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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 20

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Monday’s six-game Madden Stream DFS slate, which starts at 12:00 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.

Monday starts a new week of sims with six games on tap starting with the Raiders and the Browns kicking off at 12 p.m. ET. The Broncos and Jaguars meet in virtual Jacksonville for the 2 p.m. ET contest, which is a rematch of the very first sim each of those teams played. At 4 p.m. ET, the Cardinals host the Bengals to wrap up the first half of the day. At 6 p.m. ET, the Patriots try to avenge one of the team’s rare losses as New England visits the Saints in the virtual Superdome. At 8 p.m. ET, there’s another great matchup as the Chiefs head to the frozen tundra to take on the Packers. There’s another great matchup at 10 p.m. ET between the Ravens and Seahawks as two of the most dynamic dual-threat QBs in all of Madden go head-to-head.

With those 12 teams providing plenty of top-tier options across the board, there are multiple ways to assemble your squad for this all-day slate. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point 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

Russell Wilson, SEA vs. BAL, $8,000 — The QB talent on this slate is pretty insane with Aaron Rodgers ($7,200) checking in as the sixth-most expensive option with no argument against any of the five options ahead of him. Wilson has the highest per-game production, averaging 22.2 DKFP per sim on an average of 217.8 passing yards and 47.4 rushing yards per sim to go with a total of 53 passing touchdowns and a dozen rushing scores. Wilson had just 15.12 DKFP in his first meeting against Baltimore, but I still think he’s the best option out there based on his consistent excellence. He has over 22 DKFP in three straight and went off for 39.68 DKFP three sims ago when the Seahawks upset the Chiefs. Baltimore’s defense is pretty solid, but I think Wilson will be able to get it done in the late game.

Other Options — Patrick Mahomes ($8,200), Lamar Jackson ($7,600)

Value

Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. OAK, $6,100 — If you’re going to pass on all that elite talent at QB you’re going to want to find an option that still gives you a very high ceiling at significantly less cost. Mayfield had 23.28 DKFP with three touchdowns in his first matchup against the Raiders and has 19 DKFP in six of his past eight. In one of those matchups, he had one of the best days by any QB in these sims, throwing for six touchdowns and 458 yards on his way to 45.22 DKFP against the Falcons. He is very high-risk and boom-or-bust which is why he’s affordable but he has a high ceiling in this matchup with the Raiders and isn’t a bad contrarian pivot for the all-day slate.

Other Option — Kyler Murray ($6,000), Gardner Minshew II ($5,400)


Running Back

Stud

Mark Ingram II, BAL at SEA, $5,800 — Ingram is one of the few RB1s on this slate who doesn’t share carries at all. He does sometimes lose work and rushing TDs to Lamar Jackson, but he has still remained a very solid option himself. He had 21.3 DKFP in his most recent sim, mainly due to five catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. He also had a touchdown against the Seahawks in the teams’ first meeting, finishing with 20.9 DKFP. He has over 20 DKFP in five of 36 sims this season and double-digit DKFP in eight of his past 10 contests.

Other Options — Alvin Kamara ($6,400), Phillip Lindsay ($5,500)

Value

James White, NE at NO, $5,100 — White is known in real-life fantasy football for his receiving prowess but has been very involved as both rusher and receiver in these sims from his spot atop the New England depth chart. White had over 100 yards rushing against the Saints in the teams’ first matchup and totaled 25.1 DKFP. He has over 20 DKFP in nine of his 36 sims and ran off three straight sims of 20-plus before going a little quiet in his three most recent contests with under 10 DKFP. He should bounce back against the Saints in what could be a high-scoring contest in the Big Easy.

Other Option — Leonard Fournette ($5,200), Gio Bernard ($3,700)


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Wide Receiver

Stud

Tyreek Hill, KC at GB, $7,800 — Even though he doesn’t have Superstar traits or an X-Factor, Hill has been more productive than any other WR on this slate with 19.4 DKFP per contest. His 99 speed rating makes him the fastest player in all of Madden and he has used that to his advantage, piling up 29 touchdowns in 36 sims and averaging 5.0 catches for 77.1 yards per contest. Hill has been on fire lately with over 30 DKFP in each of his past two games with five touchdowns and double-digit DKFP in nine of his past 10 sims. His ceiling is super high and he has been hitting it regularly, so he’s my favorite WR1 option on this slate loaded with good options.

Other Options — Michael Thomas ($8,000), Odell Beckham Jr. ($7,300)

Value

DK Metcalf, SEA vs. BAL, $4,200 — If you’re looking from upside from an affordable WR2, Metcalf is a great option with his 95 speed rating. He had six catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in his most recent contest for 31.2 DKFP. He has double-digit DKFP in 16 of his 36 sims, which is a solid return at this price point and he also brings that high ceiling if he gets loose for a big play or two. Baltimore did a good job limiting him in the teams’ previous meeting but Metcalf remains a big-play threat.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. KC, $3,500 — Valdes-Scantling is the Packers’ WR2, so it’s a little surprising to see him so affordable even with his uninspiring overall rating. However, he has been good in these sims when the Packers have had to throw the ball a lot, which may be the case against Kansas City on this slate. MVS had 9.0 DKFP in his most recent sim and has at least that many in 23 of his 36 sims (64%). He also has showcased a high ceiling with 38.1 DKFP against Miami. While he probably won’t reach that level, he is a great affordable WR play, who can let you pay up in other spots while still offering a good shot at value himself.

Other Options — Mohamed Sanu ($4,000), Zay Jones ($3,600), John Ross III ($3,200)


Tight End

Stud

Jared Cook, NO vs. NE, $5,400 — Cook has been one of the most involved TE on any team in Madden with 205 catches in his 36 sims for an average of 5.7 receptions for 61.1 yards per sim. He has 14 touchdowns on the sim season including scores in each of his past four contests. In each of those games, he has over 18 DKFP and hit for a massive 30.2 DKFP in his most recent sim against the Chiefs. The Patriots have a great secondary but can be vulnerable to TE in some matchups.

Other Options — Travis Kelce ($6,000), Darren Waller ($5,300)

Value

Ben Watson, NE at NO, $4,800 — Watson continues to be one of the best options in Madden as well with his heavy workload from Tom Brady ($7,400) and a great route tree in the Patriots’ playbook. Watson has averaged 5.2 catches per sim for 65.3 yards with his 13 touchdowns on the season. He has also been hot with over 17 DKFP in three of his past four contests and had seven catches for 81 yards and 15.1 DKFP the first time he faced the Saints. He’s still very affordable and typically outperforms his ratings.

Noah Fant, DEN at JAX, $3,500 — Fant is the second-fastest TE in all of Madden and has been capitalizing on that speed with over 60 yards in five of his past six sims to produce over 13 DKFP in each of those five contests and raise his average to 54.0 yards per sim. He has only found the end zone twice during that stretch but has totaled 11 touchdowns on the season. He has a good matchup with the Jags and can be a pivot if you want a low-ownership, high-upside option.

Other Options — Will Dissly ($4,600), James O’Shaughnessy ($3,600)


DST

Stud

Patriots DST at NO, $3,100 — Most of the highly-rated defenses on this slate face a bad matchup against an elite offense due to the three great late matchups. New England taking on Drew Brees in the Superdome is definitely not ideal, but the Pats still have enough play-makers to give the defense a look. While New England isn’t a turnover machine like some defenses, the Patriots have been able to stack up 84 sacks in 36 sims, including four against the Saints in the teams’ first meeting. The Pats’ defense has actually been better on the road, where it is averaging almost 6.0 DKFP per sim, which is enough to make the unit my top expensive defense even though the matchup is still a scary one.

Other Option — Packers ($3,200)

Value

Bengals DST at ARI, $2,600 — I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve liked the Cincinnati defense as a play in these sims and most of that is due to a matchup in the desert with turnover-prone Kyler Murray ($6,000) and the struggling Arizona offense. Cincinnati’s D has stepped up with back-to-back games with at least 7.0 DKFP and had 9.0 DKFP in the first meeting with the Cardinals. The Bengals have 65 sacks in 37 sims and three safeties. Even though Cincinnati has yet to recover a fumble, the Bengals are still worth a look based on the favorable matchup and recent results.

Other Options — Seahawks ($2,500), Broncos ($2,200)

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