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Best lineup strategy for Steelers vs. Cardinals Madden simulation Showdown

Kyler Murray could have to be on the move quite a bit against the Steelers, but that helps his fantasy upside.

Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to taking on the Seattle Seahawks during their game at CenturyLink Field on December 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals will face off in a Madden sim at 2:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contests centered around the game. You can set your lineup and play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Pittsburgh has a solid defensive line and a secondary headlined by Minkah Fitzpatrick, and the Cardinals haven’t been great at establishing a ground game this sim season. While Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona’s top pass catcher, Kyler Murray ($16,200) spreads the ball around by utilizing Christian Kirk, Damiere Byrd, and both of his running backs. Murray can also be an asset as a scrambler thanks to his escape artist trait, making him the best captain’s option in the contest.

If I were to pick a Steelers player to captain, I’d go with JuJu Smith-Schuster ($15,000). While Patrick Peterson has a better overall rating, Arizona’s pass defense as a whole hasn’t held up very well against star receivers. Ben Roethlisberger ($16,800) should also receive come consideration, but Murray has significantly higher upside.

Flex Men

Both sides have respectable RB2s in this matchup. Pittsburgh has Jaylen Samuels ($1,000) while Arizona has David Johnson ($2,800). Both excel as pass catching backs and are often more productive than the starters playing ahead of them. Samuels is my preference because he returns hefty value for his price.

A speedy slot receiver like Byrd ($4,600) is an expensive option out wide with significant upside. He could benefit from getting chunk yardage on Hail Mary’s. James Washington ($5,600) has been an unsung hero for the Steelers receiving corps and finds the end zone often enough to take a flier on.