he’s facing a worse pass defense.
Other option: Noah Fant ($3,600) vs. Browns, Ben Watson ($4,100) vs. Chiefs
Steelers D/ST ($2,800) vs. Bills
Josh Allen is barely averaging double-digits in DKFP and the Steelers are the highest rated defense in the first trio of games. The Bills’ signal caller doesn’t have great accuracy, and I think Pittsburgh’s defensive line will make him work. The Steelers have tallied 12 sacks and recovered four fumbles in five games.
49ers D/ST ($2,400) vs. Eagles
San Francisco has an above average secondary and defensive line. They should be able to fluster Carson Wentz while DeSean Jackson has been ineffective in sims.
Other option: Patriots ($3,00) vs. Chiefs