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Best lineup strategy for Vikings vs. Texans Madden simulation Showdown

The Vikings and Texans square off in a Monday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen catches a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans will face off in a Madden sim Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET. The sim will be set to include rain, as opposed to the normal sunny conditions. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play in thee DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

DeAndre Hopkins, WR ($15,300)

Hopkins might be the best wide receiver in Madden. I mean he’s already considered one of the best WRs in the world. He’s the best WR on the Arizona Cardinals roster right now. Let’s look at Hops past two games, shall we? Nuk has 17 catches for 290 yards and five TDs. Yes. Those are video game numbers. Because this is a video game. Hopkins is a lock in this contest.

Will Fuller V, WR ($9,900)

You can make the case for stacking the Texans outright and while you need Hopkins in your lineup, an argument can be made for someone else at Captain. Fuller isn’t a bad contrarian play. He’ll be lower owned than Hopkins in the Captain and has a nice floor/ceiling combo. This is created mostly from Fullers red zone usage. He’s caught a TD pass in three straight games despite only eight receptions in that span. So the catch volume might not be there, but the production is.


Adam Thielen, WR ($8,200)

Thielen is just way too underpriced. Any top WR should be priced over $10K to be honest. All of them are capable of massive outputs. Thielen hasn’t done that often — at least not recently — but he’s more than able. Thieln had a stretch earlier in the season when he put up 20+ fantasy points in three straight. This one feels a lot like a shootout, so I want as many WRs as I can possible fit in. I believe that’s six.

David Morgan, TE ($1,000)

So if our strategy is to pay up for all the top QB-WR combos, then we’ll need salary relief. Morgan provides that and could surprise you. Sunday afternoon I called a Bengals-Bucs game in which we saw not one, but two backup TE TDs in the red zone. Morgan has provided a red zone score for the Vikings and that’s all we need out of him to give us value. Call it a shot in the dark.