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Philip Rivers, LAC vs. ARI ($6,900)
Somehow, we have a six-game main slate without a $7,000 QB target. But I actually love this spot for Rivers, who’s extremely fairly priced. Rivers has arguably the best WR one-two-punch in Madden (given how the sims have played out), which has led to very consistent production. A matchup against a low-ranked Arizona secondary should translate to production.
Gardner Minshew, JAX vs. TB ($5,400)
Tampa Bay has arguably been the worst secondary in the Madden sims. Minshew averages a solid 16.7 DKFP and checks in as the cheapest of the 12 QB options. He has several targets featured in this article, all capable of having big games. There’s serious upside for a Jacksonville stack here, given the matchup with the Bucs.
Other value options: Mitchell Trubisky ($5,700)
Dalvin Cook, MIN at TEN, ($6,400)
Cook is the safest RB play on the slate, taking all the backfield snaps for Minnesota’s run-heavy offense. Cooks only failed to score double-digit DKFP twice since Week 17 but has shown 44-DKFP upside with several 20-DKFP sims in that span. He faces an average Tennessee defense and is somehow only the third-most expensive RB on the slate.
Miles Sanders, PHI at BUF ($5,200)
Sanders is the top RB play on the slate and is constantly the most underpriced play at the position. He’s an every-down back that produces similar numbers to the top names at RB but is still a couple thousand bucks cheaper. Sanders averages 15.8 DKFP and provides a nice combination of consistency with a high ceiling.
Other value options: Tarik Cohen ($3,600), David Johnson ($3,500)
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Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. NYJ ($7,200)
OBJ showed an extremely high ceiling in his earlier sims but then fell into a cold streak. It looks like we’re seeing some regression, with Beckham going for at least 22 DKFP in three of his past four, including a 7-124-2 line for 34.4 DKFP in his most recent outing against the Rams. While the Jets do have Jamal Adams wreaking havoc in the secondary, OBJ should win his matchups on the outside and have a chance at a big game.
D.J. Chark, JAX vs. TB ($5,800)
Chark is a little more expensive than a “value” play, but he’s my top overall WR play on this slate so checking in as the 12th-most expensive WR makes him the biggest steal at his position. Chark’s averaging 15.6 DKFP and is already underpriced for a WR1, but this is about matchup and upside. Chark has the ability to often hit that 20-40 DKFP window and a matchup against Tampa Bay welcomes that type of performance. Mike Williams is obviously a name you can constantly trust for a traditional value play.
Other value options: Mike Williams ($4,500), Corey Davis ($4,000), Breshad Perriman ($3,400)
O.J. Howard, TB at JAX ($4,500)
Howard’s 13.2-DKFP average is second-highest on the slate among TE despite being priced behind six other TE targets. He has a very good matchup against the Jaguars and plays in an extremely pass-heavy offense (the lack of an RB helps). Both Tampa Bay stud WR targets have underperformed in the sims, leaving more production for Howard.
Ryan Griffin, NYJ at CLE ($3,500)
Griffin has scored 10-plus DKFP in six of his past seven outings, exceeding 15 DKFP in five of them and going off for a sim-high 34.6 DKFP against the Eagles. His production has been off the charts recently and while some regression is eventually inevitable, this isn’t a price that would cause a bust to lead to a dead lineup.
Other value options: James O’Shaughnessy ($3,600)
Vikings DST at TEN ($2,900)
The Vikings have been one of the top defensive units in the Madden sims, averaging 7.2 DKFP. The five touchdowns help, but the production has been a result of well-rounded play — 33 turnover and 62 sacks. A matchup against Tennessee’s lackluster offense makes it tough to see the Vikings allowing many points.
Jets DST at CLE ($2,400)
The Jets are the other D/ST that jump out with a 7.2-DKFP average but at a much cheaper salary. The Browns have offensive upside and OBJ could always burn you. But, the Jets have a playmaker here in Adams, which means high potential for turnovers and fewer points for Cleveland.
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