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 Raiders-Chargers game that will take place at 10 p.m. ET Saturday. It’s important to note that Madden runs a bit different here and we have some things to consider.
First and foremost, speed is such an important factor. These players are always going to get open and can give you an edge with a player that you’d potentially look over when you consider his real-life role. We’ll get into that more in the article below. Players also have particular X-Factors, which can best be described as “power ups” that can be activated if a player completes a certain threshold. These will be put into considerations as well and will be highlighted with those particular players.
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Madden Stream: Raiders at Chargers
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Event Type: Exhibition
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Quarter Length: 8 minutes
Accelerated Clock: On
Play Clock: 20 seconds
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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
Of the two quarterbacks in this game, it shouldn’t come as a shock that Derek Carr ($10,800) is the lower-rated of the two with an 80 overall rating. Even so, he’s been one of the stronger quarterback options in our sims. Carr is putting up 18.1 DKFP per game, making him the second-best fantasy producer in this contest. He’s in play, although I do have slight concerns about the matchup. The Chargers feature some of the best cornerback play in Madden and Carr doesn’t have great receivers to throw to. It’s possible they won’t be able to find separation in this matchup. Carr is in play, although he isn’t a primary option for my lineup.
As for the Raiders’ receivers, Tyrell Williams ($9,400) is the only wideout with a decent rating. He has an 82 overall rating, and the next highest-rated receiver is Zay Jones ($5,400) with a 75 overall rating. Due to a tough matchup for Williams against Casey Hayward, I think Jones is the stronger play of the Raiders’ top wideouts. Hayward is has a 91 rating, so Williams is at a significant rating disadvantage. Even though Jones also is in a tough spot against Desmond King, he’s cheap enough that he’s in play. Jones is averaging 11.2 DKFP.
The pass-catcher most likely to find success from the Raiders is Darren Waller ($7,200) at tight end. He is tied for a team-best 85 overall rating with Josh Jacobs ($8,800). The 85 rating hasn’t meant a ton for Jacobs. He averages just 8.1 DKFP per stream, so I think we can fade him. As for Waller, he’s vastly underpriced considering that he’s been one of the top Madden tight ends. Averaging 14.3 DKFP, Waller is my favorite target on the Raiders’ side of this game.
For a really cheap value play, I think Jalen Richard ($2,600) could have a decent game. The pass-catching back for the Raiders, Richard figures to get most of the snaps in the later stages of the game as the team will likely have to try to come from behind. Since the Raiders are playing the Chargers, it stands to reason that Oakland will be trailing and have to throw the ball for the majority of the fourth quarter. For his price, Richard has been a solid value play, averaging 8.2 DKFP.
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Los Angeles Chargers
Of the two quarterbacks, Philip Rivers ($11,200) has marginally been the better fantasy performer. He averages 18.3 DKFP and also has a way easier matchup than Carr. The Raiders don’t have a cornerback rated higher than a 76, compared to 91 and 87 ratings for the Chargers’ top two corners. If you can only roster one of the quarterbacks in this game, I think Rivers is the guy to go with. He also has some strong receivers to stack with him.
Due to the weak cornerback play of the Raiders, there is good reason to think Keenan Allen ($10,600) will have his way in this game. Allen has a 92 overall rating, making him the top player in this contest. In addition, he averages 16.5 DKFP and hasn’t had very many bad fantasy games. Overall, Allen has hauled in 150 catches for 2,015 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in our sims.
In Mike Williams ($9,900 CP/6,600), we are getting one of the top-producing players in the Madden streams. With a cheap price and an average of 17.7 DKFP, I love rostering Williams as captain. He has one the top fantasy averages for any wide receiver in our simulations and he never carries an expensive price tag. It is rare to have a contest that includes the Chargers where I wouldn’t consider Williams an elite value play. There isn’t a good case for fading him other than for ownership purposes. He’s scored double-digit DKFP in 11 of his past 12 games.
There haven’t been many decent cheap fantasy producers from the Chargers. Most of their production comes from Rivers and his top two receivers and the running game hasn’t provided much value. Melvin Gordon ($8,200) only averages 7.1 DKFP, making him overpriced and Austin Ekeler ($3,000) isn’t always involved in the offense. If forced to choose one, I would go with Ekeler for the savings. He averages 6.5 DKFP, which doesn’t seem great, but there aren’t many cheap players that stand out in this contest. Of the backup running backs, Richard is a better play than Ekeler.
The Chargers should roll in this game. Los Angeles has won five of its past seven games and has much better Madden ratings across the board compared to the Raiders. Oakland has proven to have a capable offense in Madden, but its defense can’t prevent other teams from scoring. This is especially true through the air due to its weak secondary. Considering the strength of the Chargers’ offense has been the passing game, this seems to be a really favorable matchup. The Raiders have allowed over 30 points in three of the past four games.
Final Score: Chargers 34, Raiders 24
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