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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 21

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Tuesday’s six-game Madden Stream DraftKings 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.

Tuesday brings us another solid six-game Madden Stream slate that kicks off at 12 p.m. ET with the Chargers and the Lions in virtual Detroit. The Panthers host the Giants at 2 p.m. ET followed by the Colts and Jets at 4 p.m. ET. The second half of the slate starts at 6 p.m. ET when the Titans take on the Bears. The primetime game, which is the focus of the $5K FREE Contest [5 Entry Max] contest, will be a rematch of Super Bowls 27 and 28 as the Cowboys head to Buffalo to take on the Bills. The final game of the day is an in-state rivalry as the Steelers travel across Pennsylvania to take on the Eagles on “Madden After Dark” at 10 p.m. ET.

With those 12 teams providing plenty of top-tier options across the board, there are lots of options to consider as you build your roster 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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Philip Rivers, LAC at DET, $6,900 — Rivers has been very good in these sims, leading the Chargers to the best record in the virtual AFC West. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in six straight sims and has over 18 DKFP in three of his past four. Rivers doesn’t add much as a rusher like some of the elite options in these Madden sims have done, but there aren’t many top-tier passers on Tuesday’s slate after Monday night featured so many of the best QB options in these sims. Even though he doesn’t run, Rivers’ 73 touchdown tosses in 36 games have helped him be very consistent, and he does have a high ceiling which he showed off with 33.8 DKFP against Washington a few sims ago.

Other Options — Dak Prescott ($6,500), Josh Allen ($6,200)


Mitchell Trubisky, CHI at TEN, $5,900 — Trubisky has averaged more DKFP per sim than any other QB on this slate, including Rivers, producing 20.3 DKFP per contest. Trubisky has been excellent throughout his 37 sims blending together his passing power with some excellent work on the ground. He is averaging 49.5 rushing yards and 186.5 passing yards per sim while scoring 14 touchdowns on the ground and passing for 53 more touchdowns. Trubisky has 18-plus DKFP in four of his past five games and in 62% of his sims overall. His consistency comes with a high ceiling as well since he can pile up points in multiple ways.

Other Option — Sam Darnold ($6,000), Jacoby Brissett ($5,800)

Running Back


Miles Sanders, PHI vs. PIT, $6,800 — Sanders has been one of the top RBs in these Madden sims, which is why his price has climbed into the top of the salary structure after starting him out as a value play. He has double-digit DKFP in seven of his past nine sims and went off for a massive 38.4 DKFP in his most recent contest against the Rams, finishing with 151 yards, two touchdowns, three catches and 33 receiving yards. Sanders had 13.3 DKFP against the Steelers in the two teams’ first meeting. His versatility as a receiver out of the backfield makes him low-risk and also gives him a high ceiling.

Other Options — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,200), Le’Veon Bell ($6,600)


Nyheim Hines, IND at NYJ, $4,300 — Hines doesn’t get all the carries in the Colts’ backfield since Marlon Mack ($4,400) is atop the depth chart, but he definitely does enough with his share of the workload to still deserve consideration as a value play. Hines has at least 9.0 DKFP in 17 of his 37 sims (46%), meaning he’s usually a good value. He showed off his ceiling in his first matchup with the Jets, running for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns and producing 30.1 DKFP. He has 11 total touchdowns on the season and also typically chips in some PPR production since he is the third-down back.

Other Option — Devin Singletary ($5,400), J.D. McKissic ($3,300)

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Wide Receiver


DJ Moore, CAR vs. NYG, $7,100 — Moore started these sims very slow, but the Panthers’ No. 1 wideout has been picking things up lately and suddenly is becoming one of the top options at WR. He has totaled 19 touchdowns in his 37 sims while averaging 4.1 catches for 57.8 yards per contest. Moore has at least four catches in six straight and 10 of his past 11 and has reached double-digit DKFP in all but one of those 10 contests. He didn’t get much going at all in his first matchup with the Giants, but with the move to arcade mode, he has become a much more reliable play, especially against a secondary that is prove to giving up big plays.

Other Options — JuJu Smith-Schuster ($7,600), T.Y. Hilton ($6,800)


Mike Williams, LAC at DET, $4,500 — We’re going to have to start calling this value WR spot the “Mike Williams Award” since the Chargers’ WR2 is always a great option here every time he is on the slate. He has an impressive 26 touchdowns in his 36 sims and had his sixth multi-touchdown performance in his most recent sim. He finished that contest with 30.5 DKP against the Giants and has hit double-digit DKFP in nine of is past 10 contests. He has WR1 level numbers and is available at such an affordable salary that I think this is definitely a place to eat some chalk and take the free space.

Darius Slayton, NYG at CAR, $3,700 — Slayton has been very involved as the Giants’ No. 2 WR and is a great play under $4K with a high ceiling due to his 93 speed rating. Slayton has double-digit DKFP and over 60 receiving yards in three straight sims. He has 13 touchdowns on the sim season but seems overdue for a score since he hasn’t found the end zone in four games. He also has a high ceiling due to that speed and has over 19 DKFP in eight contests.

Other Options — Marvin Jones Jr. ($5,000), Corey Davis ($3,800)

Tight End


Eric Ebron, IND at NYJ, $5,200 — Ebron is a key piece of the Colts’ offense, and he should be able to find some space against the Jets’ secondary which has been beatable over the middle. Ebron is coming off of back-to-back games with at least 100 yards and a touchdown, resulting in 27.0 DKFP against the Browns and 28.6 DKFP against the Bucs. He is now averaging 4.9 catches for 56.7 yards per contest and has scored 17 touchdowns. Ebron has over 19 DKFP in three of his past four contests and has hit that number 10 times this sim season. In his first matchup with the Jets, he hauled in five passes for 83 yards. He’s a solid play and costs significantly less than the most expensive TE options on the slate.

Other Options — Zach Ertz ($5,800), Evan Engram ($5,600)


Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. DAL, $3,600 — Kroft has been one of the few Bills worth a look in these Madden sims, as the Buffalo offense has been prone to some pretty bad slumps. He is a great value option at TE, though, since he does typically get so involved. In his most recent sim he had his sixth touchdown of the season and 13.4 DKFP. He had seven catches for 70 yards the first time the Bills played the Cowboys, which makes sense since Dallas’ CBs are very strong but they can be beaten by TEs at times. Kroft doesn’t have nearly the ceiling that Ebron or the other elite TEs have, but he does save a bunch of salary and offers solid production in most sims.

Other Options — Delanie Walker ($4,600), Jason Witten ($4,200)



Panthers DST vs. NYG, $3,100 — With Luke Kuechly still in this game and prowling around on the Panthers’ defense with his 99 overall rating, Carolina’s DST has been one of the best in these sims, producing 6.7 DKFP per contest thanks to 41 takeaways in 37 sims along with 77 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. They had 10 DKFP the first time they took on rookie QB Daniel Jones ($5,600) and the Giants, and I think they’re lined up for another good game on this slate.

Other Option — Chargers ($3,000), Cowboys ($2,800)


Jets DST vs. IND, $2,600 — Like the Panthers, the Jets have been a turnover machine, recovering 32 fumbles and adding 13 interceptions for 45 takeaways in their 37 contests. New York has also stacked up 74 sacks and seven defensive touchdowns to help them average 7.5 DKFP per sim. They had an awful game against the Colts with -4.0 DKFP the first time these teams met, but Indianapolis’ offense has been hit-or-miss, so they’re not a must-avoid matchup.

Other Options — Steelers ($2,700), Titans ($2,200)

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