DraftKings will have a six-game classic slate of simulated Madden games on Saturday to kick off the Weekend. We break down ideal picks for the all-day slate below. You can set your lineup here.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($8,000) vs. Cardinals
Mahomes generally returns value despite his high price and has eclipsed 20 fantasy points six times in seven sims. His receiving corps has an advantage over most defenses, and the Cardinals only have one quality cornerback to offer. Kansas City’s pass catchers should be able to overwhelm Arizona’s secondary.
Garoppolo might not have a great receiving corps, but he’s scored more than 20 fantasy points in seven of the nine home games he’s played. The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints were the only teams able to hold him below that mark, and Las Vegas has holes all over on defense. I’m rolling with the game script making him dominant on his home turf.
Damien Williams, Chiefs ($5,700) vs. Cardinals
Williams has dipped below double-digits in fantasy points once in his last 14 games. The one time he did during that stretch, he tallied 9.1 fantasy points. Getting a back this consistent and versatile for cheap is hard to pass on — especially against a below average defense.
Los Angeles has an elite secondary to match up against New England’s underwhelming receiving corps. White has catching skills that are only inferior to Christian McCaffrey at running back and also has the skill to go for more than 100 yards on the ground. The choice is clear.
Mike Williams, Chargers ($4,400) vs. Patriots
Williams has 14 touchdowns in 16 sims. Keenan Allen is the Chargers’ best receiver, but will be be covered by Stephon Gilmore. I’d opt for the receiver who’s been just as productive for nearly half the price.
Tyrell Williams, Raiders ($5,400) vs. 49ers
Most people will probably fade Williams because of his matchup against San Francisco, but I think he could be a valuable contrarian play. He’s reached double-digits in DKFP four four straight games and is fresh off a 100-yard game. He’s had big games against strong secondaries before and won’t break the bank if he’s a dud.
Houston has the lowest scoring defense in the slate, and its poor secondary has a lot to do with that. While Moore is usually outdone by Curtis Samuel, this is one of the games I think he could perform like a legitimate WR1. He has speed and a superstar trait to use against the Texans’ defensive backs.
Calvin Ridley, Falcons ($4,600) vs. Packers
Ridley plays second fiddle to Julio Jones — the second most expensive wideout in the slate. While Jones has a high ceiling, he only returns value half the time. He’ll have a quality cornerback in Jaire Alexander covering him, so I’m higher on the WR2 who is fresh off a 26-point performance against the Miami Dolphins.
George Kittle, 49ers ($5,800) vs. Raiders
Kittle is the best target on his team and will play at home against one of the worst defenses in the slate. The Raiders’ defensive backs aren’t good against the pass, and the linebackers are even worse. The top tight end in the game has a good chance to make light work of the visitors.
Ben Watson, Patriots ($4,000) vs. Chargers
Watson leads all tight ends with 103 catches and has over 1,000 receiving yards with five touchdowns. The tight end could get more work than usual against the Chargers’ elite secondary. He gets more looks than many top notch WR1s.
49ers D/ST ($2,800) vs. Raiders
The Raiders have below average production at running back and will face an elite defensive line. Their top pass catcher is also a tight end, and San Francisco has a top-notch secondary. The 49ers haven’t had a monster game yet, but this is one of the best opportunities they’ll get to score big.