After a two-day break for Thanksgiving, the DraftKings Dream Stream is back with three Madden sims on tap for Saturday afternoon. The Cincinnati Bengals and a healthy Joe Burrow ($6,700) get the action underway at 12:00 p.m. ET when they visit the Denver Broncos. At 2:00 p.m. ET, the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Atlanta Falcons, and we close out the day with the Thanksgiving heroes from the Washington Football Team going on the road to try their luck against the Las Vegas Raiders at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars, $6,500 — Ryan and the Falcons’ offense has been strong in these sims, and they have a great matchup in Jacksonville in this one. When they took on the Jags earlier in these sims, Ryan threw for 282 yards, two touchdowns and 18.28 DKFP, which is right in line with his average of 18.5 DKFP per contest. He has totaled an impressive 52 touchdowns with just four interceptions in his 27 sims while averaging 259.8 yards per contest. He never runs for any production, having totaled -7 rushing yards, but he is still a strong option on this slate since he is usually good for multiple touchdown passes and has a high floor due to the matchup.
Other Option — Derek Carr ($6,300)
Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons, $6,100 — On the other side of that matchup, Minshew is in a good spot against Atlanta’s defense as well. He has been a little more of a dual-threat option than Ryan as well, having run for three touchdowns along with his 36 passing scores over 24 sims. He is averaging 203.9 passing yards per contest and has scored multiple touchdowns in eight straight sims. One of those games was against the Falcons, when he posted 16.18 DKFP with 192 yards and two touchdowns as the Jags upset the Falcons. Whether he can help them to another win or not, he should at least be able to offer a solid return at this salary, while also leaving more space to spend up at other roster spots.
Other Option — Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,900)
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders, $6,500 — While Antonio Gibson ($3,000) has become a star in real life, McKissic has been the RB1 and third-down back for Washington in these sims, monopolizing the workload. He usually gets lots of work as a receiver out of the backfield and has at least three catches in six straight contests. He had over 13 DKFP in seven straight sims before slowing to just 9.7 DKFP in his most recent game against the Rams. Washington has actually been excellent in these Madden 21 sims, going 15-5 after the preseason tournament in which they also made the playoffs. While much of that success is due to their defense, McKissic has been very good as well, averaging 57.9 rushing yards and 21.4 receiving yards per sim, and really taking off since becoming the workhorse RB after Adrian Peterson left the team in the most recent roster update.
Other Options — Todd Gurley II ($6,700), Chris Thompson ($6,100)
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos, $5,200 — Bernard still has to share the backfield with a healthy Joe Mixon ($4,500) in these sims, but he has proven to be a very solid option at an affordable price as the team’s third-down option. He had seven catches and over 100 total yards in his most recent sim against the Cardinals, to produce 17.2 DKFP even without a touchdown. He also had seven catches against the Broncos in their earlier meeting and posted 12.4 DKFP. Even if he doesn’t haul in that many passes, he should be a solid value since he has at least 8.0 DKFP in seven of his past eight contests while averaging 10.6 DKFP over that span. He’s not a bargain basement option but does offer salary relief with a high floor.
Other Option — Phillip Lindsay ($4,900), Jalen Richard ($4,000)
DJ Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons, $7,200 — In the earlier matchup between the Jaguars and Falcons, Chark vastly outperformed Julio Jones ($6,800), and recently Chark has been the much more productive WR1. Chark had seven catches for 98 yards and 16.8 DKFP in that matchup while Jones managed just one catch for 19 yards. Chark has averaged 3.9 catches for 61 yards per sim while scoring 13 touchdowns in his 24 Madden 21 sims. He had found the end zone in three straight games before a down game in his most recent sim, which was against the Lions. Before that downturn, he posted over 15 DKFP in six straight, and I think he’ll bounce back in this matchup with the Falcons.
Other Option — Tyrell Williams ($7,000), Julio Jones ($6,800)
Steven Sims Jr., Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders, $5,200 — Sims has nine touchdowns in his 24 sims, but he has been finding the end zone more often lately with four touchdowns in his past five contests. He has over 14 DKFP in each of those four games with a score, and he has at least three catches in seven straight sims. While he has been a disappointment in real life this season, he is definitely involved enough to be a strong mid-range play in this matchup against the Raiders.
Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons, $4,000 — Westbrook is another WR2 who has been finding the end zone on a more consistent basis lately, and offering nice upside as a result. Westbrook had a bad game against the Falcons in their previous meeting with just one catch for 14 yards, but he has at least 13 DKFP in three of his four games since then. He has at least four catches in six of his past 10 games, and if he reaches that level in this sim, he’ll end up being a nice buy at $4K.
Other Options — Calvin Ridley ($5,500), A.J. Green ($4,400), Hunter Renfrow ($3,300)
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Washington Football Team, $5,000 — Waller has been on a great run lately as one of Derek Carr’s primary pass-catching options. He is coming off a huge game against Minnesota, in which he hauled in five catches for 79 yards, a touchdown and 19.6 DKFP. He has a total of seven scores in his 23 sims while producing 4.6 catches for 53.9 yards per contest. He has been significantly better at home, averaging 14.5 DKFP at home compared to just 10.2 DKFP on the road. He has at least 9.9 DKFP in seven of his past nine contests, and is a reliable play at $5K, compared to the other TEs on this slate and even compared to other RBs and WRs that have similar salaries.
Other Options — C.J. Uzomah ($4,700), Tyler Eifert ($4,500)
Jeremy Sprinkle, Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders, $4,300 — Sprinkle has been the primary TE for Washington in these sims and has been very productive, averaging 11.9 DKFP per sim on 4.0 catches for 47.2 yards per contest. He has been relatively quiet lately, with four straight games under 8.0 DKFP, but his overall production has been second only to Waller among the TEs on this slate. The Raiders’ defense has given up lots of passing production, which is why the Washington pass-catchers are a solid place to get some value in this matchup.
Other Option — Noah Fant ($3,900)
Washington Football Team DST at Las Vegas Raiders, $3,100 — Washington’s DST has been excellent in these sims, especially at limiting their opponents’ point production. They have given up 20 points or fewer in 10 straight contests, including seven games with at least 5.0 DKFP and a shutout against the Jets which gave them 20 DKFP. They have done a good job getting to the QB with 54 sacks in 24 games along with 15 takeaways and a safety. The fact that they have averaged 6.1 DKFP per contest without a defensive TD shows how excellent they have been and how reliable they are even if things don’t bounce their way with a big play.
Other Options — Broncos ($2,900)
Bengals DST at Denver Broncos, $2,800 — Cincinnati’s defense has also gotten to the QB regularly with 50 sacks in 23 sims. The Bengals had 10.0 DKFP against the Bucs two games ago with three sacks and a fumble recovery, so there is some upside, especially against Drew Lock ($5,700), who has been very inconsistent in these Madden sims.
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