We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing their part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the Falcons vs. Broncos matchup, which will take place at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 10.
Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
The Falcons dominate when it comes to average DKFP in comparison to the Falcons. Matt Ryan ($11,400) owns the highest overall average at 19 to go with 259 passing yards and 65 touchdowns thrown per game. To be quite honest, those numbers are up there with the likes of Patrick Mahomes. He’s scored no less than 18 DKFP in nine straight games and would be someone to highly consider in this matchup, even against a decent Broncos secondary. His arsenal weapons are much more reliable than that of Drew Lock.
When it comes to his receivers, it’s not a big surprise to see his WR1 in Julio Jones ($12,000) boast the highest DKFP average at 16.8. Jones enters this game averaging 4.7 receptions, 78.8 yards and 18 touchdowns scored. The only downfall here is that he’s the most expensive receiver that I can recall (doesn’t mean I’m right). Paying up for him and pairing up with Ryan will be extremely costly, so make sure to be wise about the rest of your roster. If you can’t afford Jones, you can always go to Calvin Ridley ($6,400) at nearly half the price. I’m not sure we need such a massive difference in their salary, as Ridley is averaging a solid 3.6 receptions, 57.6 yards and 16 touchdowns scored. If anything, it feels as if you’re getting Ridley on a discount considering his numbers.
Austin Hooper ($7,400) is usually a pass for me with how expensive he is but this could be a good matchup for him against the Broncos. His numbers aren’t as impressive as the other two receivers but he still sees 3.8 receptions, 44.7 yards but only seven touchdowns. I would make sure Ridley is in your lineup first before trying to get in Hooper. Russell Gage ($4,800) can be one of your salary savers if you choose to do so. His volume isn’t overly high at 2.4 receptions and 37.3 yards per game but he does have nine touchdowns, which is two more than Hooper.
One of the best players in these sims for the Falcons has been Devonta Freeman ($10,200). He’s one of the more expensive running backs you’ll see but for good reason. He’s averaging 90 scrimmage yards per game and a massive 26 touchdowns scored. 16 have been on the ground and 10 have come through the air, giving him immense upside. It’ll be interesting to see how the ownership shakes out with the Falcons having three players with salaries upward of $10K.
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With all this love for the Falcons, it’s hard to get overly excited for what the Broncos bring. To be fair, Drew Lock ($9,600) has done enough to be in the conversation, but he’s not someone I’m going out of my way to take. He’s averaging 208.7 passing yards with 47 touchdowns thrown and 12 interceptions. Lock is coming off a putrid performance against the Colts in which the Broncos were shutout. He threw for only 141 yards, earning him 5.4 DKFP.
The most reliable Broncos player on here has been Courtland Sutton ($9,000). While he doesn’t exactly see the volume a normal WR1 does with only 3.5 receptions per game, he’s averaging 57.4 yards and has scored 20 touchdowns. The Falcons shouldn’t offer much pushback in the secondary, so feel free to use Sutton if your salary allows it.
Noah Fant ($5,800) is one of my favorite plays from the Broncos overall. I love his cheap salary and scoring upside with 10 to his name. Again, the Falcons’ secondary is nothing special and Fant may go overlooked in this matchup. He’s averaging 3.4 receptions and 50.7 yards, good numbers for someone as cheap as he is. The rest of the Broncos’ receivers are a total crapshoot with DaeSean Hamilton ($5,200) and Tim Patrick ($2,600). I don’t understand why they’re separated by as much salary as they are when the production has been nearly the same for both players. If anything, that would lead myself and likely many others to go with the cheaper Patrick with the number of high priced players on the Falcons side.
It’s hard to justify using Phillip Lindsay ($8,400) when he’s opposing Freeman. Don’t get me wrong, Lindsay has been good in these simulations, averaging 74.7 scrimmage yards with 16 touchdowns scored. Freeman has just been on a completely different level both on the ground and through the air and with $1,800 separating them, it makes sense to roll with Freeman and call it a day.
This game is so lopsided that the ownership at both captain and at flex will be fairly predictable. I’m completely fine with going with a chalky Falcons player at the captain spot because I truly believe they’ll be able to produce. Taking Julio Jones ($18,000) or Devonta Freeman ($15,300) makes perfect sense and they are options I wouldn’t shy away from. If you want to try and gain some leverage with a Falcons player, Calvin Ridley ($9,600) could be your guy.
Final Score: Falcons 27, Broncos 17
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