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Best lineup strategy for Saints vs. Bills Madden simulation Showdown

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

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown runs for a touchdown after a catch against New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills will face off in a Madden sim Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest that will be played in the snow. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before kickoff.

Captain’s Pick

Jared Cook ($11,700)

I’m a little bit worried about going heavy on the Saints in this contest. The Bills have a really good secondary and are tough to throw the ball against. The Saints generally do most of their damage through the air. Cook has been a big reason why and he’s one of the safer options overall in this sim. He’s got a great floor given the volume of targets he gets from Drew Brees and the three straight games with TDs also helps. So worst case scenario we get a TD or 5-50-0.


Robert Foster ($7,200 CP)

There’s always one guy in each contest that just doesn’t get it done and Foster is that guy. Again, I could see the passing games struggle a bit, so Foster isn’t really an option anyway. The only times he does anything in sim land is if he finds the end zone. If that doesn’t happen, you’re looking at 1-2 catches for minuscule output for a price that’s just way too high.

Bargain Shopping

You know it’s a rough contest when the best value option is looking like a kicker. Will Lutz ($4,200) anyone? Believe it or not, Lutz has double-digit fantasy points in three of his past four simulations. If the Bills defense shows up and holds the Saints passing game in check, we could see a few FG attempts for Lutz, who is a good lineup filler.

If we’re going with traditional value, there are a few good WR options per usual. Ted Ginn Jr. ($5,400) is at a good price and is a solid HR hitter — no not like baseball, like he can go for a long TD at any time. Even in this matchup he could pop, so we need to cover our bases of course — more baseball referencing fun. Tre’Quan Smith ($5,000) is the only other cheap WR option that makes sense. He’s similar to Ginn with the HR potential.