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Best lineup strategy for Barca vs. Athletico Madrid

It’s been chaos in Catalonia the past week. Can the Blaugrana find their form with the mess being made off the pitch?

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in action during the Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona at Abanca-Balaídos on June 27, 2020 in Vigo, Spain. Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

One of the most beloved and despised football clubs in the world have been in distress all week, and at the worst possible time. With the signing of Miralem Pjanic and swap of Arthur Melo to Juventus being roundly criticized across the football world, the Catalan giants are still in the hunt for La Liga glory. And Arthur is still at Camp Nou today for the match with rivals Athletico Madrid at 4:00 p.m. ET with the title still up for grabs, but Barca two points adrift of Real Madrid

There are multiple fantasy contests for the match available at DraftKings, and we break down the best way to put some points on your fantasy roster today.

Captain’s Pick

Lionel Messi ($19,200)

The problem with not taking the best player on the planet here is when Messi does the thing he has done so often, which is settle an unsteady Catalonia via his play, you’re not getting the maximum points for it. He hasn’t scored in three matches, and is still averaging 26.7 fantasy points in those matches. Imagine what he can do if he starts putting the ball in the net? Take him and grit your teeth.

Flex Picks

Arthur ($6,200)

The script almost writes itself, doesn’t it? Player destined for Serie A helps lift the club that made him into a superstar along the way to their last title. Arthur should start in midfield today after mostly being a reserve after the restart, and you need to save cap room after taking Messi.

Marc-André ter Stegen ($6,800)

Athletico manager Diego Simeone has tried to not be as much of a defensive-minded manager in recent years, but he still digs in on the road against the Superclasico teams. That means Stegen should be less-tested today and should earn the clean sheet. He’ll still face shots, but many might be from long range. Take advantage.