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Best lineup strategy for Texans vs. Chiefs Madden simulation Showdown

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

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrates a first down against the Houston Texans during the second quarter in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 8:00 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 the DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

DeAndre Hopkins ($15,000)

I’m going to need a placeholder paragraph for Hopkins in the Captain slot. He’s going to be a lock for me until the end of time. I need a disclaimer of sorts that basically just says “Yeah, Hopkins is a top play.” Sure, his last game against the Vikings was pretty upsetting and Hopkins still had 14.9 FPTS on 5 catches for 50 yards and a TD. That’s the worst case scenario. The best case is nearly 50 points against the Jets.

Damien Williams ($12,300)

Following suit in the Captain’s spot is Williams, who I was also on when the Chiefs played the Bears. Williams posted a respectable 16.4 points in that contest and followed it up with 28 FPTs on 180 total yards and a TD. That was 8 straight games with double-digit fantasy points. Williams may be the most consistent player in all Madden sims. I’ve said that about a few other players, but nope, it’s now Williams alone.

FLEX Men

Darren Fells ($5,000)

I’m going to throw a couple of cheap plays that are really, really safe for this contest. Like if you just need a guy to get you 10 points. Fells is averaging 8.2 points per sim and is pretty consistently used in the Texans offense at TE. Fells has 18 receptions in the past four simulations, so this is a vintage floor play. I’d suggest if you’re going to play fells, stack him with at least 3-4 high-upside players.

DeMarcus Robinson ($4,400)

Robinson is like Fells in that he’s going to be a very chalky, safe play. Well, Fells might not be as chalky — Robinson has been one of the top values in sim land. Like his teammate Williams, Robinson is sporting a six-game double-digit fantasy point streak. He’s producing at this clip despite only catching three TDs in 11 games. I don’t know if I’d recommend playing both Fells and Robinson, I’d lean Robinson over Fells. Really Fells is only in here for some leverage and the Chiefs D has been vulnerable to TEs.