There is plenty at stake as Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho faces his former team with the fifth position to play for. We analyze the considerations to make for DraftKings’ English Premier League (EPL) Showdown contest on Friday, which gets underway at 3:15 p.m. ET.
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Marcus Rashford ($15,300)
Marcus Rashford should be fit to start upon the return of the Premier League. He has been a bright spark in an otherwise middling season for Manchester United. He has scored 14 goals along with 4 assists this season in the EPL alone. He has also averaged 15 DKFP per game, second highest for all players in this slate.
Others to consider: Harry Kane ($15,600)
High-priced flex options
Harry Kane ($10,400)
With 11 goals this season, Harry Kane has been Tottenham Hotspur’s most proficient goal-scorer. He has also missed a few games through injury this season. As Tottenham looks for the fifth spot, manager Jose Mourinho will likely depend on his most reliable source of goals against his former team.
Bruno Fernandes ($10,800)
Bruno Fernandes has provided an influx of speed for United this season. With the absence of Paul Pogba due to injuries, they have required a player to control the tempo and pace from an aggressive midfield position. He has been so good in that role that he has racked up 21.4 DKFP per game, highest in the entire slate irrespective of position, albeit with a small sample size.
Anthony Martial ($9,200)
Anthony Martial has flown under the radar with several other issues plaguing Manchester United. However, he has done a lot for his team this season, partnering Marcus Rashford up top. He has scored 11 goals this season, which isn’t easy to do with all the uncertainty around. He even scored in their previous league game against Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Others to consider: Son Heung-Min ($9,800)
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Steven Bergwijn ($8,400)
Firstly, let’s get an important consideration out of the way: Bergwijn is officially listed as questionable. If he is fit though, he should get the start, particularly because Dele Alli will be missing this game after he was suspended for one game for a post on social media. Bergwijn has scored two goals for Tottenham this season. With Jose Mourinho’s preferred style, he should get the start.
David de Gea ($5,600)
Manchester United has conceded 30 goals this season in 29 games, an average of just over one per game. One of the major reasons that tally isn’t higher is because of David de Gea’s agility and football acumen, preventing goals equally well with his foot as his hands. He might add a clean sheet to his impressive season resume.
Others to consider: Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($5,400).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.