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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for August 10

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

On Tuesday, the DraftKings Dream Stream has six more Madden 21 sims ready to roll including the featured three-game classic slate which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET. Those contests get underway when the New Orleans Saints host the Las Vegas Raiders at the virtual Superdome. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the primetime matchup is a divisional contest between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, and we close out the slate at 10:00 p.m. ET with the Minnesota Vikings going on the road to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As you take a look at those six teams and build your lineup, 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

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $6,500 — Brees has been a solid passer in these sims, averaging 264.1 passing yards and 18.1 DKFP per sim with 194 touchdowns in 114 contests. He has multiple passing scores and over 25 DKFP in two of his three most recent sims and put up 17.82 DKFP on 248 passing yards and two passing touchdowns when he faced the Raiders earlier in Madden 21. He’s a solid option in this rematch, so enjoy using him while you can before he retires from the Madden sims when we move to Madden 22.

Other Option — Tom Brady ($7,200)

Value

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, $5,500 — The Colts have one of the worst secondaries in Madden 21, so Tannehill being the cheapest QB on the slate is a surprise to me. He has averaged a solid 16.0 DKFP, which is the third-highest QB average on this slate, but he comes in as the sixth-most expensive starter. He has 160 touchdowns in his 107 sims and is averaging just over 200 passing yards per sim. He has faced the Colts six times, averaging 16.3 DKFP per meeting, which would be a solid return at this salary.

Other Options — Derek Carr ($5,700)


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Running Back

Stud

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $8,200 — There are several outstanding RB options on this slate, but Cook leads the way with 108 touchdowns in his 101 sims to help him average 22.8 DKFP per contest. He showed his versatility with nine catches on his way to 20.8 DKFP against the Steelers in his most recent sim even without scoring a touchdown. He has over 15 DKFP in eight straight sims and should be able to find a way to produce a solid return even in this tough matchup with Tampa Bay since he is always the focal point of everything the Vikings do on offense.

Other Options — Derrick Henry ($7,700), Alvin Kamara ($7,300)

Value

LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings, $4,600 — McCoy is the Bucs’ third-down back and featured in their shotgun formation, which gives him lots of opportunities to get involved. He has double-digit DKFP in four straight sims, highlighted by a 24.0-DKFP performance against the Patriots. He is averaging over three catches per sim and has scored 20 touchdowns in 111 Madden 21 sims.

Other Options — Nyheim Hines ($6,000), Jalen Richard ($3,400)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $6,500 — Thomas is averaging almost 4.0 DKFP more than any other WR on this slate and is actually pretty affordable at only $6.5K. He had 18.7 DKFP against the Raiders in their first Madden 21 meeting with one of the 72 touchdowns that he has scored over 113 sims. He has also been on a nice roll lately with over 10 DKFP in three straight and 15 of his 19 most recent sims.

Other Options — Mike Evans ($6,400), T.Y. Hilton ($6,000)

Value

Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders at New Orleans Saints, $5,600 — One of the most important attributes in Madden 21 is definitely speed rating, and Ruggs has a 98 speed rating which is second only to Tyreek Hill in the ratings used for these sims. As a result, he has an extremely high ceiling, which he showed off in his most recent sim, finishing with 34.3 DKFP on nine catches for 163 yards and a touchdown. He also has at least 12 DKFP in 12 of his past 18 sims.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans, $3,300 — Campbell is another nice speed option and comes at a ridiculously low salary on this slate. Campbell has averaged 3.5 catches for 41.1 yards and has at least three catches in five of his six earlier sims against the Titans, highlighted by big games of 31.6 and 20.9 DKFP. His workload is inconsistent at times, but his ceiling is too high to pass up at barely over the minimum.

Other Options — A.J. Brown ($4,900), Tre’Quan Smith ($4,800), Scotty Miller ($4,000)


Tight End

Stud

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans, $4,800 — The Colts and Philip Rivers ($5,800) keep Burton heavily involved in their offense, and as a result, Burton is averaging 4.9 catches for 53.6 yards per sim. He has double-digit DKFP in four of his five matchups with the Titans since taking over as Indy’s TE1 and recently showed his high ceiling with 35.4 DKFP against the Patriots.

Other Options — Darren Waller ($5,800), Jared Cook ($4,900)

Value

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, $4,500 — Smith is a good option on the other side of the primetime game as well and has reached 100 yards and 20 DKFP in three of his six earlier matchups with the Colts. Smith hasn’t been quite as consistent as Burton, averaging 4.4 catches for 47.8 yards per sim but does bring a very nice ceiling.

Other Options — Rob Gronkowski ($4,100)


DST

Stud

Titans DST vs. Indianapolis Colts, $2,900 — The Titans’ defense isn’t extremely highly rated, but it does have a favorable matchup against the Colts and has been coming up with big plays lately. The Titans have at least 4.0 DKFP in seven straight sims and now have 224 sacks and 84 takeaways in 107 sims. The Titans posted 15 DKFP in their most recent sim against Indianapolis and have averaged 5.2 DKFP in their six Madden 21 matchups.

Value

Saints DST vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $2,600 — The Saints have only forced 43 turnovers in 114 Madden 21 sims, but they have a favorable matchup against the Raiders and have piled up 220 sacks. The pass rush led by Cameron Jordan should be able to get after Derek Carr ($5,700) enough to make the defense a solid cheap option.

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