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Best lineup strategy for Manchester United-Tottenham Showdown

We break down some ideal DFS picks for Friday’s matchup between Manchester United and Tottenham.

In this handout image provided by UEFA, Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between LASK and Manchester United at Linzer Stadion on March 12, 2020 in Linz, Austria.  Photo by UEFA - Handout/UEFA via Getty Images

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are set to face off Friday at 3:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Both sides will be playing for the first time since league play was put on hold in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rust could be a factor on both sides, and we break down some ideal picks for DraftKings contests centered around the match below. You can your lineups here.

Captain’s Picks

Both teams are dealing with injuries to key players, but Bruno Fernandes ($16,200) should be in great shape. Although he’s only played with United for five games, he’s been astounding while tallying two goals and three assists. He’s averaging five crosses and just under four shots per game, so it’s evident that he’ll be an important contributor. Don’t let his small sample size and price deter you from paying up for him.

Song Heung-Min ($14,700) should be Tottenham’s top captain’s option while Harry Kane’s condition is up in the air. The extended break opened a window for him to fulfill his mandatory national military requirement for South Korea in three weeks, and he’s set to play in his first match since he broke his arm in February. He’s scored four goals in his last three games and has tallied nine goals and four assists this term.

Flex Plays

Marcus Rashford is United’s top scorer and appears set to return for the first time since he suffered a back injury in January, but it’s unclear what kind of shape he’s in. A safer pick might be Anthony Martial ($9,200), who ranks second in scoring with 11 goals and also has three assists to his name. He’s scored three goals in the seven games Rashford has missed since January.

Serge Aurier ($6,600) is one of the more enticing defensive picks available. While he’s streak and doesn’t offer much through accurate passes, he sends in crosses consistently and has the second most assists (4) on Tottenham.