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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for July 5

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

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) participates in minicamp practice Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via Imagn Content Services, LLC

After a break for the July 4 weekend, the Madden simulated season continues on the DraftKings Dream Stream on Monday night with a three-game slate starting at 6:00 p.m. ET. The action gets underway with a fun matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers, followed by the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Arizona Cardinals in the primetime matchup at 8:00 p.m. ET. The night wraps up with an NFC East matchup on Madden After Dark between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, who are the top two teams in the division in the current standings.

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.



Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts, $7,200 — Murray has averaged 185.4 passing yards and 64.4 rushing yards per sim over his 91 games in Madden 21 for an average of 21.1 DKFP per contest. He had 21.96, 20.24 and 16.2 DKFP in his three previous matchups vs. the Colts and produced over 26 DKFP in two of his past three. The Colts are a woeful 2-12 this simulated season, and Murray should run all over them in this matchup.

Other Option — Aaron Rodgers ($6,900)


Daniel Jones, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, $5,800 — Jones has been pretty solid this simulated season and has helped put the Giants just one game behind the Eagles for first in the division. With a win here, they’ll pull even with just two games remaining. Jones has produced over 19 DKFP in seven of his past 10 sims, including a 24.04-DKFP performance vs. the Eagles. In that game, he threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns, and he will be a great value if he can come near that level of production from under $6K in this rematch.

Other Option — Carson Wentz ($6,400)

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Running Back


Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns, $6,600 — Jones has scored 94 touchdowns in his 96 sims in Madden 21 while averaging 18.1 DKFP on 64.7 rushing yards, 22.6 receiving yards and three catches per sim. He has especially feasted vs. the Browns, posting 21.8, 29.3 and 48.5 DKFP in his three earlier matchups vs. Cleveland. Jones has a very high ceiling in the matchup and should actually outproduce the more expensive RBs on this slate.

Other Options — Saquon Barkley ($7,300), Miles Sanders ($7,000)


Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers, $4,800 — Hunt is pretty involved as the Browns’ RB2 since he is the third-down back and gets plenty or reps in pass-heavy formations. He has three receptions or more in five of his past six sims with at least 5 DKFP in each of those five meetings. Hunt had 17.3 DKFP in one of his earlier matchups vs. the Packers with seven catches for 80 yards. He has that kind of upside in this rematch, as well. Although, his timeshare does make him a little higher risk than the full-time options listed above.

Other Option — Nyheim Hines ($6,000)

Wide Receiver


DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts, $6,200 — Hopkins has been very unreliable in these sims but has caught fire lately with seven touchdowns in his past four sims while averaging 24.6 DKFP over that span. The Colts have a very thin and lowly rated secondary, so Hopkins should keep putting up big points. He had a pair of touchdowns and 23.4 DKFP in his most recent game vs. Indianapolis.

Other Options — Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,400), Davante Adams ($6,100)


Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns, $4,700 — Valdes-Scantling is a regular producer for the Packers since he is both the WR3 and primary slot receiver for Green Bay. He had two touchdowns and 20 DKFP vs. the Ravens in his most recent sim and posted 5.3, 6.7 and 7.6 DKFP with multiple catches in each of his three earlier matchups vs. the Browns. MVS has a very high ceiling and big-play potential in this matchup vs. Cleveland.

Darius Slayton, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, $4,200 — Slayton is another very productive WR3, and he had three catches, 90 yards, a touchdown and 18 DKFP in his most recent matchup vs. the Eagles. He has at least 7.9 DKFP in nine of his past 10 sims and gets enough targets to be a solid cheap play, especially with the Eagles’ struggles in the secondary.

Other Options — DeSean Jackson ($5,700), Parris Campbell ($4,400), Marquise Goodwin ($4,100), Larry Fitzgerald ($3,700)

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Tight End


Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals, $5,500 — Burton is one of the focal points of the Colts’ offense and averaged 4.9 catches for 54.1 yards per sim in his first 87 games after taking over as TE1. Burton recently had 10 catches for 144 yards and 35.4 DKFP vs. the Texans and put up over 11 DKFP in six of his past seven games. He gets so many targets that he’s a safe play with a high ceiling.

Other Option — Zach Ertz ($5,300)


Marcedes Lewis, Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns, $4,100 — Lewis has at least three catches in five straight sims and is a reliable PPR producer. He doesn’t typically catch long passes down the field but rarely totally busts since Aaron Rodgers relies on him for underneath routes.

Other Options — Evan Engram ($5,000)



Packers DST vs. Cleveland Browns, $3,000 — The Packers have some playmakers on defense, led by CB Jaire Alexander, DT Kenny Clark and LOLB Za’Darius Smith. In their 96 sims, they have totaled only 36 takeaways but do have 211 sacks and nine defensive touchdowns. They have averaged 8 DKFP in their three earlier matchups vs. Cleveland.


Cardinals DST vs. Indianapolis Colts, $2,700 — The Cardinals are a solid cheap defense to look at since they have a very favorable matchup against Philip Rivers ($6,100) and the struggling Colts. Arizona has 177 sacks and 25 takeaways in 91 sims, averaging 3.5 DKFP per sim.

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