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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 19

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

There’s more wild weather in the forecast for the six Madden streams coming up this Wednesday on the DraftKings Dream Stream. The featured three-game classic slate focuses on the second half of the six-game schedule and gets underway at 6:00 p.m. ET with a snow game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. At 8:00 p.m. ET, the Baltimore Ravens will host the Denver Broncos in a game played in the rain, and we close out the night with a juicy matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in the snow at virtual Lambeau Field.

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.



Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, $8,500 — For the second straight game, the Chiefs and Ravens are both on the same slate, which is about the only scenario in which Patrick Mahomes ($7,800) isn’t a lock for the stud QB spot. Jackson ultimately brings a higher ceiling than the Chiefs’ 99-overall rated passer due to his rushing potential. Jackson is averaging 104.6 rushing yards per sim and has rushed for 68 scores in 82 sims while also throwing 81 touchdowns. He had 147 yards on the ground on his way to 30.7 DKFP against the Giants in his most recent sim and galloped past the Broncos for 40.9 DKFP in their one previous Madden 21 meeting.

Other Option — Patrick Mahomes ($7,800)


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $6,800 — If you can’t pay over $7K for one of the top three options, Rodgers is a solid alternative. He and Green Bay beat the Chiefs 27-21 in a recent matchup in Kansas City and will try to sweep this home-and-home set. Rodgers threw for 265 yards but no touchdowns to finish with 11.0 DKFP in that contest, and he is touchdown-reliant since he doesn’t pick up much rushing production to go with his 256.2 passing yards per sim and 139 passing touchdowns in 79 games.

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Running Back


Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $7,400 — The Packers got four touchdowns from Jones in that recent win against the Chiefs, and he finished with 40.8 DKFP. He has over 21 DKFP in six of his past seven games, averaging an impressive 24.0 DKFP over that stretch. He has totaled 78 touchdowns in his 79 Madden 21 sims while averaging 63.6 rushing yards, 22.3 receiving yards and 3.1 receptions per sim. His production as a receiver makes him a safer play and also bumps up his already-high ceiling.

Other Options — Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($7,000), Chris Thompson ($6,300)


Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens, $5,500 — Lindsay is the Broncos’ third-down back and shares time with RB1 Melvin Gordon III ($3,800). Lindsay has multiple receptions in 14 straight sims and totaled 103 receiving yards and 19.6 DKFP in his first meeting with the Ravens. His workload is less certain than the full-time backs listed above, but he brings attractive upside from under $6K.

Other Option — J.K. Dobbins ($4,800)

Wide Receiver


Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers, $7,500 — Hill has been red-hot lately with at least seven catches in five straight sims and a mind-bending 17 touchdowns over his past 10 games. He now has 81 touchdowns in 86 Madden sims after going off for 11 catches, 233 yards, two touchdowns and 49.3 DKFP against the Bills in his most recent sim. Hill had three scores and 39.3 DKFP against the Packers in their recent meeting and should continue to find space out of the slot, where he avoids a tough matchup with Jaire Alexander, who stays on the outside for the most part. His 22.9 DKFP average is remarkable compared to the other top WRs, and he has been even better lately, averaging 32.1 DKFP over his past 10 sims.

Other Option — Davante Adams ($6,700)


Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, $4,200 — MVS is another slot option that brings big-play potential due to his good speed rating. He has posted double-digit DKFP in five of his past six games and has averaged 3.4 catches for 44.3 yards per sim as the Packers’ WR3. As long as he keeps getting looks he should be able to deliver value at this low salary.

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, $4,000 — Despite being the Ravens’ WR1 with decent overall ratings and plenty of speed, Brown has been inconsistent since Jackson carries so much of the offensive workload on his own. The Broncos’ secondary has been a great matchup for WR, though, so Hollywood is an intriguing high-risk, high-reward play at just $4K.

Other Options — Dede Westbrook ($4,800), Demarcus Robinson ($3,300)

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Tight End


Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers, $5,800 — While Hill has been going off, Kelce still manages to get involved as well with 15.5 DKFP in his most recent meeting with the Packers and over 13 DKFP in three of their four Madden 21 matchups. He has double-digit DKFP in six of his past eight and has averaged 5.7 catches for 67.5 yards while scoring 47 touchdowns in 86 sims.


Noah Fant, Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens, $3,900 — While inconsistent QB play has kept him from being reliable, Fant has flashed a very high ceiling due to his speed rating and big-play potential. He has at least three catches in seven straight sims, and TEs usually get more targets in weather games. He has over 8.0 DKFP in six of his past seven, which is enough to make him one of the best plays under $4K at any position.

Other Options — Tyler Eifert ($4,500), Lee Smith ($3,600)



Bills DST vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, $2,800 — The Bills are surprisingly affordable for this matchup with the Jags, so they’re actually both my stud and value play. They have averaged 5.4 DKFP per sim, the highest mark of any DST on this slate. In 78 sims, Buffalo has 65 takeaways and 148 sacks while scoring nine touchdowns. This will be the first time the Bills face Gardner Minshew II ($5,600), who has been very boom or bust in these sims and struggled against elite secondaries like Buffalo’s. Especially with some help from the snow, I think the Bills’ DST is a very strong play at home in this matchup.

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