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Madden Stream Picks: Vikings vs. Titans DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Steve Buchanan preps you for Wednesday’s 8:00 p.m. ET Madden Stream contest between the Vikings and Titans with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

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Showdown Strategy

Minnesota Vikings

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This is not a game that is filled with players with high DKFP averages, so we’ll have to work with what is offered. Kirk Cousins ($10,800) is averaging just 14.7 DKFP and 225 passing yards with 43 touchdowns thrown through 31 games. He’s not a safe play by any means and I’m always one to be leery on paying up for someone like him. With five lineups available for you to make, he certainly belongs in at least one, but Cousins is not high on my list against the Titans.

Stefon Diggs ($10,000) continues to rejuvenate his sim season after such a putrid start, but his overall numbers still don’t blow you away for someone who is a WR1. He’s averaging 3.1 receptions and 56.7 yards with nine touchdowns scored. Those are not exactly numbers you’d expect from a WR1, but he is averaging 14.9 DKFP over his last five games. Adam Thielen ($8,000) continues to be the most consistent receiver in this offense, and he’s where he volume goes, averaging 4.1 receptions and 66.8 yards with 17 touchdowns scored. If you’re getting any exposure to this Vikings offense, Thielen is the guy I would be looking toward.

Kyle Rudolph ($6,400) isn’t the flashiest name in this game, but he’s seeing some decent volume relative to his salary. He’s averaging 3.2 receptions and 41.5 yards with five touchdowns scored. I do like his matchup today would strongly consider him, behind Thielen, as a receiver I want exposure to. Laquon Treadwell ($3,200) is available if you need to save salary, but he’s not guaranteed to make a catch. He’s gone five games without making one, making him a truly risky play.

Dalvin Cook ($8,800) continues to be underpriced for the work he gets both on the ground and through the air. He’ll rarely come off the field, and that’s the reason he’s averaging 92.3 scrimmage yards per game. All 23 of his touchdowns have come on the ground, but he will catch out of the backfield as well. Unlike the other RB1 in this game, Cook is by far one to pay up for.

Tennessee Titans

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If you’re looking to take a quarterback in this game, Ryan Tannehill ($10,600) is an easy choice over Cousins. When he faced the Vikings before, he threw for 386 yards with four touchdowns and 38.1 DKFP, marking one of his best performances in these simulations. While we can’t expect that type of performance again, Tannehill does have that upside whereas Cousins struggles to hit his.

Delanie Walker ($7,000) continues to be my favorite Titans receiver to take when they play. He’s averaging 4.4 receptions and 51.2 yards with 11 touchdowns in these sims, good for 12 DKFP per game. Amazingly, he’s the highest rated receiver on this team at an 86, which I think is a knock against the other receivers. Nonetheless, he’s very affordable for someone that has been one of the more productive receivers on this team.

A.J. Brown ($7,600) has been a tough sell lately, posting no more than 6.3 DKFP in three of his past five games. His salary has come down to a reasonable level, so I think there is some merit to taking him, but I’m not going out of my way. Corey Davis ($5,800), meanwhile, has been crushing it as of late, averaging 18.7 DKFP over his last five games with two touchdowns scored. I’m surprised that Davis’ salary has hardly moved, so take advantage of the discount while you can. Adam Humphries ($5,000) was once a fantastic value back in the day when he was in the $2-$3K range, but he’s not at his second-most expensive salary of the season at $5K. He’s now too risky because of the salary increase, averaging 2.8 receptions and 37.2 yards with six touchdowns.

Derrick Henry ($9,400) continues to be one of the bigger busts in these simulations, averaging just 9.8 DKFP. He does get plenty of work in the red zone, which is why he has 15 touchdowns to his credit, but if he’s not scoring, well, he’s not scoring fantasy points either. Over his last five games, four of which he didn’t score in, Henry is averaging 4.5 DKFP. Need I say more?

The Outcome

Despite a lack of true top-tier talent in this game, we do have three options I like at the captain’s spot. Dalvin Cook ($13,200 CP) being the fifth-most expensive captain doesn’t make a ton of sense, but I’m not going to complain. I love how consistent his workload is, and he can be trusted in almost every matchup. Adam Thielen ($12,000 CP) is the go-to option for Cousins and like Cook, he can be relied upon no matter the matchup. Corey Davis ($8,700 CP) is my favorite value captain and the lack of movement on his salary keeps bringing me back.

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