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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for August 25

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

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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, on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your team pile up fantasy points. The stream begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and the featured slate begins at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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Quarterback

Stud

Deshaun Watson, HOU at LAC, $7,500 — Watson and Russell Wilson ($8,200) have essentially been the same player in these simulations and have put up very similar numbers. So they fact that they’re separated by $700 in salary is a bit odd and makes me want to side with the cheaper Watson. Granted, his matchup is a bit tougher than Wilson’s, but with the amount of volume they produce both through the air and on the ground, the upside remains the same. Watson enters this game with an average of 210.3 passing yards per game, while he’s also collected 80 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Value

Josh Allen, BUF vs. MIA, $6,000 —Of course, you can also get some of that upside that Wilson and Watson bring by paying down and grabbing Allen. While he won’t get you much through the air — he’s averaging 164.3 passing yards per game — his 48.5 rushing yards per contest and 22 scrambling touchdowns are a massive part of his game. It makes it all the more impressive that he averages 17.0 DKFP per game with the lack of work through the air. In his last game against the Dolphins, Allen scored 17.8 DKFP with 183 passing yards, a touchdown and 69 rushing yards.


Running Back

Stud

Lamar Miller, HOU vs. LAC, $5,400 — This is not a slate to be paying up at running back, as the selections are quite thin. Miller is reasonably priced at $5.4K, as he’s averaging 55.4 scrimmage yards per game. He’s still averaging just under two receptions per game overall, but we’ve seen him more involved in that realm recently, making 10 receptions in his last three games. If anything, he’s a safer play than the much more expensive Christian McCaffrey ($6,800) who is way too boom-or-bust for my liking.

Value

C.J. Prosise, SEA at CAR, $3,500 — Prosise is a perfect example of someone I’m looking to target at the running back position tonight. He has very little risk with how cheap he is, he’ll catch out of the backfield and he’ll even get a couple of carries on top of that. On a slate where no one really blows you away at this position, I’ll be happy to pay down for someone averaging 26.8 scrimmage yards per game, 60% of which have come through the air.


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Wide Receiver

Stud

Keenan Allen, LAC at HOU, $7,700 — Meanwhile, the wide receiver position is a spot I do want to pay up for. It doesn’t get safer than the volume king in Allen, who is averaging 5.3 receptions and 66.4 receiving yards per game with 28 touchdowns scored overall. The Texans secondary isn’t going to offer much push back, so Allen should be in for another busy game this evening.

Value

Will Fuller V, HOU vs. LAC, $5,200 — This is more of a boom-or-bust play, but Fuller certainly has the talent fo flourish. Take for example the last game he played against the Panthers where he made seven receptions for 98 yards and 16.8 DKFP. Or, we could also see a performance like in his last game against the Chargers, making two catches for 18 yards. Regardless, pairing Fuller and Watson could create a unique build; as could adding in the aforementioned Allen to give you a very viable game stack.


Tight End

Stud

Mike Gesicki, MIA at BUF, $5,800 — Gesicki has posted zero fantasy points three times this season, but when he’s involved, he’s usually quite busy. Even with those zeros, Gesicki is averaging 4.2 receptions and 57.0 receiving yards through 49 games with 15 touchdowns. Despite posting a total of 9.0 DKFP over his last two games, Gesicki has consistently been over double-digit fantasy points and a focal point of this offense. Against a tough Bills defense, he’s one of the only Dolphins I’m interested in.

Value

Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. MIA, $4,300 — On the other side of the ball, Kroft has become one of the favorite targets of Allen — that is, when he does decide to throw the ball. You may be surprised to know he’s averaging 3.9 receptions and 44.8 receiving yards per game, though he only has nine touchdowns. The lack of scoring does take away some of his appeal, but anyone who is averaging just under four receptions per game in the Bills’ offense is worth consideration.


D/ST

Bills, BUF at MIA, $2,800 — It’s turnovers we seek when selecting a defense and Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,700) has provided many for opposing D/ST. Fitz has thrown 18 interceptions through 49 games, which is tied with Philip Rivers ($7,000) for the most on this slate.

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