The Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Chargers will face off in Thursday’s first Madden sim at 1:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup before kickoff to play on DraftKings here.
Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers ($16,800)
Allen is the highest rated (92) offensive player in this game. If you want to spend big at the captain’s spot, he’s your guy. Even though the Chargers have quite a few weapons, Allen’s route running separates him from his competitors. He should better at getting open than Mike Williams and Hunter Henry because of his excellent release (95). His catching (90) and catching in traffic (95) are also top notch.
Chargers Defense/Special Teams ($8,100)
The Chargers have one of the better secondaries in the game. Derwin James, Desmond King II, and Casey Hayward Jr. all have better ratings than the best members of Jacksonville’s receiving corps. Los Angeles also has a strong pass rush manned by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Jaguars could have a tough time getting into the end zone against this group with Gardner Minshew under center. This pick also saves you a ton of salary for the rest of your lineup.
Josh Lambo, K, Jaguars ($3,800)
Lambo has the highest rating (85) of all the individual Jaguars players who can score points. His 96 kicking power and 95 kick power are some of the top marks at his position. He’s a good way to level things out if you select more expensive options for your other flex spots.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers ($3,000)
Ekeler is one of the best backup running back plays you can make. He’s just about even with Melvin Gordon in terms of overall rating and provides more upside as target out of the backfield because of his superior catching.