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 three-game late slate on Tuesday, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Russell Wilson, SEA at HOU ($7,800)
Maybe we’d be chasing the $503 million narrative on Patrick Mahomes ($8,000) on a real slate, but I’m not quite sure that motivation will translate over to sim-land. Wilson’s actually been the better play in Madden, averaging 21.9 DKFP, and flashing a higher ceiling — Wilson scored 36.76 DKFP two sims ago against Detroit, which is a number Mahomes is yet to hit. It’s a good matchup indoors against a soft Houston defense, opening up a lot of potential.
Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. SEA ($7,000)
Even with a Patriots vs. Chiefs matchup, this feels like the shootout on the late slate. Watson’s 22.4-DKFP average actually leads the slate at the QB position, and similar to Wilson, we get a ton of rushing upside here. Watson’s also a very high floor play, which is nice to have as one of the cheaper options. Obviously, $7,000 isn’t the steal you’d prefer for “value,” but it’s a pricey QB slate.
Other value options: Ryan Tannehill ($6,500)
James White, NE vs. KC ($5,800)
The RB targets on this slate are the complete opposite of QB. Derrick Henry ($6,500) has not been producing in the sims like you’d expect, leaving mostly mid-priced options to pick from. But that doesn’t mean White’s a bad option in this spot. The Chiefs have a tendency to get into shootouts, and White, while known for his receiving skills, gets a ton of work on the ground for the Pats in the sims. White has a good matchup, and the potential to rush for 100 yards along with five receptions and a trip to the end zone.
Miles Sanders, PHI at TEN ($5,400)
Sanders is the top RB play on the slate, and is constantly the most underpriced play at the position. He’s an every-down back that produces similar to the top names at RB, but is still a couple thousand bucks cheaper. Sanders averages 15.8 DKFP and provides a nice combination of consistency with a high ceiling.
Other value options: C.J. Prosise ($3,000)
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Tyreek Hill, KC at NE ($8,100)
Hill’s blazing speed makes him matchup-proof, even if he’s lining up against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Hill has an insane 22 touchdowns in the sims and has reached the end zone six times in his last four outings. The regularity that Hill goes off for big games is what makes him the obvious stud at the position, essentially going off for three 30-DKFP games in his last four sims.
Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. KC ($4,100)
There’s a lot of really solid value at WR, all listed below, but Sanu stuck out slightly more than the rest. He’s scored double-digit DKFP in nine of his last 10 and has 20-DKFP upside in any matchup. A contest against a cushy KC secondary could help for a couple big plays.
Other value options: DeSean Jackson ($5,000), Sammy Watkins ($4,600), DK Metcalf ($4,500), Corey Davis ($4,000), DeMarcus Robinson ($3,400)
Zach Ertz, PHI at TEN ($5,400)
It’s a tough call between Ertz and Travis Kelce ($5,600), and while I’m fine rostering either, I’ll take the slight savings on the more consistent play. Ertz has also shown the ability to go off for 30-plus DKFP sims, so we’re also not sacrificing any upside by coming off Kelce.
Ben Watson, NE vs. KC ($3,900)
Watson’s been a similar play to Sanu as one of the consistent contributors in New England’s offense. Watson’s reached double-digit DKFP in 23 of the 30 sims and shown a massive 40-DKFP ceiling. He’s one of the safest plays on the slate, and provides that security at one of the least reliable positions.
Other value options: Darren Fells ($3,400)
Eagles DST at TEN ($3,000)
This is a very poor slate for DST plays, and with a couple of potential shootouts, it almost forces our hand to look towards the PHI/TEN matchup. Tennessee has the least explosive offense on the slate, as Tannehill can flop and Henry just hasn’t been the beast he was down the stretch in 2019.
Titans DST vs. PHI ($2,300)
The Titans’ DST averages 4.9 DKFP, which is actually second on the slate. It’s at home in the game that has the highest potential to be a grinder, which has value. Without many great options, a safe, cheap play feels like the right move.
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