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Best lineup strategy for Rams vs. Lions Madden simulation Showdown

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

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions will face off in a Madden sim Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest that will be played in the snow. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Marvin Jones Jr. ($10,800)

The Rams have a pretty solid defense in Madden, well-rounded from the trenches out to the secondary. That isn’t scaring me away from Jones, though. He’s been the more favorable WR for the Lions in sim land and he’s much cheaper than his pal Kenny Golladay ($13,500). Jones has flashed enough consistency and upside for me to consider him despite the matchup. I think if anyone is going to be targeted in the red zone, it’s going to be Jones. If anybody is going to get looked at down field, it’s going to be Jones.

Matt Prater ($5,700)

Captain a kicker? Are you insane? Those two statements (or at least one of them) was possibly used by you just now. Hear me out real fast though. Prater has been arguably the best kicker in sim land. He’s averaging 8.6 fantasy points per contest, which is better than Kerryon Johnson and Danny Amendola to name a few players. Both defenses are tough, so if scoring is scarce, we should see 3-4 FG attempts for Prater. If that’s the case, I like his chances of reaching around 10-12 FPTs, which is obviously boosted up a bit by the 1.5x in the Captain. Plus, we can expect sub 5% ownership for Prater at Captain.

FLEX Men

Todd Gurley ($8,400)

Gurley is the easiest play in this contest, though the Lions have a tough D-Line. I still like Gurley’s floor considering he’s going to get a lot of looks in the passing game. Gurley has 16 catches over his past four games and at least 80 rushing yards in back-to-back contests. If points come at a premium, I could see a scenario in which a TD for Gurley is all it takes for him to get your lineup over the edge. This price is actually pretty great for a RB who we know is going to get almost all of the work out of the backfield.

T.J. Hockenson ($6,200)

I almost went with all Lions in this Showdown. The Gurley pick was a little bit forced but I could see the Rams offense performing better than Detroit. Despite that, Hockenson is probably the safest FLEX play for the Lions. He’s gone six straight games with at least four receptions. One of those games was a 12-catch outing against the Jets, who have a decent defense on paper. Hockenson is essentially a WR1 for the Lions who is priced way down.