With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. Each day there are six Madden Streams with eight free contests to be a part of. You can play a single-game Showdown for each contest along with an all-day, six-game classic contest and a three-game late slate contest. Each simulation will be played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DraftKings YouTube channel, the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
Friday evening’s three-game late slate kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET when the Steelers roll into virtual Chicago to take on the Bears. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the Patriots host the Texans in a rematch of one of the highest scoring sims in our first round of matchups, and we finish out the day of Madden action with a 10:00 p.m. ET contest between the Cowboys and the Rams.
With those six teams providing some solid fantasy options, there are multiple ways to consider building your lineup for Friday’s three-game slate. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this three-game slate below. For more information, check out the Madden info page for all the data on player ratings, special abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon.
Tom Brady, NE vs. HOU, $7,300 — I’m giving Brady a slight edge over Deshaun Watson ($7,500) in their head-to-head meeting in primetime based primarily on matchup. Watson has been outstanding and adds the rushing element to give him an even higher ceiling, but he does have to go against an excellent Patriots defense while Brady will take on the vulnerable secondary of the Texans. He threw for six touchdowns and 318 yards the first time he faced Houston on his way to 39.52 DKFP. He hasn’t quite hit that kind of number lately but continues to produce. He logged 18 DKFP or more in three straight before a bit of a slower game in a win over the Chiefs that only netted him 15.8 DKFP. In this matchup, though, his ceiling is much higher due to Houston’s issues in the secondary.
Other Options — Deshaun Watson ($7,500), Dak Prescott ($6,800)
Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. PIT, $5,900 — Trubisky is the lowest-priced starting QB on this slate, which is amazing given how good he has been in these sims, averaging 20.5 DKFP per sim, the second-best mark on this slate behind just Watson. Like Watson, Trubisky provides more fantasy potential due to his work on the ground. He is averaging exactly 50 rushing yards per sim to go with his 12 rushing touchdowns, 49 passing touchdowns and 188.5 passing yards per contest. He has a tough matchup against a good Steelers defense, but he should still be able to put together solid numbers. He has over 22 DKFP in two of his past three sims and 14 of 33 overall.
Other Option — Ben Roethlisberger ($6,600)
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. LAR, $7,200 — Especially at home, the Cowboys typically design their game plan around feeding Zeke. He had a good game against the Rams in his first sim against them, running for 89 yards and a touchdown while adding six valuable receptions for 48 more yards to finish with 25.7 DKFP. Elliott hasn’t had big games lately against the tough defenses of Carolina, Chicago and Pittsburgh, but he’s still my favorite expensive play on this slate since he’s always set up for a ton of volume, which gives him a high ceiling. This is especially true against the Rams, who have struggled to slow down opposing RBs.
Other Option — Todd Gurley II ($6,700), James White ($6,300)
Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. PIT, $3,900 — Cohen just had a big game against the Rams, producing 14.9 DKFP in his most recent sim by running for 89 yards and a touchdown against them. Strangely, he did not catch a pass in that contest, although he is averaging a couple of catches per sim. He has seven receiving scores and seven rushing scores, and can be a fantasy beast if he gets in open space due to his speed, acceleration and elusiveness ratings.
Other Options — Lamar Miller ($5,800), Jaylen Samuels ($3,600)
Curious about when major leagues and events will return? Check out our DraftKings Sports Calendar for the latest updates.
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU at NE, $8,400 — Nuk is clearly the class of this WR group, averaging 4.1 catches for 68.4 yards per sim. While those numbers aren’t too much higher than the rest of the WRs on this slate, his 21 touchdowns are really what takes him to the next level. He has averaged 15.8 DKFP per sim but has an extremely high ceiling with over 25 DKFP in eight of his 32 sims. He does have a tough matchup against a good Patriots secondary, but that fact should be balanced out by the game script, which could require the Texans to throw a lot if they find themselves behind early. He’s a pricey addition, but his potential to go off is too great to totally ignore.
Other Options — Julian Edelman ($6,500), JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,400)
Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. HOU, $4,200 — Sanu is in that good matchup against the Houston secondary and is very involved in the Patriots’ passing game. He has at least four catches in each of his four most recent sims and in eight of his past 10. He double-digit DKFP in five straight before a slower game against the Chiefs in his most recent contest. I think he’ll bounce back strong, though, and be a great value play at WR on this slate.
Diontae Johnson, PIT at CHI, $3,200 — Johnson has averaged 10.0 DKFP per sim in which he has appeared in the box score, although he has been held without a catch in three contests. When he is involved, though, he has a very high ceiling and has produced an average of 43.3 yards per sim to go with his 14 touchdowns. One of those scores came in the Steelers’ first game against the Bears when Johnson had 12.5 DKFP. He’s riskier than Sanu since he’s not as consistently involved, but he is the best bargain under $4K because of his upside.
Other Options — Will Fuller V ($4,800), Keke Coutee ($3,200)
Ben Watson, NE vs. HOU, $4,200 — Watson has continued to be one of the top TE in these sims throughout his 32 sims. He has averaged 5.25 catches for 65.5 yards per sim and scored 12 touchdowns to help him to 14.7 DKFP per contest. Even though he hasn’t had a ton of touchdowns, he always seems to be getting plenty of volume and putting together big numbers. He had one of the best games for any TE in these sims with 12 catches for 176 yards, two touchdowns and 44.6 DKFP against the Texans in their first meeting. Even though it’s unlikely he reaches that level again, he’s a solid play in an obvious mismatch.
Other Options — Trey Burton ($4,200), Vance McDonald ($4,000)
Darren Fells, HOU at NE, $3,700 — Fells doesn’t have nearly the ceiling of Watson, but he does get high enough volume to be a nice sub-$4K play. He has hauled in 3.7 catches for 36.9 yards per sim and has multiple catches in 31 of his 32 sims. He hasn’t been as much of a red-zone option with only five touchdowns, but his steady workload still makes him viable.
Cowboys DST vs. LAR, $2,800 — The Cowboys’ DST has been one of the best in these sims at limiting their opponents scoring and has gotten some help from their rush-heavy attack as well. They have forced 25 turnovers in their 33 sims with 50 sacks, five touchdowns and even three safeties. They have put up 6.9 DKFP per sim and have been even better at home with 7.2 DKFP per contest. They had 8.0 DKFP in their first meeting with the Rams.
Other Option — Patriots ($2,500)
Steelers DST at CHI, $2,400 — The Steelers have impact players at every level of their defense and have been able to make big plays. In their 33 sims, they have forced 25 turnovers and piled up 64 sacks, four defensive touchdowns and a pair of safeties. We’ve seen Trubisky be excellent throughout the sim-season for the Bears, but he has had some fumbling issues, which could help Pittsburgh get a big play or two.
Other Option — Bears ($2,300)
Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is Z.Thompson) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.