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Best lineup strategy for Ravens vs. Cowboys Madden simulation Showdown

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

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will face off in a Madden sim Monday at 8:00 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

Lamar Jackson ($17,400)

There isn’t a scenario in which I would tell you to fade Lamar Jackson. He’s one of the highest ceiling plays in all of DFS and even in sim land. Nothing changes. His ownership will be really high but I worry about both offenses putting up points. If that’s the case, we could see a low scoring game and that bodes well for Jackson, who is guaranteed points. Even in off games, Jackson has a decent amount of rushing yards. The Cowboys defense is sneaky good, so be cautious here.

Randall Cobb ($6,900)

Cobb is more of a contrarian play and likely won’t garner a ton of ownership at Captain. That’s what we like in potentially low-scoring games. Cobb has had some sneaky games with a multi-TD outing a few sims ago against the Giants. This matchup isn’t as good but I think the Ravens defense is a little overrated in Madden. It’s vulnerable enough. If Dak Prescott can keep it together, I like Cobb. Really, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup have both been underwhelming.


Ezekiel Elliott ($9,800)

Here we go with the floor play in Elliott. Again, I kind of think this game could be low scoring or lopsided. If that’s the case, the Cowboys will definitely give Zeke the ball. I mean, he’s going to get the ball a ton anyway, right? For some reason overall his price is really cheap. You’d think Elliott would be priced up for a workhorse back. You’ve got to take advantage of this pricing while you can!

Cowboys D/ST ($3,400)

If we’re not crazy about Jackson, this is the play to get in on. The Cowboys D/ST has been sneaky good and I watched the Cowboys defense against the Lions and they got a rough break. The Ravens offense can be pretty bad at times and is coming off six points against the Los Angeles Rams. If the Cowboys can force a turnover or two from Jackson and get to him, they could return some value at a low price, plus low ownership.