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Best lineup strategy for Lions vs. Colts Madden simulation Showdown

Matthew Stafford is our top captain’s pick for Monday’s Lions-Colts Madden sim, but T.Y. Hilton should also receive some consideration.

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts will face off in a Monday Madden sim at X: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

Neither of these teams excels at defending the pass, so I’m high on picking either a quarterback or wide receiver. My quarterback pick is Matthew Stafford ($16,200). He’s much more polished than Jacoby Brissett and has gotten little support from his backfield. The Lions have better receivers as well.

The Colts have one of the NFL’s most elusive wideouts in T.Y. Hilton ($14,700), who could very well make mincemeat of Detroit’s secondary. His speed and route running should be a problem for the Lions all over the field.

Flex Men

I’m big on both RB2s in this matchup. Both Nyheim Hines ($2,800) and J.D. McKissic have been more productive than the starters on their respective teams. While neither is a star running between the tackles, there is PPR upside on the table. WR2s are also somewhat enticing. Marvin Jones Jr. ($8,000) is the first that comes to mind, as he often produces numbers that exceed those of Kenny Golladay. Eric Ebron ($7,200) has been one of the better tight ends we’ve seen this sim season. He might not score as often as you might like, but he’s toward the top of the standings in receptions and receiving yards at his position.