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Best lineup strategy for Panthers vs. Washington Madden simulation Showdown

We go over the top captain’s plays for Thursday’s Panthers-Washington Madden sim.

Dwayne Haskins of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sidelines after being injured during the second half of the game against the New York Giants at FedExField on December 22, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers and Washington will face off in a Madden sim Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play at DraftKings before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Christian McCaffrey ($15,000) is an enticing captain’s option in this NFC South matchup, as Washington lacks studs on the defensive line and at linebacker. Look for him to utilize his speed to get around inferior edge rushers and linebackers on the ground and through the air. I think he could be worth biting the bullet for when it comes to his high price in this situation.

Dwayne Haskins ($15,300) is one of the lowest rated starters in Madden, but he’s impressed us occasionally by having monster games. He’s been more productive than Cam Newton in most simulations despite not having a star weapon to work with. His lack of backfield depth means he’ll have to lean on the passing attack to move the chains.

Flex Men

Washington has a ton of appealing flex plays that don’t cost much. Paul Richardson Jr. ($10,200) and Trey Quinn ($$7,800) have both produced at a high level alongside Terry McLaurin, and both should receive strong consideration. Chris Thompson’s ($4,800) PPR value out of the backfield also can’t be understated, as he often outperforms Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson.