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.
Monday starts off another week of sims with a nice all-day classic slate. The action starts at 12 p.m. ET when the Jags host the Jets. At 2 p.m. ET, Atlanta heads to the desert to face Arizona before New Orleans heads to the Big Apple to take on the Giants. In the second half of the day, the Packers visit the Lions at 6 p.m. ET in an NFC North matchup to start the late slate. At 8:00 p.m. in primetime, the Bucs host the Seahawks, and then the slate wraps up with a 10 p.m. ET Cali matchup between the Chargers and the 49ers.
There are lots of ways you can build your roster with the options from that dozen teams in action, and I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this six-game slate below. As you build your team, make sure to check out the Madden info page for all the data on player ratings, special abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon.
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Russell Wilson, SEA at TB, $8,000 — Wilson and the Seahawks knocked off the Cardinals on Saturday to snap a six-sim losing skid, and they’ll look to pick up another win as they head to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs. Wilson had 18.34 DKFP in that contest with two passing scores but didn’t have to run much since Seattle played from ahead. When the Seahawks are scrambling to catch up, Wilson tends to pick up more rushing yards which gives him a very high ceiling. He has over 18 DKFP in six straight, dating back to a monster 34.72-DKFP performance against the Giants in which he actually hit the 100-yard bonus rushing. He has that kind of potential and is the only QB averaging over 20 DKFP per sim on this slate. His multiple ways of getting fantasy production also make him the safest play on this slate under center.
Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,800), Matt Ryan ($7,400)
Daniel Jones, NYG vs. NO, $5,600 — Jones has been very consistent lately and has been pretty much bust-proof unless Saquon totally goes off and the Giants play from ahead the whole game, which has only very rarely been the game script. Much more often, Jones has to rally his team from behind. He has over 17 DKFP in six straight sims and led the Giants to a 21-7 upset of the Ravens in his most recent contest. He had over 25 DKFP twice during that six-game span, so he comes with a pretty nice ceiling along with his consistency. He could be set up for plenty of volume as he tries to help the G-men keep up with the Saints.
Other Option — Jameis Winston ($6,200)
Alvin Kamara, NO at NYG, $6,700 — Kamara is the kind of RB1 I’m always interested in since he doesn’t give up many snaps to a backup and catches passes out of the backfield. However, the X-Factor Superstar started the sim-season very slowly and didn’t hit 20 DKFP until his 10th sim. Recently, though, Kamara has been a fantasy beast with over 20 DKFP in four of his past five contests with 10 touchdowns over that span. He went off for four scores and 45.8 DKFP against the Bills four sims ago and had three touchdowns and 30.3 DKFP in his most recent outing. If he continues to get so many touches both as a rusher and receiver, he should be a great option against the low-rated Giants front seven.
Other Options — Devonta Freeman ($6,200), Leonard Fournette ($5,900)
Tevin Coleman, SF at LAC, $5,800 — Another one of the few elite RBs that has gotten heavy volume on a regular basis is Coleman, although he can still be had at such an affordable salary. He fell just short of the 100-yard bonus in his most recent sim wit 99 yards, two touchdowns and 29.2 DKFP against Washington. He now is up to 23 touchdowns in his 27 sims with an average of over 80 yards per contest. Kamara just went off for a big game against the same Chargers that Coleman gets to face on Monday, so there’s a good chance the fantasy production keeps flowing for Coleman, who has been one of the best RBs in these sims due to his workload as the 49ers’ primary RB.
Other Options — J.D. McKissic ($3,200), C.J. Prosise ($3,000)
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Davante Adams, GB at DET, $7,800 — Adams has had at least 80 yards in four straight games coming into this matchup with the Lions. He had over 20 DKFP in two of those games, producing 28.6 DKFP on six catches for 136 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers and 23.0 DKFP on four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. He has 18 touchdowns in 27 sims and is averaging over 75 yards per sim. He’s clearly the top option in the Green Bay passing game and typically gets heavy volume. We have seen him disappear at times against elite CBs, but he should be able to thrive in this matchup with Detroit.
Other Options — Julio Jones ($8,200), Mike Evans ($7,400)
D.J. Chark Jr., JAX at NYJ, $5,800 — Chark is one of the most affordable WR1 options on the board, but he has been extremely productive in his 25 sims. Chark has piled up 22 touchdowns and is averaging over 65 yards per contest. He has had a few down games in his past three contests, but this tasty matchup against the Jets’ secondary should allow him to bounce back with another big performance. He is overdue for a touchdown after going three games without a score and should be able to produce a solid game from under $6K.
Deebo Samuel, SF at LAC, $4,100 — Samuel has thrived in his WR2 role for the 49ers and has produced over 12 DKFP on over 80 yards in each of his four most recent sims. He has found the end zone 10 times, but has plenty of big-play potential and gets a good number of targets for a WR in a run-first offense.
Other Options — Mike Williams ($5,000), Ted Ginn Jr. ($3,500)
Evan Engram, NYG vs. NO, $5,600 — With Daniel Jones playing well, Engram has become a reliable option in the Giants’ passing game. He has huge upside since he is the fastest TE in all of Madden and has scored four touchdowns in his past three contests. He has over 12 DKFP in five straight sims and should be a big part of New York trying to keep pace with the Saints. I expect good volume for Engram and love his high ceiling.
Other Option — George Kittle ($6,300), Jared Cook ($5,500)
O.J. Howard, TB vs. SEA, $4,700 — Howard also has big-time upside as long as he stays involved for Tampa Bay. He gets a great matchup against the Seahawks, who have struggled against TEs. Howard had six catches for 95 yards and 15.5 DKFP against the Falcons and is now averaging 57 yards on 4.2 catches per sim. He has an extremely high ceiling and has posted some of the biggest games for any TE with 32.1 DKFP against the Ravens, 33.0 DKFP against the Patriots and 37.6 DKFP against the Saints. He has that kind of upside and enough volume to be a relatively safe option as well against Seattle.
Other Options — T.J. Hockenson ($4,000), James O’Shaughnessy ($3,600)
Packers DST at DET, $3,100 — Green Bay’s defense has been solid in these sims, although they did just lose to the Dolphins in their most recent contest. Before that game, though, they had multiple sacks in five straight contests to bring their total to 65 over their first 26 sims (2.5 per contest). They also have 15 takeaways, although most of their production comes from limiting their opponent and putting pressure on the QB. That formula should work just fine in this matchup against the Lions, who have scored under 20 points in three straight sims.
Other Options — Falcons DST ($3,000), 49ers DST ($2,700)
Jets DST vs. JAX, $2,200 — The Jets are extremely affordable and have been one of the best DST options in these sims. Jamal Adams unhappiness in real life hasn’t impacted his ability to lead this sim defense to a massive 29 takeaways in 26 sims with 48 sacks, a safety and three defensive touchdowns. They’re averaging 6.8 DKFP per sim and have at least 6.0 DKFP in seven of their past nine.
Other Options — Buccaneers DST ($2,600), Cardinals ($2,300)
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