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Best lineup strategy for Broncos vs. Bills Madden simulation Showdown

The Broncos and Bills square off in a Friday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills will face off in a Madden sim Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET. The sim will be set to include rain, as opposed to the normal sunny conditions. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Courtland Sutton, WR ($15,000)

We haven’t seen players on either side of this ball game produce much in these simulations. It’s generally been the QBs and top WRs, but even Buffalo doesn’t really have a guy who separates from the pack. Sutton does, however, for the Broncos. Wideouts are the most valuable plays in Madden sim land, so I’m fine paying up for the best option. Sutton has had a couple of monster games and generally goes for double-digit points.

Brandon McManus, K ($6,000)

it may seem a little nutty to Captain a kicker, but this could be a low-scoring affair. Both the Broncos and Bills have decent defenses and don’t have overwhelming offenses. Plus, Buffalo is at home, so that counts for something. McManus has posted at least 7.0 fantasy points in six straight games. He almost always gets a few FG attempts and that could be the case again in Buffalo.


Phillip Lindsay, RB ($9,000)

Lindsay is the clear-cut No. 1 back for the Broncos and shouldn’t split too much work with Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker. Because we’ve seen so many workhorse backs perform in these sims, I’m OK leaning on Lindsay here. It’s a tough matchup, but Lindsay is going to get work in the passing game, so his floor is safe.

Tim Patrick, WR ($4,200)

I don’t mind Patrick in the Captain’s slot as a contrarian play. He’s cheaper at FLEX of course, so I’m more ready to pay down there and pay up at Captain. Patrick has been pretty consistent with at least 8.0 fantasy points in four of five games. He’s another cheap WR with some upside who shouldn’t kill you if he doesn’t find the end zone.