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Best lineup strategy for Saints vs. Seahawks Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the best lineup strategies for Sunday’s Saints-Seahawks Madden 20 simulation.

Michael Thomas #13 and Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate their third quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Sunday, 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

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints ($15,300)

The Saints hold the Madden rating advantage at almost every position, including pass defense, while Michael Thomas has the highest rating possible. The one advantage the Seahawks have is Russell Wilson’s rating ahead of Drew Brees’, but Brees’ short and mid-range accuracy are superior, giving Thomas a bunch of good looks and likely connections.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks ($16,200)

A Thomas/Brees stack is probably the safest, but Wilson has the most upside, but is also riskier in a tough matchup. With a tournament Showdown like we have here, I like Wilson as a player who can rack up DraftKings points on the ground and through the air in a game where the Seahawks will need to score other than handing the ball off to Chris Carson.

Flex Men

Drew Brees, QB, Saints ($10,400)

Brees is also a strong Captain’s play, but I like Thomas to have the safer floor as the main target in a good matchup with full PPR scoring. Brees is also the safer quarterback of the two going in this matchup, as he has the best receiver in the game and is facing an average pass defense.

DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks ($6,800

If you are going the Wilson route in the Captain’s spot, Metcalf matches well in tournaments due to his big play ability. His 80 overall rating isn’t that special, but his 93 acceleration and 95 speed are both the highest in this matchup, giving him a shot at long receptions and touchdowns.

Jared Cook, TE, Saints ($7,800)

Cook is the seventh-best rated tight end in the game and the sixth-highest player in this matchup. Tight ends also seem to do very well in this simulations, as I’m currently watching Noah Fant and Darren Waller go off in the Raiders-Broncos simulation. Recency bias may be in play here, but Cook had seven receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns in their first simulation against the Texans.