Monday’s three-game slate of Madden simulations will feature the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs. 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.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers ($7,300)
You can’t go wrong with Rogers. He might not have a strong receiving corps, but he is putting up consistently big production at 16.2 DKFP per game, and actually has improved each week. His accuracy should help him get the ball to Davante Adams, particularly given how open Adams should get against this Chiefs defense. Rodgers is also a decent scrambler. He’s rushed for 18 yards in each of the last two simulations.
Other options: Matt Ryan, Falcons ($,7200)
Tarik Cohen, Bears ($3,800)
Cohen is the highest scoring running back and fourth highest overall scoring player on this three-game slate. He’s listed as a running back but is effectively a wide receiver for PPR purposes. He has reached double digits all three games thus far and is playing better than his 78 overall rating might otherwise suggest.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Jets ($6,600)
Bell is New York’s best offensive weapon with an 88 overall rating. His 95 agility, 89 speed, 92 acceleration, and ability to contribute to the offense on the ground and through the air make him the best choice. He started slow in the Madden sims, but has improved his performance the last two weeks. He faces an up-and-down Falcons defense, which opens up a chance for some upside to his performance.
Other option: James Conner, Steelers ($5,600); Damien Williams, Chiefs ($5,800)
Calvin Ridley, Falcons ($5,100)
Julio Jones is the best receiver in the contest, but Ridley has performed well enough to make him a stronger value for his price. He has comparable speed, acceleration, and agility. If you want to play both in this Showdown, I wouldn’t blame you, but if you’re only picking one, the value is with Ridley.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers ($4,100)
Each game is a one-off simulation, but MVS has quietly put together an impressive three-game run. He averaged 9.5 points per game the first two weeks and then dropped 25 on the Eagles in the third game. Davante Adams is the wildly better receiver by a long shot, but they’ve put up some fairly consistent numbers together.
Other option: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers ($6,600); Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($7,800)
Ryan Griffin, Jets ($3,600)
Griffin is a pretty meh tight end for the most part, but even with a 75 overall rating, he has emerged as a consistent presence in these sims. He’s the second highest scoring player in this matchup behind only Matt Ryan, and has scored in double digits each of the Jets three games. He’s a value for the price.
Other option: Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($6,500); Vance McDonald, Steelers ($4,000)
Pittsburgh Steelers ($3,800)
The Bears defense is rated higher than the Steelers defense, but the Bears offense is rated a good deal lower than the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh struggled last week against the Ravens dynamic offense, but against the Chargers and Jets they had prolific performances. I suspect we might see the same against a shaky Bears offense.
Other option: New York Jets ($3,000)