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Best lineup strategy for Chargers vs. Giants Madden simulation Showdown

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

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen runs the ball during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.  Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants 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

Philip Rivers ($16,800)

Rivers’ days as the Chargers QB may be over, but he’s still kicking it in these Madden simulations. In fact, he’s been one of the better QBs in these contests, throwing at least three TDs in five of seven games. The Giants’ defense is pretty awful in Madden, so we can expect more of the same. Rivers is one of the safest captain’s in the contest.

Mike Williams ($10,200)

Mike Will is an easy stacking option with Rivers, but you can’t Captain both. I think it’s one or the other though, so if you want to save some salary, go with Williams. He isn’t exactly a safe play since he has failed to hit double digit fantasy points in back-to-back games. Before that though? Back-to-back games with 30+ fantasy points. That ceiling is why we can Captain Williams in this game.

FLEX Men

Saquon Barkley ($9,200)

I’m not crazy about captaining Saquon, mostly because I think Rivers is just too safe. Barkley has had some bad games in these simulations and overall elite RBs haven’t lived up to expectations more times than not. The Chargers defense has been somewhat vulnerable and the G-Men have been pretty decent on offense. This price is better in the flex for Barkley.

Darius Slayton ($5,400)

Slayton is another high variance WR that is cheap. He’s had a decent enough floor that he won’t completely bust, but the ceiling games are also there. The Chargers have a tough secondary, but we can expect most of their top corners to be trying to contain Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. Slayton makes sense as a GPP option.