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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for August 8

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

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Saturday night brings us another solid three-game featured slate starting with the 6 p.m. ET matchup between the Texans and the Rams in virtual Los Angeles. The primetime game at 8 p.m. ET will feature the Saints welcoming in the Bills to the Superdome, and we’ll wrap things up with a great late-night matchup between the Chiefs and Vikings on “Madden After Dark.”

All six of those teams give players some good fantasy options to check out, so 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 at MIN, $8,000 — For an elite QB play on this slate, the two options are Mahomes an Deshaun Watson ($7,100) but based on the matchup, I think you should try to pay up for Patrick if you can. Mahomes has at least 21 DKFP in nine of his past 11 contests, including seven games over 28 DKFP during that span. He has piled up a massive total of 103 passing touchdowns in his 43 sims for an average of 2.4 per contest along with his 278.2 passing yards per sim. He threw three scores in his first matchup with the Vikings and he’s always a threat to go off for a monster number if the game is close enough that he has to keep throwing the ball all the way through the fourth quarter.

Other Options — Drew Brees ($7,500), Deshaun Watson ($7,100)

Value

Josh Allen, BUF at NO, $6,300 — Allen brings enough rushing potential that he has the highest ceiling of all the value plays at QB on this slate. He ran for 64 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Saints on his way to 23.2 DKFP. He is averaging just 162.5 passing yards per game but has supplemented that well with 49.5 yards per game on the ground while adding 19 rushing scores to his 36 passing touchdowns. Allen has struggled a bit recently with under 15 DKFP in six straight sims but still has the potential to bounce back and put up a strong enough performance to make him a solid value play at this salary.

Other Option — Jared Goff ($6,200)


Running Back

Stud

Alvin Kamara, NO vs. BUF, $6,100 — Kamara has been one of the best RBs in all of Madden with his X-Factor Superstar abilities boosting him to over 16 DKFP per sim. One of his best games of the sim season came in his last matchup with the Bills, when he scored four total touchdowns and ran for over 100 yards on his way to 45.8 DKFP. Two of those touchdowns came as a receiver and his ability to get involved in the passing game makes him low-risk while also adding to this ceiling. He had 20-plus DKFP in three straight sims before coming down to just 15 DKFP in his most recent outing. That 15 DKFP is still solid point-per-dollar production and he should be in a place to do even better in this matchup.

Other Option — Dalvin Cook ($6,400) Todd Gurley II ($5,600)

Value

Damien Williams, KC at MIN, $5,400 — Williams caused the biggest fantasy football impact of the season so far when he opted out of the upcoming season. However, he’s still carrying the load for the virtual Chiefs in these sims. He is averaging 57.9 yards per game on the ground and adding 15.9 receiving yards on 2.6 catches per contest. He has totaled 23 touchdowns and had one in his first meeting with Minnesota when he put up 14.3 DKFP. Since you won’t be able to pay up at every position, Williams is a solid pivot to consider if you’re not able to stack up Kamara and Cook.

Other Options — Devin Singletary ($5,100), Lamar Miller ($4,900)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Tyreek Hill, KC at MIN, $7,600 — This slate is also stacked with top WR talent with Hill, Michael Thomas ($7,200) and DeAndre Hopkins ($7,000) some of the biggest talents at the position in Madden. Thomas has to contend with Tre’Davious White and the Bills while Hopkins goes up against Jalen Ramsey. Hill also has a tough matchup in the Vikings’ secondary, which causes turnovers but has also allowed some big games especially to slot WR like Hill. Hill had five catches for 64 yards in their first meeting and his 99 speed rating has helped him post over 20 DKFP in three of his past four contests, highlighted by 42.1 DKFP against the Steelers. While Thomas and Hopkins both have a higher overall rating, Hill is the WR1 that I would pinpoint of the three with the best spot to produce fantasy points on this slate.

Other Options — Michael Thomas ($7,200), DeAndre Hopkins ($7,000)

Value

Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. BUF, $3,700 — In the Saints’ passing attack, Ginn has been a very solid WR2 with 21 touchdowns in 43 games and an average of 52.0 yards on 3.8 catches per contest. Ginn had three catches for 31 yards against the Bills in the teams’ first meeting and even if he only matches those numbers, he’ll be a solid value and allow you the salary flexibility to spend up in other spots. If you’re going cheap at WR, I suggest going all the way down under $4K so you can grab elite options elsewhere. Ginn is a great way to do that and still get good upside since he has over 12 DKFP in three straight and is coming off of 27.9 DKFP against the Cowboys in his most recent contest.

Demarcus Robinson, KC at MIN, $3,600 — The Chiefs are loaded with speed at WR and Robinson offers more of that same upside from his WR3 spot. He had six catches, 50 yards, a touchdown and 17 DKFP in his most recent sim and four catches for 61 yards in the Chiefs’ first game against the Vikings. He has only been shut out once in 43 sims and is averaging 3.5 catches per contest. If you’re going cheap, he’s another way to save significant salary without sacrificing upside.

Other Options — Adam Thielen ($6,000), Robert Woods ($5,200), Keke Coutee ($3,200)


Tight End

Stud

Jared Cook, NO vs. BUF, $5,300 — The Bills have struggled against tight ends this season and Cook has been a very involved option in the Saints’ passing game. He has averaged 5.3 catches per contest and scored 16 touchdowns in his 43 sims. He had 19.7 DKFP in his first game against the Bills and has the potential to be even better since this game is at the virtual Superdome, where he has averaged 16.2 DKFP per contest compared to just 11.7 DKFP in road games.

Other Option — Travis Kelce ($5,900)

Value

Tyler Kroft, BUF at NO, $3,600 — Kroft has been one of the top options in the Buffalo passing game all sim season and has averaged 4.0 catches for 44.1 yards per contest along with seven touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t outstanding as a whole, but part of the reason for that is that the Bills’ offense has struggled throughout these sims. Kroft did have a good game in the first meeting between these teams, hauling in six catches for 54 yards, a touchdown and 17.4 DKFP. He has at least 12 DKFP in four of his past seven sims, which is solid upside for such an affordable TE.

Other Option — Darren Fells ($4,000)


DST

Stud

Vikings DST vs. KC, $2,800 — Picking the defense against Mahomes is always high risk, but the Chiefs are averaging 7.0 DKFP per contest and no other DST on the slate is averaging more than 4.7 DKFP. Minnesota had just 1.0 DKFP against the Chiefs in the teams’ previous meeting but has forced 42 turnovers in 43 sims while scoring six defensive touchdowns. The Vikings are riskier than normal are due to the matchup but remain a viable play under $3K.

Other Option — Saints ($3,000)

Value

Rams DST vs. HOU, $2,700 — The Rams’ DST is led by Aaron Donald, who is one of five players in all of Madden 2020 with a 99 overall rating. Jalen Ramsey also leads a strong secondary against a Texans offense that has firepower but has also been prone to turnovers at times in these sims. Los Angeles had 8.0 DKFP in its first game against Houston and makes sense as a lower-risk pivot if you want to avoid the Vikings against Mahomes. The Rams have just 17 takeaways but usually pile up sacks with 95 in 43 contests.

Other Option — Texans ($2,600)

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