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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 24

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

The DraftKings Dream Stream has a full day of six Madden 21 sims lined up for Saturday, and the featured classic slate focuses on the second set of three contests. That slats locks at 6:00 p.m. ET when the Tennessee Titans visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC South matchup. At 8:00 p.m. ET in primetime, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Washington Football Team, and we close out the night with a matchup between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans from virtual H-town.

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 vs. New England Patriots, $8,100 — Even in a tough matchup against the Patriots’ strong defense, Watson is worth considering paying up for since he brings so much more upside than the other QBs on the slate. In his 102 Madden 21 sims, Watson has averaged 23.7 DKFP on 193.9 passing yards and 73.7 rushing yards per game while throwing 143 touchdowns and rushing for 43 more scores. Against New England, he posted 28.72, 25, 33.52, 10.86 and 24.76 in five previous meetings, so there’s definitely a good chance he goes off for a big total, as he has with at least 28 DKFP in four of his five most recent sims.

Other Option — Tom Brady ($6,900)

Value

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennesse Titans, $5,600 — Minshew has been volatile and not nearly elite like Watson, but he has had some good games and been a great cheap alternative. He has had success against the Titans specifically with at least 19 DKFP in each of their six previous Madden 21 meetings and an average of 23.7 DKFP per sim against his division rivals. Minshew also comes in with at least one touchdown in 15 straight sims.

Other Options — Ryan Tannehill ($6,100)


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Running Back

Stud

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, $8,500 — Henry has an amazing total of 101 touchdowns in his 102 sims in Madden 21, averaging 20.6 DKFP per sim. He hasn’t always had great games against the Jaguars, since Jacksonville has been beatable in the secondary, but his upside still makes him the top play to pay up for, especially coming off of 32.9 DKFP in his most recent sim against the Patriots.

Other Options — J.D. McKissic ($7,300), Chris Thompson ($6,500)

Value

James White, New England Patriots at Houston Texans, $4,200 — White is a nice play as a receiving back for the Patriots and has double-digit DKFP in three of his previous five games against Houston. He has averaged 8.0 DKFP per sim with 2.8 catches per contest with 20.3 receiving yards per sim. White has posted at least 13 DKFP in three of his past six games as well and is a great way to save salary to spend up for studs in other spots.

Other Options — Duke Johnson ($4,600), LeSean McCoy ($4,400)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team, $6,100 — The Bucs have so many options in the passing game that Evans’ workload can fluctuate from game to game. He is the WR1, though, and has had good success against Washington with four touchdowns in four matchups, finishing with 19.8, 4.5, 22.0 and 16.4 DKFP in those contests. Evans had over 17 DKFP in four straight at the end of the simulated season but has posted three quiet games since then.

Other Option — Brandin Cooks ($5,900), A.J. Brown ($5,700)

Value

D.J. Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans, $5,600 — The Jaguars’ passing attack works best when Chark is getting tons of targets. He reached double-digit DKFP in four of his six previous matchups with the Titans, including 28-DKFP and 31.6-DKFP performances. He had a string of six straight games with double-digit DKFP snapped in his most recent sim but should bounce back in this matchup.

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team, $3,800 — Miller is very cheap for an involved WR3 and brings a high ceiling if he goes off. He had over 50 yards in two of his previous matchups with Washington and has over 5.0 DKFP in 11 straight sims, including a monster game with 20.7 DKFP against the Carolina Panthers.

Other Options — Steven Sims Jr. ($5,100), Dede Westbrook ($4,500), Adam Humphries ($3,900)


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Tight End

Stud

Jeremy Sprinkle, Washington Football Team vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $5,100 — Sprinkle wasn’t very involved in real life this past season, but he has been a force in Madden 21. Sprinkle has three touchdowns in his past five sims and a total of 34 scores in 97 sims. He has multiple catches in each of his previous matchups with the Bucs and even posted 26.5 DKFP on 10 catches in one of their earlier meetings. Sprinkle has at least 13 DKFP in three straight and four of his past five.

Other Options — Devin Asiasi ($5,400), Jonnu Smith ($4,800)

Value

Darren Fells, Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots, $3,700 — Fells is a nice value to help counter-balance his expensive QB in a Texans stack. He had at least four catches in four straight sims with over 14 DKFP in three of those games, but he slowed down with just 2.0 DKFP against the Packers in his most recent sim. Against New England, Fells has averaged 8.2 DKFP, making him a solid play under $4K.

Other Option — Rob Gronkowski ($4,000)


DST

Stud

Patriots DST at Houston Texans, $3,200 — The Patriots have an impressive 104 takeaways in 100 sims in addition to 170 sacks and 18 defensive touchdowns. They have averaged 6.0 DKFP overall and 11.8 DKFP in their five earlier matchups against the Texans, making them a great play against Watson, who can be prone to turnovers when he presses to attempt big plays.

Value

Buccaneers DST at Washington Football Team, $2,800 — The Bucs have a favorable matchup against the Washington Football Team’s anemic offense, and they have been outstanding at pressuring the QB with 264 sacks in 106 sims. They only have 50 takeaways in those contests, but their pass rush and matchup make them the best bargain DST option.


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