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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 15

Julian Edlow gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Wednesday’s six-game Madden Stream slate on DraftKings, which starts at 12 p.m. ET.

We’re all in need of some entertainment during these times of the unknown. DraftKings is doing its part by offering Madden simulations with a variety of teams going at it. For this piece, we’ll focus on the six-game slate on Wednesday, which starts at 12 p.m. ET.

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Remember, it’s another Wild Weather Wednesday in sim-land, so we’ll have some extra factors to consider when building lineups. We’ll see rain in the sims in Los Angeles and Tampa, Jacksonville will feature wind and Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Seattle all have snow in the forecast.

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Matt Ryan, ATL at TB ($7,000)

This could be the perfect slate to roster Ryan, who’s in the best matchup on a star-studded slate. Patrick Mahomes ($8,300) and Lamar Jackson ($7,800) go head-to-head, while Russell Wilson ($8,000) leads all QBs averaging 22.2 DKFP. But we can get some solid savings on Ryan against the Bucs, which has been a matchup that’s led to some of the biggest QB outputs we’ve seen in the sims. Ryan faced Tampa in Week 28, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns (23.36 DKFP). If all the ownership goes to the big names, Ryan is in a smash spot to snag at low ownership.


Jacoby Brissett, IND at JAX ($5,700)

Brissett’s been a rollercoaster in the sims and it’s not encouraging that he scored just 6.12 DKFP recently in this exact matchup. The wind is also the worst of the three weather conditions for a QB to deal with, so there’s downside to rostering Brissett. However, we’ve seen some 30-plus DKFP sims from Brissett in some of the most unlikely of matchups. This could be a good contrarian spot to roster him. Jameis Winston ($6,300) makes for the safer target, playing in what has the potential to be a shootout.

Other value options: Jameis Winston ($6,300), Gardner Minshew ($5,500)

Running Backs


Devonta Freeman, ATL at TB ($6,700)

With all of the elite QB targets on the slate, Freeman winds up being the most expensive RB play at just $6,700. Despite the lack of top-end plays at RB, there also isn’t much value available, which makes Freeman an even more crucial play. Freeman’s 17.4-DKFP average doesn’t tell the full story about his play, as he’s been a boom-or-bust option. But a matchup against the Falcons is generally a good one for Freeman to hit his ceiling — he rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown along with an 8-50-1 line through the air in Week 28 against Atlanta for 34.9 DKFP. Freeman’s now had four sims of at least 34.9 DKFP.


Nyheim Hines, IND at JAX ($3,900)

There’s no slam dunk value play at RB, but Hines and Gio Bernard ($4,000) both jump out due to their pass-catching roles. Hines has shown both more consistency and a higher ceiling than Marlon Mack ($4,300), whose salary has finally come crashing down. Bernard’s been the hotter play in the second half of the sim season, though. Gio has scored his DKFP average or better in 12 of his past 16 sims, while Joe Mixon ($5,400) has been a non-factor.

Other value options: Gio Bernard ($4,000)

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Wide Receivers


Julio Jones, ATL at TB ($8,200)

With all the strong QB play, we have a lot of worthy WR studs. But the matchup for the Falcons is just too good to look past here, making Julio my top overall play. Jones has scored at least 20 DKFP in six of his past nine sims, including a 49-DKFP outburst. Jones only needed four receptions in the Week 28 sim against Tampa to reach 135 yards and a touchdown for 26.5 DKFP. A similar performance wouldn’t be too much to ask for. Davante Adams ($7,800) gets an honorable mention for his amazing consistency.


Mike Williams, LAC vs. CIN ($6,200)

Williams has been the top WR value since the sims began, but his salary is starting to creep up to the point where he might not count as “value.” But he’s still one of the best point-per-dollar plays in Madden and potentially one of the top overall WR plays. Williams has been extremely consistent but has a DKFP ceiling in the mid to high 30s. In a matchup against the Bengals, we should see Williams continue to be heavily involved. If you need a more traditional value play, there are plenty of cheaper options listed below.

Other value options: Chris Godwin ($5,100), Calvin Ridley ($4,600), Sammy Watkins ($4,500), Demarcus Robinson ($3,900), John Ross ($3,500), Zach Pascal ($3,300), Chester Rogers ($3,200)

Tight Ends


O.J. Howard, TB vs. ATL ($5,400)

Travis Kelce ($6,500) obviously stands out on this slate and it would be nice to roster some exposure to the Chiefs’ passing attack. Kelce’s played well overall in the sims and scored 17.2 DKFP in the last matchup against Baltimore. However, checking in at $6,500, this isn’t the time to burn this much salary at TE. Howard saves us over $1,000 and provides exposure to the shootout in Tampa. The Falcons were one of the worst teams defending TE in the NFL last season and Howard has exceeded 30 DKFP three times since Week 18.


Tyler Kroft, BUF at PIT ($4,000)

Generally, we can find some better value at TE, but now each starter on the slate is a minimum of $4,000. In this case, we’ll look to the cheapest starter in Kroft. The Buffalo TE has only scored five touchdowns in the sim season but has been a very consistent target, especially in road sims (51.6 yards per game). Pittsburgh is another team known for surrendering production to opposing TEs.

Other value options: James O’Shaughnessy ($4,700)

Defense/Special Teams


Chargers DST vs. CIN ($3,000)

The Bengals have one of the worst offenses in Madden and the Chargers have a pretty talented defense. This slate doesn’t have a standout target in a dominant spot, but the Chargers’ DST’s 5.5-DKFP average is tied for a slate-high. Los Angeles has 69 sacks and 22 turnovers, four of which were returned for touchdowns.


Bills DST at PIT ($2,300)

The Bills can tend to get involves in low-scoring games and Pittsburgh’s offense doesn’t have all that many playmakers. While the Bills lost the first Madden matchup, 27-21, the Bills’ DST still scored 11 DKFP. That would be welcomed value at this price.

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