The Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest centered around the matchup. You can play at DraftKings.
Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals ($16,500)
Either Murray or one of his receivers will be the Cardinals’ most productive player. Even though Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and Damiere Byrd have real shots exceeding expectations considerably, Murray mix of passing and mobility makes him the ideal captain. He can rack up passing yards in the Cardinals’ air raid offense and has the speed to score fantasy points by scrambling for scores as well.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars ($13,800)
Fournette might be the most consistent running back in Madden and has been highly rostered since his steady production has been been noticed by the masses. He runs through would-be tacklers, has breakaway speed, and has even contributed down the field as a receiver on wheel routes. You can’t ask for much more.
Damiere Byrd, WR, Cardinals ($4,400)
We’ve seen Byrd’s 95 speed make him a deep threat on more than one occasion, and this sim is no different. He’ll fly under the radar because of his 74 rating and can be lethal in the slot. If Arizona goes down, look for Murray to hurl the ball downfield to his fastest target.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals ($2,800)
Johnson wasn’t very good in real life last season and took a back seat to Kenyan Drake, but that’s not the case in sim land. Johnson has been more productive than the starter. Both are versatile, but Johnson has established himself as more of a threat on passing downs and in third down situation near the goal line. He might not be the most targeted player, but he finishes drives with a score more often than Drake.