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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 9 (Late)

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Thursday’s three-game late Madden Stream slate on DraftKings, which starts at 6:00 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.

Thursday’s three-game late slate is built around the primetime matchup, which is also the Madden Stream $10K FREE Game of the Week Contest [5 Entry Max], featuring the Seahawks and Chiefs facing off in Kansas City. The games before and after that matchup are very nice matchups as well and provide some good fantasy options. At 6 p.m. ET, the Ravens visit the Packers, and at 10 p.m. ET, the 49ers take on the Saints in the Superdome.

With those six teams all providing good fantasy options, there is a wide variety of different ways you can build your lineup for Thursday’s six-game slate. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this three-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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Russell Wilson, SEA at KC, $8,000 — All six QBs on this slate have shown the potential to be fantasy studs in these sims. While they all have upside, Wilson’s ceiling may be the highest due to his blend of rushing potential and his speedy, big-play receivers. Wilson has averaged 21.6 DKFP in his 32 sims with 47 total passing touchdowns and 11 more scores on the ground. He is averaging just under 50 rushing yards per sim and had 59 rushing yards in his first matchup with the Chiefs on his way to 22.1 DKFP. He has only been held under 18 DKFP once in his past 11 games, so there’s very little bust potential due to his heavy volume and workload in the Seahawks’ offense.

Other Options — Patrick Mahomes ($8,200), Lamar Jackson ($7,800)


Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. BAL, $7,400 — It’s unusual to see Rodgers as a value, but he’s the second-cheapest starting QB on this limited slate that’s loaded with top QBs. He has thrown for 57 touchdowns in his 32 sims, averaging just under 230 yards per sim. He has put up multiple touchdowns and over 18 DKFP in three of his past four sims. His yardage is almost always there, but his value can sometimes fluctuate based on how many touchdown passes he can connect on. The Ravens’ defense has been solid overall but has been beaten by elite WR, so there is potential for Rodgers to connect early and often with Davante Adams ($7,500). He doesn’t have the high ceiling offered by the top three options, but he still makes a solid pivot if you want to go cheaper at QB.

Other Option — Drew Brees ($7,600)

Running Back


Damien Williams, KC vs. SEA, $5,700 — Even with Bobby Wagner patrolling the middle of the Seattle defense, they have given up big games to opposing RBs during these sims. Williams has also had some big games as the clear lead back for the Chiefs. He gets almost all the work as the RB1, power-back and third-down back and has piled up 18 touchdowns in 32 sims along with 89 catches and almost 2,000 scrimmage yards. He has a pair of games with three touchdowns and produced 19.1 DKFP in his first matchup with the Seahawks, even though he only had one score, which came as a receiver. He is involved enough in multiple facets of the game to be a relatively safe play, and his touchdown potential gives him a very high ceiling as well.

Other Option — Alvin Kamara ($6,600)


Tevin Coleman, SF at NO, $5,600 — Coleman continues to feast for the 49ers in just about every matchup. He is really the only 49ers RB who gets regular work, unlike in real life, where San Francisco usually spreads the opportunities around. Coleman has made the most of his chances in simland and proven to be one of the top RBs in all of Madden. He is averaging an impressive 17.8 DKFP per sim and has rushed for 2,667 yards in his 32 sims, averaging 83.3 rushing yards per sim. He typically adds a few catches as well and has scored a massive 27 touchdowns in 32 contests. He crushed the Saints in their first meeting, running for 153 yards and totaling 29.4 DKFP. That game was in the rain in San Francisco, but even in very different elements, I think Coleman should continue to be an outstanding option.

Other Options — Jamaal Williams ($3,800), C.J. Prosise ($3,000)

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Wide Receiver


Tyreek Hill, KC vs. SEA, $7,900 — Hill has averaged almost identical production to Michael Thomas ($8,100), as both have averaged 18.1 DKFP per sim. Hill has a better matchup in this one, though, against a suspect Seattle secondary while Thomas has to deal with X-Factor Superstar Richard Sherman. Hill had a sim-season-high 12 catches against Seattle when they met the first time, posting 111 yards and 32.1 DKFP. While he may not reach quite that level of production in the rematch, it’s obviously a matchup the Chiefs can attack, and Hill’s 99 speed rating always makes him an awesome big-play threat.

Other Options — Michael Thomas ($8,100), Davante Adams ($7,500)


Deebo Samuel, SF at NO, $4,100 — Samuel has had success as the 49ers’ WR2 and is usually as involved as any pass-catcher in the 49ers’ run-heavy offense. Samuel has averaged 3.4 catches for over 55 yards per sim and scored a dozen touchdowns. He has double-digit DKFP in seven of his past nine contests and has the speed to turn any catch into a big gain if he has space. He’s a nice option at just over $4K to help you fit in some of the heftier salaries at other positions.

Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. SF, $3,300 — Ginn has also been a very good value play as the WR2 for the Saints and has averaged an impressive 13 DKFP per sim. He still has high speed and elusiveness ratings, which makes the veteran a big-play threat every time he has the ball in his hands. He already has 19 touchdowns and is averaging 3.9 catches for 53.8 yards per sim. He’s in a tough matchup against the 49ers but is still worth a look at such a minimal salary.

Other Options — Sammy Watkins ($4,600), DK Metcalf ($4,400)

Tight End


Jared Cook, NO vs. SF, $5,300 — Like QB, TE is stacked with some of the top options from all of Madden on this limited slate. However, even with George Kittle ($6,000) and Travis Kelce ($5,900) in play, I think Cook is worth a look. He is averaging 14.0 DKFP per sim but has been especially good at home, where he has produced 15.7 DKFP per contest and is averaging 6.5 catches for 67.9 yards per sim. In his 32 sims, he has a total of 10 touchdowns, but his volume makes him a good look even in this tough matchup. If Thomas is held in check by Sherman, Brees could look to lean heavily on his TE Cook, which sets him up for a monster performance.

Other Options — George Kittle ($6,000), Travis Kelce ($5,900)


Will Dissly, SEA at KC, $4,400 — Dissly has been quiet lately with single-digit DKFP in four straight, but he has still been a solid option overall for the Seahawks. He had eight straight sims with double-digit DKFP before his recent drought and hauled in five catches for 35 yards in the first meeting with Kansas City. He doesn’t have nearly the upside as the top three options, but he is the most reliable value option.

Other Option — Mark Andrews ($4,800)



Packers DST vs. BAL, $2,800 — The Packers’ DST has been playing well in these sims and is averaging a slate-high 5.8 DKFP per contest. They have only created 15 turnovers in 32 games, but they have been very good getting pressure on the QB with 80 sacks. They’ve also limited their opponents effectively and don’t have a horrible matchup against the Ravens.

Other Option — Saints ($3,100)


49ers DST at NO, $2,300 — The three defenses on the lower half of the salary structure have to go up against Mahomes, Brees and Rodgers, so there are no good matchups to target. Instead, I’ll go with the unit with the most star power in San Francisco. They have averaged 4.7 DKFP per contest with 57 sacks and 13 takeaways in their 32 sims. They held the Saints to just 14 points in their first meeting, although they did get an assist from the rain.

Other Option — Seahawks ($2,600)

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