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Best lineup strategy for Dolphins vs. Patriots Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the ideal Showdown strategy for Friday’s Dolphins-Patriots Madden 20 simulation.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks downfield during a playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Friday, and DraftKings will have DFS contests available for the AFC East matchup. We break down the ideal showdown lineup strategy for the contest, which you can play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots ($16,500)

Yes, Brady is still with the Patriots here. He is Madden’s third most accurate quarterback on short routes and is also proficient when looking to connect on intermediate and deep throws. He has a good chance to carve up one of the worst pass defenses in the game with Julian Edelman and James White out of the backfield. Miami also doesn’t have much of a pass rush to get after Brady. The Patriots are really good on defense, and the Dolphins are really bad. It’s simple.

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins ($15,000)

Parker is a bright spot in Miami’s offense. He’s a little pricier than you’d like to see him, but that’s because the Dolphins don’t have many other options. Parker has the tools to make plays despite his matchup with Stephon Gilmore, who boasts the game’s highest overall rating at cornerback. He’s a big target with the ability to meet the ball at its apex. His 89 catching in traffic rating will be valuable. If you’re going to captain any player not named Brady, it has to be Parker.

Flex Men

James White, RB, Patriots ($8,600)

White’s 79 catching is only second to Christian McCaffrey among running backs, and he should get his fair share of touches out of the backfield in this game. He will have to compete some with Sony Michel ($5,200), who is a a cheaper flex play option.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins ($6,200)

Gesicki is the second highest rated offensive player on the Dolphins and should be the second option in the passing game behind Parker. None of his stats necessarily jump out at you, but he has one of the best chances to have a significant stat line. The only substitute for him that could make sense is Albert Wilson ($7,400).