We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the six-game slate on Wednesday, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET. It’s important to note that Madden runs a bit different here and we have some things to consider.
First and foremost, speed is such an important factor. These players are always going to get open and can give you an edge with a player that you’d potentially look over when you consider his real-life role. We’ll get into that more in the article below. Players also have particular X-Factors, which can best be described as “power ups” that can be activated if a player completes a certain threshold. These will be put into considerations as well and will be highlighted with those particular players.
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Game Style: Arcade
Event Type: Exhibition
Even Teams: Off
Quarter Length: 8 minutes
Accelerated Clock: On
Play Clock: 20 seconds
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Yet another wild weather Wednesday is on tap. Here’s what we’ve got in the forecast — rain in Baltimore, San Francisco and New England, and snow in Tennessee, Washington and Buffalo. Not having any wind games should help the overall passing performance.
Drew Brees, NO at WAS ($7,800)
There are a lot of tempting options on this slate, and Lamar Jackson ($7,600) usually gets me with his rushing upside. But Brees has the matchup to go off for a ceiling game against Washington and an extremely safe floor with his 60 touchdowns to just six picks.
Daniel Jones, NYG at SF ($5,500)
Jones has actually been very solid in the sims, consistently putting up 20-DKFP outings. The matchup against SF is a setback, but the price still doesn’t reflect what Jones is capable of. He has weapons that have played well in these sims.
Other value options: Philip Rivers ($6,800), Dwayne Haskins ($5,700)
Todd Gurley, LAR at BUF ($6,300)
Gurley saves a bit off the top-tier plays without sacrificing any upside. Realistically, I feel he’s a better play than anyone priced above him at RB. Gurley’s an every-down back and has totaled an impressive 60 DKFP in his past two games combined.
Tevin Coleman, SF vs. NYG ($5,700)
Coleman is the most underpriced RB on every slate he plays on. The other options present more classic “value,” but it’s Coleman that represents the best bang for your buck. His 17.4-DKFP average leads the RB position in average, and we’ve seen plenty of 30-DKFP range outings, including a near 50-DKFP outburst. With a matchup against the Giants, Coleman shouldn’t have much trouble.
Other value options: Gio Bernard ($3,500), Jalen Richard ($3,200)
Michael Thomas, NO at WAS ($8,200)
Do we believe in hot streaks in Madden? Who knows, but Thomas going for at least 32 DKFP in three straight sims has to have something to it. I don’t see Washington slowing MT down, and investing a chunk of salary into a Brees/Thomas stack could be contrarian, simply due to how much it runs you.
Mike Williams, LAC at BAL ($4,500)
Williams has been the elite WR2 play since the start of the sims. Matchups get tossed out the window here, with Williams bringing 25 DKFP into any game. Even if Keenan Allen ($7,400) has a strong game, we know Williams can be the far better play. Allen averages 16.4 DKFP, while Williams averages 17.5 at nearly half the price.
Other value options: Darius Slayton ($4,300), Deebo Samuel ($4,100), Mohamed Sanu ($4,000), Paul Richardson ($3,800), Ted Ginn ($3,700), John Ross ($3,200), Trey Quinn ($3,000)
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George Kittle, SF vs. NYG ($6,200)
The TE position is pretty stacked. Evan Engram ($5,200) and Jared Cook ($5,100) are also elite plays worth consideration. If the extra $1,000 makes a difference, feel free to roster the cheaper plays. If you have the salary, Kittle’s proven to be the more consistent and higher upside play. He also has the best matchup of the bunch.
Ben Watson, NE vs. CIN ($3,900)
Watson’s arguably been the most consistent TE option in all the sims. The Patriots’ offense heavily features the TE position and Watson happens to be lined up in the TE1 spot. The matchup against Cincy makes it tough to imagine a very low floor.
Other value options: Darren Waller ($4,800), Jordan Reed ($4,600)
Patriots D/ST vs. CIN ($3,000)
The Pats had the NFL’s top defense for much of last season and will face a Bengals offense with pretty limited talent. We shouldn’t see many points, along with sack/turnover upside.
Bills D/ST vs. LAR ($2,000)
Not much reasoning to this one other than the obvious. The Bills are at home and had one of the league’s top defenses last season. Buffalo doesn’t deserve to be the cheapest D/ST play.
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