DraftKings closes out the work week with a six-game Madden slate set for Friday. There are individual Showdown contests, along with a big Classic contest with cash up for grabs. We break down some ideal picks at each position. You can enter your lineups here.
Rodgers has routinely been able to light up poor secondaries. Even though the Packers’ receiving corps isn’t great, Davante Adams should dominate the Colts’ lesser defensive backs. Jimmy Graham and Marquez Valdes-Scantling should also benefit from Rodgers’ ability to make accurate throws all over the field.
Baker Mayfield, Browns ($5,900) vs. Seahawks
Mayfield has a dynamic receiving corps at his disposal and Seattle only has one defensive back with an overall rating above 80. Stacking Mayfield with Odell Beckham Jr. or Jarvis Landry is ideal in this slate, but I’d give the edge to Beckham because of his 99 spectacular catch rating and elusiveness.
Coleman got cheaper after rushing for 153 yards and a score in his last sim. San Francisco will run the ball more than most teams, and that means Coleman gets more opportunities to score. His offensive line is great, and he has the speed to break away from the defense when he gets space. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in five games and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Tarik Cohen, Bears ($3,700) vs. Panthers
Cohen has consistently been one of the better value plays at running back. He generally returns value, and if he doesn’t you can earn it back elsewhere. If he hits double digits like he has in five sims already, you’ll have found a steal.
Saquon Barkley, Giants ($6,700) vs. Titans
Barkley is only second to Coleman in DKFP per game in this slate but can do more from a PPR perspective. He and Coleman have the highest floors at the running back position. He can do it all and is often involved on the ground and through the air early.
Jaylen Samuels, Steelers ($3,000) vs. 49ers
The 49ers have one of the better defensive lines in Madden and Pittsburgh hasn’t been able to generate much momentum on the ground. Samuels has been more productive than James Conner and is a threat to get up the field and catch passes. If San Francisco’s pass rush makes Ben Roethlisberger get back in the gun, we could see a lot more of Samuels than usual because of his sturdy hands.
Davante Adams, Packers ($7,800) vs. Colts
Indianapolis is fresh off getting dominated by Dwayne Haskins, so Rodgers and Adams should be more of a threat. Adams has scored a touchdown on 18.3 percent of his catches and his 16.5 yards per catch makes him one of the most lethal deep threats we’ve seen in Madden sims.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns ($7,200) vs. Seahawks
Beckham has the highest DKFP average (19.8) and receiving yard total (1,058). His 11 touchdown catches are only behind Michael Thomas’ 12. Mayfield hurls the ball down the field to Beckham frequently, and the wideout comes down with the ball often.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers ($4,600) vs. Bears
Samuel is one of the better value plays at wideout. Speedsters like him don’t need much to get going, and his 13.1 DKFP are respectable. His 95 speed makes him a threat on short and deep routes.
Darius Slayton, Giants ($3,100) vs. Titans
Slayton is a WR3 but has leads all Giants in receptions (54), receiving yards (798), and scores. He can get you upward of 20 DKFO for the second cheapest price in the slate. He’s done so three times so far and can do it again.
Other options: Michael Thomas, Saints ($8,400) vs. Cowboys
Eric Ebron, Colts ($5,100) vs. Packers
Jaire Alexander could make things tough for T.Y. Hilton, and Ebron is the next best pass catcher for the Colts. His team-high 65 receptions are proof of how much Jacoby Brissett depends on him in the middle.
George Kittle, 49ers ($6,200) vs. Steelers
This one is simple. Kittle is the best tight end in the game and plays on a running team without a star receiver. He’s the top option in the air, and most top targets don’t go under $6,500.
Other option: Trey Burton, Bears ($4,100) vs. Panthers
Packers D/ST ($3,200) vs. Colts
Green Bay has a speedy corner for Hilton, and Ebron has only scored two touchdowns in13 sims. Indianapolis has to find offense from somewhere, and it won’t get that at running back with Marlon Mack performing like he has been.
49ers D/ST ($3,400) vs. Steelers
San Francisco’s defensive line can make Pittsburgh’s ground game stagnant, and JuJu Smith-Schuster, and other wideouts have had modest performances. Going up against Richard Sherman and some other talented defensive backs could be tough for Roethlisberger.