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Best lineup strategy for Steelers vs. Chargers Madden simulation Showdown

We break down the best Showdown lineup strategies for Wednesday’s simulated Madden 20 matchup between the Steelers and Chargers.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers warms up on the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.  Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers will face off in a simulated Madden 20 game Wednesday, and DraftKings will have DFS contests available for the matchup. We broke down the ideal showdown lineup strategy for the contest, which you can play at DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers ($15,300)

Rivers has a bevy of dangerous offensive weapons at his disposal. Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry both have higher ratings than JuJu Smith-Schuster. Then there’s Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler. Rivers has too many reliable targets to not captain in this situation.

Keenan Allen, WR, Steelers ($14,700)

Allen has one of the best releases (95) in the game, which allows him to beat press coverage and create plenty of space. His route running on short (93) and medium (92) routes are elite, and his deep route running (89) is nothing to scoff at either. He’s a nightmare for opposing secondaries, and Pittsburgh doesn’t have a cornerback on its roster than can come close to covering him one on one.

Flex Men

James Conner, RB, Steelers ($8,400)

Conner doesn’t have eye-popping stats, but his usage makes him much more of an asset than any of the other running backs the Steelers have. Benny Snell might be used sparingly, but it’s unlikely that the other options will see much of the field. Conner has a good chance to break through over time.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers ($5,400)

Ekeler has the third best catching (78) among running backs. He only trails Christian McCaffrey and James White in that area. His 92 speed makes him dangerous is open space. He might not get as many touches as Melvin Gordon, but he has plenty of potential to make an impact on the game.