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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 28

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

It should be another fun Friday night of fantasy football on the DraftKings Dream Stream as we continue Week 2 of the Madden simulated season. The featured classic slate starts at 6:00 p.m. ET with an NFC matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings in the desert. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the Tennessee Titans will visit the Seattle Seahawks in the virtual Pacific Northwest, and we wrap things up with another inter-conference matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers at 10:00 p.m. ET.

You can keep up with the standings as the season continues and check out the depth charts for each team. If you’re looking for gameplay details for these sims along with the upcoming schedule, head over to the Madden Streams Information Page.



Quarterback

Stud

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans, $7,600 — Wilson’s rushing abilities have made him one of the top QB plays in all these Madden sims, and he has been a little more consistent and has a little better matchup than Kyler Murray ($7,200), who also has a very high ceiling. Wilson has averaged 21.7 DKFP on 190.3 passing yards and 59.2 rushing yards per sim in Madden 21, and he has over 19 DKFP in six straight sims, highlighted by 35.86 DKFP against the Colts in his most recent sim. Wilson has faced the Titans five times in Madden 21 and has produced over 19 DKFP in each of those matchups while averaging 27.8 DKFP.

Other Option — Kyler Murray ($7,200), Dak Prescott ($6,600)

Value

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys, $6,000 — Herbert hasn’t consistently been on the same level as the three studs listed above, but the rookie in Madden 21 has had several big games. He also gets a good matchup against Dallas, which makes him the top value play. Herbert had 28.64 and 27.75 DKFP two of his three previous matchups with the Cowboys, and Madden After Dark could turn into a high-scoring contest since Dallas’ defense has struggled. Overall, Herbert is averaging 15.9 DKFP on 212.2 passing yards per sim.


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Running Back

Stud

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals, $8,100 — While the Vikings’ offense has struggled overall in Madden 21, Cook has been outstanding, producing 86 touchdowns in 78 sims to go with averages of 82.4 rushing yards, 34.5 receiving yards and 4.3 catches per sim. He has over 26 DKFP in three of his past five sims, including a 52.2-DKFP explosion against the Giants. The Cardinals are a neutral matchup, but they’re more favorable than the Seahawks, so I’ll give Cook the edge over fellow-workhorse Derrick Henry ($7,700).

Other Option — Derrick Henry ($7,700), Ezekiel Elliott ($7,600)

Value

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans, $4,200 — Hyde and Chris Carson ($5,100) are the only timeshare situation on this slate, which is stacked with studs in the backfield. Hyde has been a solid source of salary relief, though, averaging 7.8 DKFP per sim and hitting for 5.0 DKFP or more in seven of his past nine.


Wide Receiver

Stud

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys, $6,100 — When Herbert has big games, it’s usually because he heavily targets Allen out of the slot. Facing the Cowboys should be a mismatch once again for Allen, who torched them for 34.9 and 32.4 DKFP in two of their three prior Madden 21 meetings. Allen has been a PPR beast, averaging 4.5 catches for 53.9 yards per sim and scoring 36 touchdowns over his 82 sims.

Other Option — Amari Cooper ($6,300)

Value

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers, $5,400 — Gallup has at least four catches and 12 DKFP in four straight sims coming into this matchup with the Chargers, who he had 11 catches, 163 yards and 42.3 DKFP against in one of their earlier meetings. He was fairly quiet in his other two games against the Bolts, but that monster game shows the upside you get with Gallup, who is averaging 16.6 DKFP over his past 13 sims.

Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, $3,700 — As Tennessee’s WR3, Humphries is the team’s primary slot receiver and has averaged 2.8 catches for 32.0 yards per sim in his 78 Madden 21 contests. He had eight catches and 22 DKFP against the Raiders in Week 1 of the season and has multiple catches in six straight sims.

Other Options — A.J. Brown ($5,000), Tyler Lockett ($4,500), CeeDee Lamb ($3,600)


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Tight End

Stud

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, $5,000 — Smith has been the most reliable part of the Titans’ passing game, which has been inconsistent due to their heavy reliance on Henry. Smith has hauled in 4.6 catches for 49.6 yards per sim for 11.8 DKFP per game overall and averaged 11.9 DKFP in his five earlier matchups with the Seahawks, including a pair of 100-yard performances.

Other Option — Blake Jarwin ($4,300)

Value

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys, $4,200 — Although he’s Smith’s new teammate on the Patriots in real life, Henry is still doing good work for the Chargers in Madden 21. He has at least four catches in seven of his past eight sims, raising his average to 3.9 catches for 37.7 yards per contest. He also had at least four catches in each of his three previous sims against Dallas, posting 7.6, 16.5 and 10.7 DKFP.


DST

Stud

Seahawks DST vs. Tennessee Titans, $3,100 — The Seahawks have been one of the elite DST plays in Madden 21, averaging 7.0 DKFP per sim. In 85 games, Seattle has forced 86 turnovers and scored 12 defensive touchdowns while also producing 175 sacks. In their most recent meeting with the Titans, the Seahawks didn’t allow a point and finished with three takeaways and 18.0 DKFP.

Value

Chargers DST vs. Dallas Cowboys, $2,900 — The Chargers have also been very solid in these sims, producing 6.0 DKFP per contest. They have forced 77 turnovers and have 180 sacks in their 83 sims, but they have only scored six defensive touchdowns, which is why Seattle has a slight edge. The Cowboys have also been a better offense overall than the Titans, putting the Seahawks in the better matchup. However, there should still be big plays to be made in what should be a great matchup in the late game.

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