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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for September 1

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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Well, if you haven’t heard, DraftKings has officially shifted over to Madden 2021. To kick things off, we’re starting off with a play-in divisional round that will be continuing tonight.

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Deshaun Watson, HOU at IND, $8,000 — Watson is the only quarterback on this slate that we can rely upon to use his legs. Naturally, his salary is much higher than everyone else and is $1,100 more than Matthew Stafford ($6,900). With that in his arsenal and the Colts possessing a relatively weak secondary, this should be a great spot for Watson. Kenny Moore and Rock Ya-Sin are the two highest rated corners for the Colts at 80 and 75, respectively.


Matthew Stafford, DET at MIN, $6,900 — While I wouldn’t exactly call this a value, I’m not crazy about the lower priced options on Tuesday. The Vikings have one of the worst secondaries on this slate with Mike Hughes as the highest rated corner on their team at 74. This should present plenty of opportunities for Stafford to hit his receivers and he could be a good leverage pivot off the more expensive Watson.

Running Back


Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DET, $6,700 — Cook started off with a bang in Madden 2021, scoring 27.2 DKFP with 63 rushing yard, 59 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Bears. He draws a good matchup against the Lions and should be in line for some PPR points if Detroit’s secondary continues to provide tough coverage against the opposition. Cook, overall, is the only player on the Vikings I’d be willing to roll with and he is the second-most expensive option at the position after Derrick Henry ($7,400).


Nyheim Hines, IND vs. HOU, $3,700 — Hines can be a great source of cheap PPR points, as he’ll handle the passing down work out of the backfield. He will also handle the third down work over Marlon Mack ($6,500), who did rush for 107 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans. In this range, both Hines and Chris Thompson ($4,100) would be in line for receptions, making them an easy choice if you need the salary relief.

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Wide Receiver


Kenny Golladay, DET at MIN, $6,800 —With the idea of using Stafford, I love using his WR1 Golladay against the poor Vikings secondary. Golladay is the highest rated receiver on his team at an 86, which is just over the 85 rating of Marvin Jones Jr. ($5,200). Gollday collected five receptions for 59 yards in a fairly tough matchup against the Packers, but I’m not letting that skew my decision. In this spot, Stafford and Golladay should be busy.


Will Fuller, HOU at IND, $5,000 — Fuller remains the WR2 on the Texans despite the trade of DeAndre Hopkins. Brandin Cooks ($6,300) has taken the role of the WR1, but it was Fuller who was drawing most of the attention in their first game. Fuller, who has the best speed rating amongst the receivers at 95, made three catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, good for 23.2 DKFP against the Jaguars. Getting Fuller at $5K feels too cheap to ignore, especially with some of the best speed on this slate.

Tight End


T.J. Hockenson, DET at MIN, $5,100 —I’m not crazy about the tight end position and I feel like you don’t necessarily have to pay up on Tuesday. Hockenson is the most attractive option of the top priced guys against the Vikings. While the Lions have a number of good red zone threats, Hockenson should be in the mix as well. He scored his first touchdown against the Packers while making five receptions for 29 yards.


Tyler Eifert, JAX at TEN, $4,700 — Eifert is now the TE1 for the Jaguars, bumping James O’Shaughnessy ($2,800) to the TE2 role. He was drawing some early attention from Garnder Minshew ($5,700) in their first game, making four catches for 49 yards. With the thought that most will hover in the $5K range at tight end, I like getting Eifert at low ownership. He also has one of the better speed ratigns amongst the other TEs on this slate at 81.


Titans, TEN vs. JAX, $2,900 — Minshew has the lowest awareness rating amongst all the starting quarterbacks on this slate at 75. It’s quite a low number when you consider Phillip Rivers ($6,500) has the second-lowest at 82. With such a gap, I think the Titans as the second-most expensive D/ST have a legitimate chance get to Minshew early and often.

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