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Best lineup strategy for Buccaneers vs. Chargers Madden simulation Showdown

We break down some of the top plays for Friday’s Bucs-Chargers Madden sim.

Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown pass to Mike Williams to take a 10-9 lead over the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers will face off in a Friday Madden sim at 2:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contests centered around the game. You can set your lineup and play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

The most comfortable captain’s pick in this game is Philip Rivers ($16,200) to me. The Buccaneers’ secondary can’t measure up to its sturdy offensive line, and Rivers has one of the most productive wide receiver duos this sim season when it comes to scoring touchdowns.

Keenan Allen ($15,900) looks like the better player on paper, but Mike Williams ($12,600) has dominated as a WR2 and seems like the better captain’s pick. Williams’ price has finally been bumped up significantly after weeks of excellence, but he should have a very favorable mismatch.

Flex Men

Both O.J. Howard ($6,800) and Hunter Henry ($7,200) seem like reasonable enough flex options, but I’d give an edge to Howard because of his edge in receptions and touchdowns. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin could get tied up with the Chargers’ elite defensive backs, but Howard has maintained a solid double-digit average in DKFP.

The Buccaneers haven’t gotten considerable contributions from their backfield, but Dare Ogunbowale ($2,000) is a cheap option with some PPR upside. The reserve running back often finds himself getting involved early in games. This game doesn’t seem like one where you want to pay up at running back, as both sides have solid defensive fronts.