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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for February 27

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.

There’s another Saturday Night Special ready to roll on the DraftKings Dream Stream with three great Madden sims on the classic slate starting at 6:00 p.m. ET. It’s a star-studded cast of characters in action including many of the best producers in the entire game. You’ll need to maneuver your salary cap space carefully to fit everyone in, but there are some great value plays as well. We start with Dalvin Cook ($8,000) and the Minnesota Vikings visiting the New Orleans Saints at 6:00 p.m. ET. The Kansas City Chiefs led by Patrick Mahomes ($7,400) and Tyreek Hill ($7,400) visit the Los Angeles Rams in the 8:00 p.m. ET primetime matchup, and we close out the night with cover athlete Lamar Jackson ($8,200) leading his Baltimore Ravens into the nation’s capital to face the Washington Football Team on Madden After Dark.

As in all these Madden 21 sims, it’s important to know that each roster is not impacted by COVID-19 opt-outs, injuries, suspensions or illness and that the highest-rated options have been placed at the top of the depth charts. The roster for each team includes all player movement that occurred prior to Week 1 of this season and uses the Madden 21 ratings from Week 1 of this season.

For more details, you can find the game settings, depth charts, abilities and X-factors for each team in Madden 21 along with the upcoming schedule on the Madden Stream info page. There were a few tweaks to the X-factors and Superstars in the latest December update, so be sure to check the depth charts of each team.

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Quarterback

Stud

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, $7,400 — Both Mahomes and Lamar Jackson ($8,200) have extremely high ceilings and have also been very consistent in Madden 21 as the top two QBs in the game. On this slate, though, I’m leaning toward taking the savings and going with Mahomes, who just beat the Rams for 322 passing yards and three touchdowns on his way to 30.58 DKFP just five sims ago. Jackson has never faced Washington, which actually has a pretty solid front seven and has been pretty good against the run. Jackson definitely still has the potential to go off, but Mahomes feels like much more of a sure thing on this slate. He has averaged 287.6 passing yards per game and thrown an amazing total of 145 touchdowns passes to go with 11 rushing scores in his 57 sims. The Rams are a good defense, but they don’t match up well with Mahomes’ top two targets (which we’ll discuss below). I think Mahomes has a good chance to outscore Jackson and comes at a cheaper salary, which will allow for more flexibility to fit in stars in other spots.

Value

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $5,800 — Pivoting off the two superstar QBs would definitely be a contrarian move and differentiate your lineup. Of the cheap options available, Goff comes with the most upside and did throw for 261 yards in his previous matchup with Kansas City. He didn’t have any touchdowns in that contest so he only managed 10.44 DKFP, but he has had four touchdowns in his four games since then, including a pair of games with over 19 DKFP. He has finished with over 17 DKFP in 22 of his 46 sims (48%), and if he hits for that number while letting you stock stars in other spots he could lead to a unique and successful build. Despite his boom-or-bust tendencies and reliance on touchdown passes, he has shown a high enough ceiling to be the best pivot option under $6K on this slate.

Other Option — Drew Brees ($6,600)


Running Back

Stud

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, $8,000 — Cook has been outstanding in these sims and is averaging a robust 23.9 DKFP per contest. He has single-handedly carried the Vikings’ offense in many sims as both their top target in the passing game and their primary running option. He has scored 55 touchdowns in 47 sims while averaging 89.1 rushing yards and 31.9 receiving yards on 3.6 catches per sim. His PPR production acts as a safety net keeping him from being a total bust and also raises his ceiling even higher since he typically adds on good production as a receiver on top of his great rushing totals. He had 24.0 DKFP in his previous matchup with the Saints, which is actually an average day for Cook but is what would be a ceiling game for many RBs.

Other Options — Alvin Kamara ($7,200), J.D. McKissic ($6,400)

Value

Darrell Henderson Jr., Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $5,400 — Henderson splits work in the Rams’ backfield with Malcolm Brown, with Brown getting most of the early-down work as the RB1 and Henderson taking over in passing situations as the third-down back. Henderson has been the more productive fantasy play of the two with multiple catches in six straight contests and an average of 4.3 catches per sim. He has found the end zone 17 times as well, including once in his previous contest against the Chiefs, totaling 13.2 DKFP. Henderson has over 8.0 DKFP in 14 of his past 19 contests, including that game against Kansas City, and he has shown the ability to hit for over 20 DKFP as well, giving him a good ceiling to go with good consistency from a play under $6K.

Other Option — Malcolm Brown ($4,500), J.K. Dobbins ($4,000)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, $7,400 — The Chiefs have been the best offense in Madden 21 thanks to Hill’s great connection with Mahomes along with the Cheetah’s 99 speed rating, which makes him a huge big-play threat. He is getting massive volume as well, averaging 6.4 catches per game, which he has turned into 94.6 yards per game and a total of 53 touchdowns in 57 sims. He had five catches for 104 yards and 20.4 DKFP in his previous meeting with the Rams, and since he usually works out of the slot, he’ll likely be able to avoid Superstar X-factor CB Jalen Ramsey, who usually focuses on a side of the field rather than shadowing the opposing WR1. If Hill gets matched up against the other Rams CBs, he should have a definite advantage and go off for another monster performance.

Other Options — Michael Thomas ($6,800), Robert Woods ($6,100)

Value

Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings, $4,900 — Sanders has also found success in the slot in his stint with the Saints in these sims. He has averaged 4.5 catches for 52.3 yards per sim while scoring 13 touchdowns in 53 sims. He has been very steady overall with at least four catches in 11 of his past 12 games and also had six catches for 47 yards and 10.7 DKFP in his first meeting with the Vikings. Sanders usually provides solid PPR production and gets around 50 yards, which puts him right around double-digit DKFP in every game with the potential for more if he breaks a long play or finds the end zone. The Vikings’ secondary has been a mess in these sims, so look for Sanders to score big in this matchup.

Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, $3,800 — Whenever they’re on the slate, the Chiefs come with a lot of high-priced plays to consider, but they also offer a key source of salary relief in Robinson. He has been regularly involved as the WR3 and is averaging 2.7 catches for 41.0 yards per sim. Lately, he has been even better with at least three catches in nine of his past 10 contests while averaging 13.2 DKFP over that stretch. He’s almost a must-play at this salary, allowing you the cap space to pay up for his superstar teammates and the other top-end options on this slate.

Other Options — Steven Sims Jr. ($4,800), Josh Reynolds ($4,600), Tajae Sharpe ($4,500), Willie Snead IV ($3,600)


Tight End

Stud

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, $6,300 — Kelce would be a great WR at this price, but the fact that he’s TE eligible makes him an even better option since no one else comes close to matching his ceiling or his average at this roster spot. He had 10 catches for 171 yards, a touchdown and 36.1 DKFP in his most recent sim, which was against the Titans, and he ripped the Rams for nine catches, 93 yards, two touchdowns and 32.3 DKFP in their previous meeting. Kelce has that ultra-high ceiling in this favorable matchup and has averaged a very solid 6.1 catches for 71.0 yards per sim while scoring 32 touchdowns. If you can make the salary work, there’s no need to run away from stacking him with Mahomes and Hill in this matchup with Los Angeles, which has been very generous to opposing TEs in Madden.

Other Option — Jared Cook ($5,100)

Value

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football Team, $3,600 — Andrews has the ratings and abilities to be one of the top TEs in Madden, but Jackson hasn’t been a very consistent passer in these sims, leaving Andrews as a boom-or-bust play. He is averaging a solid 8.2 DKFP per sim but does have odd let-down games like his one catch for six yards against the Browns two sims ago. His ups and downs are hard to predict, but for an option this cheap, that’s almost to be expected. He still has enough upside to be considered as a cheap flex play or as an alternative to Kelce if you decide to go cheap at TE to pay up for premium WRs or RBs along with a star QB.

Other Option — Tyler Higbee ($3,900)


DST

Stud

Saints DST vs. Minnesota Vikings, $3,000 — Despite Cook’s success in these sims, the Vikings’ offense has struggled as a whole and Kirk Cousins ($5,600) has been a mess. The Saints should be in a good spot to produce a big game as a DST and also come with pretty low risk due to the Vikings’ inability to put up points. In their previous matchup, the Saints piled up four sacks and finished with 8.0 DKFP despite not causing a turnover. They have 121 sacks in their 55 sims but only 16 takeaways. The lack of takeaways lowers their ceiling, but in this matchup, they’re still a strong enough play to be a good investment at $3K.

Value

Washington DST vs. Baltimore Ravens, $2,900 — The Football Team has a much tougher matchup as they face the Ravens and Jackson, so they could give up more points if Jackson goes off. However, Jackson has also had a few games where he has had fumble issues, turning the ball over 24 times in 52 sims. Washington’s defense features some big-hitters and has recovered 28 fumbles in 48 sims while piling up 103 sacks and five defensive touchdowns for an average of 6.0 DKFP per sim, the highest mark of any DST on this slate by over a point.

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