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Best lineup strategy for Texans vs. Buccaneers Madden simulation Showdown

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans reaches for yardage against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off in a Madden sim Wednesday 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 Pick

DeAndre Hopkins ($15,300)

I’m going to go with Nuk at Captain but I’m not crazy about it. Really, none of the top guys at the skills positions on both teams have been performing in sim land. Hopkins offers one of the highest ceilings of any WR in Madden, so whenever he’s on the field, he needs to be in your lineup. Hopkins could torch what is a weak Bucs secondary. Mike Evans also has an OK matchup, but again, he’s sort of been struggling a bit and you know we don’t like QBs.

Fade of the Game

Lamar Miller ($8,600)

Miller has been really good over the past week or so but I don’t even care. Nope, completely disregarding the recent performances. Even those performances are OK by his price. So when he’s hitting his ceiling, he’s really just hitting what should be his average. So Miller doesn’t give us much value in a contest in which value is both prevelant and important.

Value Picks

I talk about Keke Coutee ($1,800) as a value play almost every sim I write up the Texans. Coutee is underpriced for the type of games he’s capable of. So if we get him this low, he almost never hurts us because of the salary cap savings. So as long as we make wise lineup decisions elsewhere, Coutee can be left alone.

There’s not much value on the Bucs side, so as long as we go with Coutee, we can pay up at most of the other five spots. If we want someone who is a fringe value, Breshad Perriman ($4,400) is really the only other value left. He’s a little safer than Coutee and offers a bit more upside as well.