The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are here. Saturday will witness Norwich facing Manchester United for a spot in the semifinals. With some potential changes in both starting lineups, we take a look at some targets for DraftKings’ Showdown below.
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Marcus Rashford ($15,300)
With so many games bundled together, it will be interesting to see how manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lines Manchester United up. Rashford started against Sheffield United in the Premier League mid-week game and put in a sparkling performance. If he gets the start, he should be a solid choice for Captain.
Others to consider: Mason Greenwood ($13,200)
High-priced flex options
Emiliano Buendia ($9,400)
Buendia came off the bench in Norwich’s previous game, possibly saved for this fixture. He has been in terrific form in the FA Cup as is evidenced by his average of 17.6 DKFP per game. He is the primary setpiece taker for Norwich, which should increase the probability of a higher return.
Anthony Martial ($10,600)
Martial is high on confidence after his hat trick against Sheffield in the mid-week game. That’s the reason he shouldn’t be sitting on the bench if he is fit. He has gone through ups and downs this season. When there are ups, it makes sense to utilize that. He has averaged 13.3 DKFP per game.
Juan Mata ($8,200)
I’m certain we will see a different United attacking core for the FA Cup. One of those changes might be Mata starting. Mata provides plenty of experience and acumen. Playing primarily down the left flank, he could be a useful choice if he is in the starting XI. This is, by no means, a definite selection, so make sure you see the team sheets ahead of roster lock.
Others to consider: Bruno Fernandes ($11,800).
Value flex options
Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($8,400)
Wan-Bissaka had an assist and a clean sheet against Sheffield United as United won, 3-0. He has been a constant in United’s preferred defensive formation. Even though United may not be full strength for this game, it’s still hard to envision Norwich scoring easily or even making inroads into the defense.
Mason Greenwood ($8,800)
Greenwood is the go-to offensive option in European competitions, including the Europa League. Greenwood was brought on early against Sheffield United and provided some pace while also averaging 8.8 DKFP per game. However, if he starts like I expect him to, then that fantasy average could be surpassed.
Others to consider: Luke Shaw ($6,600).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.