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Best lineup strategy for Raiders vs. Broncos Madden simulation Showdown

The Raiders and Broncos square off in a Wednesday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos 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

Darren Waller ($11,100)

Both tight ends are going to be trendy in this contest. There’s a bit of concern over the ownership on Waller, who has one of the highest ceilings among TEs. If it’s suppressed a bit by Tyrell Williams and Courtland Sutton, that would be great. Phillip Lindsay should also see a fair amount of ownership at Captain. Really, you can go a lot of different ways. I just like the floor/ceiling combo for Waller.

Fade of the Game

Josh Jacobs ($14,700)

This fade scares me, but I think there’s justification for it. Jacobs is a bit up-and-down, so we don’t know what to expect at this price tag. Lindsay has been the more consistent RB option and we know that WRs and TEs are better plays anyway. We’ve got plenty to choose from, so I’m not rushing to fit in Jacobs.

Value Picks

Zay Jones ($4,800) — It wasn’t long ago I found out Jones was on the Raiders last season. He’s been a really nice source of value in these Madden sims, averaging 11.3 fantasy points per game. Honestly, he’s putting up borderline WR1-2 numbers with 14 TDs in 30 simulations. Jones is good chalk here.

Jalen Richard ($2,800) — We’re all-in on the Raiders in this sim apparently. Sometimes that’s just what the pricing dictates. With so much value for Vegas, Richard is perhaps the top option. He vultures carries from Jacobs all the time and has blistering speed. Richard offers another chalky play, but that’s fine as long as you find leverage elsewhere.