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Best lineup strategy for Rams vs. Saints Madden simulation Showdown

The Rams and Saints square off in a Saturday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will face off in a Madden sim Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET. The sim will be set to include rain, as opposed to the normal sunny conditions. 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

Todd Gurley ($12,600)

Gurley may be a member of the Atlanta Falcons currently, but as of January 2019, he was a Ram. So we get to use Gurley in these simulation contests before he suits up in Black and Red. Gurley’s a bit underpriced for a workhorse back in Madden. We’ve seen big-ticket backs get a ton of usage in these contests and Gurley is priced below a handful of options. I mean, just last game he missed the 100-yard bonus by one yard and had 3 TDs against the Packers in the rain.

Ted Ginn Jr. ($7,800)

So there are a lot of big names to sift through at captain. Gurley, Jared Goff, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara. I pretty much listed every lineup option you have. Ginn is a guy who likely goes lower-owned than most of those names, so we get some leverage. He’s had solid games in back-to-back with 3 TDs total in that span. The speed factor is key — that will allow Ginn to break a big play whenever.


Jared Cook ($7,600)

Cook is a guy I didn’t mention above, so again, he’ll be lower owned than most of those players. That’s good in a contest like this. We could see a ton of points and leverage will be helpful in both Showdown and the classic contests. For Showdown, Cook is pretty affordable and his floor is really safe. Tight ends normally get intermediate targets and Cook is a threat in the red zone.

Tre’Quan Smith ($4,200)

Ginn is pretty much the same player as Smith, who is another speedster with HR potential. He’s one play away from returning value considering this price. Prior to last game vs. the Steelers, Smith had posted back-to-back games of at least 20 fantasy points. He’s a bit of a risky play but you’ll need to find salary savings somewhere if you want to pay up for all the studs in this contest.