There will be another six-game slate of simulated Madden games on Thursday. DraftKings will have a classic contests going, and we break down ideal picks for the all-day slate below. You can set your lineup here.
Tom Brady, Patriots ($7,400) vs. Buccaneers
Brady’s superstar traits should be very apparent against Tampa Bay’s poor pass defense. The Buccaneers are run stuffers but should have a hard time stopping Brady from getting going — even if he doesn’t have a top-tier receiving corps.
Ryan has a top three receiver in Julio Jones against one of the worst defenses in Madden. Calvin Ridley, Austin Hooper, and Devonta Freeman are also reliable targets that could help the Falcons signal caller have a big game.
Saquon Barkley, Giants ($6,600) vs. Eagles
The top running back in a slate is often right at or above $7,000, but Barkley is cheaper despite being the top skill player on his team. He has one of the highest ceilings in the slate and has the highest DKFP average (17.7).
Miles Sanders, Eagles ($5,200) vs. Giants
Sanders is the 10th priciest option but has the second highest DKFP average (17.6) in the slate. He’s scored more touchdowns (12) than any other running back available.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons ($6,100) vs. Dolphins
Freeman has logged more receptions (53) than any other running back doesn’t have to worry about facing many studs on the defensive end against Miami. While he’s one of Atlanta’s many quality weapons, he could rack up garbage points down the stretch if the Falcons get a big lead.
Austin Ekeler, Chargers ($4,000) vs. Seahawks
Ekeler has scored more touchdowns (4) than Melvin Gordon and is $2,000 cheaper. He provides a similar level of production and can save money elsewhere in the slate. Not every running back is a stud, but Ekeler is a strong value play with a solid floor.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans ($8,300) vs. Cardinals
Hopkins is pricey but also has the highest DKFP average (18.9) in the slate. When you have stats as good as him, only quarterback play can hold you back. Patrick Peterson is a solid defensive back, so Hopkins could should be able to put up his usual numbers.
Julio Jones, Falcons ($7,900) vs. Dolphins
Jones is another member of the top three and will have a better matchup than Hopkins. His 98 spectacular catching only trails Odell Beckham Jr. and Hopkins. His overall rating (97) will be 15 points higher than Miami’s best defensive back. Seems ideal to me.
This slate is full of top-notch receivers racing poor defenses, and this is another example. The Raiders’ highest rated cornerback is a 75 overall, so expect quite a bit of work from Aaron Rodgers’ top target.
Mike Williams, Chargers ($4,400) vs. Seahawks
Williams isn’t a star like the receivers named ahead of him, but has been producing like one. He has the second most touchdowns (13) in the slate among wide receivers and is a bargain at this price. He and Keenan Allen ($7,400), but Williams can return more value because of his low cost.
Other option: DeVante Parker., Dolphins ($6,200) vs. Falcons
Ben Watson, Patriots ($4,000) vs. Buccaneers
Watson leads all tight ends in DKFP per game (15.5) and is one of the cheaper options available. He leads all players in the slate with 97 receptions, so it’s hard to turn down a player who gets that many targets.
Zach Ertz, Eagles ($5,700) vs. Giants
Ertz is the highest rated (90) tight end and also has the best catching (93) as well. He’s Carson Wentz’s favorite target and is the most likely to haul in a hail Mary candidate recipient in tight situations. Few tight ends can get chunk yardage like him.
Other option: Darren Waller, Raiders ($4,900) vs. Packers
Chargers D/ST ($2,800) vs. Seahawks
Russell Wilson is the most expensive quarterback in the slate, but hasn’t been great through the air. He’s averaging less than 200 passing yards a game, so facing a top-notch secondary could make things tougher for him — especially since neither of his starting wideouts have been dominant.