DraftKings will have yet another six-game slate of Madden simulations on Saturday. The Washington, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Denver Broncos will take the field. We break down the top plays at each position, and you can set your lineup here.
Philip Rivers, Chargers ($6,900) vs. Giants
Rivers has continued to produce at a high level. He’s thrown for at least three touchdowns in four straight games. Even when he was a little off in his last game, he tallied 19.96 DKFP. His weapons give him a high floor, and he can be a top performer if he gets hot.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers ($6,300) vs. Broncos
This could be a risky pick because of Winston’s overall awareness, but he has the weapons to come out on top. The Broncos have talented defensive backs in Chris Harris Jr. and Justin Simmons, but let the Indianapolis Colts hang 38 points on them at home two sims ago. Winston has a receiver in Mike Evans who excels when catching in traffic. Even if Winston does throw a pick, he’ll have plenty of chances to make up for it.
Other options: Baker Mayfield, Browns ($6,200) vs. Cardinals; Drew Brees, Saints ($7,700) vs. Titans
Saquon Barkley, Giants ($6,700) vs. Chargers
Barkley is the most productive running back in the slate. His 18 DKFP per contest is a result of his speed, power, and ability to be an escape outlet for Daniel Jones out of the backfield. He has average games from time to time, but can blow the top off the slate if he gets going.
Leonard Fournette, Jaguars ($6,000) vs. Lions
Fournette might be the most consistent back in the slate. He’s reached double-digits in DKFP in all seven of his sims and isn’t very pricey. If you want a rock in your lineup, go with Fournette. Even if he hasn’t shown elite upside, it’s hard to pass on getting a guaranteed 10 fantasy points at the very least.
Kareem Hunt, Browns ($4,200) vs. Cardinals
Nick Chubb gives up too many carries to Hunt to not consider starting the RB2. Don’t let a few slow games throw you off. He’s elusive and more of a threat than Chubb as a pass catcher. He gives you value similar to Chubb’s for nearly $2,000 cheaper.
Philip Lindsay, Broncos ($6,300) vs. Buccaneers
Lindsay is starting to pick up some steam and has notched at least 26 DKFP in each of his last two contests. He’s also scored four touchdowns during that stretch and is become more involved in the passing game. He might not be one of the best options overall, but they choices aren’t great in the second trio of games. If you want an option with higher upside than Chubb and Derrick Henry, Lindsay is your man.
Other option: Austin Ekeler, Chargers ($4,100) vs. Giants
Keenan Allen, Chargers ($7,400) vs. Giants
It’s reasonable for Allen to be the priciest wideout in the first trio of games, His elite route running gives him a kind of consistency that’s extremely rare among pass catchers. His 18.8 DKFP per game rank third in the slate and he’s yet to dip below 11 DKFP.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins ($6,300) vs. Washington
Parker has dipped below double-digits in DKFP in two straight contests as the Dolphins’ best weapon. It’s unlikely that he’ll do that for a third straight game as Miami’s top pass catcher. Washington doesn’t have a legitimate shutdown cornerback, so he could bounce back on Saturday.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns ($7,200) vs. Cardinals
Beckham leads all receivers with 22.6 DKFP per game despite being a dud and logging 8.6 fantasy points. I wouldn’t count on that happening again. He was rarely targeted in his last sim. Beckham’s 99 spectacular catch rating and open field running can makes him dangerous against any defense.
Michael Thomas, Saints ($8,200) vs. Titans
The highest rated tight end in the game will be a popular pick in this slate. His 99 catching will surely be an asset against a Titans team whose best running back has an 86 overall rating. he and Brees are a dynamic duo that can tear it up in any game.
Other option: DJ Chark Jr. ($5,900) vs. Lions
Jordan Reed, Washington ($5,000) vs. Dolphins
Reed is Washington’s top pass catcher and is up against a below average secondary. None of Miami’s linebackers have an overall rating above 76. Dwayne Haskins spreads it around pretty well, but Reed is second in DKFP per game (13) at his position.
Noah Fant, Broncos ($3,900) vs. Buccaneers
Fants has tallied double-digits in DKFP for four straight games. He’s Drew Lock’s second best target and his 89 speed is exceptional for a tight end. Look for him be one of the top scoring threats for Denver in the red zone.
Other option: Jordan Cook, Saints ($5,300) vs. Titans
Chargers D/ST ($3,200) vs. Giants
Los Angeles tallied 12 DKFP in its last outing against Washington and has the most well-rounded defense in the slate. Rolling with a strong pass rush and secondary seems like a good idea at this price — especially against another rookie quarterback with a low overall rating.
Saints D/ST ($3,000) vs. Titans
New Orleans has a top-notch defensive line to combat an unproductive Derrick Henry. It also doesn’t have to worry about any elite receivers.