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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for October 26

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Monday’s three-game Madden Stream DraftKings slate, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The DraftKings Dream Stream is back for another work week with three Madden sims on the slate for Monday before Monday Night Football wraps up Week 7 with a matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams. The first sim starts the three-game classic slate at 12 p.m. ET when the Las Vegas Raiders host the Cincinnati Bengals. The virtual Los Angeles Rams are in action at 2 p.m. ET taking on the healthy virtual version of the Dallas Cowboys. The slate wraps up at 4 p.m. ET with a rematch of last week’s “Battle of the Bays,” as Aaron Rodgers ($6,900) takes on Tom Brady ($5,900) when the Green Bay Packers visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The roster for each team includes all player movement that occurred prior to Week 1 of this season and you can find the depth charts, abilities and X-factors for Madden 21 along with the upcoming schedule on the Madden Stream info page. The rosters have also been adjusted to get the best players on the field and will not be impacted by any COVID-19 opt-outs or injuries.

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Quarterback

Stud

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams, $6,500 — The Cowboys still have a healthy Dak in simland and he has been a very solid dual-threat QB, averaging 18.4 DKFP in his 17 sims in Madden 21. He has thrown for 30 touchdowns and added four rushing scores while averaging 214.6 passing yards per sim. Prescott doesn’t scramble a ton but can get needed yards in the red zone. He hasn’t faced the Rams yet in Madden 21, but he has posted over 15 DKFP in five of his past six sims. He’s a relatively safe pick to do the same in this contest even though he hasn’t shown off the same high ceiling as some of the more elite options who aren’t on this slate.

Other Options — Aaron Rodgers ($6,900), Derek Carr ($6,700)

Value

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders, $6,100 — In real life, Burrow had a great Week 7, as he continues to lead a much-improved Bengals’ offense. He has also been productive lately in these sims with multiple touchdown throws in three straight games and over 20 DKFP in each of his past two sims, which were against the tough defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings. He has had a pair of four-touchdown performances in these sims with each resulting in over 28 DKFP, so he has a pretty high ceiling for the second-cheapest QB on the slate. He will also allow you the salary flexibility to spend up in other spots. The Raiders’ defense has been a good matchup in these sims, which is why I prefer Burrow slightly over Tom Brady ($5,900), who has to face a tougher Packers defense.

Other Option — Tom Brady ($5,900)


Running Back

Stud

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams, $7,700 — Feeding Zeke has worked much more effectively for the Cowboys in simland than in real life since they still have their highly-rated offensive line intact in these sims where injuries aren’t reflected. Elliott has been one of the most reliable options in all of Madden 21 with double-digit DKFP in 16 of 17 sims. He is averaging 87.6 rushing yards and 2.5 catches for 17.5 receiving yards per sim, and he has found the end zone 16 times. His best game was a monster 42.9-DKFP performance against the Bills, which is one of his nine games with over 20 DKFP.

Other Option — Aaron Jones ($7,200)

Value

Darrell Henderson Jr., Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys, $4,300 — Since the latest roster update, Henderson has been the Rams’ third-down back and has posted solid production as both a rusher and receiver. He has a pair of touchdowns in his 11 sims and has averaged 9.9 DKFP per contest, with most of his production coming on PPR work. Henderson is averaging just under 4.0 catches per game and has a good chance to make plays and be a solid value as long as the volume continues to come his way against the Cowboys.

Other Option — Giovani Bernard ($4,500), LeSean McCoy ($3,700)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Tyrell Williams, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $7,100 — Williams has been red-hot for the Raiders lately and gets a great matchup against a suspect Bengals secondary. The Raiders’ WR1 has scored five touchdowns in his past four games and has over 15 DKFP in each of his past three sims as a result. He lit up the Seahawks for 165 yards and two touchdowns on six catches to post 37.5 DKFP in his most recent contest, and he now has over 23 DKFP in five of his 13 contests. He has the highest ceiling of any WR on this slate and gets a very favorable matchup as well.

Other Options — Chris Godwin ($6,500), Robert Woods ($6,300)

Value

Devin Funchess, Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $6,000 — Funchess has been an excellent play since taking over as the Packers’ WR2 and is averaging 17.7 DKFP over his 11 sims since the COVID-19 opt-outs were added back into the depth charts. Only Williams has averaged more DKFP per contest than Funchess, who has eight touchdowns in his 11 games while averaging 5.3 catches for 74.9 yards per sim. He’s coming off a massive game against Dallas in which he posted 43.1 DKFP on six catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns.

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys, $4,200 — Reynolds has been a solid option as the Rams’ WR3 and has been very involved recently with multiple catches in five straight sims, averaging 3.8 catches per sim over that stretch and producing double-digit DKFP in three of his past four games. Reynolds will have the same matchup that Funchess just went off in, so there is definitely some nice upside to all the Rams’ WRs if Jared Goff ($6,300) gets them the ball in the right spots.

Other Options — Henry Ruggs III ($5,000), Scotty Miller ($4,000), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($3,800)


Tight End

Stud

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders, $5,500 — Both the TEs in the early game have put up good numbers, averaging over 13 DKFP per sim. Since Darren Waller ($5,700) is the bigger name, you may get lower ownership with Uzomah, who has also been more involved than Waller in the red zone so far in these sims. Uzomah has scored in three straight games and has caught multiple passes in all 14 of the Bengals’ sims while averaging 4.6 catches for 52.1 yards per contest.

Other Options — Darren Waller ($5,700), Blake Jarwin ($4,400)

Value

Marcedes Lewis, Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $3,500 — The Packers do have Robert Tonyan ($2,500) and Jace Sternberger ($2,500) in Madden 21, but they’re buried on the depth chart below Lewis, who has been fairly productive lately. He has three catches or more in six straight contests, highlighted by a 25.8-DKFP performance against the Rams in which he had a pair of touchdowns and 68 yards on seven catches. Lewis makes a lot of sense as a bargain play due to his volume and can be a solid flex option at $3.5K as well since he has been out producing most RBs and WRs who are available at this price point.

Other Options — Tyler Higbee ($4,200), Rob Gronkowski ($3,700)


DST

Stud

Bengals DST at Las Vegas Raiders, $3,000 — The Bengals have averaged 5.0 DKFP per sim, which is the highest mark of any DST on this slate. They have forced seven turnovers in their 14 contests, but most of their production has come from their pass rush, which has stacked up 37 sacks in 14 contests. The Bengals do have one defensive touchdown as well, which came two sims ago in a 14.0-DKFP performance against the Steelers. They have that kind of potential against the Raiders in what should be a game filled with big plays in Vegas.

Other Option — Cowboys ($2,900)

Value

Packers DST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $2,800 — The Packers’ defense has playmakers throughout, led by X-factor Superstar Jaire Alexander at CB, Darnell Savage at FS, Kenny Clark at DT and Za’Darius Smith at LOLB. In their 17 sims, they have produced five takeaways and 30 sacks while scoring a pair of touchdowns and successfully limiting their opponents. While they have a tough task containing Brady, they do have upside as well since they have such highly-rated players who should dominate their individual matchups.

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