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Major League Soccer (MLS) Fantasy Soccer Picks: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Nikhil Kalro preps you for Tuesday’s 8:00 p.m. ET Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution MLS soccer contest with DraftKings Captain’s Picks and flex options.

SOCCER: NOV 08 MLS - New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Major League Soccer (MLS) playoffs are here. Philadelphia Union faces New England Revolution in the second of three games on Tuesday night. Here is a breakdown of the players to consider for DraftKings’ Showdown contest.

Set your DraftKings fantasy soccer lineups here: MLS Showdown $30K Playoff Special [$10K to 1st] (PHI vs NE)


Captain

Jamiro Monteiro ($15,300)

Monteiro is the playmaker for Philadelphia Union. He was hurried back from international duty on a chartered flight for this crucial playoff game. He has scored three goals along with six assists, but he is tasked with creating chances that eventually lead to goals. He plays a vital role on the left flank in Philadelphia’s often preferred 4-1-2-1-2 formation. He has even averaged a commendable 13.9 DKFP per game.

Others to consider: Kacper Przybylko ($13,200)


High-priced flex options

Kacper Przybylko ($8,800)

Przybylko has played the second-most minutes for Philadelphia Union this season (1974). He is jointly leading the goal scoring for his team with Sergio Santos, with eight goals. He also has six assists. Impressively, he has a high conversion rate of shots taken into shots on goal. He has taken 54 shots and converted 25 of them on goal (close to 50%). He is averaging 11.8 DKFP per game.

Sergio Santos ($8,200)

Santos has also scored eight goals, which makes him a crucial selection, from a fantasy standpoint. He has taken 34 shots, 12 on target. Eight of those have ended up as goals. That conversion rate will also please Philadelphia, who will rely on his proficiency in front of goal against a stubborn New England defense. In 21 games this season, he has scored an average of 0.59 goals every 90 minutes, quite high by any standard.

Carles Gil ($10,800)

Gil is an interesting case. He hasn’t played the same volume as his colleagues. That is one reason his fantasy output is so high (16.8 DKFP per game). Even though he has been in decent scoring form as the team’s playmaker, he would not be my Captain. He often plays on the right wing or in a central attacking midfielder capacity. He would occupy one flex position, though.

Others to consider: Adam Buksa ($7,600)


Value flex options

Brenden Aaronson ($7,400)

Along with Przybylko, Aaronson is the only other player to have started all games for Philadelphia this season (23). He has been steady offensively, with some solid statistical returns too. In 1914 minutes, he has scored four goals and chipped in with seven assists (highest in his team). He has taken 36 shots with 16 on target, second most for Philadelphia in both metrics, behind Przybylko.

Teal Bunbury ($7,200)

Bunbury is the leading scorer for New England this season. In 22 games, he has scored eight goals along with one assist. Interestingly, he has taken just 43 shots, of which 12 were on target. Those shots are far fewer than some of his colleagues, like Adam Buksa ($7,600, 59 shots taken) because he has been pushed behind in New England’s 4-2-3-1 formation. Still, the difference in price makes him a valuable asset.

Others to consider: Matthew Freese ($6,600)

Set your DraftKings fantasy soccer lineups here: MLS Showdown $30K Playoff Special [$10K to 1st] (PHI vs NE)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.