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Best lineup strategy for 49ers vs. Patriots Madden simulation Showdown

The 49ers and Patriots square off in a Thursday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Tevin Coleman of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with George Kittle after scoring a touchdown against Carolina Panthers in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots will face off in a Madden sim Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play at DraftKings before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots ($17,100)

Brady is a top five quarterback in the game and has short throw accuracy that’s only topped by Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes. His receiving corps isn’t great, but his abundance of X-Factor and Superstar abilities makes him a wild card. He could take over any game he’s in and has been a consistently solid producer in the simulations.

George Kittle, TE, 49ers ($13,800)

The best tight end in Madden is a must play even against a strong Patriots secondary. While San Francisco depends on the ground game more than most teams, Kittle is the top target and will be difficult to stop from scoring when the ball is in the red zone. The best tight end in Madden is a must play against one of the NFL’s worst secondaries. He’s the highest rated tight end in the game and leads all tight ends with 98 catching. It’s hard to see him not coming down with the ball with those stats while facing an underwhelming pass defense.

Flex Men

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots ($3,800)

Dorsett is a sleeper pick who could make a splash. Although Julian Edelman is clearly the top dog in New England’s receiving corps, Dorsett leads all Patriots receivers in DKFP per game 15.3. His 95 speed has the potential to be lethal, and his price could allow you to double up on starting quarterbacks in flex spots.

Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers ($7,600)

The 49ers are a run-heavy attack, and Coleman has been the guy dominating that backfield. Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida have proven valuable in real life, but in the sims, it’s the Coleman show. The 49ers have studs on the offensive line and a running back who will get carries and receptions. It’s hard to pass that up.