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Madden Stream Picks: Saints vs. Rams DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Steve Buchanan preps you for Tuesday’s 8 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Saints and Rams 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 Saints-Rams game that will take place at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 28.

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


SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

New Orleans Saints

This game is full of very good offensive players in these Madden simulations but the Saints are truly loaded. It all starts with Drew Brees ($10,600), who has the highest DKFP average in this game at 18.4 to go with 247.2 passing yards and 77 touchdowns thrown through 39 games. Interestingly enough, he’s posted three really poor outings over his last five games with DKFP of 9.4, 3.0 and 8.2. In between those though, we’ve seen 14.3 and 36. In this matchup, I’d expect him to excel, so I wouldn’t be overly worried about some of the duds he’s tossed up as of late.

It’s hard to consistently struggle when you have someone like Michael Thomas ($9,800) on your squad. Thomas has seen a significant drop in his salary, as the last time out he was $10,400. Getting him under $10K is highly attractive, as this is a player averaging 4.9 receptions, 70.1 yards and 28 touchdowns scored. I deem it almost necessary to get Thomas at a discount whenever humanly possible. If you can’t afford Thomas but you crave that heavy volume, Jared Cook ($7,600) can get you that for $2,200 cheaper. Cook is seeing more receptions than Thomas and enters this game averaging 5.5 per game, 79 yards and 15 touchdowns scored. The sheer volume alone he receives should make you get him in your lineup, especially with the cheap price tag. Ted Ginn Jr. ($5,600) continues to be a solid mid-tier play, averaging 3.6 receptions, 49.1 yards and an impressive 19 touchdowns scored. This is about the extent of the Saints’ offense I’m interested in, as I won’t be looking at Tre’Quan Smith ($4,800) or Alvin Kamara ($9,000) much. With five lineups to make, they can certainly be in at least one but in the case of Kamara, I’m more comfortable taking the receivers on both sides of this game and Todd Gurley. Don’t get me wrong, Kamara has been very good but decision have to be made and he’s the one that’ll be out of the majority of my lineups.


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Los Angeles Rams

Despite all the hype about the Saints, the Rams have quite an offense themselves. While Brees is a great option to use, don’t discount Jared Goff ($10,000). His numbers are a lot closer to Brees’ then you expect, averaging 242 passing yards with 64 touchdowns thrown and 16.6 DKFP per game. Goff will save you $600 in the process if you’re taking him over Brees and quite frankly, he has a good matchup himself.

Goff spreads the ball around extremely well but it means no one in this offense is above the others. Robert Woods ($7,400) is leading the pack by an extremely thin margin at 13.5 DKFP, 4.4 receptions, 59.3 yards and 19 touchdowns scored. With that type of production and a very reasonable $7,400 salary, he would be a tough receiver to fade. Cooper Kupp ($8,200) isn’t too far behind as the WR1 in this offense, averaging 4.2 receptions, 57.9 yards and 15 touchdowns scored. With other receivers I want to pay up for, it’s hard to pay up for Kupp when I can save $800 and use Woods instead. The speedy Brandin Cooks ($7,000) is also quite cheap considering his production. Cooks is averaging four receptions, 52.5 yards and 15 touchdowns scored. Again, with how close the production is to Kupp, I’d rather save a bit here with Cooks. Tyler Higbee ($6,600) has a good individual matchup against a Saints team that struggles against tight ends. Higbee has made a catch in each of the Rams’ 39 games, averaging four with 45.8 yards and nine touchdowns scored. His lack of scoring hurts his value but nabbing four receptions per game makes up for it.

Todd Gurley ($8,600) is my running back preference in this game over Kamara. He’s only $400 cheaper but you’re getting very similar numbers and Gurley leading with 23 touchdowns. Overall, Gurley is averaging 78 scrimmage yards per game and is always a threat to make multiple catches out of the back field.


THE OUTCOME

We have so many captain options to choose from but I’ll hopefully narrow down your choices. I think with how much he spreads the ball around, Jared Goff ($15,000 CP) is a very strong captain. While I like the Rams’ receivers overall, nailing down who’ll be his primary target is nearly impossible. If it’s cheap volume you seek, you can’t do any better than Jared Cook ($11,400 CP) at a very friendly captain price. For someone that is averaging 5.5 receptions, you truly are putting yourself in a strong position for this 1.5x fantasy points.

Final Score: Saints 27, Rams 24

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