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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for October 30

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Friday’s three-game Madden Stream DraftKings slate, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The DraftKings Dream Stream starts the weekend right with a full slate of six Madden sims on tap starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. Throughout the day there are paid and free contests for each sim, and the featured slate is the three-game classic slate that starts at 6:00 p.m. ET with the Washington Football Team traveling west to take on the San Francisco 49ers. We stay in Cali for the 8:00 p.m. ET primetime matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Chargers from virtual SoFi Stadium. The final sim of the day on “Madden After Dark” starts at 10:00 p.m. ET, featuring the New England Patriots taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in a matchup that has several solid fantasy plays to consider.

The roster for each team includes all player movement that occurred prior to Week 1 of this season and you can find the game settings, 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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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers, $7,600 — Anytime Russ’ is on the slate, he’s a great option to consider due to his rushing potential, low risk and extremely high ceiling. He has average 24.6 DKFP over his 17 sims, producing 205.9 passing yards and 64.6 rushing yards per game. He has thrown 31 touchdowns and added eight rushing scores, scoring at least three total touchdowns in each of his past three games and producing over 28 DKFP in each of those contests. While Wilson has had a few duds, even those aren’t total busts as he has never been held under 16 DKFP. He also has a high ceiling which he has shown off with over 25 DKFP in eight of his 17 contests.

Other Option — Justin Herbert ($7,100)


Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots, $6,500 — The virtual version of the Bengals’ offense hasn’t thrown the ball quite as often as the Bengals in real life, but they do give Burrow plenty of opportunities to make big plays. He has thrown for over 240 yards in four straight sims and has produced over 15 DKFP in each of his past five contests. Burrow is averaging 227.9 passing yards per game and has totaled 25 touchdowns in just 16 contests to help him average 17.2 DKFP. He doesn’t produce a ton of yards on the ground but has added a couple of rushing touchdowns. He doesn’t have the high ceiling of the two QBs over $7K, but he does have more upside than any of the other bargain options even against the Patriots’ solid defense.

Other Option — Cam Newton ($6,100)

Running Back


Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Football Team, $7,400 — Mostert’s matchup isn’t outstanding since Washington has a pretty solid front-seven on defense, but he is still worth a look since he has been such a force in Madden 21. Mostert has scored 20 touchdowns in just 17 sims while averaging 77.1 rushing yards and 26.1 receiving yards per sim. He has at least 15 DKFP in three straight and in 13 of his past 14 games, which is remarkable consistent for a running back. His consistency doesn’t come at the expense of his ceiling, though, since he has also reached over 32 DKFP in three of those contests. Mostert had 35.2 DKFP against the Steelers a few sims ago, so he can get work done even against tougher defenses and is always a good play in these sims since injury isn’t a factor.

Other Option — Austin Ekeler ($7,800)


Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots, $4,700 — The Bengals will rotate Bernard and Joe Mixon ($5,000) in their backfield in this sim, since Mixon is not injured like he is in real life. Bernard is still the better fantasy play, though, due to his PPR work. In his 16 sims, Bernard has hauled in an average of 4.1 catches per contest for 33.5 yards per game and scored a total of three touchdowns to help him average 10.0 DKFP. He has over 6.0 DKFP in six straight games, so his risk of busting is fairly low even though he is in a timeshare in the backfield.

Other Option — Chris Carson ($5,800), Sony Michel ($4,200)

Wide Receiver


Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks, $6,400 — Since Justin Herbert ($7,100) has taken over as the Chargers’ QB in the Madden 21 sims, Allen has returned to his status as an elite option. He has at least four catches in five of his past six games with over 60 yards and at least 12 DKFP in each of those five sims. He is coming off a huge game against the Browns in which he produced 27.3 DKFP with 131 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Seattle’s defense is a great fantasy option since they make big plays (more on that later), but they have struggled to slow down top WRs and have given up plenty of points and yards, much like in real life. Look for Allen to excel out of the slot in primetime.

Other Options — DK Metcalf ($6,700), Terry McLaurin ($6,100)


N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals, $4,700 — The Patriots have used Harry as the WR1 on their depth chart, and he has been pretty solid in these sims despite some volatility. He’s averaging 11.4 DKFP on 3.4 catches for 48.7 yards per sim and has found the end zone eight times. He has gone off for over 21 DKFP three times but is usually more of a possession option with 3-to-5 catches for around 50 yards. While that production isn’t elite, it does make him a solid option at this salary.

Joe Reed, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks, $3,900 — In Madden 21, Reed is the Chargers’ WR3 behind Allen and Mike Williams ($5,800), and has been a regular contributor to the offense and brings upside with his 90 speed rating and 83 change of direction rating. Reed had six catches in his most recent sim, finishing with 12.0 DKFP against the Browns. He matched his sim-season high for catches which was set a few games ago against the Dolphins, when he had six catches, 70 yards, two touchdowns and 25.0 DKFP. He has multiple catches in nine of his 11 sims since moving into his new role and is averaging over 40 yards per sim. Getting consistent involvement with nice upside for under $4K will help the rest of your roster fit into place nicely if you slide Reed into a WR or flex spot.

Other Options — John Ross III ($5,300), Tyler Lockett ($4,800), Dontrelle Inman ($3,300)

Tight End


George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Football Team, $5,300 — Kittle isn’t the most expensive tight end in his own game since Jeremy Sprinkle ($5,600) has been getting a lot of volume for Washington. I do think Kittle is the better play based on matchup and his upside factoring in his X-factor and superstar abilities. Kittle has at least four catches in five straight games and is averaging 4.4 catches per contest in the 49ers’ 17 Madden 21 sims. He has also produced a solid 59.8 yards per sim and reached double-digit DKFP in four straight games before being held to 6.2 DKFP against the Raiders in his most recent sim. Kittle has been hurt by the lack of other receiving options and opposing teams keying their defenses on him. However, Washington has had issues against TEs in these sims, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a monster performance from Kittle in this matchup.

Other Options — Jeremy Sprinkle ($5,600), C.J. Uzomah ($5,000)


Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers, $4,300 — Olsen has been one of Wilson’s go-to options in these sims, and the veteran is getting a ton of volume with 4.5 catches for 44.4 yards yards per game. He has scored seven touchdowns as well and posted double-digit DKFP in seven of his past nine contests. He hasn’t reached 20 DKFP in any sim but does typically bring in over 10 DKFP, making him a solid play at this salary.

Other Options — Hunter Henry ($4,500), Devin Asiasi ($3,500)



Seahawks DST at Los Angeles Chargers, $3,300 — The Seahawks have been the best fantasy defense in Madden 21, forcing a 22 turnovers in 17 sims. They have scored four defensive touchdowns and a safety to average 7.5 DKFP per sim, and they should be able to force rookie QB Justin Herbert ($7,100) into mistakes in this matchup. They didn’t get anything done against the Chiefs in their most recent sim and haven’t had a big game in a while. They seem due for a big game and have a good road matchup on this slate.

Other Option — Washington ($3,200)


Patriots DST at Cincinnati Bengals, $3,100 — The Patriots get a good matchup against a rookie QB as well, and they have had enough big games that they make a solid pivot if you don’t want to roll with the Seahawks. The Patriots have forced 22 turnovers in their 19 sims with 30 sacks, four defensive touchdowns and an average of 5.8 DKFP per sim.

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