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Top NFL Targets at each position on DraftKings for April 18th

We break down the best picks at each position for Saturdays’ three game slate of Madden simulations.

 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. San Francisco defeated Seattle 26-21. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s three-game slate of Madden simulations will feature the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings. There will be a classic contest available for the contests, and we break down some ideal DFS strategies below. You can select your lineup at DraftKings.


Russell Wilson ($8,000) vs. Vikings

Wilson is the second highest rated (97) quarterback in the game. He has the best deep throw accuracy among signal callers and also has the mobility to make plays with his legs. Players of Wilson’s stature are worth spending the big bucks on — especially at the quarterback position.

Other options: Cam Newton ($6,300) vs. Giants

Running back

Christian McCaffrey ($7,800) vs. Giants

McCaffrey is the highest rated running back (99) in the game. He leads all players in DKFP per game (18.0) in the slate. His speed catching makes him a threat on the ground and through the air. He’s averaging 77 rushing yards for game and is also bound to get some PPR points as well.

Le’Veon Bell ($6,400) vs. Broncos

Bell has the kind of versatility to excel on the ground and through the air, like McCaffrey. The Jets will play the Broncos in the snow, so environmental factors could limit the abilities of their receivers. Denver has one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL, so it could be forced to use Bell more than usual.

Other option: Saquon Barkley ($6,500) vs. Panthers

Wide receiver

DK Metcalf ($4,300) vs. Vikings

Metcalf is a dangerous deep threat with 95 speed and solid catching in traffic (86). Wilson is elite when it comes to throwing the long ball. This price for a starting wideout is hard to beat.

Adam Thielen ($5,800) vs. Seahawks

Thielen has been more productive than Stefon Diggs ($7,600), who is the most expensive wideout in the slate. There’s a slim margin between their overall ratings. Why not save a lot of money but get a player with similar value?

Other option: Courtland Sutton ($6,200) vs. Jets

Tight End

Ryan Griffin ($3,600) vs. Broncos

Griffin has dipped below double-digits in DKFPs in a sim yet. His 14.0 DKFP per game leads all tight ends. He’s the second least expensive starter, so this is great value given how effective he has been.

Other option: Evan Engram ($5,600) vs. Panthers

Defense/Special Teams

Panthers D/ST ($3,300) vs. Giants

The Panthers have a solid defensive line, the best linebacker in the game in Luke Kuechly. Their secondary is led by Donte Jackson and James Bradberry. Carolina has a good group to contain Daniel Jones, who has an overall rating of 70.

Other option: Broncos ($3,300) vs. Jets