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Best lineup strategy for Borussia Mönchengladbach-SC Freiburg Showdown

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s duo of forwards is a force to be reckoned with. Both Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram should be captain’s candidates against SC Freiburg Friday.

Moenchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, second left, celebrates after he scores his side’s third goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and 1. FC Union Berlin at Borussia-Park on May 31, 2020 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. Photo by Martin Meisner/Pool via Getty Images

Bundesliga DFS will be back in action starting this weekend, as the league is resuming play on May 16th after having its season postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Borussia Dortmund and SC Schalke are set to play Saturday at VELTINS-Arena. Kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. ET, and we broke down some ideal Showdown picks to consider ahead of the match. Set your lineups here.

Captain’s Picks

Alassane Plea, F, Mönchengladbach ($15,900)

Plea has been caught by Marcus Thuram when it comes to scoring, as both players are tied for the team lead with 10 goals. Plea has the edge in assists (10) though and has tallied three since the middle of May. The chances of him or Thuram scoring are high in this one while Breel Embolo is out.

Marcus Thuram, F, Mönchengladbach ($15,300)

I prefer Thuram over Plea. The two forwards have similar upside as playmakers, but Thuram is running hot with four goals in his last four games. Every shot he’s taken has been on goal since the Bundesliga’s restart. That makes me high on him continuing to produce at a high level.

Flex Plays

Christian Gunter, D, Freiburg ($7,200)

Gunter has tallied more than 10 DKFP in three of his last four matches and is Freiburg’s top assist man. He likes to get forward and contribute to the attack by sending in a fair amount of crosses but also isn’t afraid to take shots of his own. His participation on corner kicks and set pieces gives him additional upside.

Yann Sommer, GK, Mönchengladbach ($6,800)

Freiburg wasn’t aggressive in its 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen and sat in its defensive third for a large portion of the match. It could do the same against a Mönchengladbach that’s given up the third fewest goals (35) in the Bundesliga. Sommer has a good chance to get a shutout bonus and a win bonus, which makes him worth rostering in my opinion.

For those new to daily fantasy soccer, here’s how scoring works:

All players

Goal: 10 points
Assist: 6 pts
Shot: 1 pt
Shot on goal: 1 pt
Crosses: 0.7 pts (via corner kick, open play, and set pieces)
Assisted shot: 1 pt
Accurate pass: +0.02 pts
Foul drawn: 1 pt
Foul conceded: -0.5 pts
Tackle won: 1 pt
Passes Intercepted (D,M,F): +0.5 pts
Yellow Card: -1.5 pts
Red Card: -3 pts
Clean Sheet (D): +3 pts
Shootout Goal: +1.5 pts
Shootout Miss: -1 pt

Goalkeeper

Saves: +2 pts
Goal Conceded: -2 pts
Clean Sheet: +5 pts
Win: +5 pts
Penalty Kick Save: +3 pts
Shootout Save: +1.5 pts