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Best lineup strategy for 49ers vs. Chiefs Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategies for Monday’s 49er-Chiefs Madden 20 simulation.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes prepares to throw to tight end Travis Kelce against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DraftKings kicking off the week with more simulated games on Madden 20. There will be a Big Game rematch between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Scoring will work the same way it does in normal NFL DFS. We broke down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the contest, which you can play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs ($18,000)

Mahomes’ 99 rating is the highest in the game among signal callers, and he can do a little bit of everything. He’s his throw power (96) is second to only the Buffalo BillsJosh Allen and he has elite accuracy on short, medium, and deep throws. He also has the speed an acceleration to be a factor as a runner as well. Mahomes has a ton of top-notch weapons at his disposal. Not going with the game’s cover athlete here is hard not to do.

Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs ($14,700)

Kelce only trails San Francisco’s George Kittle in overall rating. While Kittle might be higher rated and more well rounded because of what he can contribute as a blocker, but Kelce is the better offensive threat because of the Chiefs’ playing style. Kelce is Mahomes’ favorite target, and it’s safe to say the Kansas City will much more than the run-powered 49ers. Kelce has better short, intermediate, and deep route running, as well as a better quarterback throwing him the ball.

Flex picks

Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers ($5,000) or Matt Breida, RB, 49ers ($2,400)

Mostert and Tevin Coleman ($7,200) both sport 82 ratings while Breida is an 81 overall. San Francisco could use all three in the rushing attack, but the bargain prices of Mostert and Breida make them the better choices here. Either one of them could emerge as the most dangerous back in the contest, as both have breakaway speed and can be serviceable in the passing game. Mostert might have the edge here because of how he finished out the year on such a hot streak though.

Sammy Watkins, WR, ($6,400)

Kelce and Tyreek Hill ($10,800) priorities when it comes to Kansas City’s passing attack, but Watkins can still make big-time plays as well. Mahomes loves to air it out down the field, and Watkins is the team’s second best deep threat — behind the speedy Hill. His catching (85) is below the 91 Kelce and Hill have, but his 92 speed ranks second in the group. Richard Sherman might sport a 94 rating, but no other 49ers cornerback is above an 80 rating. This could give Watkins some favorable matchups.