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 DraftKings YouTube channel, on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points. The stream begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 19.
Deshaun Watson, HOU at SF, $7,700 — Without a doubt, the 49ers have a great defense. I am not sure this will matter for Watson. He’s been terrific in our Madden sims and he’s diced up plenty of good defenses. This is why we rarely see Watson have a bad stat line. He’s scored at least 18 DKFP in eight of his last nine games. Due to how bad the Texans’ defense has been, Watson has constantly been forced to make plays to keep Houston in games.
Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. BUF, $5,900 — Just about every slate the Bears are on, Trubisky is going to be my favorite value play at QB. He’s almost never expensive and always comes through for us. He averages 20.3 DKFP, the second most on this slate, yet is the third cheapest player at the position. Due to his rushing ability, it’s tough for the defenses to slow him down. Trubisky has rushed for 1,793 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Tevin Coleman, SF vs. HOU, $6,200 — Coleman has been a stud at running back in these simulations. He averages more DKFP than any other players at the position on this slate and he draws a great matchup against the Texans. Houston has one of the worst records in our sims, setting up Coleman with a strong game script in a game we have to favor the 49ers to win. Coleman has rushed for a total of 2,828 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.
Nyheim Hines, IND at TB, $4,300 — Due to a recent change in how secondary running backs are priced, Hines isn’t quite as cheap as we have seen him in the past. Even so, he’s worth a look at this salary due to his involvement in the passing game. Hines has caught 82 total passes and averages 8.8 DKFP, so he’s actually been the most productive running back on the Colts even though he isn’t the starter. Marlon Mack ($4,400) is only putting up 4.6 DKFP per game.
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T.Y. Hilton, IND at TB, $6,800 — Playing against one of the weakest secondaries in Madden, Hilton should be able to take advantage of the situation and have a massive game. Of course, big games are normal for Hilton in our sims. He averages 16.3 DKFP and has tallied 2,440 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. There also isn’t much downside to Hilton in a plus matchup since he’s scored double-digit DKFP in six straight games.
Mike Williams, LAC vs. NYG, $4,500 — The Bucs have one of the worst secondaries in Madden, but the Giants probably have THE worst secondary. Their top cornerback has a 71 overall rating and Williams has been one of the best values in our simulations. At a cheap salary, he averages more DKFP than any other wide receiver on the slate. Williams has caught 152 passes for 2,541 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
George Kittle, SF vs. HOU, $6,000 — The highest-rated tight end in Madden, Kittle is backing up his rating with an average of 14.8 DKFP. While he might not have the highest ceiling in the game, Kittle has been extremely consistent and has double-digit DKFP in nine of his last 11 games. It’s too bad Kittle doesn’t score more touchdowns because he gets targeted as much as any player in our sims. He’s caught a total of 178 passes.
T.J. Hockenson, DET at MIA, $4,000 — Coming off a solid rookie season, Hockenson has followed it up with strong Madden play. The only issue with him is consistency. Hockenson has some monster games, but some duds mixed in as well. He’s scored over 27 DKFP in two of his last six games and that kind of ceiling is something worth targeting for tournaments.
Vikings DST at DAL, $2,500 — Targeting a defense against the Cowboys might seem like an odd recommendation on the surface, but the Vikings’ defense has been excellent. They average 7.0 DKFP and not many other defenses have been close to that kind of production. In addition, we don’t have to pay much to roster them. Minnesota is one of the cheaper DSTs on the Sunday slate.
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