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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 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.

With no more wild weather on Wednesday, we should have a great night of fantasy football lined up on the DraftKings Dream Stream with three great games on the featured classic slate. The action on that slate kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET with a matchup between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. In primetime, two top-tier QBs go head-to-head as the Green Bay Packers visit the Houston Texans at 8:00 p.m. ET, and we close out the night with the Miami Dolphins taking on their in-state rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Madden After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET.

As you build your lineups, be sure to consider 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

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers, $7,900 — Watson is a truly elite fantasy QB in Madden 21 and has averaged 23.5 DKFP on 72.5 rushing yards and 193.2 passing yards per sim while totaling 183 touchdowns in 100 contests. He carried the Texans to the Championship game of the recent Madden Simulated Season and posted over 19 DKFP in five of his eight most recent contests. He went off for over 29 DKFP in two of his three previous meetings with the Packers, producing 29.66 and 31.16 DKFP. While he can be a little turnover-prone if he tries to do too much, he also has by far the highest ceiling of the options in play due to his dual-threat potential.

Other Option — Aaron Rodgers ($7,500)

Value

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins, $5,700 — Minshew comes with a good ceiling and can be a great option despite boom-or-bust tendencies. He had over 16 DKFP in two of his three previous meetings with Miami and has gone off for over 22 DKFP twice in his past six games. He has at least one touchdown in 14 straight sims and should be a nice value pivot as long as he extends that streak, while allowing you to pay up for stars in other roster spots.

Other Option — Cam Newton ($6,400)


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Running Back

Stud

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots, $8,200 — The Patriots’ defense has been solid but has given up big games to stud RBs like Henry. In fact, Henry had 107 yards, a touchdown and 23.1 DKFP against New England when they met in the recent simulated season. He had 17.4 and 26.5 DKFP in their earlier Madden 21 meetings and should be set up for a huge workload again in this rematch. He’s averaging 83 rushing yards to go with 3.2 catches for 22.1 receiving yards and 20.5 DKFP per contest with 100 total touchdowns in 101 sims.

Other Options — Aaron Jones ($7,400), Chris Thompson ($6,000)

Value

James White, New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans, $4,400 — The Patriots rotate White and Sony Michel ($5,300) in the backfield, but White is the better fantasy option since he puts up more PPR production. He has multiple catches in four straight sims, resulting in at least 13 DKFP in three of those contests. Depending on what formations the Patriots are relying on, his workload can be volatile, but he has a lot of upside for a player with a salary under $5K.

Other Option — Duke Johnson ($4,200)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, $6,900 — Adams is one of the best WR in Madden 21 and gets a tasty matchup against the Texans’ struggling secondary. Adams has totaled 54 touchdowns in 99 sims, including seven scores in his past seven sims. He has over 11 DKFP in eight straight and posted 22.3, 40.7 and 11.2 DKFP in three previous matchups with Houston. That 40.7-DKFP performance featured three touchdowns and seven catches for 127 yards in a 28-21 victory at home. Adams brings that kind of sky-high ceiling along with plenty of stability due to his consistent workload.

Other Option — DeVante Parker ($6,300)

Value

DJ Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins, $5,900 — Chark gets plenty of work as the Jaguars’ WR1 as well and can put together big games as a value stack with Minshew. Chark had a touchdown and 19.1 DKFP against the Bengals in his most recent sim and has over 10 DKFP in six straight. He had 21 DKFP and two touchdowns in his most recent matchup with Miami and has totaled 48 scores in his 97 contests.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, $4,400 — The matchup against Houston is favorable enough to merit a double-dip of Packers pass-catchers, and Valdes-Scantling has been very involved as the team’s primary slot WR. He had 25.7 DKFP against the Bears in his most recent sim with over 100 yards and a touchdown and also has three touchdowns in his three previous games against the Texans, totaling 7.4, 8.0 and 27.0 DKFP.

Other Options — Julian Edelman ($5,600), Dede Westbrook ($4,600), Jakeem Grant ($3,700)


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Tight End

Stud

Devin Asiasi, New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans, $5,100 — While the Patriots’ rookie TE had a quiet season in real life, he is a force in Madden 21. Asiasi has at least four catches in five straight sims, including three games over 20 DKFP. He has totaled 41 touchdowns in 97 sims, while averaging 4.2 catches for 45.1 yards per contest.

Other Options — Mike Gesicki ($4,600), Jonnu Smith ($4,500)

Value

Darren Fells, Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers, $4,000 — Fells is a nice way to save some salary and still get a reliable pass-catcher. He makes a good stack with Watson since the QB often relies on him to pick up key first downs, sending plenty of targets in his direction. Fells is averaging 4.1 catches for 41.0 yards per sim and has been especially solid against Green Bay with 17.0, 11.9 and 11.3 DKFP in their three previous Madden 21 meetings.

Other Options — Tyler Eifert ($4,100), Marcedes Lewis ($3,600)


DST

Stud

Patriots DST at Tennessee Titans, $3,100 — The Patriots have forced an impressive 103 turnovers in 98 sims with 18 defensive touchdowns and 6.1 DKFP per sim. The Titans are a solid offense but do allow some sacks at times, which could lead to another big game for New England’s DST.

Value

Dolphins DST at Jacksonville Jaguars, $2,600 — The Dolphins do a good job getting pressure on opposing QBs and had exactly 5.0 DKFP in two of their previous three meetings with the Jaguars. Minshew and Chark have been solid, but the Jags’ offense isn’t high-flying, making Miami a low-risk play to save some salary as the cheapest DST on the slate.

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