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

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

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will face off in a Madden sim Saturday 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

Tyrell Williams ($12,300)

Williams has been one of the better sim WRs in the past five games. That sample includes 5 TDs, 27 receptions and more yards than I feel like calculating right now. Each of his boxes is in double-digit fantasy points and it really doesn’t matter how many targets Williams gets. He’s generally going to make a play and has HR potential. The 49ers have a tough secondary but that should only get more lineups on the Niners overall. The Raiders will get some more leverage.

Deebo Samuel ($9,900)

If we’re going to get any leverage at Captain on the San Fran side, it’s probably with Deebo. He’s not a ceiling play, rather a play that can balance out our lineup in the FLEX positions. Instead of going top heavy, we can save some salary at Captain and stack players from both sides. Samuel is a threat to score with 7 TDs in the sim season and he’s got a decent floor, averaging 11.7 FPTs per game.


Darren Waller ($7,400)

Waller has been a bust in four straight sims. It’s been seven long simulations since Waller last scored a TD. This may not be the spot for Waller to bounce back but if not Saturday, then when? I’ll roll the dice on Waller in this spot despite a tough defense in the Niners. Again, the leverage is valuable and I think this game could see more scoring than we’d expect.

Kendrick Bourne ($4,800)

Believe it or not, Bourne has more TDs than his teammate Deebo Samuel. For some reason the two players are priced very differently despite similar production. This should make Bourne a bit more chalky given his price but for all intents and purposes, he’s a necessary chalk play. Bourne is the value than can help you unlock the lineup that fits in all the studs you want to play.