The New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills are playing in Friday’s six-game Madden slate. DraftKings will have a classic NFL DFS contest as usual, and we break down ideal lineups below. You can enter your lineups here.
Derek Carr, Raiders ($6,400) vs. Bears
Carr has had a pair of below average games but has still thrown for multiple touchdowns in all eight of the simulations he’s played in. He’s among the leaders in passing yards per game with more than 280 per sim. I like his chances to get back on track with a big performance given how consistent he’s been.
Deshaun Watson, Texans ($7,000) vs. Bills
Watson lit up the 49ers for 35.96 DKFP in his last outing. He completed six passes to DeAndre Hopkins for 127 yards and a score while up against Richard Sherman. Buffalo has a good secondary, but there’s no cover man who can match up to Hopkins. Watson’s mobility paired with a top three target makes for a dangerous combination.
Other option: Mitchell Trubisky ($6,000) vs. Raiders
Nyheim Hines, Colts ($3,000) vs. Falcons
The Colts’ last outing was an anomaly. They were shut out by the Bears 17-0, but I don’t seem their offense being that stagnant again. No Indianapolis player had much rhythm in that matchup, but Hines’ 93 speed and contributions as a receiver have helped him become more valuable than Marlon Mack in most of the sims we’ve seen so far.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons ($5,700) vs. Colts
Freeman has reached double-digits in DKFP for four straight games. Although both Atlanta’s starting wideouts have been productive, Freeman has consistently churned out solid numbers.
Sanders is somehow the cheapest starting running back in the second trio of games. His price is a bargain given the 16 DKFP he averages per game. Even with the Rams’ top-notch defensive front, Sanders will be a threat on screens out of the backfield.
Todd Gurley II, Rams ($6,200) vs. Eagles
Gurley is second to Sanders in DKFP per game (14.9). Like Sanders, He’ll face a tough defensive front but has great hands. He’s a pricier option than Sanders, but his upside might not be as high because of the Rams’ dynamic receiving corps.
Other options: Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys ($7,100) vs. Jets
Jamison Crowder, Jets ($4,300) vs. Cowboys
Crowder is second to Robby Anderson on the depth chart but has logged at least 120 receiving yards and two scores in two of his last three games. Anderson will be up against Byron Jones, so this is a chance for Crowder to flourish again against a lesser defensive back.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts ($6,900) vs. Falcons
Hilton had reached double-digits in DKFP in four straight sims before being held to one reception for eight yards in his last appearance. I don’t think he’ll get locked up again. He remains the top passing option for the Colts.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans ($8,300) vs. Bills
Hopkins is an elite receiver and and Buffalo doesn’t have a defensive back on his level. No cornerback is going to shut him down with his catching and spectacular catching ratings. It’s just a matter of whether he gets enough targets.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles ($4,100) vs. Rams
Agholor has tallied double-digits in fantasy points for five straight games. He won’t have to match up against Jalen Ramsey like Alshon Jeffery. He’s been more consistent than DeSean Jackson as well but is significantly cheaper.
Other options: Julio Jones, Falcons ($8,000) vs. Colts
Eric Ebron, Colts ($5,100) vs. Bears
If Jacoby Brissett isn’t getting the ball to Hilton, he’ll probably be connecting with Ebron. The tight end racked up nine receptions for 113 yards when the Colts were shut out in their last game. He’ll be a priority in his offense and is second in DKFP per game (13.1) among players at his position in the first trio of games.
Zach Ertz, Eagles ($5,800) vs. Rams
Ertz is among the cream of the crop at tight end. The Rams’ secondary could force Carson Wentz to look more to him and Sanders on short routes, rather than the long ball. He’s had a few below average games but seems about due for another impressive outing.
Cowboys D/ST ($2,000) vs. Jets
Dallas has Jones to line up against Anderson and also has an above solid defensive line to slow down Le’Veon Bell. Sam Darnold might have to beat the Cowboys with mostly Crowder Ryan Griffin. That’ll be tough to do.
Rams D/ST ($2,600) vs. Eagles
Los Angeles has Ramsey manning the secondary and Aaron Donald manning the defensive line. Few teams have a duo of defensive anchors this good. The Rams’ defense is bound to record its first double-digit outing at some point. Why not now? They’re too talented to not consider.
Other option: Ravens ($2,300) vs. Seahawks