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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for November 14

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

Another great weekend of fantasy football includes a full six-game set of Madden sims on the DraftKings Dream Stream this Saturday. The action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET, and the main featured classic contests kick off at 6 p.m. ET, including the three late games. The first of those matchups features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading to virtual upstate New York to face the Buffalo Bills. At 8 p.m. ET in primetime, the Atlanta Falcons host the Tennessee Titans, and we close out the night with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Dallas Cowboys in a nice NFC matchup 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

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints, $6,700 — The Cowboys and Saints have already met twice in these Madden 21 sims, with each team winning one game. Prescott and the Cowboys lost to the Saints, 27-24, in the preseason tournament, but they won 28-20 in the rematch four sims ago. Prescott had 23.6 and 20.2 DKFP in those two contests and is averaging 18.7 DKFP with 215.6 passing yards and 12.6 rushing yards per sim along with 42 touchdowns over his 22 contests. He had multiple passing scores in four straight before a disappointing performance in his most recent contest, which was a loss to the Raiders. Dak and Dallas will need to bounce back if they want to keep up with the Saints, but I think Prescott is in a good spot given his track record against New Orleans and his strong overall ratings.

Other Options — Josh Allen ($7,000), Matt Ryan ($6,500)

Value

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, $6,300 — Brees had 316 yards, two touchdowns and 23.34 DKFP in his most recent sim against the Cowboys, and he was even better the first time they met with 364 yards, three touchdowns and 29.46 DKFP. He went through a rough patch which caused his salary to plummet and although he has been better lately, he remains very affordable. Brees has at least 200 passing yards in 15 straight contests, so he has a relatively high floor and he has hit 300 passing yards in three of his past five. He needs multiple passing touchdowns to really return value but usually gets that done as he has in five of his past seven games, resulting in at least 16 DKFP in each of those contests.

Other Option — Tom Brady ($6,000)


Running Back

Stud

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons, $8,700 — Like in real life, the Falcons’ defense has struggled to stop the run at times in these Madden sims, and that sets up Henry for a monster game since he gets all the work in the Titans’ backfield in Madden 21. His new role as third-down back has helped him average 4.1 catches for 28.1 receiving yards per game and score three receiving touchdowns in addition to his 20 rushing scores in 20 sims. He had three touchdowns against the Chargers in his most recent game and ended up with 27.2 DKFP. He has over 25 DKFP in three straight games with multiple touchdowns in each contest. He has over 15 DKFP in 18 of his 20 contests and is one of the most reliable plays in all of Madden along with his sky-high ceiling. His salary is immense, but he makes a lot of sense if you can make it work under your salary cap by saving at other roster spots.

Other Options — Alvin Kamara ($7,000), Todd Gurley II ($6,500)

Value

LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills, $4,000 — Most of the backfields on this slate have one star RB monopolizing most of the work and leaving very little value for affordable options. The one exception to that is the Bucs, who rotate McCoy with Leonard Fournette ($5,100), using McCoy in passing formations as the third-down back while Fournette is the RB1 and power option. McCoy has had multiple catches in eight straight sims, including three catches for 23 yards and 6.7 DKFP against the Bills when these two teams met four sims ago. McCoy hasn’t hit double-digit DKFP in any of his past 10 sims but does provide consistent low-level production with at least 5.0 DKFP in nine of those 10 contests. He probably won’t go off for a huge number but does have the ball in his hands to make plays and gives a lot of salary relief while still producing something.

Other Option — Devin Singletary ($5,600)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys, $7,700 — Thomas had a rough stretch along with Brees in the middle of the Madden 21 season, but he has turned things back around recently and reemerged as one of the top WRs, which isn’t surprising since he is the only WR in Madden with a perfect 99 overall rating. He has hauled in five touchdowns in his past five sims, including one against the Cowboys along with seven catches for 118 yards and 27.8 DKFP. He also had over 20 DKFP against Dallas in the teams’ first meeting and has reached 20-plus DKFP nine times in his 23 sims overall, including five times in his nine most recent contests.

Other Options — Julio Jones ($7,300), Mike Evans ($6,400)

Value

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans, $5,700 — Ridley sometimes disappears in his WR2 role behind Julio Jones ($7,300), but he’s highly-rated enough that when he’s involved he can put up some big games. He has scored five touchdowns over his past six contests, bringing his total to 13 in his 24 sims in Madden 21, and he has averaged 3.9 catches for 53.7 yards per contest. He has one of the highest WR2 ceilings on this slate and makes sense if you are looking for a mid-range play.

Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons, $3,300 — The Falcons have struggled to cover opposing slot WR and Humphries has been a regular enough part of the Titans’ offense to be worth considering at this bargain salary. He has averaged 2.5 catches per sim and has multiple receptions in 11 of his past 12 contests. He had a pair of touchdowns and 20.7 DKFP against the Bears earlier in these sims but usually chips in 6-to-10 DKFP much like LeSean McCoy as a cheap RB. Humphries does have a nice ceiling, though, if he gets into the end zone or breaks off a long play.

Other Options — Corey Davis ($5,200), Tre’Quan Smith ($4,800), Emmanuel Sanders ($3,700)


Tight End

Stud

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, $4,300 — Cook had a massive game against Dallas earlier in these sims, hauling in 13 passes for 111 yards, a touchdown and 33.1 DKFP. While he didn’t match those numbers when he faced them again, he still had three catches for 31 yards. He has been a little boom-or-bust, but obviously, this is a matchup he can attack and put up big numbers in. He is averaging 11.6 DKFP, which is more DKFP than any TE on this slate, with 4.6 catches for 48.1 yards per game. He has scored seven times in 23 sims and makes a lot of sense in this contest since his volume is sometimes extremely high like it was in that first game against the Cowboys.

Other Option — Jonnu Smith ($4,700)

Value

Lee Smith, Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $3,500 — The Bills’ passing game has been inconsistent in these sims and is hard to buy into as a result. The one exception to that is Smith, who has been very solid as a check down option for Josh Allen ($7,000) since taking over as TE1 in our most recent roster update. Smith has averaged 3.3 catches for 35.5 yards in his 15 sims while scoring a pair of touchdowns. One of those scores came in his recent game against Tampa Bay when he had five catches, 75 yards and 18.5 DKFP. Smith has had multiple catches in nine straight games and in 11 of his past 12. He has been the most reliable option under $4K at any position on this slate and also has a higher ceiling than McCoy or Humphries, so if you don’t use him at TE, he can also make a solid flex consideration.

Other Options — Hayden Hurst ($4,100), Blake Jarwin ($3,800)


DST

Stud

Falcons DST vs. Tennessee Titans, $3,100 — The Falcons have done an excellent job at rushing the passer in these sims, piling up 59 sacks in their 24 games. The Falcons have also forced 17 turnovers and returned three for touchdowns to help them average 5.9 DKFP overall. Atlanta has been even better at home, where the Falcons have produced 6.7 DKFP per sim with 23 sacks in just 10 contests. Tennessee’s offense is all about Derrick Henry, who will be difficult to stop, but the Titans can also get very one-dimensional and stall out at times.

Other Options — Titans ($3,000)

Value

Buccaneers DST at Buffalo Bills, $2,600 — Of the six teams on this slate, the Bills have been the worst offense, so playing the Bucs’ DST makes sense even though they’re the cheapest option on the slate. Tampa Bay has 51 sacks in 20 sims, but just four takeaways and no defensive touchdowns. If you pivot to the Bucs in this contest, you’re really after the matchup and the savings to spend up in other spots. The Bucs do have good potential to limit the Bills’ offense and make a couple of plays while also bringing very little risk. When Tampa Bay faced the Bills four sims ago, the Bucs had 8.0 DKFP in a 13-10 victory.

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