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Best lineup strategy for Saints vs. Browns Madden simulation Showdown

The Saints and Browns square off in a Wednesday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas runs after a pass reception against Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo during the first quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns will face off in a Madden sim Wednesday at 6:00 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

Michael Thomas ($16,200)

I was doing this a lot with DeAndre Hopkins on the Texans. You pretty much slot Thomas into your captain spot and forget about it. Well, at least that’s one way to make a lineup. Thomas’ ownership should be stupid high in this contest but it’s because he never really busts. MT has double-digit fantasy points in 13 of 14 games. He’s almost good for a TD per game and rarely finishes below 5-6 receptions. The floor is just too good to not Captain.

Odell Beckham Jr. ($15,300)

This isn’t something I like to do in the Captain’s recommendations. The Captain’s Quarters, if you will. When you’ve got two stud WRs like MT and OBJ in one contest, it’s hard to fade them in any capacity. I think you need to fit both into your lineup and your decision at Captain is between the two. OBJ and Baker Mayfield have really come on strong in sim land. Beckham, like Thomas, is hovering around a TD per contest. OBJ has also caught multiple TDs in three games in sim land.


Jared Cook ($7,200)

I’m dishing out the chalk for Chalky McChalkenstein in the stream chat. Cook is in another great spot for FLEX usage in this contest. He’s down $1,200 for some reason and is coming off 18.8 points vs. the Bucs on 10 catches for 88 yards. Cook’s catch volume is out of control lately; he’s up to 26 catches over his past four games — just north of 6.0 per sim. Cook is an excellent combination of floor and value.

Kareem Hunt ($3,000)

The Browns have the type of backfield that operates with two key components: Nick Chubb and Hunt. The former is more of the early-down back and Hunt comes in as the third-down back and change-of-pace guy. Hunt’s work in the passing game has been big. He’s got three receiving TDs in his past four contests. Expect the chalk again but the value is really solid.