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Best lineup strategy for Ravens vs. Raiders Madden simulation Showdown

The Ravens and Raiders square off in a Monday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders will face off in a Madden sim Monday 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 ($13,800)

This game is lacking playmaking wideouts. Williams is really the only one who could really pop. He’s also got a great floor and has been crushing sims lately, scoring double-digit fantasy points in five straight contests. The Ravens have a tough secondary but overall their defense hasn’t been fantastic. Williams seems like the safest non-QB Captain play.

Jalen Richard ($4,200)

There aren’t many Showdown contests in which I don’t find myself paying up big at Captain. Sometimes you need to make an exception for a guy like Rocket Richard. The Raiders 3rd-down back has been a killer in sim land, burning opposing defenses with his speed. That speed has helped him put up big numbers in the passing game, including 4-88-1 two sims ago vs. the Panthers.

FLEX Men

Mark Andrews ($7,400)

It’s hard to fade the Ravens entirely in this contest, though I do believe that the value is in the Raiders. Andrews is a safe play for Baltimore and shouldn’t be held back much by Lamar Jackson’s poor passing numbers. Usually when Jackson is looking downfield, it’s to Andrews. He’s been held back by a lack of TDs and targets lately but we’re able to be patient given this price.

Zay Jones ($5,800)

There’s a ton that you shouldn’t like about playing Zay Jones against the Ravens. Fortunately, that’s mitigated a bit by his price. Below $6K, Jones has a ceiling that hovers in the mid-20s in fantasy points. This probably isn’t the matchup for this type of game but I’d imagine Jones will be low-owned in this Showdown contest. Jones is a TD threat as well.