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Lamar Jackson, BAL at PHI, $7,400 — The top options on this slate are a bit lacking. For a full slate, we normally have multiple Pro Bowl quarterbacks to choose from. Today, we only have Jackson. At least he’s as good of an option as we could have hoped for. Jackson is averaging 21.6 DKFP and offers as much upside as any QB in Madden. He’s scored at least 29 DKFP in five of his last eight games. In total, Jackson is up to 2,739 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.
Jacoby Brissett, IND at NYG, $5,900 — Brissett has shockingly been a great fantasy option in our sims. Despite a low Madden rating, Brissett is averaging 18.3 DKFP and finds himself in a great matchup against the Giants’ weak secondary. New York doesn’t have a cornerback rated higher than a 72 overall, so Brissett should be able to put up another strong game. He’s thrown 71 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions in Madden.
Tevin Coleman, SF at TEN, $6,500 — By a mile, Coleman is the top producing skill position player on this slate. He is putting up 18.4 DKFP per game and nobody else averages more than 16 DKFP. With this type of production, it’s hard to ignore Coleman, especially since he never carries too expensive of a price tag. In his last two games, Coleman has over 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Josh Jacobs, LV vs. MIA, $4,700 — Rarely can Jacobs be considered an option in our Madden sims. This is a spot where I don’t think he makes for a bad play. Since Jacobs doesn’t get passing game involvement, he’s reliant on a favorable game script to get a heavy workload. Playing at home against the Dolphins, this is the type of game where we could see the Raiders get out ahead and grind the clock with Jacobs. This is a situation we have seen in recent games. In wins over the Jaguars and Jets, Jacobs racked up 29.6 DKFP and 30.8 DKFP.
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T.Y. Hilton, IND at NYG, $6,700 — Stacking Hilton with Brissett is a great way to build a lineup for this slate. A burner, Hilton is going to get to face some of the weakest cornerback play in Madden. This should setup Hilton for success and he already is one of the better fantasy wideouts in our sims. He averages 16 DKFP which is the most of any WR on this slate. Hilton rarely has an off game and has scored double-digit DKFP in nine of his last 10 games.
Zay Jones, LV vs. MIA, $3,700 — Wait, what? Jones has been putting up production lately that is hard to comprehend. A player we typically wouldn’t think about rostering in real life, Jones is giving defenses fits in Simland. Over his last four games, he’s scored over 22 DKFP three times, including a 55 DKFP outburst against the Browns. Jones hauled in 11 receptions for 230 yards with three touchdowns.
George Kittle, SF at TEN, $6,300 — The highest-rated tight end in Madden, Kittle is backing up his rating with an average of 14.9 DKFP. There are a few good options on the high end for this slate, but I still think paying up for Kittle is worthwhile. Overall, there aren’t a ton of strong options to splurge on and Kittle comes with a safe floor. He’s scored double-digit DKFP in 15 of his last 17 games.
O.J. Howard, TB vs. WAS, $4,400 — I haven’t talked about the Bucs in this article, but they too have a great matchup. Playing against the Redskins, Howard once again has a shot for a good fantasy day. Unlike in real life, the Bucs utilize Howard heavily in Madden. He has a total of 164 receptions and has caught at least three passes in 12 of his last 14 games. This has led to Howard averaging 12.7 DKFP.
Jets DST vs. CIN, $2,700 — This isn’t a tough call. There are two elite defenses to roster in Madden, the Jets and the Vikings. None of the other DSTs produce many fantasy points. The Jets put up 7.1 DKFP per game and are playing a weak offense in the Bengals. The Jets have 20 sacks in their last seven games and should be able to get after Andy Dalton ($5,800).
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