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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 7

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Tuesday’s six-game Madden Stream slate on DraftKings, 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 another solid six-game set starting with the 12 p.m. ET matchup between the Giants and Redskins in an NFC East showdown. At 2 p.m. ET, the Lions take on the Bengals, followed by the Panthers hosting the Dolphins at 4 p.m. ET. The second half of the schedule starts with the 6 p.m. ET matchup between the Eagles and Titans followed by a primetime showdown between the Chiefs and Patriots in New England. After that tasty matchup, we’ll close out the day with what should be a fun contest between the Seahawks and the Texans on “Madden after Dark.”

With those dozen teams in play, there are many different ways to consider building your roster for Tuesday’s six-game slate. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this six-game slate 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 vs. SEA, $7,000 — Watson is the QB with the highest average on this loaded slate that includes Patrick Mahomes ($8,000) with his new contract, Tom Brady ($7,300) with his old team, and Russell Wilson ($7,800) on the other side of the same matchup. Watson has blended his throwing and rushing power together to average 22.4 DKFP per sim. He has thrown for 54 scores and an average of 217.6 passing yards per game while tacking on 10 more touchdowns on the ground with an average of 47.5 rushing yards per game. He and the Texans lost their first matchup with the Seahawks in these sims, but he threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns on his way to 28.18 DKFP. He’s more reliably over 19 DKFP than any other QB in all of Madden with at least that many DKFP in 23 of his 31 sims. He doesn’t play until late, but I think he’ll be worth the wait.

Other Options — Patrick Mahomes ($8,000), Russell Wilson ($7,800)

Value

Daniel Jones, NYG at WAS, $5,600 — Jones doesn’t provide the rushing yards or scores that Watson offers, but his numbers have been very solid for the Giants in their 31 sims. He’s averaging over 240 passing yards per contest with 55 touchdowns. He had one of his worst sims of the sim season in his most recent contest, only managing 5.26 DKFP against the Lions, but had over 17 DKFP in eight of his previous nine contests. He has a high ceiling which he showed off the first time he faced Washington, piling up 36.54 DKFP on 326 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing score as well. He’s the best cheap QB, although obviously he comes with much more risk than the elite options at the top of the salary chart.

Other Options — Ryan Tannehill ($6,500), Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,700)


Running Back

Stud

James White, NE vs. KC, $5,800 — The Patriots’ backfield in Madden sims has been much easier to figure out than the Patriots’ backfield in real life, which has a much less predictable rotation. In simland, White is the RB1 and the third-down back, meaning most of the touches go his way except maybe a few goal line formations where Sony Michel ($3,500) gets in the mix. White has been very successful, averaging over 13 DKFP per sim with 13 touchdowns and an average of 2.7 catches per contest to go with his average of over 65 rushing yards per sim. He had a huge game in his most recent sim against the Bengals, going for 27.2 DKFP. He has shown that kind of ceiling with seven games over 21 DKFP. Whether the game script allows him to rush the ball a ton or makes him more of a check-down option for Brady, White almost always finds a way to be very involved in New England’s offense.

Other Option — Saquon Barkley ($6,800), Damien Williams ($5,700)

Value

Miles Sanders, PHI at TEN, $5,400 — Like White for the Patriots, Sanders is the primary option for the Eagles and hardly ever comes off the field. He has averaged over 15 DKFP per sim as a result and has over 12 DKFP in four of his past six sims. He struggled in his most recent contest against the Bears but put up 18.9 DKFP against the Titans when he faced them just three sims ago. This is a quick rematch for these two teams, who played a thrilling 37-34 contest that the Eagles eventually won. Sanders has elite potential at a very affordable mid-range salary.

Other Options — Gio Bernard ($4,000), Patrick Laird ($3,300)


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Wide Receiver

Stud

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. SEA, $7,900 — Hopkins has a great matchup and typically sees heavy volume from Watson in these sims. He went off for 163 yards and a touchdown on nine catches for 34.3 DKFP in his most recent sim and is up to 21 touchdowns and an impressive 2,165 yards in his 31 sims (69.8 yards per game). In his first meeting with the Seahawks, he torched the Seattle secondary for 100 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches for 34.0 DKFP. He doesn’t have nine catches in every game, but he has caught multiple passes in 30 of 31 sims, showing he has a high floor to go with his sky-high ceiling.

Other Options — Tyreek Hill ($8,100), Julian Edelman ($6,600)

Value

Sammy Watkins, KC at NE, $4,600 — Watkins has had a very strong sim-season across from Hill in the Chiefs’ offense. He has hauled in 17 touchdowns and averaged just about 50 yards per sim. He struggled in his most recent game against the Colts but had over 13 DKFP in three of his previous four, including a 100-yard performance against the Jets. Watkins only had one catch against the Patriots in their first meeting but it was for a touchdown. He can be boom-or-bust depending on matchup, but if Stephon Gilmore focuses on Hill, he could be the mismatch the Chiefs try to attack against the Pats.

Trey Quinn, WAS vs. NYG, $3,100 — Washington’s slot receiver has been a great value play with a high ceiling so far in these sims. He is very boom-or-bust but had over 9.0 DKFP in three straight before a letdown against the Bengals in his most recent sim. He had at least that many in 17 of his first 30 sims including four games with over 20 DKFP. The Giants secondary has been very beatable, so Quinn makes a nice salary-saving option in this matchup.

Other Options — Darius Slayton ($3,500), Keke Coutee ($3,000)


Tight End

Stud

Zach Ertz, PHI at TEN, $5,400 — Ertz is a high-volume option as the top pass-catcher for the Eagles. He has 158 catches in his first 31 sims for an average of over five catches per contest. He had 13 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards receiving, making him a great option in almost any matchup. He is a steady contributor with a high ceiling and doesn’t face as much competition for targets as Travis Kelce ($5,600), which gives him the slight edge for me on this slate.

Other Options — Travis Kelce ($5,600), Evan Engram ($5,300)

Value

Mike Gesicki, MIA at CAR, $4,300 — Gesicki doesn’t have quite the volume that Ertz gets, but he is also one of his team’s go-to options through the air. He has at least three catches in nine straight with double-digit DKFP in six of those outings. He has only scored seven touchdowns in his 31 sims but racks up over four catches a game and has a good ceiling against Carolina, who he had 20.9 DKFP against in their first meeting.

Ben Watson, NE vs. KC, $3,900 — Watson has been one of the most reliable and most surprising breakout players of these sims. His ratings aren’t great, but the route tree in the Patriots’ playbook and the attention he gets from Brady make him one of the best TE in all of Madden. He has averaged over 14.5 DKFP per sim and done it mostly through piling up receiving yards, averaging over 65 per contest. He also has 11 touchdowns on his 163 catches, showing he gets the volume to virtually bust-proof. He had a relatively quiet day against the Chiefs in his first game against them but did have a touchdown to help him to 11.5 DKFP.

Other Options — Delanie Walker ($4,900), Will Dissly ($4,100)


DST

Stud

Panthers DST vs. MIA, $3,100 — The Panthers didn’t force a turnover Monday against the Cardinals, so they now have 32 takeaways in 32 sims mostly due to the power of Luke Kuechly and his 99 overall rating. The elite DST has recovered 25 fumbles and scored four defensive touchdowns while piling up 70 sacks. They have at least 7.0 DKFP in seven of their past nine contests and should be in a good matchup against Miami on this slate.

Other Options — Patriots ($3,200), Lions ($2,700)

Value

Titans DST vs. PHI, $2,300 — The Titans have matched the Panthers with 70 sacks in their first 31 sims but have only forced 11 turnovers. They held the Raiders to just seven points in their most recent outing and have held opponents under 14 points in three of their past five games, helping them boost their average to just under 5.0 DKFP per sim. They don’t have the big-name hitters to create turnovers but are a solid unit top-to-bottom.

Other Option — Texans ($2,500), Seahawks ($2,200)

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