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Madden Stream Picks: Eagles vs. Titans DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Greg Ehrenberg preps you for Tuesday’s 6 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Eagles and Titans with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

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We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing their part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the Eagles-Titans game that will take place at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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GAME INFORMATION:
Difficulty: All-Madden
Game Style: Arcade
Event Type: Exhibition
Even Teams: Off
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


SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Tennessee Titans

In real life, we almost always know what the Titans are going to do: give the ball to Derrick Henry ($8,600). In the playoffs, we saw an entire drive where they would give the ball to Henry and almost every play and defenses couldn’t do anything to stop him. In Madden, he’s been very stoppable. Henry has only rushed for 100 yards once in his last 12 games and averages 9.8 DKFP overall. Without any involvement in the passing game, he has been an easy fade on most slates. There isn’t a ton of upside to rostering Henry when considering that he’s only scored double-digit DKFP once in his last six games. The risk of rostering him far outweighs the reward.

Since Henry has struggled, the Titans have more of a passing centric team in Madden than in real life. Ryan Tannehill ($10,800) averages 16.7 DKFP, the most on the team. This is still fairly low production relative to other quarterbacks and it shows that the Titans’ offense has not been great in our simulations. With that said, the Titans have scored over 30 points in three of their last five games and scored 34 points against the Eagles in their previous meeting. Tannehill is a viable play in this contest.

The Titans’ top weapon in the passing game has been A.J. Brown ($8,400). He averages 11.9 DKFP, the most of any wide receiver on the team. Despite his relative success, it’s tough to trust him in this matchup. Brown only has an 80 overall rating and only caught two passes in the Titans’ last sim game against the Eagles. He’s been held under 13 DKFP in 10 consecutive simulations.

As far as Madden ratings go, Delanie Walker ($7,200) is an 86, which is the highest rating for any pass catcher on the Titans. His 11.9 DKFP average is tied with Brown for the most of any skill position player on the team. He’s a viable option in the passing game along with Corey Davis ($5,800). Davis scored 25.7 DKFP and has over 100 receiving in the sim game against the Eagles and has double-digit DKFP in six of his last seven games.


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Philadelphia Eagles

My favorite choice for the Captain’s spot in this game is Miles Sanders ($12,300 CP/$8,200). One of the best running backs in our Madden simulations and potentially one of the best running backs in real fantasy football next season, Sanders has been doing everything for the Eagles. He’s involved in the passing game, running game and even has returned a couple of kickoffs for touchdowns. Sanders has rushed for 2,212 yards and caught 70 passes, leading to an average of 15.8 DKFP. He’s a bit too cheap for his production.

Carson Wentz ($11,000) is the overall top fantasy producer in this game. His salary is lofty although I do think he’s a stronger option in this contest than Tannehill. Comparing the quarterbacks, Wentz is only $200 more expensive and averages 1.5 more DKFP per game. Of the five best fantasy producers in this game, four of them are Eagles, so it makes more sense to build a lineup focusing on the Philly side of the game.

Of the Eagles’ receivers, Alshon Jeffery ($9,400) is the highest-rated and averages the most DKFP. Jeffery has an 85 overall rating and is scoring 13.8 DKFP. For his price, he doesn’t stand out as a great play. This is especially true when considering that the Titans have Logan Ryan with an 86 overall rating as their top cornerback. Instead, I would rather go cheaper at receiver and roster Nelson Agholor ($4,600). At less than half the price of Jeffery, Agholor averages 10.6 DKFP and won’t be facing as difficult a matchup.

One more strong option to consider from the Eagles is Zach Ertz ($9,000). The Pro Bowl tight end averages 14.9 DKFP and he has a 90 overall rating. By a wide margin, Ertz has been the top option in the Eagles’ passing game. Getting constant targets from Wentz, Ertz has hauled in 155 passes for over 2,000 yards.


THE OUTCOME

We saw this game play out in Madden a week ago. It was a barn burner and the Eagles came out on top by a final score of 37-34. While I don’t think we going to see quite that much scoring this time, it is a good indication of how these teams matchup in Madden. Overall, the Eagles have been the better team and that is why they generally produce more fantasy points than the Titans. I favor the Eagles to win in another high-scoring game.

Final Score: Eagles 31, Titans 24


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