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Best lineup strategy for Buccaneers vs. Patriots Madden simulation Showdown

The Bucs and Patriots square off in a Thursday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws the ball for an interception to end the game during overtime against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 8:00 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

James White ($12,600)

There are some constants in sim land. One of them is James White. The Patriots lead back has six straight games with over double digit fantasy points. Sony Michel has been a non-factor for New England and it’s been all White, all the time. He’s one of Tom Brady’s top receiving options, hauling in 50 catches over 17 simulations. You’re not going to find a better Captain option than White, though his ownership will likely be among the highest at Captain.

O.J. Howard ($10,800)

The translation of inconsistency for Howard from real life into Madden simulations is uncanny. The Bucs TE has had some monster games and some not-so-monster games. Sandwiching two duds are games of 37.6 fantasy points and 29.5 fantasy points. Howard has also caught eight TDs, so he’s a threat in the red zone in what should be a high-scoring simulation.

FLEX Men

Ben Watson ($6,400)

There’s really no way I see a lineup winning without Watson in it. If it does, well, at least your method was sound ... or whatever. Seriously, though, Watson is averaging more fantasy points per sim than everyone not named Brady on the Patriots roster. That would be 15.5 per game to be exact. This price doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given the type of floor Watson provides. His ownership will be high but it’s good chalk.

Breshad Perriman ($4,600)

The Patriots have a tough secondary so I’m a little skeptical of this pick. The thing is, it’s hard to ignore what the Bucs offense has done in sim land. Winston has been great. Mike Evans has been great. Perriman had been great. Then he started not showing up. We need him to show up with another 5-111-0 performance or a TD or two. This sim should be high scoring and Perriman’s price is low. We need value to pay up for studs.