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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 17 (Late)

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

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.

Friday’s late slate wraps up the work week and gets the weekend started with a three-game set that starts with the Bears and Vikings in an NFC North clash from virtual Minnesota. In primetime, there’s another divisional matchup on tap from the NFC West as the 49ers head up the West Coast to take on Seattle. In the 10 p.m. ET Madden After Dark matchup, the Texans travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in what should be a high-scoring matchup.

With those six teams providing good options across the board, 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

Deshaun Watson, HOU at GB, $7,700 — Two of the best mobile QBs in Madden are on the slate Friday night in Watson and Russell Wilson ($8,000), but I’m going with Watson based on matchup. Watson has been excellent throughout these sims even though the Texans have struggled. He has averaged 213.2 passing yards and 47.7 rushing yards per sim while stacking up 70 touchdowns (57 passing, 13 rushing) in 35 games. Those totals have helped him average 22 DKFP per sim and put up over 18 DKFP in seven of his past eight. He had 17.66 DKFP in his first matchup with the Packers, but I think he’ll out-perform that total in this rematch.

Other Option — Russell Wilson ($8,000)

Value

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI at MIN, $6,600 — Trubisky has also been one of the best rushing QBs in these sims, making him a top fantasy option as well. He has thrown for 52 touchdowns and run for 12 more while averaging 186.8 passing yards and 49.1 rushing yards for 20.3 DKFP per contest. He put up 22.4 DKFP in his first matchup against Minnesota, and the Bears pulled off the 24-21 upset. Trubisky is still extremely affordable and should definitely be on your radar even though the matchup is a tough one.

Other Option — Jimmy Garoppolo ($6,800)


Running Back

Stud

Tevin Coleman, SF at SEA, $6,200 — Like Trubisky, Coleman has been one of the best producers on a per-dollar basis throughout these sims. He is the primary back for the 49ers and gets almost all the work in their backfield. He has produced an impressive 80.8 rushing yards per game and scored 28 touchdowns in his 35 sims. He has an extremely high ceiling and can totally take over a game when he’s in the zone. Coleman struggled in his first game against the Seahawks, but that was his very first sim before quarters expanded or arcade mode was engaged. Both those adjustments turned Coleman into a fantasy machine and led to him producing at least 12 DKFP in 71% of his sims (25-of-35). He’s a relatively safe play but also has a high ceiling with at least 19.0 DKFP in 34% (12-of-35). Seattle has been beatable by elite RBs in these sims, so don’t be scared away by the matchup.

Other Options — Dalvin Cook ($6,800), Lamar Miller ($5,100)

Value

C.J. Prosise, SEA vs. SF, $3,600 — The Seahawks rotate Chris Carson ($4,400) and Prosise, with Prosise getting most of the work in passing formations. As a result, he is typically involved as a receiver and gets enough PPR production to make him a good bargain play. He has scored a touchdown in each of his two most recent sims and had seven catches two sims ago for 17.5 DKFP against the Patriots. He is averaging just under 6.0 DKFP per sim on the season but has gone off for over 17 DKFP three times as well.

Other Options — Tarik Cohen ($5,000), Jamaal Williams ($4,000)


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Wide Receiver

Stud

Davante Adams, GB vs. HOU, $7,800 — Adams has been excellent in these sims as the go-to option in the Packers’ passing attack. He is head-and-shoulders above the rest of Green Bay’s pass-catchers, which usually results in lots of volume. He has caught 4.4 passes for 77.7 yards and 17.1 DKFP per sim. He gets a great matchup against the Texans’ secondary, who he had two touchdowns and 24.8 DKFP against in his first game against Houston. While DeAndre Hopkins has also been excellent, I’d go with Adams in a better matchup with a more consistent workload.

Other Options — Allen Robinson II ($6,700), Adam Thielen ($5,800)

Value

DK Metcalf, SEA vs. SF, $4,600 — If Richard Sherman dials in on WR1 Tyler Lockett ($5,400), Metcalf is a good play against San Francisco. He had 162 yards in his most recent sim with 31.2 DKFP in a close loss to the Packers. He has an impressive ceiling as we have seen in his six sims with over 100 receiving yards and has averaged 3.5 catches for 57.2 yards per sim in his 35 contests. His good speed rating and breakaway potential make him a pick with a high ceiling especially for a player whose salary is under $5K.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. HOU, $3,400 — Even though he’s one of the lowest-rated WR2 options, Valdes-Scantling has provided good value with his 93 speed rating. He had over 100 yards in his most recent sim against the 49ers and has at least five catches in four straight games, while producing double-digit DKFP in each of his past five. MVS is averaging 11.5 DKFP per sim, which makes him the only option at $4K or cheaper on this slate with a double-digit average. He gets a good matchup against the beatable Texans secondary, so don’t be afraid to double him up with Adams or even just use him as a cheap flier with upside.

Other Options — Deebo Samuel ($4,400), Josh Gordon ($3,900)


Tight End

Stud

George Kittle, SF at SEA, $6,000 — As the highest-rated TE in Madden, Kittle is worth paying up for against the Seahawks if you have the salary flexibility to make it work. He has averaged 5.1 catches for 73.2 yards, resulting in 14.8 DKFP per sim. He hauled in five catches for 76 yards and the only touchdown in the first matchup between these teams, producing 18.6 DKFP despite shortened quarters and no arcade mode. He has been ever better since those adjustments and comes in hot with double-digit DKFP in 11 of his past 13.

Other Option — Trey Burton ($4,500)

Value

Darren Fells, HOU at GB, $3,800 — Fells had a sim season high with nine catches for 76 yards in his most recent sim, resulting in 16.6 DKFP, his third straight performance with over 12 DKFP. Fells still only has five touchdowns in 35 sims, but he does usually get good volume and is averaging 3.9 catches for 40.3 yards per sim. While his ceiling isn’t nearly as high as Kittle’s, he does bring reliable contributions at an affordable rate against the Packers.

Other Option — Will Dissly ($4,300)


DST

Stud

Vikings DST vs. CHI, $3,000 — The Vikings’ DST has been very affordable lately, but their salary has moved to the top of the defensive options for this slate. The unit has produced 7.0 DKFP per sim, more than a full point higher than any other DST on this slate. In their 35 sims, they have forced 33 turnovers with 77 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. They’ve been especially effective at forcing turnovers at home and could force Trubisky to fumble if he doesn’t slide early enough. Minnesota’s secondary is full of heavy-hitters who can make big plays happen on a regular basis.

Value

Seahawks DST vs. SF, $2,400 — Bobby Wagner is also a fumble-causing wrecking ball, and he makes this Seattle DST an interesting pivot if you think the Vikings will be too chalky. Seattle’s defense has forced 31 turnovers in 35 sims with 47 sacks and three defensive touchdowns. They had a pair of fumble recoveries and 7.0 DKFP in their most recent sim against Green Bay and put up 10.0 DKFP in their first contest against the 49ers.

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