The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in a Madden simulation Tuesday at 8 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.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($16,500)
How can’t it be the league’s highest paid player in the Captain’s spot the day following his record breaking contract? He needs to earn that cash on my simulated Madden team! Of course, Brady might be the better play here at home against an average Chiefs defense, but this is a free game and it is more fun to play Mahomes in prime time against the Brady-led Patriots.
Ben Watson, Patriots ($6,800)
How can you play a simulated Showdown with the Patriots and not use Watson? It should be illegal. Watson is a near lock for double-digit DK points. The last time the Patriots played the Chiefs—yes, we are now into our second simulated pass through the league—Watson caught a touchdown. He’s a strong play at his price.
Mohamed Sanu, Patriots ($5,400)
If you want to afford Mahomes and Brady, which I do, Sanu is likely needed to help you pay up for them. And he’s been good for most of this simulated never-ending season. His floor is high, with consistent double-digit scores, but he also has decent upside for his price, with four games of 19-plus DK points in his last eight matchups.
Sammy Watkins, Chiefs ($6,400)
Watkins has 10 touchdowns in 15 away games, averaging 13.6 DK points on the road while Tyreek Hill averages 15.9 DK points on the road. Hill is more likely to blow up, but Watkins is much cheaper and a good pivot with Stephon Gilmore likely hurting Hill’s upside.