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Madden Stream Picks: Bills vs. Steelers DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Steve Buchanan preps you for Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Bills and Steelers with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

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 Bills vs. Steelers game, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Buffalo Bills

The Bills’ offense has mainly consisted of a one man wrecking crew in Josh Allen ($11,400). Through 35 games, Allen is averaging only 158 passing yards with 31 touchdowns thrown, but is averaging 53 rushing yards with 18 rushing touchdowns. The work he has done on the ground has been his biggest asset and a huge reason why he has been productive as he has. It’s amazing to see Allen, who in the last game against the Rams threw for 196 yards and a touchdown, still score 27.3 DKFP. His 95 rushing yards and rushing touchdown was the real story. Expect more of the same here.

The tough part about Allen doing so much on his own is that it’s risky to take any of his receivers. Tyler Kroft ($7,200), who is the TE1 in this offense, has the highest DKFP average among the Bills’ receivers at 9.8. Not exactly an impressive number by any stretch. He’s seeing the best volume on this team with 4.2 receptions and 46.7 yards per game, so he would be my choice if looking to pair someone with Allen. The touchdowns simply aren’t there with him or any of these players, as Kroft has only scored five. John Brown ($9,000) is overpriced and won’t even land in my player pool. Sure, his nine touchdowns are good (considering the situation), but he’s averaging just 2.5 receptions and 37.2 yards per game. Not exactly WR1 material if you ask me. Cole Beasley ($6,400) is seeing better volume than Brown and at a cheaper salary. His three receptions and 34.4 yards are acceptable at his price range, but again, he has only seven touchdowns scored. Robert Foster ($3,600) is your boom-or-bust cheap receiver on this team. He’s not a lock to make a catch every game, as he’s done so in 30 of the 35 games, but his six touchdowns are solid with that considered. Still, he’s averaging fewer than two receptions per game.

Devin Singletary ($7,800) has the highest DKFP average among all players aside from Allen at 10. He’s one of the cheaper RB1 you’ll find in these sims and will carry the ball and catch out of the backfield. It’s just tough to trust Singletary with Allen running as much as he is.


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Pittsburgh Steelers

I don’t agree with Ben Roethlisberger ($12,000) being the most expensive player in this game because he doesn’t have the upside that Allen does. Roethlisberger, as you’d imagine, isn’t going to run the ball, so he has to rely solely on his arm. That isn’t necessarily always a good thing, as he’s averaging 232 yards per game and has gone three straight games with single-digit performances. With five lineups at your disposal, he certainly needs to be in some but not all.

One thing Big Ben does do well is spread the ball around. JuJu Smith-Schuster ($10,200) is the most expensive receiver in this game, and rightfully so. The WR1 is averaging 4.5 receptions, 66.5 yards and 21 touchdowns scored. Even with Big Ben struggling over the past three games, JuJu has made 15 receptions for 176 yards in that span. With a lack of players you need to pay up for in this game, he’s easy to fit in. Vance McDonald ($8,600) has been seeing some solid volume as well, averaging 4.4 receptions, 54.3 yards and 12 touchdowns scored. He’s one of the more expensive tight ends you’ll see in these simulations, but he gets the volume needed to justify the high price tag. James Washington ($6,800) suddenly doesn’t feel as valuable as he once did, seeing a $1,400 increase in his salary. Coming off a game where he scored -0.2 DKFP usually doesn’t make a player go up in salary, but here we are. Averaging 3.3 receptions and 46.7 yards is more attractive when he’s in the low $5K range, not nearly $7K. I’d rather take a shot with Diontae Johnson ($5,000) who does get shutout at times but still has 14 touchdowns scored. His 2.4 receptions are nothing special, but it’s cheaper than the now-expensive Washington.

Finally, Jaylen Samuels ($2,600) continues to be the play for me over James Conner ($5,400). Even with Conner’s salary plummeting, you’re still saving $2,800 by taking Samuels, who is averaging 36.3 scrimmage yards per game.


The Outcome

This is such an odd game with not a lot of options you’d want to lock into your captain spot. Of course, Josh Allen ($17,100 CP) is the obvious choice, but the ownership will follow. If you want to go with someone who won’t have high ownership in the captain spot, Tyler Kroft ($10,800 CP) could be that guy, but it’s very risky. The safest option, in my opinion, is JuJu Smith-Schuster ($15,300 CP), as we know Roethlisberger will be throwing the ball regardless.

Final Score: Steelers 27, Bills 21

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