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Best lineup strategy for Giants vs. Raiders Madden simulation Showdown

The Giants and Raiders square off in a Monday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Coliseum. Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants and Oakland Raiders will face off in a Madden sim Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Picks

Saquon Barkley ($14,400)

Barkley is my “set it and forget it” play. He’s going to be really chalky in this contest but you could argue he’s got the highest ceiling of any player. Barkley busted in his last sim against a tough Titans defense. I’m not worried about that happening against the Raiders defense. Barkley’s usage is just too high and he’s going to get looks in the passing game, multiple goal line touches, the whole package.

Hunter Renfroe ($5,400)

My heavy sleeper in the Captains spot is Renfroe. If there’s one thing I know about these Madden sims it’s that the Giants have a weakness at cornerback, specifically in the slot. Renfroe doesn’t get too many looks but that doesn’t matter. This is a matchup the Raiders should exploit after identifying it. If that’s the case, we could see a TD or two from Renfroe. Matchup aside, Renfroe has been great lately, coming off 23 points in his previous sim.


Josh Jacobs ($8,800)

Jacobs has been widely inconsistent in Madden sim land. It’s almost frustrating because we’ve seen him put up big numbers. A few sims ago he went off for 134 yards and a TD vs. the Vikings. We know he’s capable of making big plays and can break tackles. This may be the perfect defense to exploit. If the Raiders offense gets off to a good start it could be on the back of Jacobs, which would be great for his value overall.

Darius Slayton ($5,400)

It’s just too hard to fade Slayton in any of these sims. The other day the Chargers and Mike Williams had a similar situation. Williams has just been too good at his price. The same goes for Slayton, who is average almost 3x his salary in terms of fantasy points. He’s got back-to-back games of double-digit fantasy points after struggling a bit. The Raiders don’t have great cover corners, so this seems like a win.