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Top NFL Targets at each position on DraftKings for April 9th

Deshaun Watson’s skill set makes him one of the best options in Thursday’s three-game Madden simulations state. We break down the best picks at each position.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

DraftKings will be running more Madden sims Thursday with kickoff times ranging from 1:00 p.m. ET to 8:00 p.m. ET, and there will be a classic contest option for the three-game slate. We break down some ideal picks at each position ahead of the action. Set your lineup and join in on the fun here.


Deshaun Watson ($7,200) vs. Indianapolis Colts

Watson is the most versatile quarterback in the slate because of his ability to make plays with his legs, but he’s also just more accurate than every signal caller but Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz. It also helps that he has the best available receiver at his disposal in DeAndre Hopkins against a below average Colts secondary. Watson is pricey, but worth the cost. Dual-threat quarterbacks are more likely to rack up points from what I’ve seen.

Other options: Carson Wentz ($6,200) vs. Packers

Running back

Austin Ekeler ($4,400) vs. New York Jets

Ekeler is $1,600 cheaper than Melvin Gordon but only one point lower when it comes to overall rating. Their speed is equal, but Ekeler accelerates faster. We’ve seen a lot of RB1’s end up being busts, so I like Ekeler as a value play. He’s a bargain and might have a higher ceiling than Gordon because of his pass catching skills. Backup running backs have been trending in the right direction.

Miles Sanders ($5,200) vs. Green Bay Packers

My second running back pick will also be a versatile running back. You typically don’t want to spend a lot on a running back, but Sanders has a great price for a top option. He’s hovered around 10 DKFP in each of his first two outings and hauled in four receptions in each of those appearances. He might not have a ton of rushing yards, but all it takes is one touchdown to make selecting him worthwhile.

Other option: Le’Veon Bell ($7,000) vs. Chargers

Wide receiver

DeSean Jackson ($4,300) vs. Green Bay Packers

Jackson might be the best deep threat in the slate. While he might be playing second fiddle to Alshon Jeffery on the depth chart, that doesn’t mean much. He has the most big play potential and a catching stat (87) on par with Jeffery’s.

DeAndre Hopkins ($8,100) vs. Indianapolis Colts

If you’re gonna spend big at wide receiver, Hopkins is your guy. He’ll be significantly better than any defensive back covering him and has some of the best hands in the game.

Other option: Keenan Allen ($7,900) vs. Jets

Tight End

Ryan Griffin ($4,700) vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Tight ends have done pretty well for themselves, but Griffen is an anomaly. He’s combined for 10 receptions, 150 yards, and a score through two simulations. There’s not telling whether this pattern will continue, but I’m not opposed to rolling with him. Maybe he’s some sort of cheat code.

Other option: Zach Ertz ($6,000) vs. Packers

Defense/Special Teams

Houston Texans D/ST vs. Indianpolis Colts

Houston doesn’t have a great secondary, but it does have J.J. Watt wreaking having on the front lines. I like the Texans’ pass rush to shake up Jacoby Brissett and make it hard to get the ball out to T.Y. Hilton

Other option: Chargers ($4,000) vs. Jets