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Best lineup strategy for Vikings vs. Bills Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the best DFS options for Friday’s Vikings-Bills Madden sim.

Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills signals at the line of scrimmage in the first half of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills will face off in a Madden sim Friday at 10:00 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

The Bills are pretty well rounded on defense, but Dalvin Cook ($15,600) has been pretty consistent about producing on the ground and through the air. The Vikings’ receiving corps can be one-sided at times, and that might not fly against a secondary with solid players everywhere. Pounding the ground and throwing screens could be the most effective route in this game.

Josh Allen ($16,200) creates a large portion of the Bills’ offense, and he could be on the move quite a bit against Minnesota’s impressive defensive line. His rushing potential makes up for his lack of accuracy as a passer, and he’s run for more touchdowns than any other quarterback we’ve seen this sim season. I’d bank on him continuing to do what he does best at a high level against a tough opponent.

Flex Men

Allen hasn’t gotten much from his wide receivers, but Tyler Kroft ($5,200) is a sneaky tight end pick that can light up a game randomly. He’s not as pricey as Cole Beasley or John Brown, but can be just as effective.

Adam Thielen ($8,400) is easily the best receiving option in the slate. The overpriced Stefon Diggs leaves too much room for error most of the time and will command a tougher matchup. Thielen lining up in the slot gives him a chance to get better looks. He’s essentially a WR1 in simulated Madden games.