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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for October 9

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.

Friday brings another full day of sims to the DraftKings Dream Stream with six games kicking off throughout the day. The first three games are part of the early classic slate, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the later three games are featured in the 6:00 p.m. ET classic slate, which is the focus of this post. The late slate starts with a great matchup for the Seahawks, who will host the Bengals. At 8:00 p.m. ET in primetime, the Bills host the Colts, and we close out the night with the Saints and Broncos from the virtual Superdome on Madden After Dark.

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

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $7,600 — Wilson is the obvious choice at QB on this slate, but that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily the wrong one. He’s the only truly elite option in play and has been dominant in his 11 contests, throwing for 20 touchdowns and adding three more on the ground in addition to 61 rushing yards per contest. He has been held under 18 DKFP only twice in those 11 games, while every other QB on this slate is averaging under 18 DKFP. The Bengals’ defense is always one to try to stack against, and Wilson is a great place to start if you can afford his salary. This seems like another great spot to let Russ cook.

Other Options — Josh Allen ($7,000), Joe Burrow ($6,800)

Value

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos, $5,700 — Brees isn’t usually available under $6K, but he has been struggling a bit lately with under 13 DKFP in two of his past three contests. He only had one touchdown in each of those down games but did sandwich them around a three-touchdown, 23-DKFP performance against the Ravens. It was his only game with over 20 DKFP in his past seven sims, but it does show he still has upside worth checking out at such a cheap salary. He could be set up to produce another solid total since the Broncos don’t have a great secondary. Brees is also usually significantly better at home in the dome, where he’ll be for this matchup and where his “Indoor Baller” Superstar trait is in effect.

Other Option — Drew Lock ($6,200), Philip Rivers ($5,400)


Running Back

Stud

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos, $7,300 — Part of the reason for Brees’ down performances at times in Madden 21 has been the success of Kamara on the ground. He is producing 64 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards per sim while averaging 3.6 catches per game and totaling 12 touchdowns in 13 sims. Kamara showed a high ceiling early in the Madden 21 sims with over 22 DKFP in four of his first nine games but has been held under 16 DKFP in four straight coming into this matchup. It should be a matchup where he can thrive, though, and his dual-threat ability makes him a safer play with a higher ceiling.

Other Options — Devin Singletary ($5,900), Chris Carson ($5,600)

Value

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints, $4,900 — Lindsay is splitting time in the Broncos’ backfield with Melvin Gordon III ($4,400), who is the RB1 and power back while Lindsay takes care of third-down work. Lindsay has still been very productive, though, averaging 3.8 catches for 25 receiving yards per sim while also still getting 36.1 rushing yards per game along with four total touchdowns in 10 games. He is averaging 12.6 DKFP, which is more than Gordon or any of the other backs with a similar salary on this slate. His PPR production makes him a solid option, especially if the Broncos have to throw more and go to more passing formations in an attempt to keep up with the Saints.

Other Option — Gio Bernard ($5,100), Melvin Gordon III ($4,400)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos, $6,400 — Thomas is still the only WR with a 99 overall rating in Madden, and he won’t be matched up with any CB close to that rating since Denver starts A.J. Bouye (84 overall rating) and Bryce Callahan (80 overall rating). Thomas has been held under 100 yards in seven straight sims but has been able to find the end zone six times overall in his 13 sims. Like Brees, he has flashed a high ceiling at times, highlighted by a 187-yard game against the Falcons that resulted in 35.7 DKFP. He has been down lately, but I believe his ratings advantage will eventually pay dividends and a breakout performance is definitely a possibility.

Other Option — Stefon Diggs ($7,100), DK Metcalf ($6,200)

Value

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints, $5,700 — Jeudy has been showing his massive upside in his recent sims for the Broncos with a touchdown in three straight games and an average of 111.7 yards per sim in those contests. He had a massive 31.4-DKFP game against the Falcons and also had good showings against the Panthers and Jets. The rookie now has six touchdowns in his 10 sims with an average of 4.0 catches for 59.9 yards per game in Madden 21. He has been much better since the rosters were reordered and seems to be in better spots in formations since he has over 14 DKFP in six of his seven most recent contests.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, $4,000 — Campbell offers nice upside out of the slot for the Colts with his 94 speed rating. The Bills don’t typically move Tre’Davious White into the slot, so Campbell should avoid that stay-away matchup and get a more favorable option to go up against. Campbell has multiple catches in nine of his 10 sims and is averaging 3.3 catches for 38.2 yards per contest. He has found the end zone three times and offers big-play upside, which he showcased with a 31.6-DKFP performance in his Madden 21 debut against the Titans. He still has not come close to reaching that level of performance in any other contest but is a cheap flier with enough upside to merit consideration at only $4K.

Other Options — Emmanuel Sanders ($5,200), Tyler Lockett ($4,800)


Tight End

Stud

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks, $5,000 — Despite their hard-hitting defense, the Seahawks have given up plenty of points in simland much like in real life. They have been especially beatable by TE, and Uzomah has been a key part of the Bengals’ passing game under rookie Joe Burrow. Uzomah has averaged an impressive 4.9 catches per contest and that volume has led to four touchdowns and an average of 56.5 yards per game. He had a string of four straight games with over 12 DKFP earlier in these sims but has been a little quieter lately. Still, I think he’s in a great place to get back to that level of production in this matchup in which the Bengals may have to throw more if playing from behind.

Other Options— Jared Cook ($4,700), Greg Olsen ($4,500)

Value

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, $3,900 — After a slow start, Burton has been solid since stepping into the top TE spot in Indy, catching at least six passes in three of his past four games. He has over 60 yards and 12 DKFP in each of those three outings, which is a great return for under $4K, especially since he is putting up those numbers without the benefit of a touchdown. Burton is in a good matchup against the Bills and should be very involved once again for the Colts.

Other Options— Noah Fant ($4,100), Lee Smith ($2,500)


DST

Stud

Seahawks DST vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $3,100 — The Seahawks have one of the best defenses in Madden at forcing turnovers thanks to big hitters all over their defense, led by X-factor Superstars Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams. The team has recovered 19 fumbles in their 11 games while adding an interception, 26 sacks, a safety and four defensive touchdowns for an average of 9.5 DKFP per contest. They have been even more impressive at home, where all four of their defensive touchdowns have occurred, helping them put up 10.4 DKFP per sim. The Bengals’ offense is much better with Burrow, but the rookie QB may not be ready for the pressure and ferocity of the Seattle DST.

Value

Bills DST vs. Indianapolis Colts, $2,800 — The Bills have a truly elite secondary but interceptions aren’t as common as fumbles in Madden 21 in general. However, Buffalo is one of the best at picking off opposing QBs with 10 interceptions in 10 sims in addition to eight sacks for 3.7 DKFP per sim. The Bills haven’t had a defensive touchdown yet, but they have a low-risk matchup since the Colts don’t typically pile up points. Buffalo has the takeaway potential to be a solid option if you want to pivot off of Seattle and go with a lesser-owned DST to save salary.

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