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Best lineup strategy for Browns vs. Steelers Madden simulation Showdown

Vance McDonald is a player to look out for as a sleeper captain in Wednesday’s Browns-Steelers Madden sim.

Vance McDonald of the Pittsburgh Steelers in against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Steelers 16-10. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will play in a simulated AFC North matchup on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. ET. DraftKings will have DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal showdown lineup strategy below, which you can enter at here.

Captain’s Picks

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns ($15,300)

Beckham has the highest DKFP average (18.9) in the contest and gets a ton of targets. He ranks toward the top in terms of receptions (97), receiving yards (1,496), and touchdowns (16). His spectacular catching (99) makes him a threat against any secondary. He’ll likely be one of the more popular options, but his ceiling makes him worth the price.

Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers ($9,600)

McDonald has had two off games but has plenty of upside and often finishes with double-digits in DKFP. He’ll be a less common play that would allow you to stack the top receiver from each side. Both sides have valuable pass catching running backs who can make an impact.

Flex Men

Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns ($3,200)

If you’re betting on the passing game being big, Hunt is one of the best passing games you can make. Pittsburgh has a strong defensive line, so the he could benefit from more passing downs than usual if Cleveland operates from the gun.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers ($1,000)

I’m big on RB2s in this one, and it’s really hard to pass up on Samuels. He’s dirt cheap despite being more productive than James Conner (8,200). He’s averaging 5.9 DKFP and essentially returns value with two catches. He’s too involved to be one of the cheapest options in the field.