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.
Saturday’s all-day slate kicks off at 12 p.m. ET with a matchup between the Dolphins and Cardinals that could have some sneaky fantasy potential. At 2 p.m. ET, the Chargers visit the Panthers in a matchup with some serious star power, including two players with perfect 99 overall ratings. The 4 p.m. ET game is a rematch of the “Music City Miracle” as the Titans take on the Bills, which will be followed by a 6 p.m. kickoff matchup between the Eagles and Vikings from virtual Philly. The primetime matchup Saturday night features the 49ers taking on the Packers in an NFC Championship game rematch and we close out the full day of sims with a great matchup between the Saints and the Ravens in virtual Baltimore.
With those 12 teams providing plenty of good fantasy options, there are lots of ways to assemble your squad. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this 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.
Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. NO, $7,800 — Jackson has an extremely high ceiling due to his rushing abilities and is the only QB on this slate averaging over 20 DKFP. He has thrown 40 touchdowns and is averaging 159.8 passing yards to go with his 62.5 rushing yards per sim. He has added 18 rushing touchdowns as well, including one in his first matchup against the Saints, when he also ran for 90 yards and had 28.28 DKFP. He has over 24 DKFP in 12 of his 33 sims, including his most recent contest when he threw three touchdowns and ran for 114 yards on his way to 33.08 DKFP against the Packers. Jackson hasn’t been the most consistent option in our sims, but the Madden 2021 cover boy has too high of a ceiling to overlook.
Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,600), Carson Wentz ($6,700)
Ryan Tannehill, TEN at BUF, $6,500 — Tannehill and the Titans had risen to the top of the virtual AFC South but have dropped their two most recent contests to fall back behind Jacksonville. Tannehill has shown a high ceiling if he needs to air it out, although the Titans still would rather rely on the defense and running game. Before his most recent game, he reeled off four multi-touchdown contests, including a high point of 38.14 DKFP against the Vikings in Minnesota. He has actually been better on the road than at home and he and the Titans should be able to have success against the struggling Bills on Saturday afternoon.
Other Option — Josh Allen ($6,200), Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6,000)
Dalvin Cook, MIN at PHI, $6,800 — Cook has been one of the best RBs in these sims and is averaging a very solid 16.8 DKFP per contest. He has done it both as a rusher and receiver, which makes him very low-risk since he can produce multiple ways. He has double-digit DKFP in 11 straight sims and 16 of his past 17. He had a down game against the Eagles in the teams’ first meeting but that was prior to quarters expanding, which gave feature backs like Cook more touches and time to work. He has piled up 25 touchdowns in his 33 sims and will look to continue dominating as the Vikings visit the Eagles.
Other Option — Alvin Kamara ($6,700)
Tevin Coleman, SF at GB, $5,600 — Another feature back that gets plenty of work is Coleman, who has been a workhorse throughout these sims. He is averaging 83.9 rushing yards per contest and also has been involved with 1.9 catches per sim as well. He has stacked up 28 touchdowns in his 33 sims, which has helped him average 17.9 DKFP per contest. He isn’t quite as safe as Cook since he doesn’t catch as many passes, but he matches Cook’s immensely high ceiling and has at least 19 DKFP in three of his past four contests.
Other Options — Miles Sanders ($5,200), Jamaal Williams ($3,600)
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DeVante Parker, MIA vs. ARI, $6,300 — Parker is very affordable for a WR1 and gets a good matchup against the Cardinals. He had six catches for 73 yards and 13.3 DKFP in his previous matchup with Arizona, showing he gets good volume in this matchup. He has averaged 3.9 catches for 72.8 yards per sim and has found the end zone 14 times to help him average 14.5 DKFP per contest. He has double-digit DKFP in four straight and seven of his past nine sims and had 20-plus DKFP in three straight before posting 10.5 DKFP in his most recent outing against the Panthers. The matchup and his volume make him a nice play at just over $6K.
Other Options — Michael Thomas ($8,100), Davante Adams ($7,700)
Mike Williams, LAC at CAR, $5,100 — Williams has been one of the best WR2 options in all of Madden and remains very reasonably priced at just over $5K. He had a down game in his most recent sim with just two catches for 12 yards and 3.2 DKFP but is averaging 16.3 DKFP on 4.2 catches for 70.6 yards per sim. The reason he has been so productive is his 22 touchdowns in 32 sims. He didn’t score a touchdown in his first sim against Carolina but did have 103 yards and 21.3 DKFP on eight catches. If he gets similar volume, he’ll be in for another great game as a value WR.
Geronimo Allison, GB vs. SF, $3,100 — Allison is involved in the Packers’ offense despite his WR4 spot on the depth chart since he serves as the team’s slot receiver. He has multiple catches in 29 of his 33 sims. The 49ers’ secondary is excellent and shut down Davante Adams in the first meeting between these teams, allowing Allison to step up with six catches for 106 yards, a touchdown and 25.6 DKFP. While that production is a lofty target, he should again be able to take advantage of the mismatch out of the slot making him a great salary-saver.
Other Options — Adam Thielen ($5,900), Ted Ginn Jr. ($4,300)
Zach Ertz, PHI vs. MIN, $5,400 — Ertz has been the Eagles’ best and most reliable pass-catcher, churning out 64.7 yards per sim by averaging over five catches per contest. He has found the end zone 14 times on the sim season and has been especially effective at home, where he is averaging 15.3 DKFP in his 16 contests. The Vikings’ defense is excellent but has been beaten by elite TE lately, most notably Delanie Walker ($5,100), who had 35.3 DKFP and 18.5 DKFP in two games against the Vikings. If he gets the same mismatch, Ertz could end up getting high volume and turning in a huge number.
Other Options — George Kittle ($5,800), Jared Cook ($5,200)
Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. ARI, $4,400 — Gesicki has been a workhorse for Miami with 4.1 catches for 56.7 yards per contest. The Cardinals have been very vulnerable to TEs over the middle and that’s where most of Gesicki’s successful routes take him. He hasn’t found the end zone in any of his past four sims but has posted double-digit DKFP in three of his past five contests.
Other Options — Mark Andrews ($4,800), Tyler Kroft ($3,800)
Panthers DST vs. LAC, $2,700 — The Panthers have four sacks in each of the team’s two most recent sims resulting in exactly 8.0 DKFP in each contest. Carolina usually forces turnovers but has actually totaled zero takeaways in three straight sims. In Carolina’s 33 sims, the Panthers have 25 defensive fumble recoveries and seven interceptions, producing four defensive touchdowns and allowing the unit to average 6.5 DKFP per sim. Luke Kuechly and his 99 overall rating make this group elite since he forces so many fumbles and the Chargers’ offense has been hit-or-miss throughout these sims.
Other Option — Packers ($3,100), Chargers ($3,000)
Vikings DST at PHI, $2,500 — The Vikings have also been a turnover factory with 33 in 33 sims along with 73 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. Minnesota has averaged a slate-high for DST with 7.2 DKFP per sim and has been one of the best DST units in all of simland. Even though the matchup with the Eagles isn’t ideal, the Vikings should still have a chance to make the big plays you need from a fantasy DST.
Other Option — Titans ($2,600), Dolphins ($2,100)
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