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 Titans-Bears game that will take place at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices
In actual football, the Titans’ offense is almost entirely built around giving the ball to Derrick Henry ($8,600), and they pound the ball with him as much possible. While effective in real life, this strategy hasn’t been effective for our simulated purposes because in Madden, he’s been very stoppable. Henry has gone 15 games in a row without over 100 rushing yards and only averages 9.5 DKFP overall. Without any involvement in the passing game, he has been an easy fade on most slates. There isn’t a ton of upside to rostering Henry considering that he’s only scored double-digit DKFP twice in his last 13 games. The risk of rostering him far outweighs the reward.
Since Henry has struggled, the Titans have more of a passing centric team in Madden than in real life. Ryan Tannehill ($10,800) averages 16.2 DKFP, the most on the team. This is still fairly low production relative to other quarterbacks and it shows that the Titans’ offense has not been great in our simulations. The Titans have scored over 14 points twice in their last six games.
The Titans’ top weapon in the passing game is A.J. Brown ($9,200) and he averages 11.2 DKFP. Despite his relative success, it’s tough to trust him in this matchup. Brown only has an 80 overall rating and there are stronger options to pay up for. The wideout is a bit too expensive in a tough matchup against a strong Bears defense.
As far as Madden ratings go, Delanie Walker ($7,200) is an 86, which is the highest rating for any pass catcher on the Titans. His 11.0 DKFP average is the third best output for any skill position player on Tennessee. He’s a viable option in the passing game along with Corey Davis ($6,400). Davis averages 11.7 DKFP, so he’s actually been the most productive pass catcher on the Titans during our Madden sims. Last game, he went over 2,000 total receiving yards.
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Mitchell Trubisky ($17,100 CP/$11,400) has been a stud in Madden. In real life, the Bears get made fun of for taking Trubisky over the likes of Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. In Madden, it’s been working out just fine. Trubisky averages 20.3 DKFP and has been nearly unstoppable when running the football. He’s rushed for 1,830 yards and 14 touchdowns. Even though the price tag is lofty, Trubisky is my top play for Captain.
Despite a high rating and some big fantasy performances from Allen Robinson ($9,600), he has not been a trustworthy player to roster in our simulations. He averages 12.7 DKFP, but has only scored over 10 DKFP in three of his last 10 games. Since Robinson has a tough matchup against Logan Ryan, I am not looking to spend up for him. It’s difficult to fit many expensive players when I plan to play Trubisky as Captain.
As for cheaper pass catching options to stack with Trubisky, both Trey Burton ($7,000) and Taylor Gabriel ($6,800) are viable plays. At cheaper price tags than Allen Robinson, both score around 10 DKFP most games and the salary difference makes it easier to fit Trubisky into the Captain’s slot. In addition, they both have a bit of upside. Last week, Burton had a game with 162 receiving yards and 35.2 DKFP against the Rams.
The best value play from the Bears is Tarik Cohen ($5,400). The second running back on the depth chart, he’s actually been outproducing the starter, David Montgomery ($7,800). Montgomery averages just 4.5 DKFP per game while Cohen is putting up 8.8 DKFP per contest. Due to his role in the passing game, we can also consider Cohen to have positive correlation with Trubisky. More than half of his touchdowns are on receptions and he’s caught 64 passes for 528 yards.
The Titans’ offense has been so weak in Madden that I find it hard to ever pick them to win games against a decent opponent. Tennessee has lost four of its last six games. As for the Bears, they have a pretty solid offense because of how will Trubisky is playing in Madden. Chicago comes into today having won eight of its last 10 games. As long as the Bears can muster 20 or more points, which they have done in four of their last five games, it’s hard for me to see the Titans keeping up.
Final Score: Bears 24, Titans 14
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