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Best lineup strategy for Giants vs. Falcons Madden simulation Showdown

Darius Slayton is the sneaky value play that could pan out as a captain in Thursday’s Giants-Falcons Madden sim.

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton celebrates his 35-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.  Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET, and DraftKings will have DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal showdown lineup strategy, and you can set your lineup here.

Captain’s Picks

Darius Slayton, WR, Giants ($9,600)

Slayton is one of the best value value captain’s plays you can make. He’s been more productive than Golden Tate, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard. He also won’t cost you a ton like Saquon Barkley. His price makes getting Barkley, Julio Jones, and other highly rated players in the flex with room to spare.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants ($14,100)

Barkley has the highest ceiling on the Giants because of his versatility. Jones has a better rating, but Barkley gets more guaranteed touches. Both sides have significant options on the offensive end, but Barkley’s consistent involvement gives him a leg up.

Flex Men

Daniel Jones, WR, Giants ($10,000)

Jones is tied with Barkley for the highest DKFP per game (18.5). You typically have to pick a quarterback to be successful, and Jones can be just as good as Matt Ryan for cheaper. Jones also has a more dynamic pass catcher at running back than Ryan in Barkley.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons ($6,800)

Ridley explodes and has a big game from time to time, and has yet to dip below double-digits in three games straight. Jones is a waste if he doesn’t absolutely dominate, so Ridley seems like the smarter play.