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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for April 18

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Sunday’s two-game Madden Stream DraftKings slate, which starts at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Get ready for some Sunday night football from the DraftKings Dream Stream, as the Final Four ready of the 2021 Madden Bracket Tourney are in action with a trip to the Championship game on the line. The two semifinal contests kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Chargers followed by a Madden After Dark matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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Quarterback

Stud

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans, $7,100 — The Seahawks and Titans met just before the Bracket Tourney began, and the Titans pulled out a 28-21 win despite 27.44 DKFP from Wilson. Wilson has thrived all three times he has faced Tennessee, posting 28.42 and 28.1 DKFP in their two earlier meetings. In his 69 Madden 21 sims, Wilson has scored 33 rushing touchdowns and thrown for 95 more scores while averaging 190.5 passing yards and 58.7 rushing yards per sim. His dual-threat production makes him the top QB on the slate and gives him a great matchup against this Titans defense, which has been inconsistent throughout Madden 21.

Value

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, $6,000 — Tannehill is the second-best QB on the board since the Bucs-Bolts game could be low-scoring based on their recent results and previous head-to-head contests. Tannehill had 22.7 DKFP in his most recent matchup with Seattle and actually has a better passing average than Wilson. However, he doesn’t offer nearly as much on the ground, which is why he’s more affordable. He has over 13 DKFP in seven of his past eight sims, which is a solid return at only $6K, and he has averaged 19.3 DKFP over that span.

Other Option — Justin Herbert ($5,600)


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Running Back

Stud

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, $7,700 — Henry has carried the Titans in the Bracket Tourney, averaging over 20 DKFP per sim. He had two touchdowns and 101 rushing yards for 28.9 DKFP in Saturday’s win over Washington and has posted 20.2, 30.1 and 16.8 DKFP in his three previous meetings with the Seahawks. He has been more consistent throughout Madden 21 than Austin Ekeler ($7,200), who has been doing a great job for the Chargers on the other side of the bracket but has a much tougher matchup on this slate against Tampa Bay.

Other Option — Austin Ekeler ($7,200)

Value

LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $5,300 — McCoy is averaging 3.1 catches per sim as the Bucs’ third-down back and has double-digit DKFP in three of his past four games. He has multiple catches in six straight sims, and his regular PPR work makes him the best timeshare play on this slate.

Other Options — Carlos Hyde ($4,700)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $6,300 — Evans hasn’t been the most consistent WR1 in Madden 21, but he has been outstanding in the Bracket Tourney. In those three games, Evans has posted 13.0, 28.4 and 28.4 DKFP with 20 total catches for 228 yards and four touchdowns. In four previous matchups with the Chargers, Evans posted over 11 DKFP three times, exploiting a clear ratings advantage on the outside.

Other Option — DK Metcalf ($6,000)

Value

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $5,200 — The Bucs’ secondary has been beatable in these sims, and Allen is a highly-targeted WR1 out of the slot for the Chargers. He has scored three times in his four previous matchups with Tampa and has 31 touchdowns in 69 sims, averaging 4.7 catches for 52.3 yards per contest.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans, $4,200 — Like Allen, Lockett is his team’s WR1 and works primarily out of the slot, but Lockett has had a tendency to disappear when Russ is doing most of his work on the ground. Lockett has had over 10 DKFP in two of his three matchups with the Titans, though, and produced double-digit DKFP in four of his six most recent Madden 21 matchups.

Other Options — Corey Davis ($5,800), A.J. Brown ($5,600), Scotty Miller ($3,800)


Tight End

Stud

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, $4,900 — Smith had exactly 100 yards in each of his two most recent matchups with Seattle, finishing with 18.0 and 20.0 DKFP. The Seahawks have been pretty generous to TEs overall, and Smith has shown a high ceiling while averaging 4.4 catches for 46.9 yards per sim and scoring 20 touchdowns in 69 sims.

Value

Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans, $4,400 — Olsen’s yardage pales in comparison to Smith’s, but he is a solid play due to his steady total of receptions. He has at least five catches in four straight sims and has averaged 5.1 catches per contest over his past nine. He posted 14.9, 21.0 and 8.4 DKFP in his three previous games against the Titans.


DST

Stud

Seahawks DST vs. Tennessee Titans, $2,900 — The Seahawks’ defense has forced 67 turnovers in 68 sims to go with 146 sacks and 11 defensive touchdowns. They have actually not forced a turnover in any of their three previous matchups with the Titans, but they always have a high ceiling due to their big-play potential.

Value

Chargers DST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $2,800 — The Chargers had two takeaways and 6.0 DKFP in their upset win over the Saints and had at least 4.0 DKFP in all four of their earlier meetings with Brady’s Bucs. While they only have five defensive touchdowns in 70 sims, they do have 63 takeaways, so they also have big-play potential.

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