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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 28

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.

DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations even with baseball and basketball starting to resume. 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’s Madden Stream slate kicks off at 12 p.m. ET with the Jaguars hosting the Cardinals. At 2 p.m. ET, the Broncos take on the Panthers in virtual Carolina before the Bills and Texans meet at 4 p.m. ET. The second half of the slate kicks off with a fun NFC matchup between the Seahawks and the Cowboys, before another NFC barn-burner takes center stage in primetime as the Rams host the Saints. To wrap up the night, we head to virtual Kansas City for a nice Madden after Dark matchup between the Chiefs and the Steelers.

All six of those matchups actually have intriguing fantasy storylines, and the 12 teams provide some solid options at each position. I’ll give you my favorite stud and value play for each roster spot below. For more information, you can always 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 vs. BUF, $7,500 — Watson has remained one of the most dynamic and elite options in Madden throughout these sims even though the Texans have struggled overall. Watson is averaging 21.7 DKFP per sim by running for over 45 yards and throwing for over 210 yards per sim while piling up 62 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns. He had 19.7 DKFP in his first meeting with the Bills in these sims and has been at or above 19 DKFP in 28 of his 39 sims overall (72%). Not only is he very reliable with a high floor, but he also has a high ceiling and can absolutely go off for a monster game as he has with eight games (39%) with over 29 DKFP.

Other Options — Patrick Mahomes ($8,000), Dak Prescott ($6,600)

Value

Gardner Minshew II, JAX vs. ARI, $5,400 — Minshew is one of the lowest-rated QBs and one of the most affordable as a result. However, he has been putting up very solid numbers lately and gets a pretty good matchup against the Cardinals, making him a viable option if you want to go ultra-cheap at QB and spend up everywhere else. Minshew has produced at least 19 DKFP in five of his past six sims and in seven of his past nine. He has thrown for over 280 yards in six straight and will look to keep piling up numbers against an Arizona defense that has been hit-or-miss. Minshew has thrown 70 touchdowns, which almost twice as many as his opponent Kyler Murray ($6,000) and more more than any QB on this slate except for Mahomes, Drew Brees ($7,100) and Ben Roethlisberger ($6,700).

Other Option — Jared Goff ($6,300), Josh Allen ($6,200)


Running Back

Stud

Alvin Kamara, NO at LAR, $6,500 — Kamara is a dual-threat RB that racks up points as both rusher and receiver. He has double-digit DKFP in 69% of his sims including six of his past eight contests. He has been much more involved in the passing game lately with at least three catches in four straight and seven of his past eight. That regular PPR work makes him low-risk and also provides him with a very nice ceiling that he has shown off in monster games of 45.8 DKFP against the Bills, 33 DKFP against the Chiefs and 30.3 DKFP against the Chargers. This contest could turn into a high-scoring, back-and-forth game full of fantasy points, and if it does, Kamara should be ideally suited to bring back a big total.

Other Options — Ezekiel Elliott ($6,700), Phillip Lindsay ($6,100)

Value

Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. ARI, $5,900— Fournette is the focus of the Jaguars’ offense and is their every-down option, so he also gets involved a little bit as a receiver. He has averaged just under 75 yards per sim and scored a total of 23 touchdowns. He has at least 15 DKFP in five of his past six, and we’ve seen RBs go off for huge days against the Arizona defense. He didn’t do a lot in his first meeting with the Cardinals, but I still love his potential upside from under $6K on this slate.

Other Option — Damien Williams ($5,800), C.J. Prosise ($3,000)


Wide Receiver

Stud

JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT at KC, $6,600 — If you don’t have the salary or don’t want to spend all the way up for the most expensive options on this slate, check out Smith-Schuster, who is very affordable and comes loaded with upside. Pittsburgh will likely have to throw the ball a lot to keep up with the Chiefs, and we have seen most of Kansas City’s recent games turn into high-scoring contests. If Roethlisberger is airing it out, he’ll probably be looking JuJu’s way early and often. The WR1 has averaged 4.5 catches per sim for 68.0 yards while scoring 24 total touchdowns. He had a touchdown and 12.1 DKFP in his first meeting with Kansas City, and he has hit double-digit DKFP in 14 of his past six sims after going off for six catches for 164 yards, two touchdowns and 37.6 DKFP against the Patriots in his most recent contest.

Other Options — Tyreek Hill ($7,600), Michael Thomas ($7,400)

Value

Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. DEN, $4,200 — Samuel started these sims hot, putting up WR1 numbers from his WR2 spot on the depth chart, but recently DJ Moore ($6,400) has been more of the go-to guy in the Panthers passing offense. However, I think that trend could reverse itself back Samuel’s direction since Moore will likely be locked up by Chris Harris Jr., who is one of the best cover CBs in Madden. Samuel has six catches in each of his past two sims for over 50 yards and has reached double-digit DKFP in five of his past seven dating back to a monster 33.4-DKFP performance against the Dolphins. Denver’s secondary depth behind Harris isn’t great, so Samuel should have the advantage in his matchup, particular with his breakaway speed.

Keke Coutee, HOU vs. BUF, $3,000 — Despite being fourth on the depth chart, Coutee is always involved in the Texans’ offense as their primary slot option. He has averaged 2.7 catches for 32.6 yards per sim but has only scored five touchdowns. One of those scores did come in his first matchup with Buffalo, and he has seen increased action lately with multiple catches in 15 straight games and at least five catches in three of his past five. Since the Bills do have some good CBs, Watson may be forced to go to his slot receiver as a safety blanket, so I like Coutee to be a good cheap flier play in this matchup.

Other Options — D.J. Chark Jr. ($6,000), DK Metcalf ($4,400)


Tight End

Stud

Jared Cook, NO at LAR, $5,200 — Cook spent three seasons with the Rams in St. Louis but will face them in Los Angeles in this matchup in a possible revenge game. He has been consistently one of the best TEs in these sims with a very high 5.5 catches per sim helping him be a PPR beast. His red zone work has also been a big part of his success, as he has hauled in 15 touchdowns including five in his seven most recent contests. He had eight catches in the first meeting between these teams for 61 yards and 14.1 DKFP. I expect him to be heavily involved again, giving him huge upside.

Other Options — Travis Kelce ($5,500), Vance McDonald ($4,700)

Value

Noah Fant, DEN at CAR, $3,600 — Fant is the second-fastest TE in Madden and has been a regular contributor for the Broncos. He has had a few down games with just single-digit DKFP in three straight, but hopefully that creates low ownership for him in this contest against Carolina. The Panthers have been beatable down the middle of the field, particularly by TE with speed. Fant has shown a high ceiling, so I like him as a cheap play here if you’re ready to swing for the fences and hope he hits with a big performance.

Other Options — Will Dissly ($4,200), James O’Shaughnessy ($3,500)


DST

Stud

Cowboys DST at SEA, $2,900 — Dallas has been one of the most solid all-around defensive units we have in these sims, even though they don’t have elite takeaway numbers. They have almost always limited their opponents’ production since they do have a run-heavy offense that typically puts them in a good place to succeed. They have had 26 takeaways and 61 sacks in their 39 sims and have allowed more than 20 points just once in their past 20 sims. They have averaged 6.6 DKFP as a result and had 8.0 DKFP in their first meeting with the Seahawks.

Other Options — Steelers ($3,100), Saints ($3,000)

Value

Panthers DST vs. DEN, $2,700 — The Panthers have been a turnover-creating machine thanks mostly to Luke Kuechly and his 99 overall rating. They have 32 fumble recoveries in 39 sims to go with 10 interceptions, 80 sacks, a safety and five defensive touchdowns. They have averaged 6.5 DKFP since they haven’t been quite as consistent in limiting their opponents as the Cowboys. They have a solid matchup against a rookie QB at home, so I like their ceiling a little more than Dallas’s even though the Cowboys DST seems like a slightly safer play.

Other Options — Broncos ($2,500), Jaguars ($2,300)

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