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Madden Stream Picks: Ravens vs. Seahawks DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Zach Thompson preps you for Monday’s 10 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Ravens and Seahawks with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

With real-life sports in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings has been helping to fill the void with some very entertaining simulated sports action. Each day, there are six Madden Streams and eight free contests, with a single-game Showdown for each game along with a pair of classic contests. Each of the simulations is 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 or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team rack up some big fantasy points.

The final game of the day on Monday should be a great one with the Seahawks hosting the Ravens in a matchup of marquee dual-threat QBs. Seattle has been a disappointment overall in these sims with just a 12-24 record while the Ravens have been a little better with an 18-18 record of their own. Both these teams have pulled off big upsets lately, though, as the Seahawks knocked off the Chiefs, 31-28, and the Ravens took down the Patriots, 26-21. Both offenses are loaded with speed and upside but have struggled with consistency at times. With the playmakers they have, though, it should be a great matchup for “Madden After Dark” and a fun way to close out a full day of sims. I’ll give you my pick to win and my favorite plays for the single-game Showdown below.

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Showdown Strategy

Baltimore Ravens

It’s rare that Baltimore’s X-Factor Superstar Lamar Jackson ($11,600) isn’t the most expensive player in the showdown and doesn’t have the highest average since his 21.4 DKFP per sim production is among the best in all of Madden. He was upgraded and given the X-Factor of “First One Free” in a mid-season update and also has the Superstar traits of “Escape Artist,” “Fastbreak” and “Juke Box.” His running abilities have given him both a high ceiling and high floor since he can usually get going one way or the other. In these sims, he has piled up 21 rushing touchdowns and 46 passing scores to go with 163.8 passing yards and 63.8 rushing yards per contest. He ran for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots in his most recent sim for 36.08 DKFP. He has over 33 DKFP in three of his past four games leading his team to big wins over the Packers, Saints and Patriots. Jackson has had a few down games where the opposing defense has forced him to throw the ball and limited his overall production. However, the Seahawks haven’t been able to contain opposing running games very well, so I think Jackson is set up for more success.

Another play I like a lot from the Ravens due to Seattle’s lack of run defense is Mark Ingram II ($8,500), who is the team’s third-down back and power back as well as the RB1. He has decent ratings with an 86 overall rating along with an 82 strength rating and 93 awareness, but he only has an 88 speed rating, which is low for an RB. He is a power-style RB and was able to put together a good game in these teams’ first meeting, totaling 82 yards and 20.9 DKFP. He also had over 20 DKFP in his most recent contest against New England, thanks in large part to five catches out of the backfield for 31 yards and a touchdown. He does typically need a touchdown to hit value but I think he’ll get that against the Seahawks in this contest.

When Jackson takes to the air, his most consistent target has been TE Mark Andrews ($7,300), who has averaged 3.8 catches per contest. He has an 85 overall rating, which is higher than any WR on the team, along with an 85 catching rating, which is tops among starters. His 86 speed rating isn’t elite but it is solid for a TE and gives him enough ability to make things happen after the catch. He has a touchdown in each of his past two games and went off for 32.4 DKFP against the Chiefs two sims ago. He has a high ceiling but the volume is a little inconsistent from game to game.

WR1 Marquise Brown ($9,400) has also been inconsistent but has a high ceiling with an incredible 97 speed rating and 84 elusiveness, which makes him a dangerous option any time the ball is in his hands. He only has a single catch in each of his past two games for a total of 10 yards. He has the potential to go off but also the potential to totally bust, so I’m going to pass on him at his salary. Willie Snead IV ($6,100) has also struggled as the WR2, averaging just over 6.0 DKFP per sim with only four touchdowns all season. Granted, two of those scores have come in his past three games but his season-long production is still pretty underwhelming. If you want a piece of the Baltimore WR depth chart, I’d actually advise dropping down to WR3 Seth Roberts ($3,400), who has nine touchdowns on his 92 catches (2.6 per sim) and has been regularly involved with his 90 speed rating and 85 spectacular catching rating, which is higher than both Brown’s and Snead’s ratings in that category.

The Ravens’ DST ($3,900) hasn’t made a lot of splashy plays with just 13 takeaways and 55 sacks in 36 sims. Baltimore typically limits its opponent but hasn’t turned in many big fantasy performances itself. If you need more value from Baltimore, a better option would be Justin Tucker ($3,600), who is pretty affordable given his 6.3 DKFP average. He has one of the highest ratings of all the kickers in Madden with his 87 overall rating due to 98 kick power and 98 kick accuracy ratings.


Seattle Seahawks

One of the few QBs who can contend with Jackson’s ceiling is Seattle QB Russell Wilson ($12,000). He is producing a phenomenal 22.0 DKFP per sim and has produced over 18 DKFP in four of his past five sims and 13 of his past 16. He had 22.1 DKFP in his first meeting with Jackson and typically finds a way to make plays with his feet or with his arm. Wilson has the unique X-Factor called “Blitz Radar” which enables him to see all blitzers after the snap after he activates the power with multiple scrambles of over 10 yards. His superstar abilities of “Escape Artist,” “Agile Extender” and “Dashing Deadeye” show off his precision and success on the move. He is averaging just under 50 rushing yards in addition to his over 210 passing yards per contest and has added 12 rushing scores to his 54 passing touchdowns. Pretty much all of Seattle’s offense comes from him one way or the other and he has been remarkably consistent unlike Jackson, who has been more prone to busts.

Seattle’s WRs have been inconsistent from game-to-game since sometimes Wilson relies more on the running game leaving them without much to contribute. However, they also have high ceilings since they’re so fast. WR1 Tyler Lockett ($10,500) has a strong 88 overall rating and a 93 speed rating. He’s an expensive play but does have double-digit DKFP in five of his past six. If you’re going with one QB, you could go with Lockett as a differentiator but it’s going to be very hard to get him and both QBs in your lineup. WR2 DK Metcalf ($6,400) is also a speedster with his 95 speed rating, which makes him a great value option to consider since he has such a high ceiling with his 80 overall rating. He has been very popular in these sims due to his high ceiling and has double-digit production in four of his past five contests, highlighted by 31.2 DKFP against the Packers and 28.1 DKFP against the Chiefs. He still tends to be boom-or-bust, but his big-play upside makes him an attractive option at just over $6K. The Seahawks add even more speed when WR3 Josh Gordon ($4,400) is in the formation with his 78 overall rating and 91 speed rating. He is also boom-or-bust and slightly big-play reliant, especially with his low 65 awareness rating. He was held without a catch in the Seahawks’ loss to the 49ers on Friday night but had double-digit DKFP in five straight games before that.

Another key part of the Seahawks’ passing game is TE Will Dissly ($6,800), who has a nice 80 overall rating, which puts him even with Metcalf. He has a vastly different game, though, as a possession option rather than a speed play. He has scored 12 touchdowns while averaging just over 10 DKFP per contest.

Although Seattle does like to run the ball, they split up the workload, so they don’t have an elite option. The team’s RB1 is Chris Carson ($7,900), who is very overpriced for his 5.3 DKFP per contest average. His ratings aren’t bad at all but he loses work to third-down back C.J. Prosise ($1,000), who actually makes a lot of sense as a value play if you need a punt play. Prosise only had 3.7 DKFP against San Francisco after posting 17.5 DKFP and 7.1 DKFP in his two previous contests. He gets a few carries and has a few catches in almost every sim, though, which makes him a very solid option at just $1K.

The Seahawks’ DST ($4,000) has been much more productive than the Ravens, mostly due to X-Factor Superstar LB Bobby Wagner and his 98 overall rating. Seattle has recovered 26 fumbles in 36 sims to go with six interceptions, 50 sacks and three defensive touchdowns for an average of over 4.3 DKFP per contest. The Seahawks have a higher ceiling than Baltimore’s defense, especially at home, although Seattle does have a tough matchup with Jackson that makes the defense a little risky as well.


The Outcome

The Captain’s Picks on both sides are pretty obvious starting with the two star QBs. Lamar Jackson ($17,400 CP) is the more affordable of the two but Russell Wilson ($18,000 CP) has been more consistent. It’s hard to go wrong with either one, honestly, but if you do go with a QB as Captain’s Pick, you might have to pass on the other in a flex spot. I’d lean slightly toward Wilson, but both are great plays. If you want to go with a non-QB so that you can fit both in your flex spots, check out DK Metcalf ($9,600 CP) or Mark Andrews ($10,950) who both have very high ceilings. If you really want to shake things up, you could even roll with C.J. Prosise ($1,500 CP) at Captain’s Pick and stock up on high-priced flex options.

Hopefully, both QBs are on top of their games and we get a fun sim with plenty of points. I like the Seahawks’ defense and WRs a little better than the Ravens’ options, so I’m taking the home team to pull of a mild upset and leave this battle of the birds flying high.

Final Score: Seahawks 27, Ravens 23

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Depth Charts

Ravens

Seahawks


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