The New York Jets and Denver Broncos will kick off the weekend with Saturday’s first Madden simulation at 1 p.m. ET. This one will feature some unique weather conditions, as the game will take place in the snow. DraftKings will have a Showdown DFS contest for the matchup, and we break down the ideal lineup strategy here.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Jets ($14,400)
We don’t know how much weather will be a factor for wide receivers, but I’m assuming a speedster like Robby Anderson won’t be as effective because of the conditions. Other receivers could suffer as well, and that doesn’t bode well for Sam Darnold. That’s why Bell is the best option in this game. He doesn’t need to run elaborate routes to get the ball through the air out of the backfield and can also be a traditional running back.
Broncos Defense/Special Teams ($7,800)
Denver has an excellent pass rush led by Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. They can get after Darnold while Chris Harris and Justin Simmons hold down the secondary. The Broncos have a significantly more talented defense, so I like them to limit New York in the snow.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos ($8,800)
Denver has one of the worst receiving corps in the game. Its second best wideout has an overall rating of 70. Drew Lock is a below average quarterback playing in less than ideal conditions. That means the Broncos could opt to go with Lindsay on the ground.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos ($9,200)
Sutton is the Broncos’ top pass catcher. He’s the second best skill player — aside from Lindsay. If you go with a value play as a captain, you could stack Denver’s two most capable players.