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Best lineup strategy for Jets vs. Bengals Madden simulation Showdown

If Le’Veon Bell gets involved early, he could be the best captain’s pick in Tuesday’s Jets-Bengals Madden sim.

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell runs against Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Jordan Evans during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday’s first Madden sim will be between the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals at 12:00 p.m. ET. DraftKings will have a Showdown contest available for the game, and we break down the best lineup strategies for it here.

Captain’s Picks

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Jets ($14,100)

Newy York might not be pounding the ground often, but it doesn’t have many feasible captain’s options. His elusiveness (88) and juking (91) can make him effective in tight spaces, and he won’t have to share much work with other backs. The game script has typically favored him when he can score early, so if he reaches the end zone in the first half he has a good chance to to return value through PPR.

Robby Anderson, WR, Jets ($12,900)

Bell is the Jets’ highest rated (88) player, but Anderson’s 95 speed makes him the most dangerous against a below average secondary. We’ve seen him dominate catching the long ball as New York’s WR1, so we know he’s capable of putting up more than 25 DKFP. If you want to consider a cheaper option, consider Tyler Boyd ($11,400). He’s outperformed A.J. Green consistently and could allow room for highly rated players in flex spots.

Flex Men

Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals ($2,800)

Bernard has continued to be one of the best value plays on the market at running back. He returns value with a couple rushing attempts and catches per game at his price, unlike Joe Mixon. Bernard isn’t the most skilled back but won’t break your lineup like others in this contest can.