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Best lineup strategy for Browns vs. Rams Madden simulation Showdown

Will Jared Goff be able to air it out effectively against the Browns’ poor defense?

Quarterback Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams looks for an open receiver in the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on September 22, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Los Angeles won 20-13. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams will face off in a Madden sim Monday 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

One side appears to hav a mediocre secondary while the other has an elite group of defensive backs on paper. Cleveland has consistently been ranked toward the bottom when it comes to defense, so betting on Jared Goff ($15,600) as your captain might be ideal. None of the members in his receiving corps are necessarily stars, but three have them have overall ratings of 85 of higher.

Although the Rams have Jalen Ramsey, I still like the odds of Odell Beckham Jr. ($14,700), going off in this one. When you have 99 spectacular catching, it can negate the effect of good coverage. Beckham has done that on multiple occasions, and Baker Mayfield hasn’t be shy about throwing the ball up and giving it a shot at coming down with a catch.

FLEX Men

Robert Woods ($7,400) and Brandin Cooks ($6,600) have proven to return more value than WR1 Cooper Kupp in many cases, so both of them should be priority flex men against the Browns’ defensive backs. Tyler Higbee ($6,200) is cheaper than both and can be just as effective, so I suggest pairing one wideout with the tight end.

Fading Nick Chubb seems smart against a defensive line that features Aaron Donald, so Kareem Hunt ($3,000) could have a big day. Chubb splits time with the third down back, who is also far more dangerous in passing sets. This seems like a game that will feature a ton of throwing, so Hunt could see the field more than the starter.