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Best lineup strategy for Lions vs. Washington Madden simulation Showdown

Detroit and Washington square off in a less than ideal matchup. Nonetheless, there’s some intriguing value to be had on Sunday in this Madden simulation Showdown.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reacts after throwing touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Golladay against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions and Washington will kick off DraftKings’ Sunday Madden simulation slate at 1 p.m. ET. DK will have a Showdown DFS contest for the matchup, and we break down the ideal lineup strategy. You can set your lineup here.

Captain’s Picks

Matthew Stafford, QB ($16,200)

Stafford’s 94 throwing power gives him one of the strongest arms in the game, and he also has one of the game’s better big receivers in Kenny Golladay. T.J. Hockenson, Marvin Jones, and Kerryon Johnson should also be assets to the signal caller on a team that relies on passing as much as much as the Lions do. Facing a shaky Washington defense, there’s serious upside for Stafford.

Kenny Golladay, WR ($14,700)

Golladay is only a slight notch above Marvin Jones in overall rating, but he’s been the Lions best receiver to date in these sims. Through three games he’s averaging 16.1 DKFP per game, which is the most among anybody in this matchup. Whether you captain Golladay or Stafford, the other should be a flex.

Flex Men

JD McKissic, RB ($2,600)

This is an easy one to save a few bucks. McKissic is behind Kerryon Johnson on the depth chart, but is averaging 0.7 more DKFP per game thanks to his work in the passing attack. Johnson has the higher upside, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks to invest more elsewhere, McKissic is worth a look.

Terry McLaurin, WR ($9,000)

McLaurin had a breakout rookie season in spite of inconsistency at the quarterback position. He comes into the game with an 86 catch rating after opening the season with an 82, and an 81 overall rating after opening the season at 70. He had one catch for 15 yards in Washington’s last Madden sim, but five for 62 and a touchdown in the team’s first game of the sim season.