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Best lineup strategy for Cowboys vs. Colts Madden simulation Showdown

The Cowboys and Colts square off in a Tuesday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton warms up prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts will face off in a Madden sim Tuesday at 4:00 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

Eric Ebron ($12,300)

There’s a chance we see Ebron go overlooked considering how many good options there are at Captain. Most of the ownership will trickle between Dak Prescott, Jacoby Brissett, T.Y. Hilton and Ezekiel Elliott. Ebron is a better value coming off back-to-back games over 20 fantasy points. Those were both in low-scoring losses for the Colts. If Indy can find some offense, Ebron could pop even more.

Jason Witten ($9,900)

I like both TE plays in this contest and I’m fine using both in the Captain’s spot. That’s really the only way we’re going to get good leverage and a good floor play. All the other leverage WRs or RBs in the Captain are high variance. Witten might be Prescott’s favorite red zone target. Witten has a TD in five of six sims for the Cowboys. If that trend continues, I’m fine using him in the Captain’s spot.


Nyheim Hines ($2,800)

The Colts don’t have much of a running game with Marlon Mack being unproductive and overpriced. So Hines gets most of the value as the 3rd-down back for Indy. He’s got five total TDs in sim land and is a good GPP play for these formats. Hines should see a split in carries with Mack and will get a handful of targets in the passing game.

Dalton Schultz ($1,000)

We’re going to try to make some sense of Dalton Schultz. So we didn’t see the Cowboys’ backup TE — actually Schultz is 3rd or 4th string for Dallas. He hadn’t had a catch in sim land until a 35-3 win over the Bengals. It was actually two catches for 50 yards and a TD. That was good for 13 fantasy points and if he’s got any shot at that total, using Schultz at $1K isn’t a bad leverage play.