The Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens will face off in a Madden sim Tuesday at 8:00 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.
Gardner Minshew ($13,800)
Minshew doesn’t get nearly as much credit as he should for being a baller in Madden. He was a complete baller in real life for the Jags this season, coming out of nowhere to give us Minshew Mania. Now that beautiful handle bar mustache is tearing up Madden sims left and right. I like the idea of getting Minshew in a potentially low-scoring game with some leverage against guys like Lamar Jackson and Leonard Fournette.
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Leonard Fournette ($14,400)
I don’t like paying up in this spot for Fournette. The Ravens should be able to give him some issues up the middle with their LBs stopping the run. While Fournette has been consistent, he lacks upside. Over his past 12 simulations, Fournette has one game over 20 DKFP — granted that was for 34.7. Fournette is an OK play in the FLEX spot at $9,600, but really you aren’t going to get any leverage. If Fournette puts up a middling 10-12 points while the WRs and TEs feast, you’ll be looking up at a lot of lineups in the standings.
Is this a kickers and D/ST type of contest? It may very well be. There aren’t a lot of good options in the mid-range. There aren’t a lot of good options below $5K at the skills positions. So we can employ a few strategies.
My favorite is stars and scrubs, which is when we take a few basement priced players and then stack the studs. If we want to do that, Nick Boyle ($1,200) might be an OK flier. He’s got a catch in back-to-back games after not seeing consistent usage. Maybe he’s in the game plan now? I don’t know. If he is, he’s a cheap lineup filler.
The kickers are also appealing in this contest. Josh Lambo ($4,200) is coming off back-to-back games with double-digit DKFP and actually has some upside if the game is low scoring. If there are a lot of stalled drives, both kickers could be good plays. Justin Tucker ($4,000) is viewed by many as the best kicker in the NFL. He’s also had plenty of games in double figures.