Week 11 is just about in the books after a Sunday of fantastic football, but there’s one great matchup still to go with a Monday Night Football showcase between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The DraftKings Dream Stream will have “The Sweat” and “Leaderboard Live” to carry you up to and through the game, but we’ll start the day with a trio of great Madden sims, kicking off at 12 p.m. ET. The first game on the three-game classic slate features the Tennessee Titans visiting the Cleveland Browns in a matchup of highly-rated RBs. The Houston Texans take the field at 2 p.m. ET against the New York Giants at virtual MetLife Stadium, and the action concludes with a rematch between the Miami Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers at 4 p.m. ET. The Dolphins pulled off a 24-17 upset in their recent meeting, so the Packers will be looking for some revenge in the rematch.
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Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans at New York Giants, $8,100 — Due to his running potential, Watson has been the best Madden play of the QBs on this slate by a significant margin. The dual-threat QB in Madden has piled up over 100 rushing yards in three straight sims and is averaging 78.4 rushing yards over his 23 sims in Madden 21. He has run for nine touchdowns while passing for 30 more scores and averaged 23.3 DKFP per contest. He has had over 22 DKFP in five of his past six games and 10 of his past 12. His production is both high-end and fairly reliable since he carries almost all the workload in the Houston offense. The Giants have been a pretty favorable matchup in these sims, so pay up for Watson if you can build your lineup around the only QB with a salary over $7K.
Other Option — Aaron Rodgers ($6,800)
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, $6,500 — Baker just led his team to a win over the Giants with 216 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and 41 rushing yards on his way to 26.74 DKFP. He has found a nice groove lately with over 17 DKFP in six of his past seven games and over 25 DKFP in three of those contests. He has the highest ceiling of the non-Watson options on this slate and a pretty decent matchup against the Titans. Tennessee has given up at least 24 points in each of their past three sims, and Mayfield should be able to have a productive day if the Browns put up that many points in this contest.
Other Options — Tua Tagovailoa ($6,300), Daniel Jones ($5,600)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns, $8,600 — Henry has been a beast in these sims and has piled up 25 touchdowns in 22 contests while averaging 86.5 rushing yards and 27.3 receiving yards per game. He has averaged exactly four catches per sim as a nice weapon out of the backfield and his PPR production lowers the risk of him being a bust at this price tag. He has nine touchdowns over his past five sims with at least 19 DKFP in each of those contests. This will be his first matchup with the Browns, but Cleveland has struggled with stopping the run in these sims, so Henry has a very high ceiling along with very low risk if you can afford to fit him under your salary cap.
Other Options — Saquon Barkley ($7,400), Aaron Jones ($7,200)
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, $3,900 — Hunt is in a timeshare with Nick Chubb ($5,900), but he still has some solid upside due to his regular involvement as the third-down back. Hunt has at least 5.0 DKFP in nine of his past 11 games and is reliable for low-level production with a chance you’ll catch one of his ceiling games, like when he had 20.6 DKFP against the Chargers. He has averaged 3.1 catches for 22.4 yards per sim and has added 21.6 yards per game on the ground. He’s a great way to pay under $4K at either RB or flex while still getting decent production along with the flexibility to pay up for the premium options in other slots.
Other Options — Nick Chubb ($5,900), Duke Johnson ($4,200)
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers, $6,700 — While the Dolphins pulled the upset over Green Bay in their most recent sim, Parker actually had a very quiet game with just two catches for 27 yards. It was a big letdown for the WR1 after he had been tearing things up with over 15 DKFP in five straight prior to that. He had a 10-catch, 131-yard game for 38.1 DKFP against the Bears before struggling against the Packers. If the Dolphins have to throw a little more to keep up with the Packers in the rematch, Parker could be much more heavily involved. He has proven himself to be the most reliable option in the Miami passing game along with his very high ceiling. I think he’ll bounce back just fine and put together a solid game in this contest as Tua’s top target.
Other Option — Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,400), Devin Funchess ($5,900)
Will Fuller V, Houston Texans at New York Giants, $5,000 — Even though Brandin Cooks ($5,200) is officially the WR1, Fuller has been the more reliable pass-catcher for the Texans and a steady producer so far in these sims. Fuller has averaged 3.3 catches for 47.7 yards per sim and has scored eight touchdowns. He had a big game with eight catches and a touchdown for 21.2 DKFP against the Broncos two sims ago and he has at least three catches in six of his past seven games. Since Watson is so productive running, the passing game can sometimes be hit-or-miss, but the Giants’ secondary has been very generous in these sims, so Fuller comes with plenty of big-play potential, giving him good upside at just $5K.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins, $4,200 — The Packers have been getting pretty steady production from MVS, who is their WR3 on the Madden depth chart. He had four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown and 15.8 DKFP against the Dolphins in his most recent sim and will look to exploit the same matchup in this contest. He has over 15 DKFP in four of his past five sims and has averaged 4.4 catches for 67.2 yards with three touchdowns over that span. He’s a great cheap play with upside as he faces Miami again in the late game.
Other Options — Corey Davis ($5,600), Jakeem Grant ($4,400), Rashard Higgins ($3,700)
Evan Engram, New York Giants vs. Houston Texans, $5,100 — The Texans’ secondary has given up lots of big plays in these sims and Engram has been the featured pass-catcher for the Giants. He has at least four catches in seven straight sims with over 14 DKFP in four of those contests. He had eight catches for 105 yards, a touchdown and 27.5 DKFP against the Browns in his most recent contest and will look to put up similar production against Houston.
Other Options — Jonnu Smith ($4,600), Mike Gesicki ($4,400)
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, $4,000 — Hooper has been more volatile than Engram but has shown a similar upside when he’s the focus of the Browns’ passing game. Hooper had six catches and a touchdown for 17.3 DKFP two sims ago against the Eagles, but only managed one catch against the Giants as Odell Beckham ($6,400) went off and he faded to the background. OBJ hasn’t been consistent, though, so look for Mayfield to come back to Hooper in this game against the Titans, who have struggled against TEs. Hooper had at least 7.0 DKFP in nine of his previous 10 sims before slipping against the Giants.
Other Option — Darren Fells ($4,200)
Texans DST at New York Giants, $3,000 — The Texans have multiple sacks in three straight sims, resulting in at least 7.0 DKFP in each of those games against the Rams, Panthers and Broncos. They’ll hope to continue their strong run of production against Daniel Jones and the Giants in a favorable matchup. In its 23 Madden sims, Houston has totaled 54 sacks along with 13 takeaways and a safety. The Texans have been able to average 4.5 DKFP despite still looking for their first defensive touchdown of the Madden 21 sims, making them a low-risk option in this matchup.
Other Options — Titans ($3,100)
Packers DST vs. Miami Dolphins, $2,900 — The Packers only had one sack against the Dolphins in their last matchup, but they have typically been better at getting pressure on opposing QBs. Green Bay has stacked up 49 sacks in their 24 sims with six takeaways and a pair of defensive touchdowns. They have been solid at home, where they average 4.5 DKFP per sim and they had at least three sacks in five straight games before that letdown against Miami. The three cheaper DSTs don’t have much upside or many playmakers, so I wouldn’t advise going cheaper than Green Bay on this slate.
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