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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 22

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.

It’s time for some Thursday Night Football on the DraftKings Dream Stream as another full week of sims continues with six games throughout the day, including three games on the featured classic slate. The first matchup starts at 6:00 p.m. ET and features the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Chicago Bears. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the Washington Football Team travels to virtual upstate New York to face the Buffalo Bills, and we close out the night with a Madden After Dark matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos 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.



Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, $7,500 — Wilson just led the Seahawks to the Championship of the recent Madden Simulated Season and has over 25 DKFP in four of his five most recent sims, picking the right time to get hot and start putting up plenty of points both on the ground and through the air. He has 137 passing touchdowns and 49 rushing touchdowns in his 105 sims and has averaged 21.6 DKFP on 190.1 passing yards and 60.6 rushing yards per sim. Against Denver, he is a low-risk option after posting 18.08, 15.96 and 22.6 DKFP in three previous meetings, and he always brings a high ceiling since he is central to the Seahawks’ gameplan.

Other Options — Mitchell Trubisky ($7,200), Josh Allen ($6,900)


Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears, $6,000 — Herbert is the only cheap QB who has been consistent enough to consider with both Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,400) and Drew Lock ($5,500) struggling in these sims. Herbert has been solid as a rookie starter in Madden 21, throwing 132 touchdowns in 97 sims and adding eight rushing scores as well. He has faced the Bears six times in Madden 21 and posted over 21 DKFP twice. He also has over 13 DKFP in seven straight sims coming into this rematch against Chicago.

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Running Back


Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears, $7,800 — Ekeler has been outstanding as the Chargers’ workhorse RB, averaging 19.3 DKFP on 68.6 rushing yards along with 3.8 catches for 29.0 receiving yards per game. He has posted 16.1, 34.9, 12.0, 22.9, 23.2 and 19.0 DKFP in his previous meetings with the Bears, and he also has at least 19 DKFP in each of his two most recent sims since the close of the simulated season.

Other Options — J.D. McKissic ($6,600)


Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Football Team, $5,600 — The Bills use Singletary as both RB1 and third-down back, giving him a heavy workload on a regular basis. He does lose some rushing opportunities to Josh Allen ($6,900) but has still scored 35 touchdowns in 98 sims while averaging 11.9 DKFP per contest. He has double-digit DKFP in four of his past six games, dating back to a ceiling game against the Bucs in which he posted 29.9 DKFP. “The Motor” also had at least 12 DKFP in four of his five previous games against Washington.

Other Option — Carlos Hyde ($4,900)

Wide Receiver


DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, $5,800 — I don’t highlight Metcalf a lot in this spot since he can be very volatile, but there aren’t any locked-in elite WR on this slate. When Wilson is running rather than throwing, Metcalf can put up some quiet games, but he should be set up for success if given the chance against a lowly-rated Broncos secondary. Metcalf had seven catches for 135 yards and 29.5 DKFP in one of his three previous games against Denver, and he has that kind of upside in this rematch as well. He had six catches, a touchdown and 16.9 DKFP against the Titans in his most recent sim and has three catches or more in six straight sims.

Other Option — Terry McLaurin ($5,900), Allen Robinson II ($5,500)


Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks, $4,400 — On the other side of the late game, Jeudy makes sense since he has been fairly involved as the Broncos’ WR2. He has posted double-digit DFKP in seven of his 10 most recent sims with five touchdowns over that span. Against Seattle, he had at least three catches and over 50 yards in each of their three previous Madden 21 meetings.

Ted Ginn Jr., Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Chargers, $4,300 — Ginn still has some elusiveness and upside in Madden 21 as the Bears’ veteran WR3. He has scored 35 touchdowns in his 89 sim appearances and had a huge game with six catches, 131 yards and 28.1 DKFP against the Packers in his most recent contest. Ginn also had multiple catches in each of the six previous matchups against the Chargers and is a nice cheap play with upside on this slate full of boom-or-bust options.

Other Options — Steven Sims Jr. ($5,100), Tyler Lockett ($4,700), Joe Reed ($3,700)

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Tight End


Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, $4,800 — Olsen has been the most reliable pass-catcher for the Seahawks and has averaged 4.3 catches for 45.5 yards per sim with 31 touchdowns. He had one of those scores and 12.2 DKFP in his most recent matchup with the Broncos and has been rolling lately with five catches or more in four of his past five contests.

Other Options — Jeremy Sprinkle ($4,700), Hunter Henry ($4,500)


Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Chargers, $3,800 — Another veteran TE involved in his team’s offense on a regular basis is Graham, who has averaged 3.7 catches for 34.1 yards per sim with 26 total touchdowns in his 94 sims. He had a monster, nine-catch game against the Chargers for 17.1 DKFP in their most recent meeting and has averaged 13.9 DKFP in his six games against Los Angeles with over 14 DKFP in four of those contests.



Seahawks DST at Denver Broncos, $3,100 — The Seahawks are averaging 7.4 DKFP per sim while no other DST on this slate is producing over 6.0 DKFP. In their 105 sims, the Seahawks have forced 113 turnovers and scored 18 defensive touchdowns while picking up an impressive 216 sacks. The Broncos are a juicy matchup for the Seahawks on both sides of the ball, so a Seattle stack is a great play on this slate.


Washington Football Team DST at Buffalo Bills, $2,800 — The Football Team has a very good pass rush and has totaled 204 sacks in 99 sims. They had 14 and 19 DKFP in two of their earlier five meetings with Buffalo and should be able to once again get pressure on Allen, which can force him into turnovers.

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