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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 16

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

If you’re like Carrie Underwood and have been “waiting all day for Sunday Night,” the DraftKings Dream Stream is here with your Sunday night fantasy football fix with another three-game classic slate. The featured slate begins at 6:00 p.m. ET with a matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the Indianapolis Colts host the Las Vegas Raiders in a primetime showdown, and we close out the night with the Jacksonville Jaguars welcoming in the Chicago Bears at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Check out all the gameplay details on the Madden Streams Information Page and dive into the full depth chart for each team. My favorite fantasy plays for today’s slate are listed below.



Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Cleveland Browns, $7,600 — Kyler always brings an extremely high ceiling due to his rushing potential, with 31 rushing touchdowns and an average of 68.1 rushing yards per sim. He has thrown for 83 scores in his 74 games as well, averaging 21.1 DKFP per sim. Murray has over 18 DKFP in seven of his past nine games, highlighted by a 30.02-DKFP performance against the Giants. While he hasn’t been quite as consistent as the very best QBs in all of Madden 21, he definitely has more upside than the other QBs on this slate.

Other Options — Mitchell Trubisky ($7,200)


Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears, $5,500 — Minshew had over 200 yards and exactly two touchdown passes in each of his two previous matchups with the Bears, posting 16.16 and 15.46 DKFP. He comes in off of three ugly showings and is high-risk as a result, but he has also shown enough potential to be a great buy at this bargain-basement salary.

Other Option — Philip Rivers ($5,900)

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Running Back


Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $6,200 — Hines and the Colts have taken on the Raiders five times in Madden 21 and the third-down back has averaged 20.0 DKFP in those games, highlighted by 31.4 and 27.3 DKFP. Even though he’s in a timeshare, Hines has averaged 32.4 rushing yards, 33.9 receiving yards and 4.2 catches per sim while scoring 33 touchdowns in 74 contests. His consistent workload as a pass-catcher and the Raiders’ struggles against play-making RBs make him a solid option to pay up for with so many timeshares in play on this slate.

Other Options — Kenyan Drake ($6,900), Chris Thompson ($6,300)


Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals, $4,900 — Hunt is the Browns’ third-down back and has finished with at least three catches in seven straight games and 10 of his past 11. He has finished with over 8.5 DKFP in nine of those 11 games and also posted 15.7 DKFP in his first matchup against Arizona, including one of his 11 Madden 21 touchdowns.

Other Option — Tarik Cohen ($4,700), Jalen Richard ($4,400)

Wide Receiver


Allen Robinson II, Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars, $5,400 — Robinson is the Bears’ WR1 and has a great matchup against the Jags on this slate. Robinson is coming off a 100-yard performance against the Vikings in his most recent sim, which resulted in 19.9 DKFP. He had one of his 24 touchdowns in his first matchup with Jacksonville and finished with 12.5 DKFP in that game. He also has over 12 DKFP in four of his past seven games and brings a high ceiling when Mitchell Trubisky ($7,200) gets him good volume.

Other Options — Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,200), DJ Chark Jr. ($5,700)


Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears, $4,600 — Westbrook had 10.3 and 16.7 DKFP in his two previous matchups with the Bears and usually gets good volume as Jacksonville’s WR2 working out of the slot. He has averaged 3.6 catches for 46.7 yards per game and scored 20 touchdowns, so he’s a solid play under $5K.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $3,300 — Campbell is another successful slot option, mostly due to his 94 speed rating. Campbell had 20.1 DKFP on 101 yards in his most recent game against the Raiders after 6.1, 7.5 and 9.3 DKFP in his earlier contests against Vegas. Campbell had multiple catches in every one of those games and brings a ton of upside at barely over the minimum salary on this slate.

Other Options — Tyrell Williams ($5,200), Larry Fitzgerald ($4,400), Hunter Renfrow ($3,700)

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Tight End


Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $5,300 — Burton has been one of Philip Rivers’ ($5,900) favorite targets and has averaged 5.0 catches for 54 yards per sim since taking over as TE1. He has averaged 11.4 DKFP in his four games in that role against the Raiders, highlighted by a nine-catch, 23.3-DKFP performance.

Other Option — Darren Waller ($5,400)


Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears, $4,300 — Eifert has also gotten heavy usage on a consistent basis, averaging 4.4 catches for 41.3 yards per sim. He had exactly seven catches and a touchdown in each of his first two games against Chicago, posting 22.8 and 19.9 DKFP. He’s a great option at this price point in the rematch, whether he fits at TE or FLEX on your roster.

Other Option — Austin Hooper ($4,800)



Bears DST at Jacksonville Jaguars, $3,200 — With X-factor Superstar Kahlil Mack on the prowl, it’s not surprising that the Bears have one of the best pass rushes in Madden 21. Chicago has multiple sacks in seven straight sims and has totaled 160 in 76 sims to go with 38 takeaways and five defensive touchdowns. As mentioned above, Jacksonville’s offense has struggled in their past few contests, which could set up a feast for the Bears’ defense in this contest.


Colts DST vs. Las Vegas Raiders, $2,800 — The Colts have a solid overall defense but they haven’t had enough big plays to be one of the best DSTs in Madden 21, forcing only 24 turnovers. Their pass rush, on the other hand, has been solid with 130 sacks in 74 sims. The Colts also have a great matchup against the Raiders, who they posted six sacks and 13 DKFP against in their most recent meeting.

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