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Carson Wentz, PHI vs. CAR ($7,200)
I am assuming most people will gravitate towards Patrick Mahomes ($8,000) if they want to roster a high end QB. I can’t argue with that decision although I don’t want to pay such a big price tag for him in a tough matchup against the Bills. Wentz is cheaper, has an easier matchup and has a comparable DKFP average. This all a bit of a moot point though because I view the QB listed below as far and away the best play on the slate at quarterback.
Mitchell Trubisky, CHI at LAR ($5,700)
It’s crazy that Trubisky, who is likely not going to be the Bears’ starter to open the season, has been the most consistent player in our Madden sims. He averages 21.4 DKFP, the second most of any QB on the slate, while also coming with the second cheapest price tag of any player at the position. Considering Trubisky has scored 15 DKFP or more in 12 of his last 13 games, there doesn’t appear to be much of a chance of him failing no matter who the opponent is.
Miles Sanders, PHI vs. CAR ($5,100)
At a $5,100 price tag, Sanders is the second cheapest starting running back on the slate. He also averages the most DKFP of any RB playing today, so this is basically the exact same situation as we have with Trubisky. When the best fantasy player at the position is also one of the cheapest, rostering them becomes an easy decision. Sanders went over 2,000 total rushing yards in our sims last game and he also has 17 total touchdowns.
Tarik Cohen, CHI at LAR ($3,400)
The Bears’ pass catching back has actually been pretty consistent lately. Cohen has scored at least 8.0 DKFP in five of his last six games and his 9.0 DKFP averages makes him one of the top per dollar plays on the slate. We usually see him get more action when the Bears are trailing and since they have a tough matchup against the Rams, there seems to be a pretty good chance that we see Cohen hauling in passes in the fourth quarter as the Bears try to catch up from behind.
Odell Beckham, CLE vs. IND ($7,200)
Earlier in our sim season, Beckham was arguably the top receiver to pay up for. Oddly, his production has totally fallen off recently. OBJ has scored under 10 DKFP in five of his last six games, so he has to be considered a risky option. He has 18 total receiving touchdowns, making me think there is still plenty of upside in rostering him even if he hasn’t shown it recently. On paper, this is a great matchup for Beckham. The Colts don’t have a single cornerback rated higher than an 80 and Beckham has a 90 overall rating.
Robert Woods, LAR vs. CHI ($5,200)
The Rams have three highly-rated receivers and Woods lead the group with an average of 13.8 DKFP. Typically, we see Cooper Kupp ($6,700) draw coverage from top cornerbacks, freeing up Woods to face softer coverage. This has played to his advantage and he has hauled in 119 receptions for 1,583 yards in our sims. Woods also has a decent ceiling and recently scored as many as 37.2 DKFP in a game against the Jets.
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Zach Ertz, PHI vs. CAR ($5,500)
I like Ertz over Travis Kelce ($6,100) for a lot of the same reasons I like Wentz over Mahomes. Ertz is cheaper and actually averages more DKFP than Kelce. Ertz is scoring 15.4 DKFP per game compared to an average of 14.8 DKFP. When we also factor in the easier matchup for the Eagles’ tight end against the Panthers, I think he makes for the slightly stronger play of the two Pro Bowl tight ends.
Darren Waller, LV at DAL ($4,700)
It’s been a while since I rostered Waller. For a while, he was one of the top passing catching options in our simulations, but then his production evened out a bit. Still, he’s averaging 14.5 DKFP overall and has scored at least 19 DKFP in three of his last four games. The ceiling is always high for Waller and since the Raiders have such a poor defense, they always have to throw the ball late in games to come from behind.
Bills DST at KC ($2,200)
Hear me out. Rostering defenses against the Chiefs is always a risky strategy and is something I would never advise in real life. In Madden, I think it makes sense just because we almost never get production from defenses anyway. At nearly min price, the Bills offer a bunch of salary savings and it’s not like Mahomes is immune to mistakes. He’s thrown 10 interceptions in our sims, which is tied for the most of any QB on this slate.
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