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Best lineup strategy for Chargers vs. Cardinals Madden simulation Showdown

The Chargers and Cardinals square off in a Tuesday Madden simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is congratulated by teammate Damiere Byrd after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at State Farm Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals will face off in a Madden sim Tuesday at 4:00 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

Damiere Byrd ($6,600)

These Madden sim Showdown contests are all about finding leverage over the field. A good way to do that is going off the wall at Captain and paying down. When doing this, be sure to pick a player who is cheap but has a high ceiling. Byrd is who we’ve landed on here. He’s got a high ceiling with a few games hovering around 30 DKFP and will give us some leverage and lineup flexibility. I think a lot of the ownership will head toward the L.A. side in this one.


Keenan Allen ($16,200)

I’m probably going to regret this but before I go dig my own grave, I’ll try to justify it a bit. Allen has been wildly inconsistent and has the tendency to disappear in these sims. The Cardinals have a sneaky-good secondary with Patrick Peterson and Budah Baker. Allen will give you almost zero leverage over the field assuming he’s owned in around 75% of lineups in the FLEX and 25-30% in the Captain’s spot. He’s a risky play and I think your salary can be better allocated in this contest.

Bargain Shopping

Welcome to another episode of “Guess which cheap WRs Zweiman will pick this time!” If you’re familiar with the program, you know this is the part in which I select a few cheap WRs that you should consider playing in Showdown. I mostly highlight wideouts because they’re arguably the best positional option. So let’s get into it.

Christian Kirk ($5,000) is underpriced given his ability and the Cardinals offense showing signs of life. Kirk is finding the end zone more often with three TDs over his past six simulations. Another option is Travis Benjamin ($3,600). He’s got TDs in back-to-back contests and offers a very appealing ceiling given this price. I mean he’s averaging almost 10 DKFP per sim and is under $4K.