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Best lineup strategy for Cowboys vs. Rams Madden simulation Showdown

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Eliott headline our list of captain’s options for Thursday’s Cowboys-Rams simulation. We break down Showdown strategy for DraftKings.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott  hands off to running back Ezekiel Elliott during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams will face off in Thursday’s second Madden sim at 3:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup to play on DraftKings here.

Captain’s Picks

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys ($15,300)

Both teams have a plethora of offensive weapons to throw to, but Prescott’s legs give him an edge over Jared Goff. He’s just as much of a threat to run for a touchdown as he is to throw for one in the red zone. His 83 speed should be an asset against Los Angeles’ sturdy pass rush.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys ($13,500)

Part of why I like Elliott more than Amari Cooper (XXX), is because he won’t have to be matched up against an elite cornerback like Jalen Ramsey. He’s one of the best pure runners in the game and also gets touches out of the backfield through the air.

Flex Men

Randall Cobb, WR, Cowboys ($4,000)

Los Angles has two very capable starting cornerbacks who can cover Cooper and Michael Gallup. That should open up space for Cobb to operate against one of the Rams’ lesser defensive backs. He’s cheaper than Dallas’ top two targets and could thrive because of a more ideal matchup.

Robert Woods, WR, Rams ($7,800)

The Cowboys have an elite cornerback of their own in Byron Jones. He’ll likely be tasked with shutting down Cooper Kupp. That means the rest of Dallas’ secondary will have to deal with Woods and Brandin Cooks. Woods has stats comparable to Kupp’s across the board and is significantly cheaper.