We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the six-game slate on Wednesday, which starts at 12 p.m. ET. It’s important to note that Madden runs a bit different here and we have some things to consider.
First and foremost, speed is such an important factor. These players are always going to get open and can give you an edge with a player that you’d potentially look over when you consider his real-life role. We’ll get into that more in the article below. Players also have particular X-Factors, which can best be described as “power ups” that can be activated if a player completes a certain threshold. These will be put into considerations as well and will be highlighted with those particular players.
It’s wild weather Wednesday, which means each simulation will include an element of weather that could impact gameplay. The first three games of the day: Bears-Browns, Lions-Seahawks and Cowboys-Titans will all be played in the rain. The second half of the slate will bring on the snow for the Panthers-Bills, Patriots-Steelers and Eagles-Broncos. Be sure to consider the weather factor as you build your lineup for this slate.
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Game Style: Arcade
Event Type: Exhibition
Even Teams: Off
Quarter Length: 8 minutes
Accelerated Clock: On
Play Clock: 20 seconds
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Russell Wilson, SEA vs. DET ($8,000)
Wilson’s not only the highest-scoring QB on the slate, but he has the safest floor by a wide margin. Through 28 sims, he’s only failed to score double-digit DKFP on one occasion. Wilson’s scored at least 18 DKFP in seven straight sims and has a favorable matchup against the Lions.
Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. CLE ($5,800)
Trubisky’s been one of the biggest surprises in the sims, averaging 21.3 DKFP — but his salary just fails to adjust. He has random upside as a passer, evident by his five touchdown passes against Seattle, but his rushing ability is what leaves such a safe floor. Trubisky has 1,336 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in the sims.
Other value options: Dak Prescott ($6,500)
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL at TEN ($7,000)
Zeke’s one of just a few every-down backs on the slate, making him worth paying up for. His 16.4-DKFP average leads all RBs on the slate — a number he’s exceeded in four straight sims, and six of his past seven. Elliott likely provides the highest touchdown expectancy on the slate, with 20 thus far in the sims.
Miles Sanders, PHI at DEN ($5,200)
Sanders is right on Zeke’s level, but we get him at a huge discount. Despite his continued elite production, Sanders just won’t get priced up where he belongs, which pretty much gives us a nice free square. Sanders is an every-down back for the Eagles, and adds even more upside returning kicks.
Other value options: Tarik Cohen ($3,600)
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Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. PHI ($6,300)
Sutton’s just as good, if not a better, play than all the WR1 targets priced above him. Denver’s pretty thin at WR, which generally leads to even more targets for Sutton as the only legit downfield weapon. While coming off a rare dud, scroll through his game log and you’ll find him to be relatively consistent, with the ability to go off for 30 DKFP in any matchup.
DK Metcalf, SEA vs. DET ($4,300)
If you pay up for Wilson, Metcalf is the perfect stacking option, also allowing you to save some cash. Tyler Lockett ($6,900) will draw the matchup against Darius Slay, leaving Metcalf in a much better matchup. Metcalf’s already been the superior play, averaging 12 DKFP. This situation dictates a potential big game from Metcalf.
Other value options: DeSean Jackson ($4,800), Curtis Samuel ($4,000), Mohamed Sanu ($3,900), James Washington ($3,200)
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Zach Ertz, PHI at DEN ($5,400)
Ertz is just about as consistent as it gets at TE, and generally the only TE I’ll pay up for on these slates. He has a very enticing floor/ceiling combo, and will rarely hurt you. If it matters to you, he’s also come through in the clutch on multiple occasions in sims.
Ben Watson, NE at PIT ($4,100)
Watson was a no-brainer play at one point in time, but he’s finally cooled down to a degree. While he doesn’t go off for monster sims quite as often, he’s still a very strong play, as a TE that often gives you double-digit DKFP. The touchdown upside is still dangerous, and Watson’s actually been more dangerous on the road.
Other value options: Vance McDonald ($3,800)
Cowboys D/ST at TEN ($3,100)
The Cowboys have been very explosive on defense, now up to five touchdowns. The Cowboys’ D/ST has scored 10-plus DKFP in three of its past five sims, including a 23 DKFP outburst against the Niners. Against a lacking offense like Tennessee, Dallas has upside.
Panthers D/ST at BUF ($2,800)
The Panthers have one of the most dominant defensive forces in the game in Luke Kuechly, facing one of the least talented offenses in the Bills. That’s a combo worth exploring for a D/ST play performing well.
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