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Best lineup strategy for Broncos vs. Saints Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the most some ideal captain and flex picks for Saturday’s Madden sim between the Broncos and Saints.

Courtland Sutton of the Denver Broncos stands on the field as he warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints will face off in a Madden sim Saturday at 12:00 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

The Saints have a quality defensive line and run defense, so I’d fade Phillip Lindsay ($12,900) here. Courtland Sutton ($14,100) on the other hand, has been a pleasant surprise and could be worth captaining. Drew Lock will throw it up to the Sutton against all sorts of coverage. His catching, catching in traffic, and spectacular catching is above 90. That makes him a dangerous asset.

Many might be tempted to go with Drew Brees ($16,800) or Michael Thomas ($15,600) here, but I’m skeptical because of the Broncos’ secondary. Chris Harris and Justin Simmons are no slouches, so the versatile Alvin Kamara ($14,400) might be a better option here. He excels at breaking tackles and is a PPR threat as well. Denver is well-rounded but his Kamara’s range gives him more ways to produce at a high level.


Jared Cook ($7,600) ranks among the best of the best at tight end in terms of receptions and receiving yards. His hands are only second to Michael Thomas, and he might not have to deal with the Broncos’ secondary as much. Denver’s linebackers aren’t very good when it comes to pass coverage, which benefits Cook. Ted Ginn Jr. ($6,000) plays opposite Michael Thomas as a WR2 and is the fastest wideout New Orleans has to offer. He has 92 speed and won’t face the tough matchups Thomas will as frequently.