Wacky weather Wednesday is back, and that means there will be a five-game slate of simulated Madden games in inclement weather. DraftKings will have a classic contest going, and we break down ideal picks at each position below.
Here’s the breakdown for weather conditions in each game:
CHI-BUF - SNOW
JAX-KC - RAIN
MIN-CAR - RAIN
NO-CLE - SNOW
NYJ-BAL - WIND
SF-DEN - SNOW
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($7,900) vs. Jaguars
Mahomes is playing in his second straight rain game on wacky weather Wednesday. He torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his last one with 23.68 points. Jacksonville’s secondary isn’t much better, so expect the top rated quarterback in Madden to put on a show again.
Trubisky has been one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks this sim season. He’s thrown for 24 touchdowns and rushed for another six. Getting the second most productive signal caller in the slate as one of the cheaper options available is ideal. The snow game could help his rushing upside.
Coleman is one of the cheapest options in the slate but averages more DKFP per contest (17.4) than every other running back. Denver has a good pass and run defense, but San Francisco’s steady rushing attack should give him plenty of upside — especially in the snow.
Damien Williams, Chiefs ($5,800) vs. Jaguars
Williams has also has solid value as the second most productive running back in the slate. Although he’s part of a stacked offense, he’s managed to average 16.3 fantasy points per game.
McCaffrey’s price has gone down despite having scored 33.4 fantasy points in his last outing. He’s lacked consistency but has now logged three straight games of double-digits in DKFP. Minnesota has a tough run defense, but playing contrarian could be a smart move here because of McCaffrey’s ceiling. Cam Newton’s throwing could be affected by the rain.
Kamara has eclipsed 23 DKFP in three of his last four games and is versatile like the players listed before him. He leads all running backs with five receiving touchdowns but has also rushed for over 1,000 yards and seven scores. Short passes out of the backfield could be big in the snow.
Other option: Leonard Fournette, Jaguars ($5,700) vs. Chiefs
Adam Thielen, Vikings ($5,900) vs. Panthers
Thielen is a WR2 with WR1 upside. He’s much more consistent than Stefon Diggs and has outperformed him in every statistical category. If you want to get a big game from a player who’s not one of the heavy hitters, Thielen should be at the top of your list.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers ($4,200) vs. Vikings
Samuel is the cheap speedster to keep an eye on. He has 95 speed and is right behind Cam Newton and McCaffrey in production. He’s one of the most consistent plays under $5,000 in the slate.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns ($7,100) vs. Saints
Beckham averages more DKFP (19.6) than any other player in the slate. He’s also scored more touchdowns (16), than any other wideout. While he doesn’t have the most ideal matchup in the slate, the Saints’ top-notch run defense could cause Cleveland to throw more. That could lead to more Beckham targets. Beckham’s spectacular catching (99) should help him continue to thrive in the snow.
Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($7,600) vs. Jaguars
Jacksonville’s secondary isn’t rated high enough to cover Hill. His 99 speed trumps anything the Jaguars’ have to offer in the secondary. A Chiefs stack of him and Mahomes could be very productive, but would also cost a pretty penny. Defensive backs should struggle to keep up with his cuts in the rain.
Other option: D.J. Chark Jr., Jaguars ($5,700) vs. Chiefs
Noah Fant, Broncos ($3,400) vs. 49ers
Fant is one of the fastest tight ends in Madden and is averaging more than 11 DKFP per game. This is a steal for Denver’s second best pass catcher — especially since Courtland Sutton will be up against a talented secondary headlined by Richard Sherman.
Mark Andrews, Ravens ($4,800) vs. Jets
Andrews leads the Ravens in receptions and receiving yards. His five receiving touchdown are even with Marquise Brown’s mark. Although Baltimore doesn’t throw for a ton of yards, most a large chunk of passes to to the tight end. This will be a windy game, so long passes down the field could be rendered ineffective.
Other option: Eric Ebron, Colts ($5,200) vs. 49ers
Ravens D/ST ($2,800) vs. Jets
The Ravens have Earl Thomas and Marcus Peters in their secondary against Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder. They also have an a solid pass rush. The wind could limit Anderson’s deep threat.