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Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 8

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

Tune in to the DraftKings Dream Stream for a spectacular Saturday of sims that will give you a chance to get some fantasy football action throughout the day. The featured three-game classic slate kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET when the New England Patriots visit the Tennessee Titans. At 8:00 p.m. ET in the primetime contest, the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Minnesota Vikings, and we close out the night with a playoff rematch when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Buffalo Bills 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. Check out my favorite fantasy plays for this Saturday night listed below.



Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts, $7,400 — Allen is the safest QB on the board and has produced over 16 DKFP in six straight sims with a passing touchdown in each contest. He has totaled 82 passing scores with 31 rushing touchdowns in his 74 contests while averaging 160.6 passing yards and 65.8 rushing yards per game. He had 10.72 and 19.52 DKFP in his two previous games against the Colts but has been a much more reliably productive rusher since getting superstar traits in the December update from EA Sports.

Other Option — Cam Newton ($6,200)


Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings, $5,600 — This will be the Jaguars’ second straight sim against the Vikings, and Minshew just had 22.86 DKFP against them earlier this week, throwing one touchdown and running for another. He also had 14.94 DKFP against Minnesota earlier in these Madden 21 sims and has averaged 16.1 DKFP on 209.6 passing yards per sim. He tends to be boom-or-bust, but in this favorable matchup, he offers nice upside at an affordable salary.

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Running Back


Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars, $8,100 — Cook has been totally dominant with 79 touchdowns in his 70 sims while producing 82.5 rushing yards, 33.7 receiving yards and 23.4 DKFP per contest. He just had five catches, 81 rushing yards and 24.7 DKFP against the Jags earlier this week and brings an extremely high ceiling as he looks to produce over 22 DKFP for the seventh time in his past eight contests.

Other Option — Derrick Henry ($7,700), Devin Singletary ($6,200)


James White, New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans, $4,600 — There aren’t many timeshares on the Saturday night slate, but White is one of the better places to find value at RB. He has averaged 3.2 catches for 21.3 receiving yards per sim while sharing time with Sony Michel ($5,300) and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. He had six catches and 11.7 DKFP in the Patriots’ first game against the Titans and is the most reliable RB option under $6K.

Wide Receiver


DJ Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings, $6,700 — Most of the time when the Jaguars’ offense thrives, Chark is the focal point. He had eight catches for 109 yards and 27.9 DKFP against Minnesota earlier this week and now has an impressive 38 touchdowns in 72 sims while averaging 3.6 catches for 59.5 yards per contest. Against the Vikings, Chark and Minshew make a very solid stack to consider.

Other Options — Adam Thielen ($5,900), N’Keal Harry ($5,400)


Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots, $5,100 — Davis is the Titans’ WR2 and could end up avoiding X-factor Superstar CB Stephon Gillmore as a result, since Gillmore could focus on WR1 A.J. Brown ($5,200). Davis also comes into this matchup with some good momentum with at least five catches and 12 DKFP in three of his past four games. He had 98 yards in his first meeting with the Patriots.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, $3,400 — Campbell has been the Colts’ WR3 and slot option in Madden 21, and his 94 speed rating gives him a high ceiling. Like Davis, the fact that he’s lower on the depth chart could keep him avoid the toughest matchup. In his two previous games against Buffalo, he had four and five catches for a total of 56 yards, and he doesn’t have to do much to return value at this bargain salary.

Other Options — Tajae Sharpe ($5,000), Dede Westbrook ($4,400), Damiere Byrd ($3,500)

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Tight End


Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots, $5,000 — Smith is in the fun reverse revenge scenario in which he’s facing his current team in real life while playing for his past team in Madden 21. In these sims, Smith has averaged 4.5 catches for 47.1 yards while scoring 24 touchdowns, including one in his first game against New England. He has at least five catches in seven straight sims, and the Patriots have been generous to opposing TEs in Madden 21.

Other Option — Trey Burton ($5,100), Devin Asiasi ($4,900)


Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings, $4,100 — Eifert has gotten a high volume of targets in the Jaguars’ offense, averaging 4.4 catches per sim. He hasn’t scored as many touchdowns as Smith or produced as many yards, but he’s a solid cost-saving play against Minnesota’s inconsistent defense.



Patriots DST at Tennessee Titans, $3,200 — The Patriots have a league-leading 50 interceptions in their 73 sims while adding 29 fumble recoveries, 122 sacks and 14 touchdowns to average 6.1 DKFP. They had one of those touchdowns and forced two turnovers against the Falcons on their way to 11 DKFP in their most recent sim.


Colts DST at Buffalo Bills, $2,700 — The Colts’ defense has only produced 22 takeaways in 72 sims but does have 129 sacks. This is actually a favorable matchup against Josh Allen and the Bills since Allen has turned the ball over seven times in his past three sims, and the Colts totaled 7.0 DKFP in their two previous matchups with Buffalo, showing they do have some upside to consider.

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