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Best lineup strategy for Chargers vs. Vikings Madden simulation Showdown

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

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook warms up before the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Levi’s Stadium.  Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings will face off in a Madden sim Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET. 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

Dalvin Cook ($13,500)

Prior to a couple of duds, Cook had been on a tear for the Vikings with two straight 20-point outings and seven straight with double-digit fantasy points. Even in those duds Cook managed 8.5 points in each game. We’ve got a nice floor to work with there and really all we need is the 100-yard bonus or a TD for Cook to hit around 20 points before the 1.5x bonus. As far as safe plays are concerned, Cook is going to help you hit that cash line.

Mike Williams ($9,300)

I don’t really like thinking too much into the Captain’s slot so Williams is a must here. He’s still leading all players in fantasy points per game at 20.7 in 11 sims. He’s caught a TD in three of the past four games and has 11 overall, so a TD per simulation isn’t too bad. Both of these captains will be pretty chalky, so if you’re looking for a contrarian play don’t go with either Williams or Cook.

FLEX Men

Adam Thielen ($8,200)

Thielen is a pretty clear value at this price in the FLEX. There’s a big dip off in terms of average fantasy points per contest after Thielen, who is cheaper than Stefon Diggs ($10,200). With Diggs struggling with consistency and the Chargers sporting some decent cover corners, Thielen is just too good a deal to pass on. Again, Thielen, Cook and Williams will be super chalky, but this could be a chalky type of Showdown contest.

Melvin Gordon III ($7,600)

Here’s a not-so-chalky play that might surprise you. Gordon has been pretty bad in these Madden sims, averaging 5.9 fantasy points per game. He is showing some signs of life and I watched the Vikings get torched by Raiders RB Josh Jacobs a few sims ago. If that trend continues, we could see a big game from Gordon finally. He is coming off 82 yards and a TD in his previous game. The touches are there, he just needs to turn it into something. This is a sleeping giant type of spot.