The Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before kickoff.
Andy Dalton ($15,000)
Believe it or not the Bengals offense has been pretty excellent in these Madden streams. Dalton has over 300 yards passing in each of the past three games. That was against weak defense in Washington, Oakland and the Giants, but the Lions don’t boast an overpowering defensive unit. Dalton is a good stacking option given how the Bengals have performed recently in streams.
Tyler Boyd ($10,800)
Like Dalton, Boyd has been great the past three games. He’s coming off a monster 140-yard, 2-TD performance against the Raiders in his previous game. That was the second time Boyd topped 140 yards in a game over this three-game stretch. The passing attack for Cincy seems like the way to go in this one.
Danny Amendola ($4,800)
Cheap WRs are strong plays in these Madden contests because of the PPR format. Amendola has 12 catches over his past three simulations, plus three TDs in the past four. Amendola is both a safety net and red zone threat for the Lions and this price is affordable.
John Ross III ($3,400)
If you thought Amendola was appealing and underpriced, just look at Ross’ box scores. He’s been a freak the past five simulations, hauling in four TDs while averaging 17.68 fantasy points per game. It’s not even like Ross is boom or bust either; he’s got at least five catches in three of four games. Power stack the Bengals in this one? Sign me up.