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Best lineup strategy for Patriots vs. Chiefs Madden simulation Showdown

Travis Kelce might be a better captain option than Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes in Saturday’s Patriots-Chiefs Madden simulation.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrates after a play during the AFC Divisional Round playoff football game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.  Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will go play in a Saturday Madden sim. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup on DraftKings ahead of kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs ($14,100)

Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady will be popular options. But I think Kelce makes more sense from a price and production perspective. His 18.9 DKFP per game ranks fourth in the contest. He also won’t have to go against the game’s best cornerback in Stephon Gilmore or either of the McCourty twins too often. New England has a good group of defensive backs, but I think Mahomes’ favorite target can take advantage underneath.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots ($6,900)

Dorsett is a sleeper pick who could make a splash. Although Julian Edelman is clearly the top dog in New England’s receiving corps, Dorsett leads all Patriots receivers in DKFP per game 15.3. His 95 speed has the potential to be lethal, and his price could allow you to double up on starting quarterbacks in flex spots.

Flex Men

James White, RB, Patriots ($8,000)

White has flirted with double-digits in fantasy points for most of his Madden sims, but broke out with 25.1 in his last outing thanks to a 100-yard game on the ground. His pass catching is a valuable part of the Patriots’ offense out of the backfield, but he can also have big games as a traditional running back.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs ($6,400)

Watkins comes after Kelce and Tyreek Hill in the passing game, but has maintained a solid level of production. He’s tallied at least 11 DKFP in three straight contests and won’t cost as much as the more popular pass catchers on his team. He’s also logged at least four catches in four straight games. You can’t argue with that kind of consistency.