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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 11

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 DraftKings Dream Stream has a special night of Madden 21 sims lined up on Tuesday, starting off the three-game featured classic slate at 6:00 p.m. ET with a Super Bowl rematch as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Kansas City Chiefs. In primetime at 8:00 p.m. ET, the action continues when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Denver Broncos, and the slate closes out with a great NFC matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Check out all the gameplay details on the Madden Streams Information Page and dive into the full depth chart for each team. Check out my favorite fantasy plays for Tuesday night football listed below.



Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $8,100 — Ultimately, no QB is on the same level as Mahomes in Madden 21, although Russell Wilson ($7,300) comes close with his dual-threat ability. Mahomes is averaging 24.9 DKFP per sim and has posted over 25 DKFP in six straight sims with multiple touchdowns in each of those games to bring his total to 222 touchdowns in 84 sims. He is also averaging 287.5 passing yards per game and has done well against the Bucs, who have a suspect secondary in these sims. He has faced Tampa Bay four times, averaging 21.2 DKFP and reaching over 23 DKFP in three of those four contests. Wilson has a high enough ceiling to be a viable contrarian pivot, but he hasn’t been nearly as consistently productive as Mahomes.

Other Option — Russell Wilson ($7,300)


Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $6,200 — Brady has been solid in these sims and has averaged 19.4 DKFP in his four previous matchups with the Chiefs. He has thrown eight touchdowns in those four games and 133 touchdowns in his 81 sims while averaging 255.0 yards per sim. He tends to be extremely touchdown-reliant, but when he throws for multiple scores he can be a solid option with his salary just over $6K.

Other Option — Ben Roethlisberger ($6,300)

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Running Back


Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks, $7,700 — Kamara has been a complete back in these sims, serving as one of Drew Brees’ ($6,500) top targets and also the workhorse RB1. He has 73 total touchdowns in 82 sims and has reached over 22 DKFP in three of his past five contests. In four earlier matchups with the Seahawks, he averaged 17.7 DKFP with double-digit DKFP in each of those sims and in 15 of his past 16 overall. His multiple ways of producing make him a relatively safe play.

Other Option — Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,900)


Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints, $4,800 — In his timeshare with Chris Carson ($4,700), Hyde has actually been the more productive fantasy option even though he is the RB2. Hyde has at least four catches and 7.5 DKFP in each of his four previous games against the Saints and has over 7.0 DKFP in seven of his past eight while averaging 9.6 DKFP per contest.

Other Option — Jaylen Samuels ($4,300)

Wide Receiver


Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $7,900 — Hill’s 99 speed rating coupled with great QB play has made him the top WR in Madden 21. He has 78 touchdowns in 84 sims and is averaging a ridiculous 6.3 catches for 93.9 yards per contest. He has over 20 DKFP in eight straight sims and over 30 DKFP in four of his past five. He’s significantly more productive and reliable than any other WR, so pay up if you can since he actually should be priced even higher based on his production.

Other Options — Michael Thomas ($7,100), JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,500)


Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints, $4,400 — Seattle’s WRs have been inconsistent since Wilson runs for so much of the offense, but Lockett remains the WR1 and has a high ceiling when he gets targets. Lately, he has been involved with at least three catches in six straight sims, averaging 5.0 catches and 10.1 DKFP per contest over that stretch. He has over 12 DKFP in two of his four games against the Saints and is very affordable for a player with so much upside.

Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $3,600 — To afford all his higher-profile teammates, it’s helpful to have Robinson so cheap as the Chiefs’ WR3. He has multiple catches in seven straight sims and is averaging 2.9 catches for 41.6 yards per sim with 28 touchdowns, including one against the Bucs.

Other Options — Courtland Sutton ($5,300), Tre’Quan Smith ($4,600), Scotty Miller ($4,000)

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Tight End


Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $5,900 — Like Hill, Kelce is the most expensive player at his position but could actually be priced higher based on his production. Kelce is averaging 16.5 DKFP on 5.7 catches for 68.1 yards per sim with 46 touchdowns in 84 sims. He’s had mixed results against Tampa Bay, producing 5.2, 19.5, 11.7 and 5.6 DKFP, so he is the least important of the three Chiefs megastars but still brings plenty of upside.

Other Options — Eric Ebron ($5,300), Jared Cook ($4,800)


Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $4,400 — Like in the real-life Super Bowl, Gronk has feasted against the Chiefs in these sims. He had 10 catches and 24.0 DKFP in their most recent meeting after posting 33.2 and 15.2 DKFP in his two matchups around the Super Bowl. He is averaging 10.7 DKFP overall in 80 sims and has reached double-digit fantasy points in three straight.

Other Option — Noah Fant ($3,800)



Steelers DST vs. Denver Broncos, $2,900 — It’s rare that the Seahawks DST ($3,000) is on the slate and not my pick here, but I can’t pass up this juicy matchup for the Steelers, who have also been excellent on defense. Pittsburgh has forced 63 turnovers in 74 sims with 153 sacks and 11 defensive touchdowns. The Steelers had 13 DKFP in a recent meeting with the Broncos, who often struggle on offense.


Saints DST at Seattle Seahawks, $2,500 — If you pass on both elite DST options, you can dive all the way to the bottom of the barrel and check out the Saints, who are actually in a solid spot against Seattle since Wilson has had turnover issues at times. New Orleans had 18.0 DKFP in one of their earlier matchups with Russ and has produced 164 sacks in 82 games.

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