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Best lineup strategy for Ravens-Patriots Madden simulation Showdown

The Ravens and Patriots square off in a Saturday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

 Benjamin Watson #84 of the New England Patriots and teammate Tom Brady #12 show camaraderie before taking on the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Saturday 8 p.m., and DraftKings will have DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal showdown lineup strategy for the contest, which you can play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Pick

Ben Watson, Patriots ($12,600)

Watson’s price just jumped $1,000 and I’m here for it. His price should have been that high already and probably higher. He has been a free space for a long time now and finally you have to pay a pound of flesh for one of the stars of the simulation!

Flex options

Lamar Jackson, Ravens ($12,400)

This is a revenge game for the code that makes up Jackson’s likeness in Madden 2020. These teams played all the way back in Week 1, which was 35 weeks ago. Jackson is now 42 years old and Tom Brady is a zombie. But, Jackson still has a good memory of throwing no touchdowns and three interceptions in the opener. He turned things around in a big way and has dominated in the simulation, averaging 21 DK points per game.

Mahamed Sanu, Patriots ($6,400)

Sanu had been a must-play before his recent slump. He’s now fallen below double-digit DK points four straight games. Before this bad stretch, he hit that mark 12 of his previous 14 games with good upside. The Ravens pass defense hasn’t been as good in the simulation as it is in real life, which makes me look for a bounce back game here.

Phillip Dorsett, Patriots ($4,800)

Dorsett has topped 14 DK points in three of his last five games but consistency isn’t really his thing. The good news is that he does have enough upside to help you win a tournament if he gets his shot.