DraftKings will have yet another six-game slate of Madden simulations on Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens, and Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers will all face off in the simulation. We break down the top plays at each position, and you can set your lineup here.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens ($7,500) vs Vikings
Jackson has found his groove in these simulations, with five rushing touchdowns in his last six games and six passing touchdowns in his last three. He’s also hit 57 or more rushing yards in his last five matchups, giving him a great floor and a strong upside.
Deshaun Watson, Texans ($6,900) vs. Packers
Watson is also running quite a bit in these simulations, as he has topped 61 rushing yards in each of his last three games, rushing for one touchdown and throwing for seven in the span. He’s now topped 19 DK points in six of his last seven games, making him one of the more consistent options and at a slightly reduced price.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($8,200) at Eagles
Mahomes hasn’t lived up to his price tag in these simulations for the most part but since changing to eight-minute quarters, he’s come on strong, passing for 780 yards and five touchdowns in the last two games. I like that Jackson and Watson have added DK points with their rushing ability, so lean their way overall, but pairing Mahomes with Tyreek Hill and or Travis Kelce has tremendous upside in an offense that concentrates targets on just a few key players.
Miles Sanders, Eagles ($5,000) vs. Chiefs
Sanders has scored five touchdowns over the last four matchups, with three on the ground and two through the air. The Chiefs linebackers are their weak link and Sanders should be able to do some work on them on the ground and through the air at a discount price.
Damien Williams, Chiefs ($5,600) at Philadelphia
Williams has topped four receptions in his last four games while also exceeding double-digit fantasy points in those matchups as well. He’ll likely need to continue to be used as a receiver in this matchup, as the Eagles are stout against the run. Thankfully they have Patrick Mahomes, who is near the top in all Madden attributes.
Adam Thielen, Vikings ($5,900)
Stefon Diggs does little to nothing in these simulations, as he hasn’t topped double-digits in any of their nine games while Thielen has topped 12 DK points in five of their last seven matchups and costs $1,600 less. That gives Thielen the bulk of the receiving work at a discount.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals ($4,700) at Panthers
Boyd has topped six receptions in three of his last four matchups and has 416 yards and three touchdowns in that same span. A.J. Green is playing well too, but his price is $7,100 instead of $4,700.
Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($7,900) at Eagles
The Chiefs passing game has been inconsistent but has taken off of late and Hill has hit 32 and 29 DK points in his last two games and has 17 or more in five of the last seven. The Eagles pass defense can’t keep up with Hill and since we’re trying to take down a tournament here, Hill’s upside is one of the highest in the game. Pairing him with Mahomes makes plenty of sense.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles ($4,100) vs. Chiefs
Agholor has caught four or more passes in all but one of their nine simulations. He has yet to top 100 receiving yards but has hit double-digit DK points in each of his last six games, with two touchdowns in his last three. His price is right to help you pay up at quarterback and wide receiver.
Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($5,900) at Eagles
Kelce has five games in which he’s topped 16 DK points out of nine total. George Kittle has more upside so far in these simulations bur Kelce is more consistent, as he has topped five receptions in all but two games. We want upside, but Kelce has a nice combination of upside and consistency going.
Tyler Kroft, Bills ($3,500) at San Francisco
Kroft has played well with four or more receptions in his last four games. He’s not getting touchdowns but he’s hit double-digit points in his last three against some good safety play in Minnesota and Philadelphia. If you are looking to punt tight end, Kroft has had a nice floor for his bottom of the barrel price.
Ben Watson, Patriots ($4,200) vs. Seahawks
Watson has been inconsistent in these simulations but has also had some monster games, including a 44.6 DK points game at Houston. He’s topped double-digit DK points in six of his eight matchups and at his price, I’m willing to take a risk on a down game from the Patriots No. 1 tight end without many targets around him and Tom Brady throwing the ball.
Ravens D/ST ($3,200) vs. Vikings
Kirk Cousins has nine touchdowns to four interceptions in eight games, which makes him one of the least effective quarterbacks going on this slate while the Ravens are nice and cheap and playing at home.