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Madden Stream Picks: Cowboys vs. Bills DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Steve Buchanan preps you for Tuesday’s 8 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Cowboys and Bills with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

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 Cowboys vs. Bills game, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.


Dallas Cowboys

This is going to be a tough game to figure out so thankfully, we have five lineups at our disposal to work with. This is likely a game where you’ll be looking to take both quarterbacks, as they love to run the ball on their own. Dak Prescott ($11,400) is seeing his passing yards plummet and it’s all the way down to an average of 169 per game with 49 touchdowns thrown. However, his rushing average continues to be on the rise with 46.3 per game and eight touchdowns. We recently saw Prescott rush for 109 yards and a touchdown two games ago against the Eagles, giving him 28.9 DKFP. He, along with Josh Allen ($10,800), will be the most popular captain options, and rightfully so.

It’s tough to really stack either team because of the lack of passing from both sides. The WR1 in this offense is Amari Cooper ($9,400), who continues to be extremely expensive despite averaging just 3.2 receptions, 44 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns scored. If it wasn’t for the touchdowns, he would easily be in the WR3 range when it comes to production. With the idea of using both quarterbacks in this game, Cooper simply doesn’t make the cut for me. Jason Witten ($7,000) is a bit cheaper and seeing similar volume with 3.6 receptions, 41 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. I’d be looking toward him more than Cooper, saving you $2,400 in the process. Michael Gallup ($6,400) is another Cowboys receiver that is simply way too expensive for my liking. Despite being the WR2 on the depth chart, Gallup is averaging just 2.6 receptions, 28.4 receiving yards and four touchdowns scored. In no way is he worth that salary and he’s easily someone to keep off the board. Randall Cobb ($5,200) is a cheaper and seeing similar volume with his 2.3 receptions, 29.1 yards and eight touchdowns scored. Those aren’t great numbers either but it shows the true lack of airing out the ball from Prescott.

Ezekiel Elliott ($10,200), along with Witten, are essentially the two players in the offense I want in my lineup. If Prescott isn’t running the ball, he’s been handing it off to Elliott. On the sim season, he’s averaging a whopping 90.8 scrimmage yards with 27 touchdowns scored. He’s worth the high price tag and although it’ll be tough to fit him and the two quarterbacks together, you’re essentially taking all the playmakers in this game.

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Buffalo Bills

If you thought Prescott was a bit of a ball hog in these sims, wait until you get a load of Allen. Averaging just 157 passing yards, Allen does all his work on the ground with 53 rushing yards and 19 (!) rushing touchdowns. He’s only thrown for 33 touchdowns through 37 games, which is one of the lowest in the league. Allen at $10,800 is worth it for me because of how much work he’ll give you on the ground and despite his lack of throwing, is constantly over double-digit fantasy points.

Like the Cowboys, the Bills offense is a total crapshoot. It’s hard to rely upon receivers on this team with the lack of pass attempts from Allen. In an odd turn of events, it’s been Tyler Kroft ($6,200) who has emerged as the most consistent receiver in this offense. Kroft is averaging four receptions and 43.8 yards but only has six touchdowns scored. He’s not overly expensive so I do like using him, as the lack of true options in this game feels scarce. John Brown ($7,800) is the WR1 in this offense on the depth chart but he certainly isn’t performing like one. Like Cooper, Brown is seeing very little volume with just 2.5 receptions and 37.5 yards per game. He does have nine touchdowns but asking for $7,800 for him seems too steep. Cole Beasley ($7,200) is a few hundred less than Brown and is averaging three receptions and 34.4 yard with seven touchdowns. Again, not great numbers by any means but he’s a bit more reasonable salary wise than Brown. Robert Foster ($4,400) is no guarantee to make a catch in this sim but he has scored six times, which feels impressive seeing as he’s gone five games with zero receptions. It’s plummeted his average to 1.7 receptions per game, making him nearly unplayable if it wasn’t for his scoring. As you can see, this offense is essentially a disaster.

Devin Singletary ($8,400) is borderline for me. He’s averaging 61.4 scrimmage yards, which isn’t bad, but he’s priced just $1,000 less than Elliott. After locking in Elliott, you can use Singletary if you have the room but again, I’m looking to potentially take Allen, Prescott and Elliott first.

The Outcome

Talk about a game with very little captain options. If you’re looking to roll with both quarterbacks and Elliott, it’s very difficult to make them a captain and fit the other two in. With that in mind, I do like using Tyler Kroft ($9,300 CP) in this spot. You are able to captain Kroft and fit the other guys in, leading to what will likely be a chalky but needed build. If you really wanted to go off the board, I would think about using one of the DSTs, as ugly as that sounds. The Cowboys’ DST ($6,300 CP) does give you a lot of flexibility.

Final Score: Cowboys 20 Bills 17

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