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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for April 21

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

There’s more wild weather on the way to the DraftKings Dream Stream this Wednesday, so get ready for a fun day of six Madden 21 sims. The featured classic slate kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Miami Dolphins in the wind. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the New Orleans Saints visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South matchup impacted by a rainstorm, and we close out the night with a snow game from DC, where the Washington Football Team hosts the Minnesota Vikings.

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Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, $6,500 — There aren’t any awesome QB plays on this slate since both Brady and Drew Brees ($6,600) struggle in weather games. Brady comes in with great form, though, after throwing multiple touchdown passes and posting over 15 DKFP in six straight games while leading his team to the Bracket Tourney final. In all of Madden 21, Brady has 121 touchdowns in 73 sims and has produced 254.8 passing yards per sim.

Other Option — Drew Brees ($6,600)


Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Rams, $5,900 — Tua and the Dolphins pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the Bracket Tourney by knocking off the Chiefs, but fell to the eventual-champion Seahawks. Even against the Rams, I like Tua as a value option since he can take off and run when needed. He had six straight games with over 15 DKFP before the loss to Seattle, and he had 26.78 and 29.04 DKFP in two of those contests against the strong defenses of the Bills and Patriots.

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Running Back


Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at Washington Football Team, $8,000 — These two teams just met in the Bracket Tourney and have faced each other five times in Madden 21. Cook posted 26.1, 31.0 and 29.3 DKFP in their three most recent meetings and has lifted his average all the way to 23.6 DKFP per sim. Cook has scored 76 touchdowns in 65 sims while averaging 83.5 rushing yards and 4.1 catches for 32.4 yards per game. He has been the best RB in Madden 21 and has slate-breaking potential in every matchup.

Other Option — J.D. McKissic ($6,600)


Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $6,500 — While Kamara is more expensive than the values I usually highlight, he’s a great option at just over $6K. He had over 15 DKFP in six straight before a down game against the Chargers and has posted 64 touchdowns in 73 sims. Against the Bucs, he has averaged 23.2 DKFP and scored six touchdowns in five matchups. The weather could stall the Saints’ offense, but if they focus on short passes and handoffs to Kamara, it could actually lead to a big game for the X-factor Superstar.

Other Options — Darrell Henderson Jr. ($5,800), LeSean McCoy ($5,100)

Wide Receiver


Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins, $6,000 — Woods has the ability to make big plays and has averaged 13.9 DKFP per sim compared to 12.8 DKFP for his teammate Cooper Kupp ($5,300), who is actually the WR1. Woods has hit double-digit DKFP in eight straight games, highlighted by 30.1 DKFP against the Steelers in the Bracket Tourney. He had 19.6 and 14.9 DKFP in his two earlier meetings with Miami and is a consistent contributor with a high ceiling.

Other Option — Michael Thomas ($6,700), Mike Evans ($6,100)


Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $4,500 — Sanders usually gets plenty of work out of the slot, especially in weather games. He is averaging 4.5 catches for 53.4 yards per game and has posted over 10 DKFP in eight of his past nine sims.

Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Rams, $3,600 — Grant is another slot receiver who should get more work in the weather and brings a high ceiling with his 95 speed rating. He is averaging 10.0 DKFP over his past six contests.

Other Options — Tajae Sharpe ($5,000), Josh Reynolds ($4,900), Tre’Quan Smith ($3,800)

Tight End


Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Rams, $4,800 — Gesicki has been one of Tua’s go-to options and has averaged 4.5 catches for 50.4 yards per sim while scoring 25 touchdowns in 69 games. He had 15.2 and 9.7 DKFP in his two earlier meetings with the Rams and could get even more work in the wind.

Other Option — Jared Cook ($4,900)


Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins, $4,400 — Higbee has at least four catches in six of his past seven sims, highlighted by a 12-catch performance against the Titans for 36.1 DKFP. Even if he doesn’t get to that ceiling, he is involved enough to be a solid play despite the weather.

Other Option — Rob Gronkowski ($4,600)



Washington Football Team DST vs. Minnesota Vikings, $3,000 — Washington has to deal with Cook, but it also gets a favorable matchup against Kirk Cousins ($5,600). The defense had 8.0 DKFP in its most recent meeting with the Vikings and averaged 7.8 DKFP in four previous contests. Overall, Washington has 48 takeaways and 148 sacks in 68 sims.


Buccaneers DST vs. New Orleans Saints, $2,500 — Facing Brees outdoors in the rain is a recipe for success for the Bucs’ defense. They have multiple sacks in 12 of their past 13 sims and have totaled 177 sacks and 34 takeaways in their 73 sims.

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