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Best lineup strategy for Bears vs. Steelers Madden simulation Showdown

The Bears and Steelers square off in a Friday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen reacts after rushing for a first down in overtime Pittsburgh Steelers at Soldier Field.  Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers will face off in a Madden sim Friday at 6:00 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

James Washington ($8,400)

Projecting ownership isn’t too tough in these contests because there are clear differences in production and pricing. Washington’s priced down and is one of the more productive WRs in this Showdown. Because of that, his ownership will likely be high, but it could be lesser in the Captain’s slot. Washington has been really consistent with double-digit fantasy points in four straight.

Fade of the Game

David Montgomery ($12,600 CP)

Montgomery is an easy fade in almost every Madden sim contest. He’s averaging 4.2 fantasy points per sim and is priced as if he’s a legit RB1 — which he isn’t in Madden. Honestly, Montgomery is barely an RB1 in real life. Anyway, the lack of upside is just always going to make Montgomery a dicey play. He only has appeal as a contrarian pick.

Value Picks

Diontae Johnson ($4,800) — Johnson may be an even better option than Washington at Captain. It really comes down to preference and upside. Johnson has three straight games with a TD, but doesn’t get as many targets as Washington. Diontae is still a very strong value with a safe floor.

Tarik Cohen ($3,000) — It’s been a while since I’ve written up the Bears, and — oh hey, look Cohen is still underpriced. He’s at $3K, which is a bit higher than before. Cohen still has a very nice floor averaging 9.0 fantasy points per contest, which basically locks him in for 3x salary value.