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Best lineup strategy for Jets vs. Patriots Madden simulation Showdown

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

New England Patriots safety Terrence Brooks intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the end zone for a touchback during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets and New England Patriots will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 10:00 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

Mohamed Sanu ($9,000)

Sanu has had quite the stretch of games the past five, let me tell you. He’s gone over 10 DKFP in five straight games and has a TD in four of those contests. Really, the Patriots use James White more as a WR1 than Julian Edelman, so the WR2 duties are sort of split up between Edelman and Sanu. Lately, it’s been Sanu who has been reaping all the benefits, so I’m going to try and ride that hot streak here with a bit of a value Captain.

Fade of the Game

James White ($8,400)

Oh how the mighty hath fallen. White was once one of my ultra-locks in most of these Madden simulations and now, we’re fading him. Not so much because of what he’s been doing lately, but I just don’t like the spot against the Jets D/ST. I think the Jets can do an OK job containing White and his ceiling hasn’t been nearly as high as it was before. So Madden After Dark I’m going with the tough call and fading White. There’s good enough talent in this contest on both sides to make up for it.

Value Picks

If you don’t want to use Sanu or want to stack the Patriots for cheap, looking at Phillip Dorsett ($4,800) isn’t a bad call. Both are good options, but Sanu has been the one on the rise. If anything, we should be able to get Dorsett at low ownership. Demaryius Thomas ($5,000) we likely won’t be able to get at lower ownership, but that’s OK in this contest at this price. DT is a decent floor play but doesn’t offer as much upside. Chris Herndon ($2,200) has emerged as a very strong value as well. He’s probably my favorite value play in this contest. Herndon hadn’t been getting consistent targets but that has changed. Now, he’s just really underpriced and has a strong floor/ceiling combo.