DraftKings closes out the work week with a six-game Madden slate set for Tuesday. There are individual Showdown contests, along with a big Classic contest with cash up for grabs. We break down some ideal picks at each position. You can enter your lineups here.
Deshaun Watson, Texans ($6,900) vs. Browns
Watson averages the most DKFP (22.2) per sim at the quarterback position and is up against a Cleveland defense that’s given up 625 passing yards and five passing touchdowns in last two appearances. Watson can let loose on the ground and has DeAndre Hopkins to lob the pigskin to down the field.
Carson Wentz, Eagles ($6,400) vs. Dolphins
Wentz gave us his best game of the sim season against the Browns not long ago and threw for 408 yards and three scores. The Dolphins are a lot less talented than Cleveland on defense. Miami’s lack of stars up front and in the secondary could lead to Went surpassing his season high of 31.32 DKFP.
Other option: Baker Mayfield, Browns ($6,000) vs. Texanss
Miles Sanders, Eagles ($6,300) vs. Dolphins
Sanders’ price has skyrocketed after posting 58.7 fantasy points in his last outing. He’ll likely be highly rostered against Miami’s lackluster defense, but his versatility makes him worth it. He should easily be the most expensive back on the slate but comes in at third.
Leonard Fournette, Jaguars ($5,700) vs. Patriots
Don’t give up on Fournette. He was the model of consistency before dropping below 10 fantasy points in each of his last three games, but should continue to be the focal point of his team’s offense. Stephon Gilmore could make things tough on D.J. Chark Jr., so the ground game could be more important than usual for the Jaguars.
James White, Patriots ($5,500) vs. Jaguars
Whites is on a roll and has scored three touchdowns in his last two games. He’s also scored more than 10 fantasy points in three games straight. His pass catching can make him a dangerous option out of the backfield through the air.
Kareem Hunt, Browns ($4,400) vs. Texans
Hunt took a backseat to Chubb for a few games before exploding for 20.9 fantasy points in his last outing. His pass catching is what makes him special, as he converted four receptions for 84 yards and a score in his last simulation.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans ($8,300) vs. Browns
Hopkins is a priority in most games, as few defensive backs have a chance of containing him. His 19.9 DKFP per game are the second highest mark in the slate.
Michael Thomas, Saints ($8,500) vs. Falcons
Thomas has eclipsed 23 fantasy points in three of his last five games and is one of the big three wideouts in Madden, like Hopkins. His 12 touchdown receptions can only be matched by Odell Beckham Jr. He should be able to stay hot against a below average secondary.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns ($3,000) vs. Texans
The Texans and Browns are the two worst teams in terms of fantasy point production. Beckham leads all wideouts in receptions (77) and should get plenty of work against Houston’s poor secondary. His spectacular catching (99) will help bail him out in tough situations.
Buffalo has a solid secondary, but Allen is the best route runner around and has still only dipped below double digits in fantasy points once in 13 sims. He’s scored 10 touchdowns, but you should consider substituting him for Mike Williams ($5,100), who has a similar level of production for less.
Other options: DeVante Parker, Dolphins ($5,700) vs. Eagles; Calvin Ridley, Falcons ($4,500) vs. Saints
Tyler Kroft, Bills ($3,500) vs. Chargers
Kroft has been a hidden gem for a Buffalo offense that hasn’t been able to do a ton through the air. Josh Allen has run the ball a ton, but Kroft is flirting with a 10 DKFP average becuase of how effective he’s been as a red zone target.
Ben Watson, Patriots ($4,300) vs. Jaguars
Watson has benefited from the Patriots maintaining their tight-end centric playbook and leads all players in DKFP per game (16.2) at his position. He’s no rob Gronkowski, but he’s putting up good numbers for a great price pretty consistently.
Other option: Zach Ertz, Eagles ($6,200) vs. Dolphins
Patriots D/ST ($3,000) vs. Seahawks
Seattle lacks an elite receiver, and New England has three above average defensive backs. The Patriots’ secondary is led by top-notch cornerback Stephon Gilmore and have the highest scoring defense/special teams unit in the slate.