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Best lineup strategy for Bengals-Cardinals Madden simulation Showdown

The Bengals and Cardinals square off in a Monday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

 Wide receiver John Ross #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals on the field in the first quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 29, 2019 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati won 33-23. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals will face off in a Madden simulation Monday at 4 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Pick

John Ross, Bengals ($6,900)

When I can get a receiver with 34 DK points upside for this cheap, I often like to throw him into the Captain’s slot. He’s a deep threat, which makes him boom or bust, but there’s not much upside in this matchup, as both teams don’t put up a lot of points and DK points are spread around.

Flex options

Kyler Murray, Cardinals ($11,200)

If I were to pay up for the Captain’s slot it would probably be for Murray. He doesn’t have as much upside as you would think with his average of 52.2 yards rushing at home, but it does give him a secure floor and in this matchup he should be able to work toward his ceiling.

Charles Clay, Cardinals ($6,600)

Anyone against the Bengals defense has a shot to put up useful numbers in this matchup. Clay is anyone. He’s inconsistent but does have double-digit DK points games in four of his last five matchups.

Andy Dalton, Bengals ($10,600)

Dalton hasn’t been that good in the simulation, but finding any kind of consistency in this matchup is tough. Dalton isn’t going to blow the doors off this game, but the Cardinals pass defense is weak overall and I’m willing to pay up for the decent floor of a quarterback in this one.