With the 2020 NFL season still a month away, why not fill that football-sized void in your heart with DraftKings’ Madden streams? We’ll be running a featured three-game Classic slate each and every night at 6:00 p.m. ET, with Friday’s matchups consisting of Saints-Falcons, 49ers-Raiders and Packers-Colts.
Here’s who you should be targeting this evening.
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Drew Brees, NO at ATL, $6,800 - Brees hasn’t exactly looked like a Hall of Fame quarterback throughout these simulations, but that shouldn’t matter too much in a matchup against the Falcons. Atlanta’s defense has consistently had it’s issues limiting opposing QBs, famously allowing Baker Mayfield to throw for six touchdowns in a single game. In fact, it’s not surprising that Brees threw for 314 yards and five TDs the last time these two squads met in a stream.
Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. GB, $6,000 - I probably won’t be straying from the aforementioned Saints-Falcons game when it comes to quarterback on this slate, but Brissett is always an interesting option near the bottom of the pricing list. You never quite know which version of the QB will show up on a given slate, but Brissett has exceeded 25.0 DKFP in 10 of the Colts’ 46 games. For some context, Aaron Rodgers ($6,500) has only managed that feat four times.
Tevin Coleman, SF at OAK, $6,700 - There’s a chance that Coleman is 95% owned on this slate. I don’t care. If I’ve learned anything after four months of these streams, it’s that San Francisco’s running back is a must-play each and every time he appears on the schedule. Coleman is coming off a 44.7-DKFP performance against the Bills, a contest in which he racked up 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It’s the 17th stream where Coleman’s reached the 100-yard bonus and the 18th occasion that’s he’s eclipsed 20.0 DKFP.
Nyheim Hines, IND vs. GB, $4,300 - Here’s a list of things that Hines ranks higher in than “starting” running back Marlon Mack ($4,800): receptions (98), total touchdowns (11) and average DKFP (8.1). Are any of those totals all that impressive? Not really, but this is simply another in a long line of examples that the third-down back is generally a more productive and efficient DFS asset in these simulations. If you need to save some money to spend up elsewhere, Hines is viable.
Julio Jones, ATL vs. NO, $8,000 - If you’re thinking about doing a game stack with Falcons-Saints - and you should be - it’s pretty hard to fade Jones. No wideout on this slate has more receptions (238), more receiving yards (3,705) or averages more DKFP per contest (17.6) than the former All-Pro. Also, if you were interested in Jones’ ceiling, look no further than a 16-catch performance earlier in the week against the Panthers. I didn’t even know that was possible with eight-minute quarters.
Ted Ginn, NO at ATL, $3,900 - Ginn is coming off three pretty horrendous games in a row, but, in New Orleans’ 46 simulations, the team’s No. 2 wideout has shown an ability to come up with a huge performance. In fact, the former first-round pick has managed to exceed 19.0 DKFP on eight different occasions. That might not seem all that impressive, yet it’s a pretty enticing amount of upside for an asset you can own for less than $4,000 in a great script.
Jared Cook, NO at ATL, $5,400 - Remember when I said that no receiver on this slate had more receptions than Jones with 238? Well, while that’s technically correct, he doesn’t actually lead all players in catches. That would be Cook. The veteran has hauled in 241 passes across 46 simulations, which works out to an average of 5.2 receptions per game. That’s a staggering floor for a man who has to share a field with the human vacuum that is known as Michael Thomas ($7,400). If Cook can find the end zone, he can turn a slate on it’s head.
Austin Hooper, ATL vs. NO, $4,600 - Tight end isn’t exactly the deepest position on a three-game slate, so my apologies for not being willing to dip below Hooper on the pricing list. Amazing script aside, Hooper’s actually been a decent asset in recent weeks. Though the TE began these streams relatively underwhelming, Hooper’s registered 41 catches in Atlanta’s past seven contests. He’s even had two multi-touchdown showings in that span.
Packers, GB at IND, $3,200 - This is a very easy call to make. Few teams in these simulations have been able to generate as much chaos on defense as Green Bay. In fact, of the six units on this slate, the Packers lead everyone in interceptions (19), sacks (107) and defensive touchdowns (7). Add in Brissett’s low awareness rating and this price tag is validated.
Raiders, OAK vs. SF, $2,700 - Seems a little crazy to not lean towards 49ers D/ST ($2,800) as the value play, but San Francisco’s daunting depth chart hasn’t consistently translated into DKFP. Instead, it’s the Raiders that lead all units on this slate with 27 total turnovers forced and it’s the Raiders that sit second to the Packers in sacks (95). Generally speaking, you’re never wrong for trying to save money at this position.
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