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Best lineup strategy for Minnesota United-Real Salt Lake Showdown

We break down ideal DFS strategies for Friday’s game between Minnesota United and Real Salt Lake.

Jan Gregus of Minnesota United passes the ball during the first half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on March 01, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Minnesota won 3-1. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

A match between Minnesota United and Real Salt Lake will wrap up Friday’s MLS action with a 10:30 p.m. ET start time. The game will round out a three-game slate, and DraftKings has DFS available for it. We go over the best Showdown strategies for the below. You your lineups here.

Captain’s Picks

Jan Gregus ($15,600) is my top captain’s candidate for this match. While Kevin Molino has played well, I don’t think his goal scoring is sustainable. Gregus led Minnesota in assists with 11 last year though and has amassed 24 crosses and three assists this year. He creates a ton of chances and is also active on the defensive end.

Albert Rusnak ($15,900) is the only player more expensive than Gregus and has similar upside. Rusnak is more of a scoring threat and led Real Salt Lake in goals (10) last year, but he’s tallied 22 crosses in three appearances this year. Minnesota gives up more points to apposing midfielders than Real Salt Lake does, and that could make Rusnak the more appealing option in some builds.

Flex

Not having Ike Oparra is big for Minnesota, but Romain Metanire ($7,600) is stepping it up in his absence. The right back notched an assist in his first MLS is Back Tournament game and contributed by sending in crosses as well. There will be more pressure on him with the reigning Defender of the Year out of commission.

Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera ($6,800) is another defender with solid upside. While he had a below average outing over the weekend, he cracked double-digits in DKFP in the first two games of the season. There’s value in his crossing and ability to win tackles.