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Best lineup strategy for Lions vs. Chargers Madden simulation Showdown

This matchup was made for Keenan Allen to shine. The Chargers wideout has a good chance to dominate the Lions’ secondary in Sunday’s Madden simulation.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen reacts after making a first down during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers will face off in a Sunday Madden sim. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest centered around the game. You can set your lineup and on DraftKings before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers ($15,300)

Few picks are as easy as this one. Allen is arguably the best route runner in Madden and will be up against one of the worst secondaries in the game. The chances of him being a dud are slim to none. He’s the most expensive option in the game, but his sky high ceiling might make him worth his price.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Lions ($10,800)

Jones has outclassed Kenny Golladay on a few occasions and is significantly cheaper than the Lions’ WR1. Kerryon Johnson and J.D. McKissic haven’t been very productive out of the backfield, so I think Detroit’s usual aerial attack will be a lot more productive than the ground game.

Flex Men

Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers ($7,600)

Henry’s catching (89) is just below Allen’s mark of 90, so we know he can be reliable when he gets on-target throws in his direction. The second best receiving threat against a porous defense makes a lot of sense — especially since he’s cheaper than less desirable options.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions ($9,800)

Matthew Stafford is a gunslinger by trade and should share the ball with quite a few pass catchers. He loves to throw the long ball and has multiple targets who can stretch the field. We’ve seen lesser quarterbacks have solid games against solid defenses and Detroit doesn’t have many options on offense. Stafford might be worth biting the bullet for because of his team’s high passing volume.