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Best lineup strategy for 49ers vs. Broncos Madden simulation Showdown

The 49ers and Broncos square off in a Wednesday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay carries the ball against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will face off in a Madden sim Wednesday 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

Tevin Coleman ($12,000)

It’s Weather Wednesday on the DraftKings Madden sim stream, so this one will have snow. For that reason, I believe the scoring will be low and the emphasis will go on the workhorse backs. Coleman has been one of the more surprising backs in these sims. He’s got double-digit TDs for the Niners and is pretty much in on every down. With the snow, you’ve got to worry about fumbles. Coleman only has two, so not much of a tendency there. Coleman is a pretty safe captain in snow.

49ers D/ST ($5,400)

A traditional stack in the Captain’s spot? If only ... Usually you stack up a RB1 and its D/ST in normal DFS contests. Snow games are a rare scenario in which this makes some sense. The Broncos don’t have a strong offense and the Niners boast a talented defense filled with playmakers. If there’s a turnover due to the weather, I like the odds of Denver giving up something to San Fran. At the worst, if it’s a low scoring game a few sacks and we’re in decent shape.

FLEX Men

Noah Fant ($5,800)

There’s not a ton of great value at WR and the snow concerns me a bit. Fant should get targets on short passes and really we don’t need much from him to give us value. The young TE has a high skill set that makes him a threat to break a big play. Missed tackles could be a thing in the snow and my guess is most of the ownership goes to the Niners in this contest overall.

Royce Freeman ($2,800)

Anything can happen in sim land and the snow. Freeman has vultured a couple TDs in his past few games and that has given him a bit of value. This price is a little too high for a RB who only produces 2.9 fantasy points per game, but we’re going to need leverage in this contest. If the defenses prevail and points are scarce, a trip to the red zone is all Freeman needs to potentially break the lineup open.