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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for November 11

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Wednesday’s two-game Madden Stream DraftKings slate, which starts at 8:00 p.m. ET.

It’s another wild weather Wednesday on the DraftKings Dream Stream with two games on the main featured slate, which kicks off a little later than usual at 8:00 p.m. ET. The first game is a matchup we have already seen twice in Madden 21, featuring the Atlanta Falcons taking on the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are loaded with fantasy options and offensive potential, and both previous versions of this battle of the birds went to the Falcons by scores of 13-10 and 28-21. That game will be impacted by rain in virtual Seattle before the later game is a snow game in virtual Baltimore. The second game isn’t a matchup we have seen before in Madden 21 as Lamar Jackson ($8,400) and the Baltimore Ravens host the Buffalo Bills on Madden After Dark.

An important note to remember is that each roster is not impacted by COVID-19 opt-outs or injuries, and the highest-rated options are at the top of the depth charts. 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 each team in Madden 21 along with the upcoming schedule on the Madden Stream info page.

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Quarterback

Stud

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills, $8,400 — Jackson and the Ravens lost their most recent sim to Russell Wilson ($8,100) and the Seahawks, but I still think Jackson is the slightly better play than Wilson on this limited slate. He should be able to pick up yardage on the ground against the Bills even if their elite secondary slows down his passing production. Jackson is averaging 92.4 rushing yards per sim and has scored 11 rushing touchdowns to go with his 24 passing scores in 20 contests. He had three straight sims with over 30 DKFP before posting “just” 19.02 DKFP against the Seahawks, and I think he’ll bounce back with over 20 DKFP in this matchup in the snow.

Other Option — Russell Wilson ($8,100)

Value

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks, $7,000 — Even though the Seahawks’ defense is a turnover creating machine in Madden, they do usually give up points and yards, and Ryan had success against them in both previous matchups. The first contest was a low-scoring game, but he threw for 247 yards, two touchdowns and 17.58 DKFP in their most recent meeting. Because he doesn’t run like Jackson and Wilson, he doesn’t have quite as high a ceiling as those elite options, but he has been able to put up plenty of production through the air. In his 23 sims, he has totaled 46 touchdowns while averaging 263.6 passing yards per sim. He has multiple touchdowns in three straight and over 15 DKFP in five of his past six.

Other Option — Josh Allen ($6,900)


Running Back

Stud

Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks, $6,300 — Gurley posted 26.2 DKFP with three touchdowns the most recent time he faced the Seahawks and 14.1 DKFP in his first game against them. He has a total of 17 scores in his 23 sims and double-digit DKFP in seven of his previous eight. In addition to being the RB1 and getting virtually all the carries in the backfield, Gurley usually gets involved as a pass-catcher and is averaging 3.7 catches per contest for 33.1 receiving yards to go with his 56.0 rushing yards per sim.

Other Options — Chris Carson ($6,000), Devin Singletary ($5,200)

Value

J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills, $3,800 — Dobbins continues to be a great value option at under $4K since he is reliably involved in the Ravens’ offense as both the third-down and power back. Dobbins had five catches against the Seahawks and finished with 11.9 DKFP in his most recent sim. He has produced at least 7.0 DKFP in 10 of his 15 games in his current roles and usually finds a way to return value either with PPR or touchdown production.

Other Option — Mark Ingram II ($4,900)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks, $7,500 — Jones has had a few weirdly inconsistent games lately for the Falcons and only managed one catch in his most recent contest for a surprisingly quiet 2.9 DKFP against the Jaguars. Before his recent slump, Jones was one of the top WR options in all of Madden, as his 97 overall rating would indicate. He has scored 15 touchdowns in 22 sims, while averaging 5.1 catches for 86.0 yards per game. He had six catches for 154 yards, a touchdown and 30.4 DKFP when he most recently faced Seattle and has over 20 DKFP in 12 of his 22 matchups in Madden 21. He has reached that ceiling more regularly than any other WRs on this slate and is worth paying up for if possible.

Other Options — Marquise Brown ($6,700), DK Metcalf ($6,600)

Value

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons, $4,700 — With rain in Seattle, Wilson may have to rely on Lockett out of the slot more than he normally would, since weather elements have a tendency to force shorter passes more towards the middle of the field. Lockett has been very boom-or-bust even though he is the WR1 and only had one catch in Seattle’s most recent contest. Before that, though, he was on a bit of a roll with at least three catches in four straight sims and double-digit DKFP in three of those contests. He had 12.6 DKFP and 7.2 DKFP in his two earlier matchups with the Falcons and has an impressive 93 speed rating that helps him be a constant big-play threat. Despite his volatility from sim to sim, I like his upside against the Falcons’ secondary, especially given the weather.

Willie Snead IV, Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills, $4,100 — Another slot option getting a bit of a weather boost is Snead, who is typically one of Jackson’s top targets in these contests. He has at least three catches in four straight games including two games with over 14 DKFP against the Dolphins and the Texans. Snead has scored a handful of touchdowns while averaging 3.1 catches for 27.7 yards per sim.

Other Options — Russell Gage ($4,600), John Brown ($3,300)


Tight End

Stud

Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons, $4,200 — Olsen is another popular option for Russell Wilson over the middle of the field, where he should find space against the Falcons. Olsen totaled 13 catches in his two matchup with the Falcons earlier in Madden 21 producing 11.8 DKFP and 12.5 DKFP. He is averaging 10.8 DKFP per sim and has double-digit DKFP in 12-of-20 contests. He’s the safest play at TE on this slate due to his regular volume.

Other Option — Mark Andrews ($4,400)

Value

Lee Smith, Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens, $3,700 — Smith has multiple catches in 12 of his 14 sims since taking over as the top TE for Buffalo. He has scored two touchdowns and averaged 3.4 catches for 37.4 yards per sim. He’s almost always involved to some degree for Josh Allen, so he’s worth a look as a sub-$4K play with lower risk and the potential to post a huge game in the snow if Allen is forced to keep his passes to shorter routes and focus on the middle of the field.

Other Option — Hayden Hurst ($4,100)


DST

Stud

Seahawks DST vs. Atlanta Falcons, $3,500 — Even though the Falcons have a good offense and will likely produce points, Seattle’s defense is excellent at coming up with big plays and can be a good fantasy option even if the do give up points. In their 20 sims, the Seahawks have recovered 24 fumbles while grabbing a pair of picks and 41 sacks as well. All four of their defensive touchdowns have come at home, where they are averaging 7.6 DKFP per sim. When you add in the rain factor, they should be an even better play against Atlanta in this matchup.

Value

Ravens DST vs. Buffalo Bills, $3,000 — The Ravens’ defense hasn’t been nearly as good at creating turnovers as the Seahawks, but they do have a strong front-seven and have limited their opponents to lower scores. In a matchup with the struggling Bills’ offense, they should be the best pivot off of Seattle on this slate. Baltimore has forced six turnovers with 37 sacks and one defensive touchdown in their 20 sims.

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