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Best lineup strategy for Washington vs. Panthers Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the best lineup strategies for Saturday’s Madden 20 simulation between Washington and Carolina.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Washington and the Carolina Panthers will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Saturday, 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

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers ($15,300)

Despite having a 79 overall rating, Newton is the priciest option in the game. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have the most impact on the contest’s outcome. He’s one of the game’s more mobile quarterbacks with 85 speed and also boasts a 93 throwing power rating. Add in a healthy foot, and there’s value there. Having McCaffrey as an asset that can rack up yards after the catch is a big plus for Newton, but so is the ability to throw torch defenses with his big arm. Washington’s defense doesn’t have any elite studs he should be on the lookout for, so he could dominate.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers ($15,000)

It’s not hard to see that McCaffrey is the best captain option in this contest. While he’s cheaper than Newton, he has the the best overall rating (99) in the game at his position. He can run the ball, has the best hands of any running back, and has above average average acceleration (92) as well. The best player on the field won’t be the most expensive, so a high percentage of players will choose him.

Flex Men

Graham Gano, K, Panthers ($4,400)

Kickers can score points in Madden 20 simulations too, and Gano’s upside is right with the top at his position. He has the biggest leg in the game with 99 kicking power and has the eight best kick accuracy (84) as well. Why not go with a cheap option that has a higher chance to put points on the board than many of the skill players.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington ($9,000)

McLaurin is the Washington player with the best chance to have a breakout performance. He’s Washington’s most expensive player and has an impressive speed rating (93). His overall rating is an 81 and Carolina’s best corner has an 81 rating as well. Dwayne Haskins has to get him the ball, but he could be worth biting the bullet for as far as pricing goes.