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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 13

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for DraftKings’ six-game Madden Stream DFS slate, which starts at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 13.

With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. Each day there are six Madden Streams with eight free contests to be a part of. You can play a single-game Showdown for each contest along with an all-day, six-game classic contest and a three-game late slate contest. Each simulation will be played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DraftKings YouTube channel, the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.

Monday starts another week of great sim action with the Dolphins and Bengals getting things started at 12 p.m. ET. At 2 p.m. ET, the Chargers will take on Washington before a rematch of one of the most high-powered offensive games in recent memory when the Falcons host the Browns at 4 p.m. ET. The second half of the day kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, with the Bears and Eagles from virtual Philly. In primetime, the Bills hit the West Coast and take on the Rams, and the final matchup of the day should be a great one between the Steelers and the Vikings, who have been two of the best teams in these sims.

With those 12 teams providing good options, there are lots of ways to assemble your squad. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this slate below. For more information, check out the Madden info page for all the data on player ratings, special abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon.

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Quarterback

Stud

Matt Ryan, ATL vs. CLE, $7,200 — Just four sims ago, the Browns and Falcons played a matchup in Cleveland that resulted in a 42-35 loss for Ryan’s Falcons with plenty of passing yards on both sides. Ryan ended up with 387 yards and four touchdowns for 34.48 DKFP. It isn’t just that success, though, that makes Ryan a solid option on this slate. He has over 300 yards in four straight sims with over 27 DKFP in three of those contests. Ryan is one of the best pure passers in Madden and has great receiving options, but he is often eclipsed by QBs that have higher upside due to rushing potential. Since none of those megastars are on today’s six-game slate, Ryan gets my nod if you’re planning on paying up at QB.

Other Options — Philip Rivers ($6,900), Carson Wentz ($6,800)

Value

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs PHI, $5,900 — Even though he’s the third-cheapest starting QB on the slate, Trubisky has a higher per-game average (20.5 DKFP) than any other signal-caller on the slate. Trubisky had 22.6 DKFP when he faced the Eagles recently, throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third while piling up 190 passing yards and 70 rushing yards. The blend of rushing and passing potential makes him a low-risk play and also gives him a very high ceiling. He is averaging 187.5 passing yards and 50.1 rushing yards per sim while piling up 51 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing scores.

Other Option — Josh Allen ($6,300), Baker Mayfield ($6,100)


Running Back

Stud

Dalvin Cook, MIN at PIT, $6,800 — Cook continues to be one of the best RBs in these sims and is averaging a very solid 16.8 DKFP per contest. He has been productive as both a rusher and receiver and like Trubisky, the multiple ways to produce lowers his risk and raises his ceiling. The matchup against the Steelers is less than ideal, but he has been a workhorse with good numbers in almost every one of his games lately. He has 12 straight games with double-digit DKFP and has reached that mark in 17 of his past 18 sims. He’s a safe play but also has a sky-high ceiling even in this matchup.

Other Option — Todd Gurley ($6,300), Miles Sanders ($5,200)

Value

Chris Thompson, WAS vs. LAC, $3,100 — For barely more than the minimum you can get Thompson, who is Washington’s third-down back and usually very involved in the offense. He has averaged over two catches per sim along with 22.6 rushing yards and 9.9 receiving yards, giving him 7.3 DKFP per sim. He has over 6.0 DKFP in 55% of his sims and has a high ceiling, which he showed with games of 16.7, 16.4 and 27.5 DKFP in his first 33 sims so far.

Other Options — Devin Singletary ($5,500), Tarik Cohen ($3,400)


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Wide Receiver

Stud

Odell Beckham Jr., CLE at ATL, $7,300 — Beckham had the biggest sim of any WR when the Browns faced the Falcons, piling up 239 yards and four touchdowns on seven catches for an insane 57.9 DKFP. He remains very boom-or-bust, though, and has managed just one catch for six yards in his past two games combined after being held to just one catch against the Jets and totally out of the action against the Bucs. OBJ is still averaging the most DKFP per game of any WR on this slate, though, so look for him to bounce back in a matchup that obviously leans his way as the Browns get another shot at the struggling Falcons’ secondary.

Other Options — Julio Jones ($8,200), DeVante Parker ($6,300)

Value

Mike Williams, LAC at WAS, $4,400 — Williams has been such a regular in this value WR spot that we may need to name this space after him or something. He has been a great value all sim-season long and is averaging 17.4 DKFP per sim, which is second to only OBJ of all the WR from these 12 teams. He has an amazing 24 touchdowns in his 33 sims averaging just under 75 receiving yards per contest and over four receptions per contest. Williams remains amazingly affordable and will likely be popular, but he has been so good you have to take the free spot and get him in your lineup.

James Washington, PIT vs. MIN, $3,800 — Washington had only one catch in his most recent sim but is usually very involved as the Steelers’ WR2. He had 9.9 DKFP or more in five straight and seven of his previous eight before putting up just 2.8 DKFP against the Bears. The Steelers were shutout in the team’s previous matchup against the Vikings, but Washington did have three catches in that contest. He’s an extraordinarily cheap play under $4k but does have good upside if he gets his usual volume.

Other Options — Calvin Ridley ($4,500), Trey Quinn ($3,100)


Tight End

Stud

Zach Ertz, PHI at CHI, $5,500 — Ertz continues to be the Eagles’ top pass-catching option both in terms of volume and upside. He has averaged 5.1 receptions and 63.5 receiving yards per sim and scored 15 touchdowns. The Bears have a very strong defense but have been beatable by TEs at times. Ertz had a touchdown in the Eagles’ first game against Chicago and has posted over 12 DKFP in four straight games and 19-of-34 (56%) contests.

Other Options — Jordan Reed ($4,900), Kyle Rudolph ($4,700)

Value

David Njoku, CLE at ATL, $4,200 — While he didn’t have quite the game OBJ had against the Falcons, Njoku had a solid seven catches for 63 yards, a touchdown and 19.3 DKFP. He has been red-hot lately with over 12 DKFP in five of his past six contests, including a monster 39.3-DKFP performance against the Jaguars. He has four touchdowns in his past four games, giving him 10 on the sim season.

Other Options — Mike Gesicki ($4,000), Vance McDonald ($3,800)


DST

Stud

Chargers DST at WAS, $3,200 — The Chargers have a good matchup against the inconsistent Washington offense and have been one of the better DST units on this slate. Los Angeles has piled up 66 sacks and 22 takeaways in 33 sims and has added four touchdowns for 5.5 DKFP per contest. The first time the Chargers took on Washington, the defense had 12.0 DKFP including two turnovers, a sack and only six points allowed.

Other Option — Rams ($2,900), Eagles ($2,700)

Value

Vikings DST at PIT, $2,600 — The Vikings have been excellent throughout these sims, forcing 33 turnovers in 34 contests along with 75 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. Minnesota has averaged 7.1 DKFP per game and has been one of the best DSTs in all of Madden. Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffin all have superstar traits and have helped Minnesota generate the big plays you want to target in your fantasy DST.

Other Option — Bears ($2,400), Bills ($2,100)

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