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Best lineup strategy for Cardinals vs. Ravens Madden simulation Showdown

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

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray passes under pressure from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon at M&T Bank Stadium.  Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 4:00 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 Pick

Lamar Jackson ($16,500)

You know I don’t like QBs and you know I don’t like paying up for them at Captain. If I’m willing to forget those two rules, you know it’s extreme circumstances we’re talking about. Jackson is an extreme play and he’s in a matchup where his ceiling is way too high. For this, it’s going to be tough to fade Jackson. With that in mind, if his ownership is going to be really high anyway, we might as well Captain him. The reigning real life MVP has at least 24 DKFP in four of five sims.

Fade This Guy

Willie Snead ($9,900)

You’re scrolling through the prices for players and you come upon Snead and immediately throw up. That’s the type of feeling you get when you’re looking at paying this much in the Captain’s spot for someone who has gone over 10 DKFP in two of 23 sims. That’s a bad ratio. So Snead shouldn’t really be on your radar at all. The Cardinals secondary is decent and the Ravens don’t throw the ball a ton anyway.

Bargain Shopping

The Cardinals have a lot of appeal as a contrarian stack in what appears to be a bad matchup. The Ravens are a bit vulnerable and the Cardinals have shown some signs of life in sims lately. With that in mind, Damiere Byrd ($4,800) and David Johnson ($2,800) are both good values under $5K. Byrd has a really high ceiling given his speed in Madden. He’s capable of making a big play. DJ should get more carries than he does but has to split with Kenyan Drake. Johnson instead is relegated to early-down work and goal line carries. That’s fine at this price, though. We really only need DJ to get to around 8-10 DKFP.