The DraftKings Dream Stream has another great day of Madden sims lined up for Thursday with some of the biggest stars in the NFL available in the six games on the schedule. The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the teams in action on the three-game featured slate, and they’re also a big part of the DraftKings $250K Tailgate Weekend on The Dream Stream, which features some free Madden contests with huge payouts that you’ll want to be sure to get a piece of. The Chiefs open the action on the featured slate at 6:00 p.m. ET as they host the Las Vegas Raiders, the only team to beat the Chiefs’ starters this year in real life. After that game at 8:00 p.m. ET, the Green Bay Packers host the Miami Dolphins at virtual Lambeau Field, and the final game of the night features Lamar Jackson ($8,500) and the Baltimore Ravens taking on the New England Patriots on “Madden After Dark.”
As in all these Madden sims, it’s important to note that each roster is not impacted by COVID-19 opt-outs, injuries, suspensions or illness in these sims 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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Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots, $8,500 — Almost every time the Chiefs are on the slate, Patrick Mahomes ($8,000) is a lock for this stud QB spot, but that’s definitely not the case when Jackson is available. Even though he can’t match Mahomes’ 99 overall rating, Jackson actually brings a higher ceiling because of his rushing production. The Madden 21 cover athlete has racked up 38 rushing touchdowns in his 43 sims while averaging 107.8 rushing yards per sim. That alone would make him a solid option at this price, never mind the fact that he has also thrown for 45 more scores while averaging 152.1 passing yards per contest as well. Jackson has a ridiculously high ceiling and is coming off back-to-back games with over 40 DKFP against the Lions and the Vikings in which he rushed for 166 and 203 yards, respectively. Jackson has lit up the Patriots in each of his two games against New England as well, producing 32.1 DKFP and 36.16 DKFP in a pair of victories to avenge his loss in the rain on Sunday Night Football in real life.
Other Option — Patrick Mahomes ($8,000)
Cam Newton, New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens, $5,800 — There’s a huge dropoff in both price and production to the bottom three QBs on this slate, but Newton has the most upside if you decide to pivot off the expensive options to go with higher-priced plays at other positions. Newton did have 30.64 DKFP in one of his previous games against the Ravens and even a solid 19.5 DKFP in his other matchup with Baltimore. While he has struggled with consistency, he has produced over 15 DKFP in six of his past seven contests and eight of his past 10. He has a nice ceiling and usually offers good production at this price, so roll with him if you can’t find a way to get Mahomes or Jackson under your salary cap.
Other Option — Tua Tagovailoa ($5,600)
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins, $7,000 — The Packers rely heavily on Jones as their RB1 and third-down back, and he has been an excellent option throughout his 42 Madden 21 sims due to his volume as both a rusher and a receiver. Jones has 42 touchdowns in those 42 sims and recently had a four-touchdown game against the Browns that resulted in 48.5 DKFP. The Packers have faced the Dolphins three times in these sims, and Jones has put up 15.2 DKFP, 17.7 DKFP and 27.1 DKFP despite Green Bay losing two of the three meetings. Jones’ PPR production usually keeps him from being a total bust, and he comes with the highest ceiling of any RB on the slate.
Other Options — Matt Breida ($6,400), Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,000)
J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots, $4,000 — Dobbins is both the third-down and power back for the Ravens, so he usually gets involved in the game flow for Baltimore one way or the other. Dobbins has over 5.0 DKFP in five of his past seven games and posted 7.4 DKFP in his most recent matchup with the Patriots. Since Jackson does so much rushing work, his ceiling is limited, but Dobbins is a great way to go cheap at one of your RB spots and still get at least decent production with the chance for a big game if he finds the end zone, as he has nine times in 38 sims.
Other Options — James White ($4,700), Jalen Richard ($4,400)
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $8,200 — No player in all of Madden can match Hill’s 99 speed rating in these sims, and he has been a nightmare for opposing defenses as a result. Hill has been getting fantastic volume, catching 6.6 passes per contest in his 47 sims and has found the end zone 40 times. He had seven catches and a touchdown in each of his two previous meetings with the Raiders, producing 26.5 DKFP during the Madden Holiday Season and 18.1 DKFP in their earlier meeting. Hill has over 18 DKFP in seven of his past eight sims overall and is an option you have to consider even though his salary is up over $8K.
Other Options — Davante Adams ($6,900), Tyrell Williams ($6,200)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins, $4,100 — The key to affording the big stars like Jackson, Jones and Hill is finding value at other roster spots, and I think there are some excellent cheap WRs that offer that opportunity. MVS has been very involved as the Packers’ WR3 in these sims and is coming off a two-touchdown performance against the Texans which earned him 27.0 DKFP. He has averaged 3.1 catches for 41.5 yards per sim and has reached double-digit DKFP in five of his nine most recent contests. In his earlier matchups with Miami, he had five catches, 51 yards and a touchdown for 16.1 DKFP in their most recent meeting and four catches, 58 yards, a touchdown and 15.8 DKFP in the previous game before that. If he is around those numbers again, he’ll be a great bargain at this salary.
Albert Wilson, Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers, $3,700 — Wilson remains remarkably affordable for a WR2 and has been a big part of Miami’s passing attack since COVID-19 opt-outs were added back in 33 sims ago. Wilson has hauled in five touchdowns since then while averaging 2.8 catches for 39.6 yards per contest. With the Packers using X-factor Superstar Jaire Alexander to shut down DeVante Parker ($5,700), Wilson could get a little more work than usual in this matchup. He had over 9.0 DKFP in each of his two previous matchups with the Packers and has also posted over 13 DKFP in four of his six more recent sims.
Other Options — N’Keal Harry ($4,400), Demarcus Robinson ($4,200), Jakeem Grant ($3,600)
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $6,300 — Even though Hill gets so many targets, there hasn’t been any lack of work for the Chiefs’ star TE, who has averaged 17.6 DKFP on 6.2 catches for 73.5 yards per sim. Kelce hasn’t scored quite as many touchdowns as Hill with “just” 26 scores, but he still makes a ton of sense if you can find a way to fit his salary of over $6K. He had seven catches for 119 yards and 21.9 DKFP in his Madden Holiday Season matchup with the Raiders after posting six catches, 93 yards and 15.3 DKFP in their first Madden 21 meeting.
Other Options — Darren Waller ($5,400), Mike Gesicki ($4,600)
Devin Asiasi, New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens, $4,200 — The Patriots didn’t get a ton from their rookie TE this season in the real world, but he has been a solid option as their top TE in these sims. He has scored a touchdown in four of his past five games, averaging 12.94 DKFP over that stretch. Against the Ravens, he had 6.9 DKFP and 12.2 DKFP with three catches in each contest. He almost always has multiple catches and decent yardage, so he’s a solid play at just over $4K if you pivot off of Kelce or use a second TE in your flex spot.
Other Option — Marcedes Lewis ($3,700)
Chiefs DST vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $2,800 — I hate the matchups for the top three defenses on the slate, so I’m looking to pay down for the Chiefs in this spot. Since their offense puts up a ton of points and can strike quickly, the Chiefs have been prone to giving up big totals at times in these sims. However, their opponent pushing the ball down the field has also given them chances to make big plays. Kansas City’s defense has racked up 91 sacks and 33 takeaways in its 47 sims and should be able to terrorize Derek Carr ($5,600) in this contest. Carr has had turnover issues at times, and the Chiefs posted 12.0 DKFP and 3.0 DKFP in their two previous meetings with Vegas.
Packers DST vs. Miami Dolphins, $2,600 — If you want to go even cheaper on defense to squeeze more stars under your salary cap, the Packers have some elite playmakers who could step up as well as they take on rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa ($5,600) and the Dolphins. The Packers had 14 DKFP in their most recent matchup with Miami on two sacks, an interception and a defensive touchdown. They only have three defensive scores in 42 sims but they have been able to get decent pressure on opposing QBs, producing 78 sacks to go with 12 takeaways.
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