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 Thursday, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.
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Matt Ryan, ATL at CLE, $7,100 - Ryan has been on an absolute tear in recent games, averaging 298.2 passing yards across his past five starts. That’s also a span of time that’s seen the veteran eclipse the 300-yard plateau on three occasions and throw for multiple touchdowns in every matchup. The Browns are far from the most daunting defense in Madden and I think there’s a serious chance this contest turns into a shootout. Obviously, that’s a great script for Ryan.
Mitchell Trubisky, CHI at PHI, $5,700 - All you need to know about Trubisky is that he’s the second cheapest QB on this six-game slate despite the fact that’s he’s averaging the second-most DKFP of all the starting quarterbacks taking the field on Thursday (20.4). On top of that, the Eagles’ secondary is the weakest aspect of the team’s defense and I wouldn’t be shocked if Trubisky can rack up multiple TDs in this matchup.
Devonta Freeman, ATL at CLE, $5,900 - At first glance, I can understand the hesitation of stacking a RB with his team’s QB, but that’s almost discounting the impact Freeman has had as a pass-catcher in these simulations. To wit, the veteran has 20 receptions and four receiving touchdowns in Atlanta’s past five streams. Add that to a stable rushing output and there’s an argument to be made that Freeman should be the most expensive back on this slate.
Nyheim Hines, IND at KC, $3,300 - In terms of value at the position, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone better than Hines. The third down back has managed to exceed 9.0 DKFP in 14 of Indianapolis’ 30 simulations, and if you’re looking for ceiling, Hines has the highest output of any RB2 in Madden simulation history (30.1 DKFP). With Colts-Chiefs likely to be leaning more to the offensive end of things, Hines makes for a great salary saving option.
Tyreek Hill, KC vs. IND, $7,900 - How do you avoid Hill? The speedy wideout has managed to exceed 17.0 DKFP in 15 of Kansas City’s 29 simulations, thanks in part to his incredible acceleration and agility ratings. Heck, Hill’s averaged a whopping 28.0 DKFP across the Chiefs’ past four contests, with the WR1 registering six trips to the end zone. He’s probably due for a little normalization, but no one at the position has more upside than Kansas City’s wideout.
James Washington, PIT vs. LAR, $3,600 - There’s some fear that this could turn out to be a defensive battle, but where else are you going to find this type of volume just above the minimum? Washington’s managed 31 receptions over the course of the Steelers’ past six simulations. It’s also a span that’s seen the youngster average 12.9 DKFP. If Washington can find the end zone against Los Angeles, he’ll change the context of this slate.
Vance McDonald, PIT vs. LAR, $4,600 - McDonald is coming off a massive performance that saw him rack up eight catches for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This clearly isn’t outside the realm of normalcy, as McDonald leads the Steelers with 132 receptions in the team’s 31 simulations. With Pittsburgh having accumulated 11 passing TDs in its past three streams, I have no issues getting some exposure to the team’s receiving corps.
David Njoku, CLE vs. ATL, $4,000 - While Njoku isn’t quite Odell Beckham ($7,100), he’s nearly half the price when looking at the Browns’ offense as a whole. That might not seem all that jarring, but understand that Njoku only trails Beckham by two catches for the team lead through 30 streams. You want floor for an affordable salary? How about the guy who’s racked up 15 receptions in Cleveland’s past two games.
Packers, GB at ARI, $3,000 - No team has trouble scoring quite like the Cardinals and that makes for a really enticing matchup for the Packers’ defense. Among the 12 defensive units on this slate, Green Bay leads the group in both interceptions (13) and sacks (77). With a shutout clearly on the table, it’s hard to ask for more from your DST.
Jets, NYJ at SEA, $2,300 - Jamal Adams. This is all about Jamal Adams. The safety is the reason why the Jets have forced 34 turnovers and the safety is the reason why the Jets have registered six defensive touchdowns throughout these simulations. Sure, picking on Russell Wilson ($7,900) isn’t usually a viable strategy, but few units possess the upside of New York.
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