Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 18

Madden Stream Picks: Top DraftKings Fantasy Football DFS Targets, Values for May 18

6-Game Slate

With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. With six Madden Streams each day, there are eight free daily contests, with a single-game Showdown for each game in addition to a pair of classic contests, one including all six games and one focusing on the late three games. Each simulation is played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.

Monday kicks off another jam-packed week of action for the #DKSimFam  at 12 p.m. ET, when the Bengals roll into Indianapolis to take on the Colts. The Broncos visit the Lions followed by the Giants taking on the Raiders in the two afternoon contests. The late slate kicks off at 6 p.m. ET when the Vikings host the Cardinals, and the primetime matchup should be a good one as the Ravens fly south to take on the Cowboys in Dallas. The final matchup of the day is a defensive showcase as the 49ers visit the Bears in the “Madden After Dark” matchup at 10 p.m. ET.

As you look at each of those six sim matchups, make sure to check out the Madden info page for all the data on upcoming matchups, specific team abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this six-game classic slate after this quick review of the rules and settings.

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Lamar Jackson, BAL at DAL, $7,600 — Jackson stumbled in his most recent start with just 8.2 DKFP against the Rams. He had a down game in the snow prior to that with 17.42 DKFP against the Packers. Before that, though, the MVP was rolling with seven straight games with over 21 DKFP. He had been getting it done both on the ground and through the air running for at least 80 yards in four straight before slowing down in his two most recent contests. I’m counting on him to bounce back on the road in Dallas. He has a 92 overall rating with a 96 speed rating and an X-Factor of “First One Free.” While that definitely helps when he takes off and runs, he has also shown he can make plays from the pocket. He’s not as much of a lock as he was before his recent struggles but is still averaging over 20 DKFP per contest and should be poised to bounce back.

Other Options — Matthew Stafford ($6,700), Derek Carr ($6,400)


Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. CIN, $5,700 — We’ve seen teams go off for monster numbers against the Bengals’ defense, and we’ve seen Brissett put up big numbers in a few of his most recent games. He didn’t look great against Washington with just 13.76 DKFP, but had three straight contests with over 25 DKFP before that. In those three games, he totaled nine touchdown passes and 1,027 yards while leading Indy to wins over the Raiders, Patriots and Panthers. Brissett should find plenty of space to work against Cincinnati and has a very high ceiling to go with his average of over 20 DKFP per contest.

Other Options — Mitchell Trubisky ($5,900), Daniel Jones ($5,600)

Running Back


Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. ARI, $6,800 — Cook has been eating lately and remains the focus of all the opportunities in the Vikings’ backfield.  He has a 90 overall rating with a 91 speed rating and 90 elusiveness rating. He bounced back from a couple of down games with 97 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers for 18 DKFP. He has at least that many in five of his past nine games and he gets a good matchup against the Cardinals’ DST that has been beatable on the ground. If the Vikings play from ahead, Cook should get lots of work and have a high ceiling.

Other Options — Saquon Barkley ($6,600), Phillip Lindsay ($6,200)


Tevin Coleman, SF at CHI, $5,900 —  Do you dare fade Coleman even in a tough matchup against the Bears? I definitely wouldn’t since he has been so reliable and has such a high ceiling. He has gone off for over 24 DKFP in five of his past 13 sims, including 29.4 DKFP against the Saints a few games ago. He’s cheaper because his overall rating isn’t off the charts, but he gets so many carries and catches that he still has great upside under $6K.

Giovani Bernard, CIN at IND, $3,800 — Bernard returned to double-digits with 10.6 DKFP against the Broncos with four catches out of the backfield. He has produced over 10 DKFP in five of his past 11 games and could be involved in what could turn into a shootout in the early game. He serves as Cincinnati’s third-down back and can be a big-time salary saver on your roster.

Other Options — David Johnson ($3,600), Jalen Richard ($3,200)

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Wide Receiver


T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. CIN, $6,800 — Hilton has the highest average of any WR on this slate and has flashed a sky-high ceiling with 38.9 DKFP against the Raiders and 40.2 DKFP against the Patriots in back-to-back games earlier in our sims. His 93 speed rating and 96 elusiveness rating makes him a monster after the catch and he can take any catch to the house. He has also had a few quiet games where Brissett’s struggles have slowed him down. However, if Brissett is back to form, he will likely be going to Hilton early and often making the duo an attractive early stack.

Other Options — A.J. Green ($7,200), Courtland Sutton ($6,300)


Deebo Samuel, SF at CHI, $4,100 — Samuel has a very solid 92 speed rating with his 79 overall rating and he has been very involved in the 49ers’ offense. He has actually slightly out-performed WR1 Emmanuel Sanders ($7,100) on a per-game basis. Samuel has at least 60 yards in three straight with over 9.0 DKFP in each of those contests and in six of his past seven. He’s an awesome way to get good value and a player in the final game of the night.

John Ross III, CIN at IND, $3,100 — Ross gets a good matchup against the Colts’ slot CB Kenny Moore II. Ross has a 76 overall rating compared to 79 for Moore, but the major difference is that Ross has a blazing 97 speed rating compared to just 89 for Moore. If Ross gets free there should be big plays available for him, and he has been making those plays regularly lately with three touchdowns in his past four games and at least 9.9 DKFP in each of those contest. He has a high ceiling as well due to that speed as he showed off with 34.0 DKFP against the Bucs.

Other Options — Tyrell Williams ($5,900), Darius Slayton ($3,500)

Tight End


Darren Waller, LV vs. NYG, $5,000 — Waller continues to be a beast and produced double-digit DKFP in five straight games after catching five passes for 79 yards and 12.9 DKFP against the Chiefs. He has over 55 yards in four of his past five contests and should be able to find room over the middle against the Giants. New York’s defense has been so-so at best, so the Raiders should be a solid source of value, and no one on their team has a higher ceiling than Waller.

Other Options — George Kittle ($6,400), Mark Andrews ($4,900)


Trey Burton, CHI vs SF, $4,500 — Burton’s 82 overall rating keeps his salary low, but he has an 86 speed rating which is very good for a TE and on par with Eric Ebron ($5,100) and Mark Andrews ($4,900), who both cost more than him. He has been a key part of the Bears’ passing attack and hauled in five passes for 73 yards and 12.3 DKFP against the Panthers in his most recent sim. He has at least five catches and double-digit DKFP in four of his past six games, including flashing a high ceiling with 27.7 DKFP against the Raiders.

Other Options — T.J. Hockenson ($3,900), Noah Fant ($3,500)



Vikings DST vs. ARI, $2,800 — Harrison Smith leads a hard-hitting secondary for the Vikings, and they get a great matchup against the inconsistent Cardinals. They have forced 18 turnovers in their first 14 sims while scoring three defensive touchdowns and piling up 22 sacks. They have averaged over 7.1 DKFP per sim, which is more than any other DST unit on this slate.


49ers DST at CHI, $2,300 — Surprisingly, the 49ers haven’t been an elite unit, although they do have plenty of Superstars and X-Factors. They have only had 11 sacks and five takeaways in their first 13 sims. They have been able to limit their opponents on offense and usually don’t give up many points. They’re a safe cheap play against the Bears and the potential is always there for a breakout game based on their star power.

I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is Z.Thompson) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.

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