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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for August 15

Zach Thompson gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Sunday’s four-game Madden Stream DraftKings slate, which starts at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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As the first week of the NFL Preseason winds down, the DraftKings Dream Stream will fit in four Madden 21 sims on Sunday, setting up a nice featured classic slate of fantasy football contests starting at 4:00 p.m. ET. The first contest is an AFC South matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars, followed at 6:00 p.m. ET by the Chicago Bears hosting the Detroit Lions in an NFC North divisional matchup. In primetime, the Seattle Seahawks roll into the virtual Twin Cities to face the Minnesota Vikings, and we conclude the schedule with the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in the final sim of the day.

As you take a look at the eight teams in play and put together 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

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings, $7,300 — Wilson has over 20 DKFP in four of his past five sims and is averaging 21.5 DKFP on 60.7 rushing yards, 189.6 passing yards and 1.76 total touchdowns per contest. He finished with 22.38 DKFP in his most recent matchup against Minnesota and brings an even higher ceiling if he really goes off, as he did with 34.34 DKFP against the 49ers in a recent matchup. Russ should definitely be able to get cooking in this matchup, so he’s a great place to start your Sunday lineup.

Other Options — Mitchell Trubisky ($6,500), Carson Wentz ($6,400)

Value

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts, $5,200 — On the other extreme of the salary spectrum, Minshew also can be a good option since he saves a ton of salary and still brings good upside to a favorable matchup. The Colts have often given up big games to opposing QBs, and Minshew has put up over 22 DKFP against them twice in their previous Madden 21 meetings. Minshew adds a little bit of rushing production, but most of his fantasy value comes from being available as a bargain and still averaging 207.9 passing yards and 1.50 touchdowns per sim.


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Running Back

Stud

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks, $7,900 — Cook has been the most productive RB in Madden 21 with an amazing 108 touchdowns in 101 sims to help him average 22.8 DKFP on 80.8 rushing yards and 4.2 catches for 33.7 receiving yards per sim. Seattle’s defense has been hard-hitting and turnover-producing, but they have also given up big games to opposing RBs, including to Cook, who had 20.0 and 21.5 DKFP in their two most recent head-to-head clashes. He comes in on a nice roll as well, producing over 15 DKFP in eight straight.

Other Options — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,400), Miles Sanders ($7,200)

Value

Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, $5,000 — The Lions have been one of the worst defenses in Madden 21, and they have especially struggled with stopping the run. Cohen has over 8.0 DKFP in four of his past five meetings with Detroit and continues to play a very involved role as the Bears’ third-down back. He has averaged 2.9 catches for 21.3 yards while adding 25.4 rushing yards as well on his way to 26 total touchdowns in 103 sims.

Other Options — D’Andre Swift ($5,200), Carlos Hyde ($4,500)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, $6,700 — No other WR on this slate is averaging over 14.2 DKFP, but Cooper has produced a solid 16.1 DKFP per contest as the Cowboys’ WR1 and has averaged 4.4 catches for 72.4 yards per sim. The Eagles’ secondary has been prone to giving up big plays in Madden 21, and Cooper burnt them for 35.1 DKFP with three catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in their most recent meeting. He has reached double-digit DKFP in all but one of their seven previous meetings and should be a good play in the late game again on this slate.

Other Options — DeSean Jackson ($5,700), Kenny Golladay ($5,500)

Value

Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, $5,100 — Jones had exactly six catches in each of his past four head-to-head matchups against the Lions, posting 21.4, 21.4, 19.2 and 11.9 DKFP. His usage can be erratic, but when he gets targets, he brings great upside for a player at only $5K.

Marquise Goodwin, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, $4,100 — With a 97 speed rating, a good matchup against the Cowboys, and a regular role as the Eagles’ primary slot receiver, Goodwin comes loaded with potential this Sunday. He hauled in nine passes for 117 yards, a touchdown and 30.5 DKFP in their most recent matchup and also had over 20 DKFP in two of their four prior matchups as well. He’s boom-or-bust, but he has sky-high upside, so he is definitely worth considering.

Other Options — Allen Robinson II ($5,000), Anthony Miller ($4,700), Danny Amendola ($4,300), Parris Campbell ($3,300)


Tight End

Stud

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, $5,000 — Burton has been a favorite target of Philip Rivers ($5,800) in these sims, averaging 4.9 catches per sim. He has racked up 37 touchdowns over 99 sims and has posted 15.9, 11.7 and 28.4 DKFP in his three most recent matchups against the Jaguars’ beatable defense.

Other Options — T.J. Hockenson ($5,200), Zach Ertz ($4,900)

Value

Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, $3,900 — Jarwin can disappear for long periods of the Cowboys’ sims, but he usually gets enough production to end up a solid play by the end of the day. Jarwin had two touchdowns and 30.2 DKFP against the Eagles in their most recent meeting and has over 60 yards and has over 8.0 DKFP in each of their past five most recent matchups.

Other Options — Greg Olsen ($4,800), Tyler Eifert ($4,200)


DST

Stud/Value

Seahawks DST at Minnesota Vikings, $2,900 — The Seahawks have been the most productive DST in all of Madden 21, averaging 7.3 DKFP per sim on 118 takeaways and 224 sacks in 111 sims. They had 6.0, 5.0 and 12.0 DKFP in their three earlier meetings with Minnesota and are a low-risk, high-ceiling play under $3K on Sunday.

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