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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for August 17

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 is fully stocked with another schedule of six Madden 21 sims, as we continue to look forward to the start of the NFL season. Tuesday’s featured classic slate has some great fantasy options led by the best players in the game. The action starts at 6:00 p.m. ET with a matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos and continues with a primetime showdown between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens at 8:00 p.m. ET. The last sim of the day should also be a juicy matchup between the fantasy-friendly Kansas City Chiefs and the stalwart defense of the Washington Football Team.

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

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns, $8,400 — Even Patrick Mahomes ($7,800) hasn’t been able to match the production of Jackson, who is averaging 27.7 DKFP per sim, by far the highest mark of any player in the game. He has run for 101 touchdowns and thrown for 116 more scores in his 111 sims while averaging 106.3 rushing yards and 151.9 passing yards per sim. He has been red-hot lately with over 29 DKFP in five straight sims and has feasted on the Browns in past matchups with over 28 DKFP in five of their eight head-to-head meetings. Jackson’s rushing production alone would make him a good play at this price, and he’s the best way to start your lineup just about every time he’s on any slate.

Other Option — Patrick Mahomes ($7,800)

Value

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos, $5,700 — QB seems to be a spot to pay up with Jackson and Mahomes in play, but if you’re looking to go against the flow and go cheap, Bridgewater is the best alternative and brings upside with a favorable matchup. He is averaging 221.2 passing yards and 1.61 touchdowns for 16.6 DKFP per sim, and the Broncos’ secondary has been prone to giving up big games in these sims. Bridgewater posted 20.02 and 30.24 DKFP in two of his three most recent head-to-head matchups with the Broncos.

Other Option — Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,100)


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Running Back

Stud

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos, $7,000 — Bridgewater didn’t have to do much in the Panthers’ most recent meeting with Denver since McCaffrey carried the workload with two touchdowns and 32.5 DKFP. He has at least 17 DKFP in each of his three most recent meetings with the Broncos and over 16 DKFP in six of his past seven sims overall. In 101 sims, McCaffrey has averaged 64.2 rushing yards and 4.7 catches for 36.5 yards while scoring a total of 79 touchdowns.

Other Option — J.D. McKissic ($7,200)

Value

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, $4,400 — Hunt gets enough work in his timeshare with Nick Chubb ($5,500) to be a viable value play and has at least 9.0 DKFP in six of his past eight sims against the Ravens. Overall, he has averaged 3.2 catches and 8.8 DKFP per sim. Despite only 17 touchdowns, his consistent PPR work makes him worth a look at barely over $4K.

Other Options — Phillip Lindsay ($5,400), J.K. Dobbins ($4,600)


Wide Receiver

Stud

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team, $7,800 — Hill has produced an astounding 22.8 DKFP on 6.3 catches for 95.6 yards per sim along with 104 touchdowns in 114 Madden 21 sims. No other WR on this slate is averaging more than 15 DKFP per sim, so The Cheetah is actually an outstanding value even though he’s the most expensive WR. He showed his ceiling with 50.3 DKFP in a recent sim against the Giants and has over 30 DKFP in three straight coming into this contest.

Other Options — Terry McLaurin ($6,100), DJ Moore ($5,500)

Value

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers, $4,900 — Inconsistent QB play has made Sutton boom-or-bust, but he has had success in this specific matchup with 13.2 and 26.8 DKFP in his two most recent meetings with Carolina. He has the tools to go off in any matchup and no one in the Panthers’ secondary has shown that they can slow him down.

Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos, $3,200 — If you have to punt a position due to paying up in other places, Anderson actually comes with some solid potential for a player barely over the minimum. He has caught at least one pass in 98 of the Panthers’ 101 sims and had over 7.0 DKFP in three of his four most recent meetings with Denver.

Other Options — Steven Sims Jr. ($4,400), Marquise Brown ($4,200), Demarcus Robinson ($4,000)


Tight End

Stud

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team, $5,800 — Kelce is averaging a robust 15.8 DKFP per sim, which especially stands out on this slate since only one other TE is averaging over 10 DKFP. Kelce had 12 catches and 28.1 DKFP against the Saints in his most recent sim and went off for nine catches, 127 yards, a touchdown and 32.7 DKFP in his only previous matchup with Washington. He’s by far the best option at TE, especially given the lack of alternatives available.

Value

Jeremy Sprinkle, Washington Football Team vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $3,200 — Sprinkle is the only other TE averaging double-digit DKFP on this slate, and it’s surprising to find him so cheap. He has had a few down games lately but put up seven catches and 12.8 DKFP in his first matchup with the Chiefs. When Washington has to throw a lot, he can turn into a PPR machine and is worth a look as a low-risk flex option even if you choose to pay up for Kelce.


DST

Stud

Broncos DST vs. Carolina Panthers, $2,800 — The Broncos have given up big plays and performances in Madden 21, but they have also been playmakers themselves with 185 sacks and 44 takeaways in 101 sims. They have a good pass rush led by Von Miller, and Justin Simmons has shown the ability to make plays in the secondary.

Value

Washington Football Team DST vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $2,600 — Washington’s DST has been the most productive of the units available on this slate, but they also have a brutal matchup against the Chiefs. They had 0.0 DKFP in their first meeting but have typically been much better, averaging a slate-high 5.8 DKFP per sim driven by their elite pass rush that has produced 218 sacks in 105 sims. Despite the difficult matchup, they bring more playmaking potential than any other defense on the slate, so this could be a good spot to take advantage of their reduced salary.

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