With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. Each day there are six Madden Streams with eight free contests to be a part of. You can play a single-game Showdown for each contest along with an all-day, six-game classic contest and a three-game late slate. Each simulation will be played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
Saturday’s slate includes plenty of star power, starting with a great early game at 12 p.m. ET between the Broncos and the Saints. At 2 p.m. ET, the Rams and Jaguars meet in another matchup of teams with solid records in these sims and typically solid offenses. In the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. games, we get a pair of matchups between teams that have been involved in high-scoring affairs as the Colts host the Giants and the Falcons take on the Lions. In the primetime game at 8 p.m. ET, the Bengals take on the Seahawks, and we close out the evening with an all-Cali matchup for “Madden After Dark” between the Raiders, who are still based in Oakland in these sims, and the Chargers.
There are lots of great options to consider from the 12 teams on the slate Saturday, and I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this six-game slate below. As you build your team, make sure to check out the Madden info page for all the data on player ratings, special abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon.
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Russell Wilson, SEA at CIN, $8,000 — Wilson has the highest average of any player on the slate with 21.9 DKFP per sim, and he gets a great matchup in Cincinnati to continue to provide plenty of fantasy points both on the ground and through the air. He looked sharp against the Lions in his most recent sim, throwing for 214 yards and two scores while rushing for 112 yards and another score for a total of 36.76 DKFP. While he may not reach that ceiling in every game, his ability to pile up production in multiple ways has helped him to over 18 DKFP in eight straight games with multiple touchdowns in all but one of those sims. He should have no trouble against the Bengals and has the highest ceiling on the board if you can afford his hefty salary cap hit. Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,800), Philip Rivers ($6,800)
Daniel Jones, NYG at IND, $5,600 — Jones has thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven straight games, resulting in over 17 DKFP in each contest. He had a high point of 30.72 DKFP during that run aginst Wilson’s Seahawks when he threw for 323 yards and four scores in a 31-28 win. He gets a good matchup against a lowly-rated Indianapolis secondary and is still incredibly affordable given his recent production.
Other Options — Jared Goff ($6,200), Gardner Minshew II ($5,400)
Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. DET, $6,100 — Like Russell Wilson, Freeman offers multiple ways to produce fantasy points since he is very involved as both the Falcons’ primary rusher and receiver. He has 100 catches in his 29 sim games for an average of about 3.5 per contest. He has an extremely high ceiling as a result of the PPR production and his ability to get into the end zone, which he has done six times over his past four games. He has over 14 DKFP in five of his past seven sims and should be set up for more success against a Lions defense that has given up a lot of rushing production this sim season. Other Options — Alvin Kamara ($6,700), Todd Gurley II ($6,200)
Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. LAR, $5,000 — Fournette is incredibly affordable for an RB1 that dominates all the touches in his backfield and actually costs less than Melvin Gordon ($5,800), Chris Carson ($6,300), Marlon Mack ($5,300) and Josh Jacobs ($5,900), who lose a significant part of their backfield shares to third-down backs. Fournette has averaged 15.4 DKFP in his 27 sims and had a nice string of five straight games in double-digits before posting just 8.6 DKFP against the Colts. He didn’t have an awful game in that contest, he just had no touchdowns and no receptions. He should be set up to bounce back against the Rams in this matchup and has a great ceiling for a player who only costs $5K.
Other Options — Gio Bernard ($3,900), Jalen Richard ($3,600)
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T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. NYG, $6,900 — The Colts should be in a good spot this afternoon against the Giants, whose secondary has given up some monster games. Hilton has one of the highest ceilings in these sims but has also been held without a catch in two games, mostly due to inconsistent QB play from Jacoby Brissett ($5,800). Despite the two goose eggs, he is still averaging 68.1 yards on 4.2 catches for 15.4 DKFP per contest. He isn’t the most consistent of the top WRs, but he showed his upside with his 34.2 DKFP performance against the Browns in a recent sim. Other Options — Julio Jones ($7,800), Courtland Sutton ($6,300)
Brandin Cooks, LAR at JAX, $5,000 — Cooks is the WR3 for the Rams but has been very involved and has lots of upside with his 95 speed rating. He has at least four catches in each of his past four sims and has over 11 DKFP in five of his past eight. He’ll have a good matchup against the Jaguars’ secondary, which was left a little thin after the trade of Jalen Ramsey, who they’ll actually face in this matchup.
Mike Williams, LAC vs OAK, $4,400 — Williams has been the most productive WR in all of Madden on a per-dollar basis. He has 73.8 yards per sim and a total of 20 touchdowns in 28 contests, helping him average 16.2 DKFP per contest. He has been better than most WR1 options and has a great ceiling against the Raiders’ iffy secondary.
Other Options — Darius Slayton ($3,800), Chester Rogers ($3,100)
Evan Engram, NYG at IND, $5,400 — Engram is the fastest TE in all of Madden and always has a high ceiling as a result. He went off for seven catches, 117 yards and 21.7 DKFP against the Saints in his most recent sim, and has over 12 DKFP in six straight sims and nine of his past 10 contests. He has a good matchup and should remain Jones’ go-to option against the Colts. Other Options — Jared Cook ($5,300), Darren Waller ($4,900)
Will Dissly, SEA at CIN, $4,300 — Dissly isn’t nearly the deep threat that Engram is and is much more of a possession option than a vertical threat, but he gets good enough volume to be a good matchup against the Bengals. Dissly had eight straight games with double-digit DKFP before a quiet 7.1 DKFP against Detroit. He is averaging 4.0 catches per contest and his volume makes him a relatively safe option at this salary.
Other Options — James O’Shaughnessy ($3,700), Noah Fant ($3,400)
Seahawks DST at CIN, $2,700 — The Seahawks’ DST is led by the elite Bobby Wagner, who forces a ton of fumbles in these sims. Seattle has recovered 22 fumbles in 29 games in addition to 38 sacks and three defensive touchdowns. Seattle’s defense is averaging 4.4 DKFP per sim and has actually been slightly better on the road, where the Seahawks will have a favorable matchup in Cincinnati. Other Options — Chargers DST ($3,100), Saints DST ($2,900)
Broncos DST at NO, $2,200 — The Broncos’ DST has a tough matchup against the Saints, but Denver has some big-time playmakers and could still make the splash plays needed to have a good fantasy day. Overall, the Denver defense is averaging 4.8 DKFP, but the unit has been especially effective on the road, where it has produced 6.3 DFKP over 14 sims with an impressive 41 sacks. That’s over double the Broncos’ total at home in the same number of contests.
Other Option — Giants DST ($2,400)
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