Manchester United faces Crystal Palace in another crucial step towards the top four. That, and another English Premier League (EPL) game, constitute DraftKings’ main EPL slate on Thursday. We take a look at options for roster construction from that slate below.
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Marcus Rashford ($9,200)
Rashford quickly got Manchester United back on track with quick feet and minimal touches after trailing to Southampton. He has definitely regained some of his swagger that was missing, which is natural with a loss in confidence. He has scored a total of 16 goals this season. He should have probably added to that in the second half because his shot into a near-open goal was blocked by Ryan Bertrand.
Danny Ings ($8,000)
Ings has continued to make giant strides up the goal-scoring charts in the Premier League. Largely under the radar, he has scored 19 goals, which is tied for third in most goals this season. For context, he has scored the same goals as Mohamed Salah and one lesser than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Others to consider: Neal Maupay ($6,100).
Bruno Fernandes ($11,000)
Finally, Fernandes had a quiet game. He didn’t do much before he was substituted in the second half against Southampton at Old Trafford. Despite that, he has been averaging 23.9 DKFP per game, comfortably the highest in this slate. With the top four still to play for, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to experiment much, even with an FA Cup semi-final in a few days.
Anthony Martial ($9,800)
Martial assisted Rashford and then scored a goal of his own against Southampton on Monday. He pulled one back from the left wing but Rashford couldn’t finish in the second half. That meant both players are tied with 16 goals this season, highest for Manchester United this season. Despite a slight change in role, Martial is still sharp and confident.
Others to consider: Wilfried Zaha ($6,600)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($5,500)
Manchester United conceded two goals against Southampton. The second was a setpiece in injury time. Wan-Bissaka is a big part of Manchester United’s defense. His manager will want him to step up and correct the defensive errors after making the 90-minute journey from Manchester to London to face a resurgent Crystal Palace team.
Ryan Bertrand ($4,900)
Bertrand made a game-saving block with Rashford facing an empty goal in the second half against Manchester United. That game will inspire so much confidence into Southampton. Brighton was blanked 5-0 by Manchester City in the previous game. There is a big difference in momentum. I’d back a solid, diligent Southampton team to keep a clean sheet here.
David de Gea ($5,900)
Crystal Palace has scored well under a goal a game this season (30 goals in 35 games). Even though the team scored two against Chelsea recently at home, this game has a different feel to it with United’s draw to Southampton. Manchester United has conceded the third-fewest goals this season. I can’t see Crystal Palace getting past de Gea in this game.
Others to consider: Alex McCarthy ($5,000)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.