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La Liga Soccer Picks: Atlético de Madrid vs. Mallorca DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Nikhil Kalro preps you for Friday’s 4:00 p.m. ET La Liga soccer contest between Atlético de Madrid and Mallorca with DraftKings Captain’s Picks and flex options.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

There is a nice symmetry to this game. Atlético de Madrid, third from the top, faces Mallorca, third from the bottom, in Friday’s La Liga Showdown game. Here is a breakdown of some selections for your DraftKings team.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: LIGA Showdown $35K Counter Attack Special [$10K to 1st] (ATL vs MLL)


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Captain

Koke ($15,900)

Koke served out his one-game suspension against Barcelona for reaching the limit of yellow cards. He should return right back into the starting XI for this game. Koke has been an integral part of this Atletico Madrid offense, providing the setpieces with accuracy. He has chipped in with two goals and five assists in the La Liga season to date.

Others to consider: Diego Costa ($15,000)


High-priced flex options

Diego Costa ($10,000)

It isn’t easy to pick the starting strikers for Atletico. They are rotated in and out, depending on various factors, including rest and positional advantage. Costa started against Barcelona. If he gets the start again, he could be a useful target because he has fantastic composure in front of goal, pouncing on any opportunity, mostly through setpieces.

Joao Felix ($10,800)

Felix, a Portugese midfielder, was brought on against Barcelona from the bench. He has been extremely handy from an attacking standpoint, and six goals this season will attest to that. He is the most expensive player in this slate. His price might be too rich for the Captain slot, but he should at least make one of your flex positions.

Alvaro Morata ($9,800)

Morata was brought on for Costa against Barcelona. This is more an either-or play because Costa and Morata are both unlikely to start. If Morata starts, he should be in your team, so be sure to check lineups before lock. Morata has scored nine goals this season, and will back himself to add to that tally against a Mallorca defense that has outright struggled this season.

Others to consider: Kieran Trippier ($9,600).


Value flex options

Saul Niguez ($7,800)

Saul Niguez has an affinity towards scoring early goals. He has scored the first goal for Atletico on five separate occasions in this La Liga season alone. He scored two penalties against Barcelona. That might be an important factor with the ever-present threat of any illegal tackle in the box being harshly punished by VAR nowadays.

Ante Budimir ($8,000)

Budimir is the seventh-highest goal-scorer this season. In a league dominated by the best strikers in the world, that’s quite an achievement. He has scored 12 goals for Mallorca in the La Liga. If Mallorca somehow finds a way past a strong Atletico defense, then it’s likely that Budimir had some part to play in that goal. That ensures most outcomes are covered.

Others to consider: Jan Oblak ($9,200)

Set your DraftKings lineups here: LIGA Showdown $35K Counter Attack Special [$10K to 1st] (ATL vs MLL)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.