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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 12 (Late)

Garion Thorne gives his top studs and value plays at each position for DraftKings’ three-game Madden Stream DFS late slate, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 12.

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QUATERBACKS

Stud

Russell Wilson, SEA vs. NE, $8,000 - The star power at the QB position on this three-game slate is insane. So, because of that, I think there might be an opportunity to get Wilson at a fraction of his usual ownership percentage. Yes, the Wisconsin product has easily the most difficult matchup of anyone at his position, but we are talking about someone who’s exceeded 35.0 DKFP twice in his past five streams. With his ability to scramble, Wilson’s viable no matter who his opponent is.

Value

Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. KC, $7,000 - I guess you could venture lower than Watson on the QB pricing list, but why would you want to? The former first-round pick has managed to bring back at least 20.0 DKFP in his past six games, meaning Watson’s now cleared that threshold in an impressive 63.6% of Houston’s 33 simulations. In fact, with a DKFP average of 22.4, Watson’s actually the highest-scoring quarterback on this slate despite only possessing the fourth-highest salary. Seems like a situation to take advantage of.


RUNNING BACKS

Stud

James White, NE at SEA, $6,100 - While the fact that White has averaged 27.1 DKFP across his past three games might not technically have any impact on this evening’s simulation, it does do a good job of illustrating what the RB’s ceiling looks like. White’s done it all for New England in these streams and that has amounted to 16 touchdowns, 10 performances with at least 20.0 DKFP and eight contests with 100-plus rushing yards. That’s a pretty good resume.

Value

Ronald Jones, TB vs. DEN, $5,000 - This isn’t a slate with much depth at the running back position. So, if you’re not looking to spend up twice or if you’d rather not risk taking a chance on a cheap third-down back, Jones is probably your last remaining option. Here’s what I’ll say about the sophomore RB: He’s reasonably priced and he does provide some upside. In fact, Jones has surpassed the 20.0 DKFP plateau four times. He’s also not going to be popular, so Jones can be viewed as a variance play.


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WIDE RECEIVERS

Stud

Tyreek Hill, KC at HOU, $8,000 - Hill’s been operating in another stratosphere as of late, as he’s managed to exceed 20.0 DKFP in six of Kansas City’s past nine simulations. It’s not like this recent hot streak is an aberration, either. Hill’s actually scored at least 20.0 DKFP in half of the 32 streams in which he has appeared coming into Sunday’s slate. To have a 50.0% chance of getting that type of production is incredibly rare and something that needs to be exploited.

Value

Mohamed Sanu, NE at SEA, $4,000 - Sanu is coming off his worst-ever performance in a simulation as the wideout caught just a single pass for four yards in the Patriots’ win over the Texans on Friday. Yet, at the end of the day I’m still willing to trust the guy. Sanu has managed to score in excess of 13.0 DKFP in 18 of New England’s 33 streams, meaning the WR has hit 3x value in 54.5% of his opportunities. He isn’t just a floor play, either. In fact, Sanu leads all Patriots players with 20 receiving TDs.


TIGHT ENDS

Stud

O.J. Howard, TB vs. DEN, $4,800 - How can you not love Howard’s level of production? The guy isn’t just the No. 1 tight end option on the Buccaneers’ roster, he’s their No. 1 overall option. Coming into Sunday, Howard leads Tampa Bay in most major statistical categories, including catches (143), receiving yards (2,043) and receiving touchdowns (14). Yet, somehow, he remains almost $3K cheaper than Mike Evans ($7,400) on this slate. This is the piece of the Buccaneers’ passing attack you want in your lineup.

Value

Noah Fant, DEN at TB, $3,600 - It certainly helps Fant’s case that he’s managed to hit the 100-yard receiving bonus twice in Denver’s past three games, but his viability is more about consistency. Despite the Broncos’ generally underwhelming offense throughout these simulations, Fant has mustered at least 13.0 DKFP in 14 of his team’s 32 streams. I’d rather pay up for Howard this evening, but Fant is definitely an option if you wanted to FLEX a tight end.


DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Stud

Patriots, NE at SEA, $3,200 - I don’t imagine many people will be paying up for a defense, but you could do worse that New England’s unit. The Patriots lead all six teams on this slate in sacks (79) and interceptions (14) and New England’s depth chart is littered with star power.

Value

Buccaneers, TB vs. DEN, $2,300 - This is the DST that’s begging to be drafted. Considering notable defensive outputs have been pretty few and far between anyway, why not save salary and use the cheapest option on the slate in the best game script? Heck, the Broncos were literally shut out by the Colts less than five days ago. This could turn out to be an amazing value.


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