We break down the top DFS picks for Thursday’s six-game slate of Madden action below. DraftKings will have its usual all-day classic contest. Here are some studs, value plays, and a defense you should consider. You can set your lineups here.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($8,000) vs. Jets
Jamal Adams is the star of the Jets’ secondary, but he isn’y enough to hold up against the best quarterback in the game. Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins all have to be accounted for. New York doesn’t have the personnel to deal with this much talent.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers ($6,100) vs. Raiders
Winston has the second most passing yards in the slate and will be up against a horrendous secondary. He has two great receivers and no running game, so expect him to air it out.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons ($6,000) vs. Chargers
Freeman was a dud in his last appearance, but had two monster games before that. Only Tevin Coleman has more touchdowns than him, and Los Angeles has a sturdy secondary. His versatility has allowed him to secure the second highest DKFP average (17.7) in the slate.
Tevin Coleman, 49ers ($5,500) vs. Bengals
Coleman has the most rushing yards and touchdowns in the slate. The 49ers run the ball down their opponents’ throats, and I like Coleman’s garbage time potential against one of the weakest defenses in the slate.
Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($7,700) vs. Jets
Hill is coming off two straight 30 point games, and one of those came against the Buffalo Bills’ sturdy defense. Only Mike Williams can match his 17.9 DKFP per game, and Hill should have a mismatch against any cornerback he faces.
Mike Williams, Chargers ($4,300) vs. Falcons
Atlanta has the lowest scoring defense in the slate and no wideout has caught more touchdowns (20) than Williams. As a WR2, there’s a good chance he can thrive with a more favorable matchup than Keenan Allen.
George Kittle, 49ers ($6,300) vs. Bengals
The best tight end in the game against the second lowest scoring defense in the slate seems like a quality matchup. The 49ers’ lackluster receiving corps is lead by Kittle, so it’s very likely that he’ll be the most targeted pass cathcer.
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers ($4,400) vs. Raiders
Howard has more touchdowns (12) than any other tight end in a passing-powered offense. Playing alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin hasn’t hindered his upside.
49ers D/ST ($2,700) vs. Bengals
Cincinnati has a limited ground game and A.J. Green hasn’t played like a WR1. San Francisco’s strong defensive line and deep secondary stacks up nicely against one of the more inconsistent offensive teams in the slate.