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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for June 3

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

We’re winding down the fourth week of the Madden simulated season with six more sims scheduled on the DraftKings Dream Stream this Thursday, and by the end of the day, all but two teams will have played four games this season. The featured classic slate has some great matchups lined up, beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET with one of the two remaining undefeated teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers, who are also leading their division. At 8:00 p.m. ET in primetime, the Baltimore Ravens visit the Denver Broncos, and we close out the day of sims with a tasty matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots from virtual Foxboro.

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

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, $8,900 — This is a great matchup for Jackson against the struggling Broncos defense, and he’ll be looking to extend his streak of games with a rushing touchdown to six. He has scored seven rushing touchdowns over his past five games, dating back to a two-score performance against these Broncos in which he had 32.1 DKFP. He was even better in their first Madden 21 meeting, posting 40.9 DKFP. Jackson has over 32 DKFP in three of those past five games and has boosted his average to 26.6 DKFP per sim on 147.4 passing yards and 105.1 rushing yards over his 87 Madden 21 sims overall.

Other Option — Tom Brady ($7,300)

Value

Cam Newton, New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $6,300 — The Bucs’ defense in Madden 21 hasn’t been as good as it was in the team’s real-life Super Bowl run. Newton has 20.22 and 23.9 DKFP in his two previous matchups against Tampa, throwing three scores in each meeting. He doesn’t run nearly as much as Jackson but can occasionally add a rushing score, which raises his ceiling and makes him the top cheap QB on this slate.

Other Option — Ben Roethlisberger ($6,400)


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Running Back

Stud

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, $7,100 — Even in a tough matchup against the Steelers, Jones is a play to consider since there are no other RBs on the slate who are both the RB1 and third-down back. Jones has seven touchdowns over his four most recent sims and over 18 DKFP in seven straight. He has added 3.1 catches for 22.9 yards to his 65.2 rushing yards per game and scored 88 touchdowns over his 85 Madden 21 sims.

Value

J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, $4,200 — With only one workhorse back on the slate, there is plenty of value to target in the timeshares. Dobbins is always one of my favorite timeshare options since he is both third-down and power back for the Ravens. He does lose plenty of rushing work to Jackson, but Dobbins usually finds a way to provide meaningful production. He had 11.1 and 11.7 DKFP in his two previous matchups with the Broncos and has double-digit DKFP in three of his past five sims. In this matchup, he’s a great play at this price.

Other Option — LeSean McCoy ($4,600), James White ($4,100)


Wide Receiver

Stud

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers, $6,800 — JuJu has been outstanding for the Steelers as their WR1 working mainly out of the slot. He has averaged 5.1 catches for 66.6 yards while scoring 36 times in 82 sims. He has over 11 DKFP in 16 of his past 18 sims and is coming off an eight-catch, 23.3-DKFP performance against the Bengals in his most recent sim. If the Steelers are going to stay undefeated, they’ll need another big game from Smith-Schuster.

Other Options — Mike Evans ($6,400), Devin Funchess ($5,900)

Value

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, $4,500 — On the other side of the early game, the Packers use WR3 Valdes-Scantling as their slot receiver, and he has posted double-digit DKFP in three of his past four games. He has totaled 27 touchdowns in his 82 sims while averaging 3.4 catches for 43.8 yards per sim.

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots, $4,100 — Miller only had one catch against the Rams in his most recent sim, but it was a touchdown, so he still finished with 7.3 DKFP. The Bucs’ WR3 had four catches and 9.1 DKFP against the Patriots in their recent meeting after posting four catches, a touchdown and 15.2 DKFP the first time they met in Madden 21. He’s a big-play threat and should be involved enough to be a great bargain at barely over $4K.

Other Options — Julian Edelman ($5,600), Jerry Jeudy ($3,800)


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Tight End

Stud

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots, $4,800 — The former Patriot had two touchdowns and 18.7 DKFP in his most recent matchup with New England and had 19.4 DKFP in their first Madden 21 meeting. He has double-digit DKFP in seven of his past 11 sims and is averaging 11.5 DKFP per sim on the road, where the Bucs tend to air it out a little more than at home.

Other Option — Eric Ebron ($5,500)

Value

Marcedes Lewis, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, $3,700 — Lewis is a great salary-saver under $4K while serving as the Packers’ primary TE. He has at least three catches in eight straight sims with double-digit DKFP in five of those contests. He doesn’t have the big-play potential of Gronk, Ebron or even the two other options listed below, but he’s the most reliable play under $4K at any position on this slate since he gets so many regular targets.

Other Option — Devin Asiasi ($4,400), Noah Fant ($4,100)


DST

Stud

Steelers DST at Green Bay Packers, $3,100 — The Steelers have been one of the best DSTs in Madden 21, forcing 72 turnovers in 82 sims, scoring 13 touchdowns and totaling 172 sacks to average 6.4 DKFP. I’ll give them a slight edge over the Patriots DST ($3,000) since Pittsburgh posted double-digit DKFP in two of its first three games during this season.

Value

Ravens DST at Denver Broncos, $2,900 — The Broncos have been one of the worst offenses in Madden 21, so if you pick DST based on the matchup, the Ravens are a strong consideration. Baltimore has totaled nine sacks and 13.0 DKFP in its two previous contests with Denver and should be able to get after Drew Lock ($6,200) again in this rematch.

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