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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for September 29

Zach Thompson 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.

The Dream Stream is back with a full slate of six Madden sims for Tuesday, giving you a chance to get in some fantasy football contests on DraftKings. Each of the six games have single-game Showdown contests available in addition to a pair of three-game classic slates starting with the 12 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET kickoffs. We’ll focus on the later of the two three-game slates in this post, which starts at 6 p.m. ET with a contest between the Steelers and the Colts in virtual Indianapolis. The 8 p.m. ET game features the Texans and Eagles, and the final game of the night is a rematch of Week 3’s Monday Night Football matchup, featuring the Ravens and the Chiefs.

The roster for each team now includes all player movement that occurred prior to Week 1 of this season, and you can find the depth charts, abilities and X-factors for Madden 21 along with the upcoming schedule on the Madden Stream info page. The rosters have also been adjusted to get the best players on the field and will not be impacted by any COVID-19 opt-outs or injuries.

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Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, $7,700 — Mahomes will have a tough matchup against the Ravens’ excellent defense, but he has been outstanding in these sims. Mahomes has thrown 22 touchdown passes in his 11 sims while running for three more. He has over 25 DKFP in each of his three most recent sims, all of which came against good defenses in the Patriots, Packers and 49ers. He threw four scores against San Francisco in his most recent contest, posting his third sim in Madden 21 with over 30 DKFP. He has been just a little more consistent than Lamar Jackson ($8,100) and Deshaun Watson ($7,500), and he has excellent pass-catchers to work with, giving him the slight edge on this QB-rich slate. Mahomes is one of five players in Madden 21 with a perfect 99 overall rating, and he has been producing like it on a regular basis, making him my favorite QB play on the late slate.

Other Option — Lamar Jackson ($8,100), Deshaun Watson ($7,500)


Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans, $7,000 — Wentz has been excellent in these sims so far despite his struggles in real life. He joins the three elite options listed above with an average over 20 DKFP per contest. In his eight sims, he has thrown for 16 touchdowns and run for another one while averaging 249.3 passing yards per contest. He has a great matchup against the Texans, who have a very beatable secondary. Wentz hasn’t shown off quite the high ceiling as the other elite QBs on this slate but has posted over 22 DKFP in five of his eight contests, showing he can be a reliable play at $7K if you can’t quite squeeze in Mahomes, Jackson or Watson.

Other Option — Ben Roethlisberger ($5,700)

Running Back


Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, $6,300 — Edwards-Helaire has been very solid as the Chiefs’ RB1 in the Madden 21 sims and has especially excelled lately as a pass-catching option out of the backfield. Edwards-Helaire has caught at least six passes in four of his past five games and produced over 21 DKFP in three of those contests. He is averaging only 35.0 rushing yards per game but has compensated with 27.2 receiving yards on 4.2 catches per sim. The rookie has really taken off since the most recent roster update and is coming off a Madden 21 sim-high of 31.9 DKFP in his most recent contest, even though he was in a tough matchup against the 49ers.

Other Option — Miles Sanders ($6,700)


J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $3,500 — Dobbins is an extremely cheap option with solid upside and will let you pay up for some of the more expensive QBs, WRs and TEs. He has been the Ravens’ third-down back and power back for three games since the latest roster update. He had a touchdown and 12.2 DKFP in his first game in his expanded role and posted 7.0 DKFP and just 2.9 DKFP in his two games since. He didn’t catch a pass in his most recent sim, which is why his production was so low. That number may scare people off him, but I still really like the upside in a game that should feature plenty of points against the Chiefs. Dobbins is the cheapest RB sure to get work and does come with a high ceiling compared to the other timeshare RBs available under $6K.

Other Options — David Johnson ($5,300), James Conner ($4,500)

Wide Receiver


JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts, $7,200 — While Tyreek Hill ($7,600) has been a regular in my recommendations and should always be on your roster since he’s getting such high volume, I also think JuJu is a very strong play in this matchup. Getting both $7K WRs on your roster may be the way to go if you can fill in with Dobbins and some cheaper WR at other spots. Smith-Schuster gets a great matchup against the Colts, who have a very lowly-rated secondary across the board. He has been a little down lately without a touchdown in six straight sims but the volume is still coming his way with 5.3 catches per contest. He tore up the Browns for 36.6 DKFP and the Bengals for 20.5 DKFP in his first two sims in Madden 21 but has tailed off since. With this great matchup and the volume he has been getting, I think this is a spot where he can bounce back and break a long touchdown or two. Hill will likely be a very popular option as he should be with his production, but don’t overlook JuJu, who could also shine from a similar salary.

Other Option — Tyreek Hill ($7,600)


Marquise Goodwin, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans, $4,200 — Fortunately, there are some great affordable WRs to pair with Hill, JuJu or both. Goodwin has been outstanding since rejoining the Eagles in the most recent roster update. His 97 speed rating gives him an incredibly high ceiling and his spot as the primary slot receiver brings plenty of volume his way. Goodwin has at least 7.0 DKFP in three straight sims and has averaged 5.0 catches per contest over that stretch. Goodwin should be able to torch the Texans’ secondary and bring back a great return for a minimal investment of barely more than $4K.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts, $4,100 — Johnson brings big-play ability as well, although his 91 speed rating isn’t quite as outstanding as Goodwin’s. Johnson has over 50 yards in three of his past four sims with multiple catches in six of the Steelers’ eight sims in Madden 21. If you decide paying up for JuJu isn’t going to work under the salary cap, Johnson is a much more affordable way to get some exposure to that same matchup against the weak Colts’ secondary.

Other Options — Parris Campbell ($4,700), Sammy Watkins ($4,400), Randall Cobb ($3,300)

Tight End


Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, $6,900 — No one in all of Madden 21 has come close to matching Kelce’s insane average of 7.0 catches per contest through 11 sims. He has scored seven touchdowns in those 11 sims while averaging 78.6 yards and 19.4 DKFP per sim. Kelce has found the end zone in six of his past seven games and is a dominant force over the middle and down the field. With Mahomes continuing to flood him with targets, expect the TE to post another big statline against the Ravens in this sim.

Other Options— Zach Ertz ($5,200), Eric Ebron ($4,800)


Darren Fells, Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles, $3,800 — Fells has been a key part of Houston’s passing game in these sims, although he isn’t quite as active as Kelce. Fells has pulled in 4.3 catches for 45.4 yards per game and is averaging 8.8 DKFP per sim even though he still hasn’t found the end zone yet. His size and ability to catch short passes in traffic should make him successful in the red zone, but he just hasn’t gotten the looks in the end zone to this point in these sims. Even if he doesn’t score a touchdown, Fells is getting enough work to be worth a look under $4K if you need to go cheap at TE or in your flex spot.

Other Options— Mark Andrews ($4,300), Trey Burton ($3,400)



Steelers DST at Indianapolis Colts, $2,800 — The Steelers’ defense struggled in their most recent sim against the Cowboys and didn’t manage a single fantasy point in their 24-7 loss. Before that, though, the Steelers had been very good with at least 7.0 DKFP in four straight. They had at least three sacks in each of those games while forcing four turnovers. While they have been a little boom-or-bust, they have the playmakers to produce a good fantasy total against the Colts in this contest. Since the Ravens-Chiefs game could be high-scoring, I suggest grabbing a defense from one of the first two contests, and of those four options, the Steelers’ have the highest-rated playmakers.


Eagles DST vs. Houston Texans, $2,700 — The Texans have had turnover issues in Madden 21 which has made taking the defense going against them a solid strategy. Philadelphia has been more stable than Pittsburgh but also only has one game all sim-season with over 6.0 DKFP. The Eagles only have four takeaways in eight games but have piled up 12 sacks to help them average 4.0 DKFP per contest.

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