The Madden simulated season marches on this Saturday with a full schedule of six sims on the DraftKings Dream Stream. The second half of the schedule makes up the featured three-game classic contest, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to the virtual West Coast to take on the Los Angeles Rams. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the primetime contest spotlights a tasty AFC North matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, and we close out the day with another key divisional contest between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
As you build your lineups, be sure to consider the depth charts for each team. If you’re looking for gameplay details for these sims, along with the upcoming schedule, head over to the Madden Streams Information Page.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, $9,200 — Even against a strong defense like the Steelers, Jackson’s ceiling is too high to pass up. The Madden 21 cover athlete has produced an impressive 26.8 DKFP per sim, highlighted by 104.7 rushing yards per contest, more than any other player in the game by a wide margin. He posted 13.8, 25.24 and 21.32 DKFP in his three earlier matchups against the Steelers, and he has been rolling lately with over 25 DKFP in five of his six most recent sims, including 33.78 DKFP against the Browns in his most recent contest.
Other Options — Russell Wilson ($7,500)
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, $5,700 — The cheapest starting QB on the slate comes with solid upside since Goff is in a good matchup against Jacksonville. In his two earlier contests against the Jags, Goff posted 21.94 and 14.02 DKFP, and he comes with decent upside since he has averaged 16.5 DKFP on 246 passing yards and 1.5 passing touchdowns per sim. He is cheap since he has struggled lately, but has the potential for a big bounce-back performance at this bargain-basement salary.
Other Option — Gardner Minshew II ($5,800)
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, $7,900 — Mostert posted over 23 DKFP in each of his two most recent sims and racked up 170 rushing yards against the Vikings in his most recent sim. Earlier in this sim season, he had 120 yards and 28.0 DKFP against the Seahawks and now has over 22 DKFP in three of his five previous matchups with Seattle. Mostert is one of the best RBs in all of Madden 21 and one of just two full-time RBs on this slate.
Other Option — Chris Thompson ($6,200)
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens, $4,500 — Samuels has been a great value play at RB as the Steelers’ third-down specialist. He has averaged 4.0 catches for 28.0 receiving yards per sim. He has produced 11.0, 4.0 and 5.0 DKFP in his three previous matchups with the Ravens and has been even better during this sims season with over 9.0 DKFP in six of his past nine contests.
Other Options — J.K. Dobbins ($4,300), Darrell Henderson Jr. ($5,000), Carlos Hyde ($3,900)
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, $5,700 — Kupp makes a nice play under $6K against the Jags and scored a touchdown in each of his earlier matchups against Jacksonville, totaling 16.5 and 13.6 DKFP. He has 40 touchdowns in his 89 sims overall with over 15 DKFP in four of his six most recent sims. He can be volatile even as the Rams’ WR1, but the Jaguars have been a great matchup for opposing slot WRs in all our Madden 21 sims, so Kupp should be in a good spot to produce.
Other Options — JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,900), Robert Woods ($5,300)
Kendrick Bourne, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, $4,300 — Bourne has averaged 3.6 catches for 50.9 yards per sim in his 87 appearances for the 49ers and had a pair of touchdowns against the Vikings on his way to 18.5 DKFP in his most recent contest. Bourne had three catches in two of his three earlier meetings with the Seahawks and also has at least that many catches in five of his seven most recent sims. He’s a nice cheap play with a high ceiling.
Willie Snead IV, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, $3,800 — If you need to go ultra-cheap in one of your WR spots, Snead is usually pretty involved in the Ravens’ passing game and has at least three catches in five straight sims. He also has multiple catches in every one of his matchups with Pittsburgh, producing 7.3, 4.3 and 12.9 DKFP.
Other Options — DJ Chark Jr. ($5,200), Dede Westbrook ($4,700), Diontae Johnson ($4,000)
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Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens, $5,400 — Ebron is almost always involved in the Steelers’ passing game and posted 18.5 and 11.7 DKFP in his two most recent games against the Ravens. He has scored over 12 DKFP in four of his past five sims, highlighted by a 24.9-DKFP performance against the Lions. With a lot of inconsistent WR plays, it makes sense to pay up for a TE and go with Ebron, who is very reliable.
Other Option — George Kittle ($5,600)
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, $4,500 — Higbee is another cheap Ram to consider due to his upside against the Jaguars. He had nine catches for 93 yards against Jacksonville in their first Madden 21 meeting and has four catches or more in five straight sims with an average of 12.4 DKFP over that stretch.
Other Options — Tyler Eifert ($4,300)
Seahawks DST vs. San Francisco 49ers, $3,000 — The Seahawks have been the best DST in Madden 21, averaging 7.3 DKFP per sim by forcing 102 turnovers in 95 sims while also piling up 198 sacks and 15 defensive touchdowns. They had 14 DKFP in their matchup with the 49ers earlier in the season and have at least 8.0 DKFP in each of their eight most recent sims.
Steelers DST vs. Baltimore Ravens, $2,700 — The Steelers have also been very good at forcing turnovers with 88 takeaways in 90 sims. They have produced 6.2 DKFP per game overall with 12.0 and 8.0 DKFP in their two most recent sims against Jackson and the Ravens. Jackson does occasionally have fumble issues, and if he does, the Steelers will be a good value plan.
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