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Best lineup strategy for Panthers vs. Bengals Madden simulation Showdown

We break down some ideal Showdown DFS picks for Saturday’s Panthers-Bengals Madden sim.

Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers before their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals have a madden sim date set for Saturday at 12:00 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

Luke Kuechly might be retired, but his ghost can still haunt opposing offenses in Madden sims. Kuechly has been a stud at linebacker and is a big reason why the Panthers have one of the higher scoring defenses in these sims. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was involved in a turnover or two in this game. Because of that, I think there’s value in captaining the Panthers defense ($5,700).

Christian McCaffrey ($14,700) is easily the most skilled offensive player in this game, but it’s impossible to tell what you’ll get from him. He’s streaky, but should have a good chance to dominate a Cincinnati defense that’s below average in more areas than one.

Flex Men

Tyler Boyd ($7,400) will typically get you bang for your buck as the Bengals’ WR2. He’s a lot cheaper than A.J. Green and gives you similar stats most of the time. None of the Panthers’ cornerbacks are elite, so Boyd should be able to get something going. The speedy John Ross ($4,800) is also a value option with significant upside.

I’m going to stick with the speed theme here and identify Curtis Samuel ($6,400) as an interesting Panthers play. Like Boyd, he performs like his team’s top receiver often. His isn’t as fast as Ross, but can take short passes a long distance after the catch just the same.