With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. Each day there are six Madden Streams with eight free contests to be a part of. You can play a single-game Showdown for each contest along with an all-day, six-game classic contest and a three-game late slate. Each simulation will be 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 (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
Friday night’s late slate locks at 6 p.m. ET with a nice AFC West matchup between the Raiders and the Broncos from the virtual Mile High City. In primetime, the Ravens welcome in the 49ers in a fascinating rematch of Super Bowl 47, and we close out the slate and Madden Stream schedule for the day with a 10 p.m. ET matchup between the Bills and the Vikings.
With those six teams in play, there are many different ways to build your roster for Friday’s late slate. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this six-game slate below. As you build your team, make sure to check out the Madden info page for all the data on player ratings, special abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon.
Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. SF, $7,600 — The 2021 Madden cover athlete has been a strong option in our 2020 Madden streams and is the only QB on this slate averaging over 20 DKFP. He helped the Ravens slide by the Chargers in the rain on Wednesday with a pair of rushing touchdowns and 26.66 DKFP. That performance raises his average to 20.6 DKFP per game and gives him 18 rushing scores on the season. He’s in a tough matchup against the 49ers in this sim, but he’s still clearly the QB with the highest ceiling on the slate, so pay up for him if you can.
Other Option — Jimmy Garoppolo ($6,900)
Derek Carr, OAK at DEN, $6,400 — Carr has been held to under 14 DKFP in three of his past four outings but did look strong in his one good showing during that stretch with 24.5 DKFP against the Bucs. He should be able to find some holes in the Denver defense in this matchup since the Broncos have a few stars in the secondary but not much depth. He had 293 yards, two touchdowns and 18.72 DKFP against the Broncos the first time these teams met and will look to once again produce over his season-average, which is just under 18 DKFP per contest. He doesn’t bring the rushing potential and resulting high ceiling of Josh Allen ($6,200), but Allen is taking on the hard-hitting Vikings DST, which is a matchup that makes him high-risk.
Other Option — Josh Allen ($6,200)
Dalvin Cook, MIN at BUF, $6,900 — Cook is coming off a forgettable fantasy total after he managed just 13.2 DKFP in a field goal fest that resulted in a 9-3 Minnesota win over Jacksonville. He saved his value with five catches for 31 yards in addition to this 51 rushing yards. Since he is so involved as a pass-catcher, he is both low-risk and high-upside. He gets great volume and can totally dominate a game. Cook has double-digit DKFP in nine straight sims and 14 of his past 15. He should have a good matchup in Buffalo as the Vikings look to run the ball and play strong defense in their preferred gamescript.
Other Option — Phillip Lindsay ($6,100)
Tevin Coleman, SF at BAL, $5,900 — Coleman scored an incredible 26 touchdowns in his first trip through the league, averaging over 17.5 DKFP per sim. He lit up just about everyone the first time he faced them, including the Ravens, when he ran for 150 yards, a touchdown and 27.2 DKFP against them in their first meeting. He brings that kind of ceiling to every matchup since he gets so much volume and still remains a very affordable option, mostly due to his 82 overall rating, which isn’t as high as many ineffective RB1 options. The difference for Coleman is that he gets great blocking and a heavy workload while monopolizing the touches in San Francisco’s backfield.
Other Options — Devin Singletary ($5,500), Jalen Richard ($3,400)
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Adam Thielen, MIN at BUF, $5,900 — Thielen is actually the WR with the highest average on the board, even though he has the fifth-highest salary. He is the Vikings’ WR2 behind now-Bills WR Stefon Diggs ($7,600), who will be taking on his future team in this sim. Thielen has averaged 4.2 catches for 66.8 yards and 15.0 DKFP per sim in his 31 contests with a total of 17 touchdowns. He should avoid Tre’Davious White and get a favorable matchup against the Bills in this matchup.
Other Options — Courtland Sutton ($6,400), Tyrell Williams ($5,800)
Deebo Samuel, SF at BAL, $4,100 — There isn’t a ton of depth on this slate at WR, but Samuel is one of the best value plays since he is regularly involved as the 49ers’ WR2. He caught his 12th touchdown in his most recent contest against the Giants and kept his average just over 11 DKFP per sim. He has big-play potential with his 92 speed rating and 91 acceleration rating and has multiple catches in 11 straight games and 27 of his 31 sims overall.
Zay Jones, OAK at DEN, $3,000 — Jones is the Raiders’ WR2, but he’s available at the minimum salary against the Broncos and makes for a nice cheap option. He has over 11 DKFP in four of his past five sims after catching his 15th touchdown against the Titans as part of 11.8 DKFP in his most recent sim. He’s averaging just over 11 DKFP per contest on the season and has caught a pass in every one of the Raiders’ sims. As long as he avoids too much time against CB Chris Harris Jr. he’ll be in a good matchup against Denver.
Other Options — DaeSean Hamilton ($3,500), Kendrick Bourne ($3,000)
George Kittle, SF at BAL, $6,200 — Kittle is the highest-rated TE in all of Madden with his 97 overall rating, which is more than 10 points higher than any other TE on this slate. He has piled up over 15 DKFP per sim. He is averaging 5.2 catches for over 70 yards per contest and has found the end zone 10 times. I’m surprised he hasn’t been even more of a red zone option based on his numbers, but he definitely has good potential against the Ravens and always comes with a sky-high ceiling.
Other Options — Mark Andrews ($5,100), Darren Waller ($5,000)
Noah Fant, DEN vs. OAK, $3,400 — As the second-fastest TE in Madden, Fant has plenty of big-play upside and has averaged 3.4 catches for just under 50 yards per sim. He gets a very favorable matchup against the Raiders, who he beat for four catches, 81 yards and a touchdown on his way to 18.1 DKFP in their first meeting. Fant is a very affordable option to consider if you decide to pass on the elite options listed above.
Other Option — Tyler Kroft ($3,700)
Vikings DST at BUF, $2,900 — The Vikings have been a takeaway machine with 23 fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions for 33 total turnovers forced in their 31 sims. They have added 62 sacks and five defensive touchdowns on top of that to average 7.2 DKFP per sim. If Allen tries to run against them, he could definitely cough the ball up a time or two and there’s the potential for a big game for Minnesota’s DST, especially since the Bills offense has struggled to move the ball and score points when Allen isn’t scrambling all the time.
Other Option — Broncos DST ($3,000)
49ers DST at BAL, $2,500 — The 49ers’ DST doesn’t produce the splash plays you get from a DST like the Vikings, but they have been very good at limiting their opponents. They only have 12 takeaways and 53 sacks but still have 5.0 DKFP or more in three straight and five of their past seven. They’re a safe option but don’t typically have the high ceiling that the Vikings bring.
Other Option — Bills ($2,200)
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