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 three-game late slate on Wednesday, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET.
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Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. HOU, $7,800 - Whenever Jackson is involved on a slate, he’s always going to be the answer. His 21.4 DKFP surprisingly isn’t the highest DKFP average on this slate, as that honor belongs to Deshaun Watson ($7,000). However, Jackson has the better matchup against the Texans over Watson. Jackson has scored at least 33 DKFP in three of his last five games with multiple touchdowns thrown and at least 94 rushing yards. No one gives you quite the upside that Jackson does.
Drew Lock, DEN vs. CLE, $5,500 - No one is going to be on Lock because of the big names on this slate. With Jackson, Watson and Tom Brady ($7,600) in the mix, why would someone even consider the rookie? To be fair, Lock has held his own, averaging 210 passing yards with 55 touchdowns thrown and an average of 14.5 DKFP. He faced the Browns way earlier in the sim season and scored 29 DKFP with 303 passing yards and three touchdowns. If you want to go chalky at other positions, Lock is a way to gain an edge at the QB position.
Mark Ingram, BAL vs. HOU, $6,300 - This is not a slate I’m looking to pay up for at running back. None of these expensive backs are catching out of the backfield consistently enough for me to want them on my roster. Ingram is the only guy in this realm that does, averaging just over two per game to go with his 57 rushing yards. I don’t deem it necessary to have Ingram in your lineup but if you have extra salary kicking around to fit him in, you could certainly do a lot worse than him.
James White, GB vs. NE, $5,500 - White is someone I want at the running back position. When it comes to pass catching, he’s one of the best on this slate, averaging 2.8 per game for an average of 18.6 yards. Overall, White is averaging 83.3 scrimmage yards per game, which feels quite high when you consider how cheap he is. His 18 touchdowns are also split favorably with 12 on the ground and six through the air. With the PPR upside he brings and his low salary, White is a lock at RB.
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Odell Beckham Jr., CLE at DEN, $7,500 - Some of these high priced receivers will be enduring some tough coverage in this game like DeAndre Hopkins ($8,500) and Davanate Adams ($7,800). With that in mind, I have no issue rolling with Beckham, who is seeing sky-high volume from Baker Mayfield ($6,100). Beckham is averaging 4.5 receptions, 74.7 yards and a ridiculous 30 touchdowns scored, which is the most scored by any receiver in this game. He even gives you a $1,000 discount off Hopkins, who I expect will be one of the more popular options.
Mohamed Sanu, GB vs. NE, $4,000 - Sanu is simply too cheap for me to ignore. He doesn’t set the sim world on fire with his performances but he does enough that easily could be in the mid-$5K range. On the season, he’s averaging 3.7 receptions, 54.4 yards and 20 touchdowns scored, which is quite impressive for someone who isn’t even the WR1 on this team. He’s an extreme boom-or-bust option, so make sure to surround him with some players you know will be consistent, but if he goes off, you’ll be in a fantastic position to gain an edge on the field.
Ben Watson, GB vs. NE, $4,500 - Watson is on the same level for me as Jackson. If he’s on a slate, you simply lock him in and move on. I don’t understand why he receives the volume that he does but he enters this game averaging a ridiculous 5.1 receptions and 65.1 yards, although with only 14 touchdowns scored. The lack of scoring is frustrating but this is someone you can rely upon for a heavy dose of targets at a very cheap salary. Quite frankly, if I’m building a lineup for this slate, I start with Jackson and Watson and then go on to figure out the rest.
Noah Fant, DEN vs. CLE, $3,400 - The only problem with using Watson is that everyone else is going to have a similar idea. I think it’s widely known that Watson is a beast in these simulations, so if you want to go away from the field, Fant could be that guy. He’s not really close to the numbers that Watson is seeing, averaging just 3.6 receptions, 53.2 yards and 11 touchdowns scored. However, you’re getting a dirt cheap player that at least four receptions in four straight games and will be much lower owned.
Patriots, NE vs. GB, $3,200 - DSTs are such a crapshoot that it’s honestly best to simply see what you have left over after building your lineup and take what can afford. The Pats do dominate on DST with 87 sacks and 15 interceptions to their credit. The problem is, Aaron Rodgers ($7,400) simply doesn’t turn over the ball much.
Ravens, BAL at. HOU, $2,100 - On the surface, taking a DST against the quarterback with the best overall DKFP average wouldn’t be the best idea. However, it’s a move I’d be willing to take in such a large field tournament. If anything, it’ll help you fit in some of the more expensive players and should get you low ownership.
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