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Best lineup strategy for Chargers vs. Saints Madden simulation Showdown

We take a look at Friday’s Chargers-Saints Madden sim and bring you our favorite plays.

Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 and wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints will face off in a Friday Madden sim at 8 p.m. ET. DraftKings will have a Showdown contest for the game, and we break down ideal lineup strategies here.

Captain’s Picks

Philip Rivers, Chargers, QB vs. Saints ($16,200)

Rivers has good upside against a Saints pass defense that has allowed some big games in these simulations. He had been on fire, but his consistency has waned of late. Drew Brees has similar upside, but I’m leaning Rivers due to the Chargers strong pass defense. If you can fit both, go for it.

Mike Williams, Chargers, WR vs. Saints ($9,300)

Williams has been a free space in these simulations due to his consistency, upside and low price. He’s only dipped into single digit DK points five times in 24 games and has a 27.9 DK points game at Chicago two games ago. He will be heavily rostered and likely quite often in the Captain’s slot, but he’s impossible to pass on.

Flex Men

Alvin Kamara, Saints, RB vs. Chargers ($9,000)

Kamara makes for a strong Captain’s play, as he’s been going off of late and the Chargers are more vulnerable on the ground. His numbers have been outstanding, with four games over 20 DK points in his last five. That stretch includes a whopping 45 DK points, four touchdowns game against the Bills in Buffalo.

Ted Ginn Jr., Saints, WR, vs. Chargers ($5,000)

Ginn is always a useful target for GPPs and especially Showdown GPPs. His upside isn’t Williams or Kamara’s, but for his price, he’s been useful with two games over 23 DK points in his last five.