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Madden Stream: Raiders vs. Titans DraftKings Showdown Strategies, Depth Charts, Captain’s Picks

Steve Buchanan preps you for Wednesday’s 4:00 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Raiders and Titans with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

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Madden Stream: Raiders vs. Titans

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SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr ($10,800) has been a touchdown machine in these simulations and enters this game with 54 touchdowns thrown through 30 games. He’s averaging 251.4 passing yards and only four interceptions thrown. Carr has been able to produce at this high rate in large part because the Raiders’ secondary is extremely bad. The Raiders are constantly playing from behind and thus, Carr is airing the ball out. Even if the matchup isn’t great, Carr has been a solid play because of the number of opportunities he has to air the ball out.

When it comes to Raiders receivers to target, two guys are a step above the rest in Darren Waller ($7,000) and Tyrell Williams ($9,400). It’s surprising to such such a gap in their pricing since they’ve essentially been on the same level in terms of production. Waller is leading in volume averaging 4.7 receptions to the 4.1 of Williams, but they’ve both scored 13 touchdowns and averaging 65 yards per game. With that in mind, Waller is the stronger play in terms of salary, but both paired together would give you the most exposure possible in this offense. After these guys, we enter boom-or-bust territory with players like Zay Jones ($5,400) and Hunter Renfrow ($3,800). Jones has the most receiving touchdowns at 14 but is seeing just 3.4 receptions and 49 yards per game. His touchdown equity is high, but he also has the potential to bust at his mid-tier price if he doesn’t score as the volume isn’t high enough. Renfrow isn’t seeing the volume nor the touchdowns, averaging just 2.4 receptions, 33 yards and eight touchdowns scored. He’s an easy fade for me.

The only running back I’m looking to take is Jalen Richard ($2,600), as he continues to be a strong pass-catching back for the Raiders. While he doesn’t earn over double-digit fantasy points on a consistent basis, neither does Josh Jacobs ($9,000), who is $6,400 more in salary. Richard will likely see a couple of receptions in this game while carrying the ball a handful of times.


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Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill ($11,200) is coming off one of his best games of these simulations, scoring 38.1 DKFP with 386 passing yards and four touchdowns. It was a surprising outcome since this was against a tough Vikings secondary. Now he faces a much, much worse Raiders secondary, making this a very enticing matchup for the most expensive players in this game. With how other quarterbacks have performed against this team, I really like the idea of paying up for Tannehill.

Delanie Walker ($7,800) was the biggest beneficiary of that monster game from Tannehill, making an absurd 13 receptions for 143 yards, a touchdown and 35.3 DKFP. Clearly, we can’t count on that type of work from Walker on a normal basis, but he’s been one of the most consistent receivers in this offense. Entering this game, Walker is averaging 4.4 receptions, 51.2 yards and has scored 11 times. Still priced at a reasonable $7,800, he would be my first receiver chosen for the Titans. Another player who feels as a valuable play based off their salary is Corey Davis ($6,600). He’s made at least six receptions in four of his last five games, which has bumped up his overall average to 3.7 per game and 52.5 yards. With how poor this secondary defends, he could potentially smash his salary. A.J. Brown ($8,600) should do well in this spot but he’s been a tough receiver to rely upon, especially with his high price tag. He’s made no more than three receptions in eight straight games, averaging 3.6 overall. For how inflated his salary is, I’m happy to leave him on the board. If anything, you could take someone like Adam Humphries ($2,800) who is seeing three receptions and 38.5 yards per game at a fraction of the cost.

I continue to fade Derrick Henry ($10,200) regardless of the matchup. Despite posting a 3.3 DKFP game against the Vikings, his salary jumped $1,000 for this game. We truly have no reason to play him aside from taking a low owned player. I simply don’t see the upside here and his 9.8 DKFP average speaks volumes.


THE OUTCOME

I hate giving quarterbacks the captain spot because it’s a strategy most rosters implement to begin with, but truly, this is such a great spot for Ryan Tannehill ($16,800). He’s the most expensive captain to roster, but you can easily offset your average cost for your flex spot by using some of his value receivers. If you want to try and jam in both quarterbacks in your flex, I think you can get away with using Delanie Walker ($11,700) or Corey Davis ($9,900) as your captain.

Final Score: Raiders 21, Titans 30

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Depth Charts

Las Vegas Raiders

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Tennessee Titans

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