The English Premier League is getting back into the swing of things and will has two games set for Friday. There will be one Manchester United-Tottenham Hotspur fixture while Southampton will face off against last place Norwich City. DraftKings will have Showdown contests for the games on tap, and we break down some ideal strategies below. You can set your lineups here.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham
Bruno Fernandes ($9,500) and Anthony Martial ($8,300) are the top picks to consider for United in this one. Fernandes has been dominant is his five games with the club and has been the primary creator thanks to his versatile playing style. His ability to rack up crosses and shots gives him a solid floor. Martial could continue to be the top scoring option for United if Marus Rashford isn’t fit after missing five months. He was the hot man ahead of the break and can contribute as a scorer and distributor.
Although Song Heung-Min ($8,800) hasn’t played since he broke his arm in February, he’s taken more shots (64) and has more assists (7) than any other midfielder in the slate. Serge Aurier ($5,200) is right behind Heung-Min in assists and is the most expensive defender available. He’ll likely be busy against Arsenal’s speed.
Southampton vs. Norwich City
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse ($7,300) gets the nod from me as Southampton’s top target. Although Norwich City is a poor defensive team, Danny Ings entered the break amid a scoring slump. Ward-Prowse’s passing gives him a much higher floor than a player with one assist on the year. Ings has little upside if he doesn’t score.
Teemu Puki at $5,400 is too much of a steal to pass on. The forward scored against Southampton — which ranks 18th against opposing forwards — in a 2-1 loss earlier this year. He also has upside as a passer and ranks second on his team in assists (3) this term.