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Best lineup strategy for Bayer Leverkusen-Bayern Munich Showdown

Forwards might not be the best options as captains in Saturday’s Bundesliga match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.

Joshua Kimmich of FC Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 23, 2020 in Munich, Germany. Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich will play a match Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET on FS1. Both sides are top five in the Bundesliga, as Munich sits in first while Leverkusen ranks fifth. We break down the ideal lineup strategy for Showdown contests on DraftKings below. Set your lineups here.

Captain’s Picks

Joshua Kimmich, D, Munich ($10,500)

I’m not super high on rostering forwards as captains in this one because both teams are top-notch in their respective defensive thirds. Leverkusen allows the third fewest fantasy points to opposing forwards this season while Munich has the Bundesliga’s top ranked defense. Kimmich has a high floor because of how involved he is as a passer and can also score as well. Captaining him and getting who you think is the most capable forward as a flex might be the best option, as I don’t expect this to be a high scoring game. Leverkusen claimed a 2-1 victory earlier this season.

Kai Havertz, M, Leverkusen ($13,200)

Kevin Holland could make a return Satruday and Havertz is recovering from a knee injury. Those factors are likely why Havertz’ price is lower than usual. However, Havertz has proved to be one of the most versatile attackers in the Bundesliga. He’s stepped it up during Volland’s absence and has scored five of his 11 goals this season over the course of his last four games. If any Leverkusen player is going to make something happen, it’ll likely be him.

Flex Plays

Alphonso Davies, M/F, Munich ($8,000)

Davies has been designated as a defender in the past, but appears to be more involved as an attacker lately. He’s tallied two goals and one assist in his last three games. If this game is close down the stretch, his pace could be make him a dangerous weapon to put away a late goal. His ability to cover the length and width of the field in an instant could help him create plenty of opportunities.

Kerem Demirbay, M, Leverkusen ($7,200)

Demirbay didn’t play very well vs. Wolfsburg in Leverkusen’s last match, but eclipsed 20 DKFP in each of his previous games by tallying one goal and two assists. He’s a threat as a passer during regular game play and also contributes on set pieces and corner kicks. He’s been on fire since the Bundesliga’s restart, and I don’t think one poor game should stop his momentum.

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