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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 22

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Wednesday’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.

Wednesday brings another slate of wild weather to simland as we start off the day with the 600th sim of our season at 12 p.m. ET when Washington visits the Dolphins in the rain in Miami. The rain in Florida continues at 2 p.m. ET when the Falcons head to virtual Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. At 4 p.m. ET, the Raiders face the Buccaneers in the wind before the 6 p.m. ET contest focuses on the Browns and Broncos in the snow in Denver. For the primetime contest, we have a tasty matchup from virtual Baltimore as the Ravens host the Texans in the snow. We wrap up the day with another great snow game between the Patriots and the Packers on “Madden After Dark” at 10 p.m. ET.

With those 12 teams providing lots of good options across the board, there are several 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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Quarterback

Stud

Deshaun Watson, HOU at BAL, $7,000 — The two elite QB options go head-to-head in primetime when the Texans and Ravens face off and both make very solid plays. I’m taking Watson since he has been slightly more consistent and comes at an $800 discount, which will help you have more flexibility elsewhere. Watson has averaged 22.0 DKFP per sim, which is slightly higher than Jackson’s 21.4 DKFP, and both star QBs have added lots of fantasy value through their work on the ground. In his 37 sims, Watson has averaged 213.4 passing yards and 46.3 rushing yards per contest while piling up 61 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing scores. He has over 18 DKFP in nine of his past 10 sims and had 19.34 DKFP in his first meeting with the Ravens, which Baltimore won 17-14. Watson has had good games in the snow and should continue to use his mobility to make plays once again on this slate.

Other Options — Lamar Jackson ($7,800), Tom Brady ($7,600)

Value

Baker Mayfield, CLE at DEN, $6,100 — Mayfield can be wildly inconsistent, but when he’s on his game, he can provide great value and help you save even more salary. He had three touchdowns and 363 passing yards for 30.52 DKFP in his most recent sim against the Raiders and has thrown multiple touchdowns in three of his past four contests. The yards are almost always there for Mayfield, and he is averaging an impressive 251.9 passing yards per contest. He had three touchdowns in his first matchup with Denver and can deliver a big number whenever he’s throwing scores. Denver’s secondary has one elite option in Chris Harris Jr. but lacks depth behind him at CB, which should allow Mayfield to have another solid game. He’s boom-or-bust but has over 19 DKFP in seven of his past nine sims.

Other Option — Drew Lock ($5,500), Gardner Minshew II ($5,400)


Running Back

Stud

Devonta Freeman, ATL at JAX, $6,500 — Two of the top true RB1’s on the slate also go head-to-head as Freeman’s Falcons take on Leonard Fournette ($5,900) and the Jaguars. Freeman has been one of the best RB options in these sims since he gets plenty of work as a receiver out of the backfield in addition to getting all the carries for Atlanta. He has produced 29 total touchdowns in his 37 sims and is averaging an impressive 17.3 DKFP on 63.5 rushing yards and 25.1 receiving yards per contest. He has at least 14 DKFP in three straight and should be able to extend that streak with another busy day in Jacksonville. Atlanta relies even more heavily on Freeman in weather games, so he should have another heavy workload.

Other Options — Phillip Lindsay ($6,100), Leonard Fournette ($5,900)

Value

James White, NE vs. GB, $5,500 — White hauled in two receiving scores to help the Patriots knock off the Saints while producing 25.4 DKFP in his most recent sim. White has shown consistent upside as a dual-threat as well and had a rushing touchdown and 16.0 DKFP against the Packers earlier this sim season. White has scored a total of 18 touchdowns and hardly ever busts since he gets such high volume. He has over 20 DKFP in four of his past six and only had down games against elite defenses in the Ravens and 49ers. Green Bay’s defense is solid but not nearly at that level, so look for White to keep putting up points.

Other Option — Kareem Hunt ($4,500), Jalen Richard ($3,100)


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Wide Receiver

Stud

Julio Jones, ATL at JAX, $8,300 — While there are a lot of top WRs to pick from on this slate, Jones been on another level lately with at least 80 yards in seven straight games dating back to his 251-yard explosion against the Browns, which resulted in 49.1 DKFP. He has put up over 21 DKFP in all but one of his six sims since then and has continued to pile up touchdowns to bring him to a total of 23 in his 37 contests. Jones has been getting lots of volume and putting together monster games, so you can look his way with confidence against an iffy Jacksonville secondary.

Other Options — DeAndre Hopkins ($8,500), Odell Beckham Jr. ($7,500), D.J. Chark Jr. ($5,800)

Value

Jarvis Landry, CLE at DEN, $4,800 — Landry will get a good matchup against the Broncos’ lack of CB depth, and he’s one of the highest-rated WR2 options in all of Madden. He has been very hit-or-miss due to Baker’s inconsistency and the potential to lose most of the work to OBJ. He has scored touchdowns in each of his two most recent games to bring his total to nine on the season and has over 13 DKFP in five straight to raise his average to 11.1 DKFP per contest. He had a touchdown in his first matchup with Denver but only managed three catches. If his workload increases, he should be a solid and affordable WR play on this slate.

Zay Jones, OAK at TB, $3,200 — Jones exploded against Landry and the Browns on Monday, finishing with 55.0 DKFP on 11 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns in Oakland’s 34-28 win. Even with this game being played in the wind, which will make passing challenging, Jones is a solid option against a very beatable Bucs secondary. He has averaged 3.6 catches for 54.5 yards per sim and scored an impressive 21 touchdowns. Oakland usually has to throw a lot, which gives Jones enough volume to be a great option at barely more than the $3K minimum salary.

Other Options — Mohamed Sanu ($4,000), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($3,000)


Tight End

Stud

Mark Andrews, BAL vs. HOU, $4,900 — Andrews has been the primary target for Jackson in these sims just like he often is in real life. He has had a few quiet games but should be able to take advantage of the Texans’ secondary for a second time in this contest. In his first game against Houston, Andrews had nine catches for 109 yards and 22.9 DKFP. He didn’t have a touchdown in that meeting but has scored in two of his past three games, producing 32.4 DKFP against the Chiefs and 19.5 DKFP against the Patriots followed by 10.3 DKFP on Monday night against the Seahawks. He has a very high ceiling and is a solid play under $5K.

Other Options — Darren Waller ($5,200), O.J. Howard ($4,600)

Value

Ben Watson, NE vs. GB, $4,500 — Watson continues to dominate in these sims, piling up 14 touchdowns to go with his 5.2 catches for 65.1 yards per sim. He has continued to thrive in New England’s playbook, which is centered around great TE routes, which he has used to produce over 15 DKFP in three straight and 15-of-37 sims overall (41%). The snow can sometimes force passes to the middle of the field, which is where Watson has been especially effective.

Other Options — David Njoku ($4,400), Jordan Reed ($4,000)


DST

Stud

Patriots DST vs. GB, $3,200 — There are no elite turnover-creating defenses on the slate, but the Patriots have been a very solid unit overall and have multiple playmakers in a stacked secondary. They have 22 takeaways led by 15 interceptions and have put up an impressive 87 sacks in 37 sims (2.4 per game). They had 9.0 DKFP in their most recent contest even though it was against the Saints and posted 14.0 DKFP in their first matchup with Green Bay.

Other Options — Falcons ($3,000), Buccaneers ($2,700)

Value

Broncos DST vs. CLE, $2,400 — In their first meeting, FS Justin Simmons picked off Baker Mayfield three times and helped Denver’s DST to 8.0 DKFP. While Mayfield has been good lately, he can be extremely awful when he’s bad. The Broncos should be able to get pressure on Baker with Von Miller leading a ferocious pass rush that has piled up 81 sacks in their 37 sims. They’ll be playing at home in the snow, which should also help them to a strong showing.

Other Options — Texans ($2,500), Ravens ($2,100)

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