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Best lineup strategy for Texans vs. Lions Madden simulation Showdown

The Texans and Lions square off in a Tuesday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions will face off in a Madden sim Tuesday at 4:00 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 Pick

Deshaun Watson ($18,000)

We got back in the Madden sim calling saddle with a Texans-Bears sim over the weekend. If there were any takeaways from that game, it’s that Watson is a beast on the ground when he’s forced to run. That type of ceiling is what I’d want at Captain and I’m fine paying the top price in the contest to get there.

Fade of the Game

Matthew Stafford ($16,200 CP)

The Lions have been one of the more disappointing teams in sim land. Their offense really offers no upside. Kerryon Johnson is the easy fade in this spot, but I’d rather pay up for Watson over Stafford, clearly. It’d be tough to fit in both QBs in this contest, so really there’s no reason to look at Stafford.

Value Picks

Darren Fells ($6,000) — Wideouts and tight ends are always the way to go and the Texans will have high ownership throughout their roster. Fells may go a bit overlooked as the TE1 for Houston, which is perfect. He’s a red zone threat and would only need a few catches to give us back some value.

J.D. McKissic ($3,000) — If we’re going to go with anyone on the Detroit side, I’ll take McKissic. There’s going to be value in guys like Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, but really the TD upside is capped against the Texans. McKissic gives us a cheap lineup filler who has a safe floor as a pass-catching back.