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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 3

Greg Ehrenberg gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Friday’s six-game Madden Stream slate on DraftKings, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

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 at the DraftKings YouTube channel, on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.

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Quarterback

Stud

Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. SF, $7,600 — While a matchup against the 49ers’ defense is far from ideal, it might not matter to Jackson. Due to the damage he’s capable of doing with his feet, he’s able to succeed in any matchup. He’s tallied 1,827 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in our sims. For this reason, it’s rare that we see Jackson have a poor fantasy game. He’s scored at least 15 DKFP in 11 of his last 12 games.

Value

Daniel Jones, NYG vs. DET, $5,600 — This slate isn’t exactly loaded with quarterback talent. Even though 12 teams are in action, Jackson is the only real star QB. This leaves Jones as the second best fantasy performer at the position with an average of 18.1 DKFP per game. In addition, he has a pretty easy matchup against the Lions and has been a really steady fantasy play as of late. Since he’s scored at least 17 DKFP in eight of his last nine games, Jones makes for a good contrarian pivot off of Jackson.


Running Back

Stud

Tevin Coleman, SF at BAL, $5,900 — Dalvin Cook ($6,900) is also on this slate and has been great, but I prefer Coleman and his $1,000 cheaper salary. One of the most valuable players in our simulations, Coleman averages 17.4 DKFP, the most of any running back on today’s slate. One of the safest plays at the position across all teams, Coleman has rushed for 2,432 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.

Value

Giovani Bernard, CIN at WAS, $3,700 — Quietly, Bernard has been one of the top RB2 options. As the Bengals’ pass catching back, he regularly finds himself on the field in the later stages of games since Cincy is often trailing. This has actually allowed Bernard to average more DKFP than the Bengals’ starter, Joe Mixon ($6,400). Mixon averages 7.7 DKFP compared to an average of 8.6 DKFP for Bernard, and Bernard is nearly half the price. He comes into today with multiple receptions in eight start games and a ceiling of seven catches.


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Wide Receiver

Stud

Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LV, $6,400 — I like Sutton’s chances for a big game tonight. Typically, he’s at a ratings disadvantage, which won’t be the case against the Raiders. They lack a shutdown defensive back and don’t have a cornerback rated higher than a 76. This should play into Sutton’s favor, especially since he’s had a decent amount of success despite typically matching up against cornerbacks who are higher rated than him. Sutton averages 14.1 DKFP.

Value

Mike Williams, LAC vs. MIA, $4,500 — Even if Williams was the most expensive wideout on the slate, I would be looking to roster him. Fortunately, we can roster him for $4,500, so he’s pretty easily the top play on the slate when taking price into account. Williams leads all skill position players on the slate with an average of 17.5 DKFP and it’s not often that he falters. Williams has scored double-digit DKFP in 12 of his last 13 games and draws a great matchup against the Dolphins.


Tight End

Stud

Darren Waller, LV at DEN, $5,000 — This is a tough call for me between Waller and George Kittle ($6,200). Kittle is the highest-rated tight end in Madden, although I am a bit wary of his matchup against the Ravens. Baltimore has one of the game’s top secondaries. This is part of the reason that I am leaning towards Waller, who has played well in his own right. He doesn’t get targeted quite as much as Kittle, but Waller has scored three more touchdowns than the 49ers’ star tight end.

Value

Mike Gesicki, MIA at LAC, $4,300 — Due to the strength of the Chargers’ cornerbacks, I expect that the Dolphins’ receivers are going to struggle to get open. This could lead Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6,000) to look over the middle for his tight end more often than normal. Even in normal circumstances, this is a somewhat normal game plan we see from Miami. Gesicki has 129 simulated receptions.


DST

Vikings DST at BUF, $2,900 — The Vikings have been the exception to “defenses rarely give us production in Madden” rule. While it’s true that decent fantasy games from DSTs are tough to come by, Minnesota is putting up 7.2 DKFP per game. This is nearly 50% more output than any other defense on today’s slate. Against a QB prone to mistakes like Josh Allen ($6,200), I think there’s a good chance for another good game out of the Vikings’ defense.

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