DraftKings will have yet another six-game slate of Madden simulations on Sunday. Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans at New York Giants, New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders, San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons, all go head-to-head today. We break down the top plays at each position, and you can set your lineup here.
Matt Ryan, Falcons ($7,100) vs. 49ers
Ryan has been extremely consistent of late, hitting 21.6, 21.7, 23.1 and 31.5 DK points in his last four games. He put up 22.2 and 18.2 DK points in the two previous games and did it against the Bills and Patriots, so the 49ers at home, where he has thrown 20 touchdowns to one interception, shouldn’t cut his numbers down.
Deshaun Watson, Texans ($7,200) at Giants
Watson has been more inconsistent than Matt Ryan of late, but over the season his rushing yards have kept his floor high and his upside much higher. I like Lamar Jackson as well, but Watson has been better in these simulations and has shown more upside, which is what you want for tournaments. Add in a good matchup with a weak Giants pass defense and I’m on board.
James White, Patriots ($5,600) at Panthers
White will probably be heavily owned in this good matchup, as he’s topped 18 DK points in five of his last seven games and only dipped below 11 once. He gets a good matchup against the Panthers and makes for the safest play going on Monday.
Tevin Coleman, 49ers ($5,500) at Falcons
Coleman has a lot of upside in a 49ers offense that doesn’t throw the ball all that much. He hasn’t found the end zone in four games, but still has shown a decent floor due to his strong workload. This matchup is good and Coleman has extreme upside, as seen from his 47 DK points game in Week 11.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans ($8,000) at Giants
Will Fuller, Texans ($4,900) at Giants
I love this matchup and will likely stack Hopkins and Fuller with Watson, as the upside if those three connect is extreme. Hopkins is expensive due to his consistent play on the season while Fuller is in no way consistent. Fuller’s last four games have had DK point totals of 19.3, 2.8, 42.5 and 4.9. That’s not what you’d look for in cash games, but exactly what you are seeking in tournaments.
Michael Thomas, Saints ($8,200) at Cardinals
Thomas is going to get you decent points, but you have to pay up for them. Hopkins has more upside but if you want to pay for a safe 17 to 26 DK points, Thomas is likely to get you what you need.
Mike Williams, Chargers ($4,400) at Cowboys
Williams, like Fuller, is a deep threat that can put up big points, but not consistently. I’ll look to roster Hopkins and Thomas if I can and that likely means I’ll need Williams’ value to help me out.
Ben Watson, Patriots ($4,400) at Panthers
Watson continues to show consistent upside for a $4,400 investment. There is a chance he’ll give you a down game, but they have come few and far between in these simulations.
Jared Cook, Saints ($5,300) at Cardinals
Cook hasn’t fallen below 12 DK points in his last five games and just three times over the last fifteen games. He has slightly more upside than Watson, but also comes with a higher price tag.
Dallas Cowboys ($2,600) vs. Chargers
Dallas, like most defenses in these simulations have been inconsistent, but they do have two defensive touchdowns in their last three games. Philip Rivers hasn’t been doing much of late, so I doubt the Chargers put up big points on them at the very least.