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Best lineup strategy for Steelers vs. Jets Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the best Showdown strategies for Friday’s Steeler-Jets Madden simulation.

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Friday, and DraftKings will have DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal showdown lineup strategy for the contest, which you can play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Jets ($13,800)

Bell is New York’s best offensive weapon with an 88 overall rating. His 95 agility, 89 speed, 92 acceleration, and ability to contribute to the offense on the ground and through the air make him the best choice. The Steelers have a strong secondary that’s headlined by Minkah Fitzpatrick and Joe Haden, so Robby Anderson might not be very appealing as a deep threat. His price has gone up from the $9,200 mark he had against the Buffalo Bills, but he still has more value than some of the more expensive options.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers ($15,900)

Roethlisberger is the most expensive player in the contest. He’s the highest rated quarterback in this matchup and has the highest rated wide receiver of the day at his disposal. Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Conner are the only skill players Pittsburgh has with overall ratings above 80. The Jets’ secondary is anchored by Jamal Adams at safety, but their cornerbacks are average. Roethlisberger should be able to take advantage of the weak points in the defense with his arm, and his legs can still be a factor despite his 73 speed.

Flex Men

Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets ($7,800)

Crowder might not have the same breakaway speed as Anderson, but his speed, acceleration, agility, and juke moves are above average. He’s a little bit cheaper, and most player will use a flex spot on Anderson. Picking the least popular option could pan out, as top flight wide receivers haven’t been getting as many targets as they’d get in real life so far in these Madden simulations.

Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers ($5,600)

McDonald isn’t known for his pass catching, but his price is significantly lower than the Steelers’ starting wideouts. He’s a value play with significant upside because of his strength and ability to break tackles.