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Best lineup strategy for Broncos vs. Texans Madden simulation Showdown

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

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins against the Kansas City Chiefs in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans will face off in a Madden sim Saturday 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

DeAndre Hopkins ($15,600)

The Texans offense has really slowed down in these simulations and a big reason why is Hopkins’ production. Or lack there of. Hopkins has been awful lately in Madden and nobody seems to know why. At least I don’t. The past three sims Hopkins has failed to reach double-digit fantasy points. In fact, he only has six receptions over those contests. It’s not what we want, but I think this is a good bounce-back spot for Hopkins. Maybe we can get him at lower ownership, who knows!

FADE OF THE GAME

Drew Lock ($15,000 CP)

There’s really never a reason to play Drew Lock in any fantasy type of contest. That may sound harsh but until the 2020 NFL season kicks off, nobody is locking Lock into their lineup. At least I hope not. Lock doesn’t have much of a ceiling, so in the CP he isn’t viable at all. This matchup is OK since the Texans should play up in pace a bit. Lock almost never throws over 2 TDs or for 300 yards in a simulation. This price is way too steep.

Bargain Shopping

This is a pretty even matchup across the top with the stud options. There are a handful of plays that we should definitely work in. As for the value plays, there are some in the mid-range and others at the bottom. DaeSean Hamilton ($5,000), Tim Patrick ($4,800) and Keke Coutee ($1,600) are all great options at WR. All three are similar plays and Coutee is dirt cheap. I wouldn’t really lean one way or the other on Hamilton and Patrick, again, very similar plays. The only other play I’d consider as value is Brandon McManus at kicker ($3,800).