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Best lineup strategy for April 6th Madden full slate simulation DFS

We break down the best lineup strategies for Sunday’s triple-header slate of Madden 20 simulation.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens walks off of the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

DraftKings is back with another Madden simulation triple-header with accompanying daily fantasy football. Monday’s triple-header opens at 1 p.m. with the Indianapolis Colts hosting the Miami Dolphins. That is followed by the Tennessee Titans hosting the Los Angeles Chargers at 5 p.m. The day closes with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Cleveland Browns at 8 p.m.

We’ve got three Showdown contests for the triple-header, but there is also a classic matchup featuring the full 3-game slate. We break down some lineup options for the contest, which you can play at DraftKings.


Lamar Jackson, Ravens ($7,700): He’s the most expensive player in the contest, but he is also the most explosive. The question will be his usage. He was in a simulation last week against the Patriots and had an atrocious game. He had three rushing yards, and threw for only 163 yards while New England’s defense picked him off three times. The Browns are a significant step down, so let’s see what he can do.

Ryan Tannehill, Titans ($6,900): He had a 19.7 point performance in his first Madden sim, throwing for two touchdowns and adding 49 rushing yards. The Chargers are a top ten defense in Madden, but Tannehill saw his rating climb in the second half of this season. The only other option I’d consider is Baker Mayfield in hopes he and the Browns are better in Madden than they were in real life.

Running backs

Austin Ekeler, Chargers ($5,200): DraftKings uses PPR, so running backs that catch a decent amount of passes are worth a look. Gordon is the starter in LA, but Ekeler will likely get enough work in the passing game to pick up some value.

Marlon Mack, Colts ($6,000): If Kalen Ballage were cheaper than $5,600, I’d jump all over him. But for only $400 more you can get a better starter on a better team. Mack will lose some passing game work to Nyheim Hines, but is valuable enough to send out there and expect a strong day.

Wide Receivers

DeVante Parker, Dolphins ($6,400): He’s tied for fourth highest rated overall receiver and fourth in catching rating. Add in a solid speed rating (91) and there’s solid value to be had in the Dolphins receiver against a bottom ten Colts defense.

Mike Williams, Chargers ($6,100): Williams and Keenan Allen had big games in their sim debut, but Allen is $1,100 more. While Allen might be a more consistent option, Williams is enough of a big play threat to be worth a roll of the dice in the free-to-play game.

Corey Davis, Titans ($5,100): Davis is one spot below teammate A.J. Brown in Madden rating, but the hope is Davis shows some life after a disappointing 2019 in real life. The average salary for your nine-man team is $5,555, so you’ll need to find some options south of that number. Davis is the ninth ranked receiver among these six teams.

Tight Ends

Delanie Walker, Titans ($5,300): Walker closed the real season on injured reserve, but is completely healthy for Madden. He’s the third highest rated tight end among these six teams and still had something left in the tank before he got hurt.

David Njoku, Browns ($4,500): It was a mostly lost year for Njoku thanks to a broken wrist, but Madden simulations bring full health for the talented tight end. He is the seventh rated tight end, but coming off a solid 2018, you might be able to cash in on the upside that enamored fantasy owners ahead of the 2019 season.

Defense/Special Teams

Colts D/ST ($3,600): The Colts had an ugly performance against Tennessee in their sim debut, but they now get what was at one point the worst rated team in Madden. The Dolphins poor offense makes this easier, but also a poor Miami defense means that much more pressure on the offense. Look for the Colts to put up some big numbers.