With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. Each day there are six Madden Streams with eight free contests to be a part of. You can play a single-game Showdown for each contest along with an all-day, six-game classic contest and a three-game late slate. Each simulation will be played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
In this post, we’ll focus on Friday’s classic late slate, which kicks off at 6 p.m. ET with a matchup between the Texans and the Bengals. The primetime should be an excellent matchup between the Saints and the Chargers, two teams that would be in the playoffs is there were playoffs in our sim season. We close out the night with the Dolphins hitting the road and heading to the frozen tundra, where they’ll take on the Packers in Green Bay.
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Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. CIN, $7,000 — After a brutal start to these sims, the Texans are starting to turn things around and have actually won each of their past three sims. Even when they were struggling and especially during their success, Watson has been a very impressive fantasy performer both through the air and on the ground. He has thrown for 45 touchdowns in his 26 sims while adding nine more rushing scores and averaging 218.2 passing yards and 48.2 rushing yards per sim. Watson should be able to torch this Bengals secondary much like he did the Dolphins two sims ago, racking up 348 passing yards and three touchdowns on his way to 35.32 DKFP. He has over 30 DKFP in three of his past five games and has shown a higher ceiling than the other top options on this slate due to his rushing potential. Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,800), Aaron Rodgers ($7,200)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA at GB, $6,000 — Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins have been putting up decent points lately, and the veteran QB has thrown multiple scores in each of his past four contests with over 15 DKFP in all four contests and two sims over 29 DKFP. Especially if the Dolphins are rallying from behind, Fitzpatrick could be looking to air it out since Miami’s run game has struggled all sim season long. He has totaled 38 passing touchdowns in 26 sims and is the best of the cheap QBs in action on this limited slate.
Other Option — Philip Rivers ($6,900)
Alvin Kamara, NO vs. LAC, $6,600 — Even though it isn’t a great matchup for Kamara, he’s far-and-away the best back to pay up for and is averaging over 6.0 DKFP more than the next-highest RB on the slate. He had been very involved in the Saints’ offense with some monster games before a quiet performance on Wednesday in the rain when the Saints’ offense stalled out as a whole. Before that, though, Kamara had four straight games over 20 DKFP, including a monster 45.8-DKFP game against the Bills. He can carry the offense and will almost assuredly be involved, making him much lower-risk than any other RB on the slate. Other Option — Lamar Miller ($6,000)
Gio Bernard, CIN at HOU, $3,600 — With so few workhorse backs there are some nice options among the RB2′s that get involved especially in the passing game. Bernard has managed to post over 12 DKFP in three straight contests and raise his average to 8.0 DKFP per sim. He has caught 15 passes over that three-game span and scored his fourth touchdown of the season. He often gets more work than starter Joe Mixon ($6,400) if the Bengals are trying to rally from behind and going to pass-heavy formations.
Other Option — Austin Ekeler ($4,100)
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Davante Adams, GB vs. MIA, $7,700 — Adams is the Packers’ top option in the passing game by a wide margin and usually gets plenty of attention from Aaron Rodgers. He has over 18 DKFP in four of his past six games and has averaged 74.3 yards on 4.3 catches per contest for 16.5 DKFP per sim. He has 18 touchdowns in his 26 sims and four of those have come in his six most recent outings. He has torched lesser secondaries and will look to do the same to Miami in the late game. Other Options — DeAndre Hopkins ($8,000), Keenan Allen ($7,300)
Mike Williams, LAC at NO, $4,300 — If you’ve been playing these sims, you know that Williams has been one of the best values in the Madden universe as the Chargers’ WR2. He is putting up numbers better than many teams’ WR1′s and regularly gets into the end zone. He has 18 touchdowns in his 25 contests, averaging 4.5 catches for 75.2 yards per contest. He has double-digit DKFP in each of his past nine sims and has both a high floor and a high ceiling. Even though he’ll likely be popular, this is a situation where you have to take the free space.
Jakeem Grant, MIA at GB, $3,000 — Grant has been a great option as Miami’s WR3 and is still available at the minimum salary after posting four straight games with double-digit DKFP, highlighted by a 31.9-DKFP performance against the Texans. Grant has four scores over his past three games, bringing his sim-season total to nine touchdowns. His 96 speed rating always makes him a high-ceiling option.
Other Options — Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($3,000), Keke Coutee ($3,000)
Jared Cook, NO vs. LAC, $5,300 — Cook and the rest of the Saints struggled in the rain on Wednesday, so they’ll be happy to be home in the dome for this matchup. In his 12 home games, Cook is averaging 15.0 DKFP per sim, compared to just 12.5 DKFP on the road. The Chargers have given up some big games to opposing TEs, and Cook has shown us he can reach a high ceiling with at least 18 DKFP in 10 contests already this sim season. Other Option — Hunter Henry ($5,200)
Mike Gesicki, MIA at GB, $4,300 — Gesicki only had three catches for 38 yards and 6.8 DKFP in his most recent sim but had been more productive than that recently. He had a monster seven catches for 112 yards and 21.2 DKFP against the Texans in the previous sim and a two-touchdown, 23.6-DKFP performance against the Jets recently as well. He has over 12 DKFP in four of his past six and definitely gets high volume when the Dolphins are playing form behind and throwing the ball a lot.
Other Options — Tyler Eifert ($4,200), Darren Fells ($3,800)
Packers DST vs. MIA, $3,200 — The Packers’ DST has been solid overall mostly due to their ability to get pressure on the QB. They have piled up 65 sacks in their 26 contests along with 15 takeaways and three defensive TDs. They had a big game against the Chargers with 12 DKFP in their most recent sim and have at least 8.0 DKFP in three of their past five contests. Other Option — Saints ($3,000)
Texans DST vs. CIN, $2,700 — Houston’s defense has also been sack specialists, piling up 59 in their 26 contests along with 11 takeaways. They had three picks against the Bucs in their most recent sim and have multiple sacks in four straight. If they can get pressure on Andy Dalton ($5,800), they should be in for another good game in a favorable matchup against the Bengals.
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