After a great weekend of all kinds of fun events and plenty of great prizes on the DraftKings $250K Tailgate Weekend on The Dream Stream, the DraftKings Dream Stream heads back to work on Monday with another six Madden sims for everyone to enjoy. As usual, there are three games on the featured classic slate, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET. The first game on that slate features the Miami Dolphins hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in a matchup of rookie QBs who were the first two signal-callers chosen in the 2020 NFL Draft. At 8:00 p.m. ET in primetime, we head to the NFC West for a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals, and we close out the day with a “Madden After Dark” matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears at 10:00 p.m. ET.
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 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 vs. Indianapolis Colts, $7,500 — While the Bears have played 41 sims in Madden 21, this will be their first contest against the Colts. Trubisky has been a very good fantasy option in these sims since he takes off and runs quite a bit, making him a dangerous dual-threat. Trubisky ran for 126 yards in his most recent sim, which was against the Texans, and finished with 33.16 DKFP. He has averaged 21.5 DKFP per contest on 190.4 passing yards and 67.4 rushing yards per sim to go with his 54 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns. He comes with a very high ceiling in a matchup he should be able to attack against the Colts’ inconsistent CBs, who have been very beatable in these sims.
Other Option — Kyler Murray ($7,300)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins, $6,300 — Burrow’s Bengals will take their talents to virtual South Beach for this matchup, which is a rematch of a sim that took place just three sims ago for the Bengals, resulting in a 27-24 Cincinnati win. Burrow threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns in that contest with 27.54 DKFP. He has over 18 DKFP in three straight and five of his past six sims. While he doesn’t pile up the rushing yards that Trubisky usually does, he has added seven rushing scores to his 58 passing touchdowns in 41 Madden 21 sims. He should be able to put up points against the Dolphins and remind everyone why he was the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft.
Other Option — Tua Tagovailoa ($5,600)
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, $7,300 — Since the 49ers are healthy in simland, their rushing attack is extremely potent and has helped Mostert be one of the top RBs in the game. Mostert usually gets plenty of volume as both the RB1 and third-down option, producing points as both rusher and receiver. Mostert had over 20 DFKP in four straight sims before cooling off in his most recent contest, and he has had two strong games against Arizona, which struggles to stop the run. In their first meeting, Mostert had 24.4 DKFP, highlighted by six catches for 43 yards, and he posted 15.0 DKFP in the rematch which was part of the Madden Holiday Season. Again in that matchup, Mostert had six catches, and that kind of PPR production makes him a relatively safe play even if he can’t get things going on the ground. Mostert has totaled 36 touchdowns in 41 sims and makes the most sense if you’re paying up at RB.
Other Options — Matt Breida ($6,600), Nyheim Hines ($6,500)
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins, $5,000 — Bernard is the Bengals’ third-down back in these sims while Joe Mixon ($5,500) handles RB1 and power back duties. Even in that timeshare, Bernard has still been very involved in these sims, and he usually offers a solid return for only $5K. He has more than 9.0 DKFP in five straight contests including 9.2 DKFP against the Dolphins in their recent meeting. In that contest, Gio had four catches for 27 yards to go with his 25 rushing yards. He was even better than that in his most recent sim, posting 18.3 DKFP on nine catches for 72 yards against the Steelers.
Other Option — Tarik Cohen ($4,700), Marlon Mack ($4,400)
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $6,000 — Parker is the Dolphins’ WR1 in these sims and gets plenty of attention from Tua in most matchups. He has averaged 3.9 catches for 57.8 yards per contest and scored a total of 19 touchdowns in 41 Madden 21 sims. He has a catch in every one of Miami’s sims and is coming off a big seven-catch, 108-yard game against the Packers that resulted in 20.8 DKFP. Parker has big-play potential with good speed and he usually gets a few deep targets every game. He didn’t get much going against the Bengals in their recent meeting with only 5.9 DKFP, but the player ratings show he should have an advantage, so I think he’ll be able to bounce back with a better game in this rematch.
Other Option — John Ross III ($5,900), Allen Robinson II ($5,800)
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, $5,100 — The speedy Samuel is the 49ers’ WR1 in these sims and comes with a nice ceiling. He has averaged 4.1 catches for 54.9 yards per contest over his 41 sims while finding the end zone 11 times. One of those touchdowns came in his most recent game against the Cardinals, who allowed Deebo to get 20.9 DKFP on six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Samuel has multiple catches in 29 straight sims, so he is a consistent contributor even though he doesn’t have a super-high ceiling since Jimmy Garoppolo ($6,200) doesn’t often air it out down the field.
Albert Wilson, Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $3,800 — Although he was a COVID-19 opt-out in real life, Wilson has been the Dolphins’ WR2 in these sims for the past 34 games and has been doing solid work with 2.8 catches for 38.9 yards per game and a handful of touchdowns. He had six catches for 83 yards against the Bengals in their recent meeting for 14.3 DKFP. That was one of three games with double-digit DKFP over his past five contests. He hasn’t hit the 100-yard bonus yet in any sim, but he still gets enough regular work to be a solid play under $4K and allow you to get some production from this spot while also allowing you to pay up for stars in other places.
Other Options — A.J. Green ($5,300), Larry Fitzgerald ($4,600), Parris Campbell ($4,400)
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears, $4,900 — Paying up for George Kittle ($6,000) is a good option in this spot as well, but he’s a little overpriced compared to Burton, who is usually kept very busy as Philip Rivers’ ($6,600) top TE target. Burton didn’t start at the top of the depth chart in these sims, but since taking over as TE1 he has averaged 5.0 catches for 54.8 yards per sim while scoring nine times in 37 games. His main fantasy contributions come from his reliability as a PPR producer, and he has at least four catches in five straight sims and has hit double-digit DKFP in each of those contests while averaging 17.4 DKFP per sim over that stretch.
Other Option — George Kittle ($6,000)
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins, $4,300 — Uzomah has been a little boom-or-bust in these sims but offers a very high ceiling. He had eight catches for 86 yards in his most recent sim for 16.6 DKFP against the Steelers. He also had a good game in his earlier matchup with Miami, producing 14.8 DKFP on four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. He has averaged 10.5 DKFP per sim in his 22 road games, where he has produced 4.1 catches for 43 yards per contest. He can be a solid play alongside Burton in the flex spot, or you can save some salary and hope you get a good Uzomah game even though he isn’t nearly as consistent and reliable as Burton.
Other Option — Mike Gesicki ($4,700)
Dolphins DST vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $3,000 — When picking a defense, the matchup is always a key factor to consider. Cincinnati’s offensive line has struggled in these sims, allowing Burrow to face a ton of pressure on a regular basis, just like in real life. The Dolphins piled up seven sacks against the Bengals in their recent meeting and forced a fumble, which they returned for a touchdown on their way to 15.0 DKFP. Even if they don’t get a similar big play in this rematch, they should be able to get enough sacks to be a solid play at only $3K. Overall, they have averaged over 2.0 sacks per sim while forcing 15 turnovers in 42 contests.
49ers DST at Arizona Cardinals, $2,700 — While Kyler Murray ($7,300) has great escapability and can pick up big rushing yards in these sims, he also loses quite a few fumbles and can be turnover prone when under pressure. Since the 49ers have their fully healthy defense, they should be able to cause mayhem against Murray in this matchup. In their two previous meetings, the 49ers have held the Cardinals to a total of just 17 points and posted 4.0 DKFP and 11.0 DKFP while forcing two turnovers and stacking up three sacks.
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