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 six-game slate on Thursday, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. SEA, $8,200 - Seattle’s secondary getting torched is one of the most consistent elements of these Madden streams. Seriously. Dwayne Haskins has done it. Daniel Jones has done it. Gardner Minshew has done it. In fact, Mahomes was one of the first to do it, as the reigning Super Bowl MVP went off for a simulation-high 402 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Seahawks the last time these two virtual squads met. With Mahomes averaging 23.1 DKFP across his past six starts, he’s well worth this price tag.
Derek Carr, OAK at ATL, $6,400 - In Atlanta’s past seven simulations, there’s been an average of 52.6 total points scored. Whether or not you want to believe in the game-to-game trends of these streams, one thing is clear: The Falcons rarely show up defensively. So, while Carr’s numbers may not be all that impressive in the grand scheme of things, the script suggests he’s in a good spot. The fact he’s exceeded the 300-yard bonus twice in his past four starts doesn’t hurt, either.
Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. OAK, $6,300 - Take everything I just said about Carr and apply it here. Freeman has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Atlanta’s usual involvement in shootouts. To wit, in that same seven-game sample, the RB is averaging an eye-popping 24.1 DKFP per contest. Freeman’s also caught six touchdowns within that span, making him one of the most dynamic pass-catching threats we have at the position.
Jalen Richard, OAK at ATL, $3,400 - Using an extreme value option like Richard is always a risk, but the third down back has come through before in high-scoring settings. Richard has mustered 10-plus DKFP in 10 of Oakland’s prior simulations, which is a lot of ceiling for an asset available at just over the minimum.
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JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT at DAL, $7,200 - How does one go about fading Smith-Schuster at this point? The young wideout has averaged an insane 21.4 DKFP across Pittsburgh’s past nine simulations, a span where Smith-Schuster has racked up eight touchdowns and has cleared the 80-yard receiving plateau seven times. There’s a chance this game turns into a defensive struggle, but JuJu’s floor is so high at this point that I’m not sure I care.
Ted Ginn, NO vs. SF, $3,300 - Usually, I’d be scared off by San Francisco’s incredible defense, but Ginn’s simply way too cheap to ignore on this slate. The former first-round pick is averaging 17.7 DKFP across his past seven simulations and, for the “season” as a whole, Ginn’s 19 receiving touchdowns are nearly double any other Saints target not named Michael Thomas ($8,100). Plus, with Drew Brees ($7,600) possessing extra superstar traits when in New Orleans’ dome, Ginn’s ceiling is that much higher.
Darren Waller, OAK at ATL, $5,000 - Let’s keep going back to the well. If I had to make a guess, I’d say that this matchup is going to produce more points than any other on Thursday’s six-game slate. So, using that logic, why would I not want the guy who leads the Raiders in receptions (147) and receiving touchdowns (15) on my DFS squad? At the very least, with this being the noon simulation, you’ll know where your lineup truly stands by 1 p.m. ET.
Jason Witten, DAL vs. PIT, $4,100 - Safety. There is safety in drafting Witten to your team. The veteran has caught at least four passes in nine of Dallas’ past 10 simulations and he’s earned at least 10.0 DKFP seven times within that span. Maybe that makes Witten a better Showdown target than anything else, but his price means his consistency is worth noting.
Packers, GB vs. BAL, $2,800 - I really don’t like any of the expensive defensive units on this slate, but at the very least, Green Bay has collected a whopping 80 sacks in its 32 simulations. Plus, for as good as Lamar Jackson ($7,800) is, he’s turned the ball over 24 times in his 32 starts. There’s some opportunity here.
Broncos, DEN at IND, $2,200 - You just never know which version of Jacoby Brissett ($5,800) is going to show up on a given slate. The Colts have scored 30-plus points on occasion and they’ve also been shutout. They are just a weird team in Madden. So, at this price, give me the Broncos’ ferocious front-seven.
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