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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for August 10

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

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If you’re in the mood for some Monday Night Football, check out the three-game featured slate which kicks off at 6 p.m. ET with a juicy matchup between the Eagles and the Chiefs. At 8 p.m. ET the Bills host the Packers in primetime and we close things out with what should be a very fun matchup between the Saints and the Vikings in virtual Minnesota on “Madden After Dark.”

There are some intriguing fantasy options to consider from all six of those teams and I’ll give you my favorite stud and value play for each roster spot on this slate below. For more, 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 in upcoming matchups.

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Quarterback

Stud

Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. PHI, $8,000 — Mahomes continues to dominate with his 99 overall rating and great options in the passing game. Even though his Chiefs lost their most recent sim against the Vikings over the weekend, Mahomes is in a great bounce-back spot against an Eagles secondary that has been beatable all season. Coming into the Minnesota loss, Mahomes had at least 21 DKFP in nine of his past 11 contests, including seven games over 28 DKFP during that span. He had a pair of scores and 221 yards in a 35-21 win in Philadelphia earlier in these sims and should be in a good spot to outproduce those numbers at home Monday against the Eagles.

Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,500), Aaron Rodgers ($7,000)

Value

Josh Allen, BUF vs. GB, $6,200 — Allen is really the only rushing QB on this slate, so if you want to get some rushing yards and potential rushing TDs from your QB slot, paying down for Allen is a good option to consider. In his most recent sim, he had 19.5 DKFP in a close loss to New Orleans, totaling 299 passing yards and a touchdown to go with 35 rushing yards. He has averaged over 49 rushing yards per sim and scored 19 touchdowns on the ground in 44 contests. Allen faces a tough test against the Packers’ D, but he did help the Bills pull the upset in their earlier meeting against Green Bay, piling up 31.22 DKFP with 183 passing yards, 109 rushing yards and a touchdown through the air and on the ground. His upside and affordable salary make him an intriguing play, and he could break the slate with a similar performance in the rematch.

Other Option — Carson Wentz ($6,800)


Running Back

Stud

Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. NO, $6,500 — The Vikings have knocked off the Patriots and Chiefs in the past two sims and will look to make it three impressive wins in a row as they host the Saints. Cook is the key to the offense and typically gets a heavy workload both as a rusher and receiver. He had 30 touchdowns over his first 43 sims, averaging 76.0 rushing yards and 15.3 receiving yards per game on over three catches per contest. He didn’t have a great game against the Saints his first time around but that was before the settings were adjusted to Arcade Mode. He has been an absolute beast since those settings were adjusted and will look to carry the load for the Vikings again in this contest.

Other Option — Alvin Kamara ($6,300) Damien Williams ($5,700)

Value

Miles Sanders, PHI at KC, $5,500 — Sanders is a more affordable version of an every-down back, similar to Cook, and also gets a ton of work as both rusher and receiver. He has scored 26 touchdowns in his 44 games while averaging 71.5 rushing yards and 16.2 receiving yards per contest. He ran all over the Chiefs for 141 yards and 21.2 DKFP in the teams’ first meeting and should be able to run wild again if he gets the carries. The only risk in rolling with Sanders is the possibility that the Chiefs get too far ahead for Philly to keep running, but even then he should be involved as a pass-catcher.

Other Options — Devin Singletary ($5,100), Jamaal Williams ($3,600)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Michael Thomas, NO at MIN, $7,300 — Thomas has an impressive 31 touchdowns in his 44 sims while piling up 210 catches for 3,076 yards. To really understand those massive numbers, though, it helps to break them down to an average of 4.8 catches for 70.0 yards and 16.8 DKFP per contest. While the Vikings have a hard-hitting defense and cause a lot of fumbles, Minnesota sometimes struggles against elite WR1 options. Thomas is definitely that with his 99 overall rating and he has double-digit DKFP in nine straight games and 15 of his past 18.

Other Options — Tyreek Hill ($7,600), Davante Adams ($7,000)

Value

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB at BUF, $4,300 — Valdes-Scantling is one of the lower-rated WR2 on this slate and pretty affordable as a result. He does get very involved, though, in the Green Bay passing attack, especially when an elite corner shuts down Davante Adams. Tre’Davious White will likely have that assignment in this matchup, but Buffalo’s secondary can be beaten at the other CB spots, so look for MVS to put up DKFP.

Demarcus Robinson, KC vs PHI, $3,400 — The first time the Chiefs played the Eagles it was WR3 Robinson who led all the WR with five catches for 88 yards. He has been very involved and productive for the most part, although there have been a few bust games as well. The Eagles’ secondary struggles with speed on the outside, though, so Robinson should be much more boom than bust in this matchup.

Other Options — Adam Thielen ($5,400), Robert Foster ($3,100), Geronimo Allison ($3,000)


Tight End

Stud

Zach Ertz, PHI at KC, $5,400 — The top two TE on this slate will be going head to head as Ertz and the Eagles take on Travis Kelce ($5,700) and the Chiefs. Their numbers are almost identical through 44 sims with Kelce having a slight lead in touchdowns. In their previous meeting, though, it was Ertz who was more productive due to volume. He had eight catches for 66 yards, a touchdown and 20.6 DKFP in the teams’ first meeting and should have a slight matchup advantage in this one since the Eagles typically struggle more with outside receivers than TEs over the middle.

Other Option — Travis Kelce ($5,700), Jared Cook ($5,100)

Value

Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. GB, $3,600 — Allen does a lot of running as the Bills QB which does sometimes limit his pass-catchers’ success. However, when he does go to the air, it’s often Kroft that is the target. The TE has double-digit DKFP in three of his past four sims and in seven of his past 11. He also had 17 DKFP in his first meeting with the Packers, so he definitely makes the most sense of the value options on this slate.


DST

Stud

Packers DST at BUF, $3,000 — Even though I do like a few options from the Bills’ offense, the Packers’ D is still a great play at the top end of the options on this slate. Green Bay’s defense is averaging 5.7 DKFP per sim and has racked up 107 sacks while forcing 25 turnovers and scoring six touchdowns. Allen can get careless and turn the ball over at times, so Green Bay should have success if they can get pressure on him in this rematch as the Packers try to avenge their earlier loss.

Value

Vikings DST vs. NO, $2,600 — Minnesota’s defense has a tough matchup against the Saints but did just play well against both Brady and Mahomes, so bring on Brees. Through the team’s first 43 sims, Minnesota forced 42 turnovers and piled up 95 sacks. The Vikings had three takeaways and a defensive TD in the first matchup with New Orleans, resulting in 16 DKFP.

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