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The final day of June brings us another solid six-game slate this Tuesday, starting with a 12 p.m. ET kickoff between the Cardinals and the Jets. The Broncos and Dolphins game at 2 p.m. ET will start our 31st matchup for each team, meaning it’s the final round of action before we start seeing rematches. At 4 p.m. ET, the Texans and Lions clash in Detroit, followed by the Jaguars and Vikings in a fun matchup at 6 p.m. ET. The primetime contest should be a fun one with the Buccaneers hosting the Steelers in Tampa, and we close out the day with a solid matchup on Madden After Dark, where the Cowboys will host the Panthers at 10 p.m. ET.
There are several solid ways to build your team from the 12 teams on Tuesday’s slate, 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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Deshaun Watson, HOU at DET, $7,000 — The Texans have struggled badly in these sims, going just 10-20, but playing from behind or in very close games has actually been a good thing for Watson’s fantasy production. He is far-and-away the best QB option on the slate, averaging 22.4 DKFP per sim, while his closest competition on this slate is Dak Prescott ($6,800), who is averaging under 18 DKFP. Watson is so productive because he gets it done on the ground as well as through the air and has racked up 10 rushing touchdowns to go with his 52 passing scores. He is throwing for 214.8 yards per sim and running for just under 50 yards per game as well. The Lions’ defense has been a very favorable matchup, so Watson should be in a place to put up points, regardless of game situation or team success. Other Options — Dak Prescott ($6,800), Ben Roethlisberger ($6,400)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs. DEN, $6,000 — Fitzpatrick hasn’t always been magical in these sims but has shown off a nice ceiling when at his best. He has at least 17.9 DKFP in 12 of his 29 sims and has even hit 30 DKFP a few times. He is averaging 237.7 passing yards per sim along with his 42 touchdowns in 30 outings. He has to carry the load for the Dolphins since the Miami running game hasn’t gotten much going at all. The Broncos’ DST has a few elite members of their secondary, but it lacks depth which has allowed secondary WRs and TEs put together good games on a regular basis. Fitzpatrick is a risky play but could be a good value if he reaches his ceiling at home against Denver.
Other Options — Jameis Winston ($6,200), Gardner Minshew ($5,400)
Dalvin Cook, MIN at JAX, $6,900 — Cook carries the load for the Vikings, who love to run the ball and rely on their strong defense. He didn’t have a great game in his most recent sim with just 60 yards on the ground and three catches for 16 yards, totaling 10.6 DKFP against the Titans. It was enough, though, to extend his streak of games with double-digit DKFP to eight and showed how high his floor is. He also has a high ceiling which he showed off with 44.4 DKFP against the Bengals during that stretch, making him an option you always have to consider given his high volume and potential to break the slate. Other Options — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,100), Le’Veon Bell ($6,200)
Phillip Lindsay, DEN at MIA, $5,900 — Lindsay ran for 75 yards and a touchdown in Monday’s loss to the Cowboys, putting up a solid 17.1 DKFP. He gets most of the work in Denver as the RB1 and third-down back and typically hauls in a few passes to add to his rushing workload. He has averaged just under 60 rushing yards per sim along with 2.4 receptions for 14.0 receiving yards. He gets a great matchup against Miami, and he could be set up for a huge game if he and the Broncos jump out to an early lead and play from ahead by pounding the rock.
Other Options — David Johnson ($4,700), J.D. McKissic ($4,100)
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JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT at TB, $6,600 — I had JuJu has my top WR play on Monday, and he came through with 15.5 DKFP even though he only had two catches. He finished with 75 yards and a touchdown, bringing his total for the season to 19 scores in his 30 contests. The Steelers like to throw the ball a lot and the Bucs secondary has been very beatable, especially out of the slot where Smith-Schuster typically lines up. He now haw over 12 DKFP in seven straight contests and over 25 DKFP in two of his past four games, all of which have resulted in at least 75 yards. JuJu’s 91 speed rating and 90 catching rating give him lots of upside to like, especially against slot corner Sean Murphy-Bunting for the Bucs, who has a 75 overall rating and a 72 awareness rating. Other Options — DeAndre Hopkins ($8,300), Adam Thielen ($6,800)
Marvin Jones Jr., DET vs. HOU, $5,700 — Jones hasn’t found the end zone in four straight games and has been held under 12 DKFP in each of those four contests. However, in his four games before this dry spell he had four straight games with a touchdown and at least 15 DKFP in each of those contests. He gets a great matchup against the Texans’ secondary and should be able to turn things back around. He has 15 touchdowns in his 30 sims and is averaging 50.4 yards on 4.2 catches for 12.6 DKFP per contest. Don’t let the recency bias derail you on this one, go ahead and take the chance on Jones, whose 85 overall rating makes him one of the top WR2 options in all of Madden.
Jakeem Grant, MIA vs. DEN, $3,300 — As mentioned above, the Broncos have elite CB options but don’t have a ton of depth which could leave Grant a favorable matchup. He has huge upside as Miami’s WR3 due to his 96 speed rating, so if he gets in space he can break off big plays. He’s a high-risk play since there have been three sims where he didn’t even have a catch, but he has over 11 DKFP in six of his past seven, allowing players to see the upside in grabbing him for such an affordable salary.
Other Options — Albert Wilson ($4,800), Keke Coutee ($3,400)
O.J. Howard, TB vs. PIT, $5,200 — The Bucs have great WR options in Mike Evans ($7,600) and Chris Godwin ($5,500), but their most consistent contributor has been Howard who is averaging 13.3 DKFP per sim, more than either of those star WRs. He has also been involved in every one of he Bucs’ 30 sims which isn’t true of those star WRs. Howard had over 15 DKFP in three straight before finishing with 9.7 DKFP in the Bucs’ most recent sim against the Bills. He continues to get high volume, though, which makes him a solid play against the Steelers, even though they do have a solid defense. Other Options — Vance McDonald ($4,700), Mike Gesicki ($4,400)
James O’Shaughnessy, JAX vs. MIN, $4,100 — In their most recent sim, the Vikings were dismantled by Delanie Walker, so they can be beaten by opposing TE. O’Shaughnessy has been a regular target in the Jaguars’ offense and has posted over 55 yards per sim while hauling in over 4.0 catches per contest and finding the end zone a total of 11 times. He had a pair of huge games with 23.5 DKFP against the Colts and 23.9 DKFP against the Rams before calming down to 9.8 DKFP against the 49ers in his most recent sim. He has the ceiling to go off but is also relatively safe since he has caught multiple passes in 27 of the Jags’ 29 sims.
Other Options — T.J. Hockenson ($4,000), Noah Fant ($3,500)
Vikings DST at JAX, $2,700 — The Vikings DST has struggled in their past two outings putting up 0.0 DKFP in each of those sims. However, they’re still one of the elite units for fantasy, and I think they’ll bounce back just fine. In their 30 sims, they have piled up 31 takeaways highlighted by 23 fumble recoveries. They have added to that 57 sacks and five defensive touchdowns for an average of 6.9 DKFP per contest. They should be back to their big-play creating ways against the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Other Options — Cowboys DST ($2,900), Panthers DST ($2,500)
Jets DST vs. ARI, $2,400 — The Jets DST had a good game despite New York’s loss to the Chiefs in its most recent sim. The defense had two fumble recoveries, three sacks, a safety and a defensive touchdown for 15.0 DKFP in their 25-22 loss. They go from facing that tough offense to a much easier matchup against the Cardinals and should be able to continue being one of the best options on the board. They have 55 sacks and 31 takeaways in their 29 sims. The matchup makes them a great play to start the day as they host Arizona and Kyler Murray ($6,100), who has had some fumble issues which sets up well for big-hitting Jamal Adams.
Other Option — Cardinals ($2,300)
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