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Madden Stream: Seahawks vs. Broncos DraftKings Showdown Strategies, Depth Charts and Captain’s Picks

We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the Seahawks and Broncos game that takes place at 8:00…

We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the Seahawks and Broncos game that takes place at 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.

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SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Seattle Seahawks

In this game, it’s essentially Russell Wilson ($12,600) and then the rest of the field. This game is not exactly filled with players who have been smashing in this simulation and it shows by the DKFP average. Wilson stands alone with his 21.5 DKFP. For reference, Drew Lock is next in line at just 14.7. Quite the difference, right? What makes it even more amazing is that Wilson is averaging just 200 passing yards but has been a force with his legs with 50.8 rushing yards per game. He’s thrown for 38 touchdowns and rushed in seven times, making a true dual threat. Even with the expected high ownership, he would be an extremely tough fade for me.

The issue with these quarterbacks that do so much on the ground is that it can be a negative factor for his receivers. D.K. Metcalf ($7,000), who has the fastest speed in this game at 95, is only averaging 12.3 DKFP. For his salary, it’s great but it goes to show that no one is really running away with solid production on a regular basis. Metcalf is and always will be my favorite option on the Seahawks because of his speed and fairly inexpensive salary. He’s averaging 3.5 receptions for 57.1 yards and 10 touchdowns scored. He’s been outperforming the WR1 in Tyler Lockett ($10,800), who is averaging 3.2 receptions and 45.2 yards per game. Lockett does have the touchdown advantage with 12 but I’m not sure that’s worth $3,800 more in salary. Will Dissly ($7,600) has been on quite the tear as of late, scoring no less than 12 DKFP in four straight games and even had a 101-yard game his last time out against the Bears. Looking at his salary, he’s another reason why I wouldn’t strongly consider paying as much as they’re asking for Lockett.

Despite rushing for just nine total yards against the Bears for a whopping 0.9 DKFP, Chris Carson ($9,200) somehow saw an $800 increase in his salary. I mean, if there was someone I had absolutely, positively no interest in at all, it’s him. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 5.3 DKFP, which includes a game in which he scored 14.3 DKFP. He’s been nothing short of a disaster and yet his salary remains extremely high. You can simply roll with C.J. Prosise ($1,000) who almost never sees an increase in his salary and is averaging 5.6 DKFP of his own.


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Denver Broncos

Drew Lock ($9,800) does offer significant salary savings over Wilson, as he’s $2,800 cheaper. Granted, he’s not nearly putting in the work that Wilson is but he’s averaging a respectable 211 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s not mobile like Wilson and actually has negative yardage through 24 games, so the upside on Lock is limited. Either way, you should get some decent ownership on him.

If it’s touchdowns you’re looking for on the Broncos’ side, Courtland Sutton ($10,000) is your guy. He accounts for nearly half of the touchdowns thrown from Lock with 17, which is 46%. His volume doesn’t necessarily reflect that of a true WR1 at 3.5 but he is averaging 16.7 yards per reception. A Lock/Sutton stack would certainly be a unique build if you used one of them at captain, so it’s something to consider when making one of your five lineups. Noah Fant ($6,600) has seen some strong games as of late, scoring at least 10.7 DKFP in three of his last five games and scoring in two. He’s at a very reasonable salary as well, making him a really good mid-tier option to consider if you need to save some salary. The drop off in receivers comes quickly after Fant, as the rest of the field feels like nothing more than dart throws. DaeSean Hamilton ($5,000) feels too expensive for his mid-tier salary, averaging just 2.4 receptions and 35 yards per game. He’s scored six times but you’re better off going a bit higher in salary for someone like Fant or Dissly. Tim Patrick ($3,200) would be your best bet if you want to go low, as he’s averaging 2.6 receptions and six touchdowns scored. I’m not crazy about using him but he does offer some salary relief.

Phillip Lindsay ($8,400) is a much stronger RB1 to use over Carson. Lindsay is actually producing with an average of 14 DKFP, 58.6 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. I’d have no qualms about using him in this spot and I think both teams present some good mid-tier options to use that you can pay up for someone like Lindsay.


THE OUTCOME

Russell Wilson ($18,900) is by far the most attractive captain option in this game and it’s not even close. To be fair, it’s fairly difficult to build around that, as he leaves an average of $6,220 for the rest of your roster. As I usually do, I love using D.K. Metcalf ($10,500) in this spot and banking on his game-best speed of 95. If you wanted to roll with a Broncos player, Courtland Sutton ($15,000) would be my top choice.

Final Score: Seahawks 27, Broncos 21


DEPTH CHARTS

Seahawks

Broncos


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