Saturday brings another full day of six Madden sims lined up on the DraftKings Dream Stream, providing multiple ways for players to get involved in some fun fantasy football action this weekend. The featured classic slate includes the three games starting at 6:00 p.m. ET or later, so make sure to get your lineup put together before the kickoff between the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins, who get things underway from virtual Miami. At 8:00 p.m. ET in primetime, the Detroit Lions visit the Tennessee Titans, and we close out the day with a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots at 10:00 p.m. ET.
As in all these Madden sims, it’s important to know that each roster is not impacted by COVID-19 opt-outs, injuries, suspensions or illness and that the highest-rated options have been placed at the top of the depth charts. The roster for each team includes all player movement that occurred prior to Week 1 of this season and uses the Madden 21 ratings from Week 1 of this season.
For more details, you can find the game settings, depth charts, abilities and X-factors for each team in Madden 21 along with the upcoming schedule on the Madden Stream info page. There were a few tweaks to the X-factors and Superstars in the latest December update, so be sure to check the depth charts of each team.
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Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins, $7,500 — In these Madden sims, Trubisky has been excellent, using his speed and elusiveness to be a strong dual-threat producer. In his 43 contests in Madden 21, Trubisky has averaged 67.7 rushing yards and 191.6 passing yards per contest for 21.4 DKFP per game. He has thrown a total of 56 touchdowns to go with his 13 rushing scores, and he has finished with over 20 DKFP in 10 of his 14 most recent contests, highlighted by 33.16 DKFP against the Texans and 31.38 DKFP against the Raiders. He did face the Dolphins during that stretch as well, finishing with 20.26 DKFP on 184 passing yards with two touchdowns and 69 rushing yards. He has faced Miami a total of four times in these Madden 21 sims, averaging 17.9 DKFP even though Miami has won three of the four matchups.
Other Option — Matthew Stafford ($6,600)
Cam Newton, New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, $6,200 — Newton hasn’t been as consistently productive on the ground as Trubisky, but he does come into this matchup red hot after throwing multiple touchdowns in four straight sims and producing over 23 DKFP in three straight contests. He led the Patriots to a come-from-behind overtime win against the Jets on Friday with 23.88 DKFP, including the game-winning walk-off touchdown pass. Newton has thrown a total of 62 scores in his 45 sims and has been solid with an average of 215 passing yards per sim. He is the safest option of the cheaper QB plays on this slate, even though he doesn’t offer quite as high a ceiling as Trubisky since he doesn’t put up consistent rushing production.
Other Option — Tua Tagovailoa ($5,800)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions, $7,900 — The Lions’ run defense has been one of the worst in Madden, while Henry has been dominant out of the backfield as the focus of the Titans’ offense. He has averaged 85.1 rushing yards along with 3.9 catches for 27.8 receiving yards per sim and has scored 41 touchdowns in his 44 sims. Not surprisingly, he thrashed the Lions in their first sim meeting, piling up 212 rushing yards with two scores on his way to 38.7 DKFP. While he hasn’t had a ceiling game like that in a few contests, he rarely ever totally busts due to his PPR work as the third-down back. He has over 13 DKFP in 12 straight sims and combines that high floor with a super-high ceiling.
Other Options — Aaron Jones ($6,800), Matt Breida ($6,500)
James White, New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, $4,800 — White has been consistently involved in these sims as the third-down back and also gets a few rushing attempts each game when the Patriots run plays out of the shotgun. He is averaging 8.6 DKFP per sim but outproduced that with 13.7 DKFP in his first matchup against Green Bay. In that game, he had a rushing score along with two catches for 27 yards. He has multiple catches in 10 of his past 11 sims and has averaged 9.6 DKFP over that stretch. He is a nice value play if you can’t afford two of the full-time backs listed above and still brings reliable production with decent upside at under $5K.
Other Option — D’Andre Swift ($4,500), David Montgomery ($4,400)
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans, $6,900 — Golladay is one of the top free agent WRs this offseason in the real world, but he’s still doing good work with Matthew Stafford ($6,600) in these sims. Golladay can be boom-or-bust at times but has put together some big performances lately with at least three catches in 14 of his past 15 sims, averaging 4.7 catches per contest over that stretch and finding the end zone nine times to bring his total to 25 in his 41 Madden 21 sims. Golladay had two scores in his previous matchup against the Titans, finishing that contest with 31.8 DKFP on four catches for 128 yards. Tennessee’s lack of an elite cover CB should give him the edge on the outside once again, which makes him my top stud WR to target on this slate.
Other Option — Davante Adams ($7,300), Allen Robinson II ($6,100)
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions, $4,800 — The Lions don't have a great secondary on the other side of this matchup either, so I love that Brown is priced under $5K even though he is the Titans’ WR1. Brown has at least three catches in six straight sims with double-digit DKFP in four of those contests. He had three catches for 36 yards and 7.2 DKFP in his first meeting with the Lions, and the only real risk with Brown is that his workload can sometimes disappear when the Titans get all their offense from Henry. As long as they still throw the ball some in this matchup, he should be able to return good production at this affordable investment.
Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears, $3,700 — Grant is usually fairly involved in the Dolphins’ passing attack as the WR3, but he has been especially involved and effective in his previous contests against the Bears. Grant has at least four catches in each of his four games against Chicago averaging 5.8 catches for 15.6 DKFP. He had a massive nine catches for 143 yards, two touchdowns and 38.3 DKFP in their most recent meeting. He has also been chipping in solid production overall lately with exactly three catches in each of his five most recent contests.
Other Options — Corey Davis ($5,300), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($4,400), Damiere Byrd ($4,100)
Jonnu Smith, Tenessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions, $4,600 — Smith has found the end zone in each of his past two sims and has over 12 DKFP in three straight games and six of his past nine contests. Smith is averaging 4.6 catches for 46.9 yards per contest, and his high volume and regular involvement have resulted in 11.7 DKFP. That is the second-highest rate of any TE on the slate, and he’s available for the third-highest salary.
Other Options — Mike Gesicki ($4,900), T.J. Hockenson ($4,800)
Devin Asiasi, New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, $3,800 — Asiasi wasn’t very involved in real life in his rookie season for the Patriots, but he has been a critical part of the Patriots’ offense in Madden. He had eight catches for 81 yards, two touchdowns — including the winning score — and 28.1 DKFP on Friday against the Jets. He now has 14 touchdowns in his 44 sims, including seven in his past eight contests. He should have a favorable matchup in this contest since the Packers have good CBs but have been beatable by TEs.
Other Option — Jimmy Graham ($4,000)
Patriots DST vs. Green Bay Packers, $3,000 — The Patriots have forced 53 turnovers in their 45 sims and have also added 78 sacks and 10 defensive scores to average a slate-leading 6.3 DKFP per contest among the available DSTs. They had 11 DKFP in their first meeting with the Packers and have at least 5.0 DKFP in four of their five most recent contests. While the matchup isn’t ideal, the Patriots are still good enough that they are still the defense of choice since they come with so much upside.
Bears DST at Miami Dolphins, $2,800 — The Bears defense has been solid overall and can get after the opposing QB thanks to Kahlil Mack leading a ferocious pass rush. As a team, the Bears have 89 sacks in 43 sims and have forced 19 turnovers. They have over 10 DKFP in two of their previous four matchups with Miami and have harrassed Tua into turnovers. They’ll look to repeat that game script again in this matchup, and they come with good upside under $3K.
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