DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Tuesday UCL Picks

DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Tuesday UCL Picks

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MATCHES (ET)

FORWARDS

Robert Lewandowski, BAY vs. BEN ($12,500): Bayern Munich are the biggest favorite on the slate and they have an implied goal total of 2.6. Villareal (2.06) is the only other team with an implied total over two. Lewandowski has anytime goalscoring odds of -270. That means he's about 73% to score. No other player on the slate has better than 50% odds. You can always roster Lewandowski in these spots but $12,500 is a steep price to pay and he'll likely need more than one goal to be optimal. He'd also need more than one goal to beat you in cash-games if you fade. Leroy Sane ($10,500) has a higher floor with plenty of upside and he's $2,000 cheaper. He has three goals and two assists in his last two Champions League games and scored over the weekend in the Bundesliga as well. 

Paulo Dybala, JUV vs. ZEN ($9,300): Juventus have a favorable matchup at home to Zenit. Dybala takes the majority of set pieces and has goalscoring odds of +140. He took eight shots and put up 17 floor points over the weekend against Verona and he's played 90 minutes in both starts since returning from injury. Aside from Bayern Munich, he looks like the top option on the slate. Cristiano Ronaldo ($9,500) is a tournament option in this range. He's +105 to score and the Manchester United-Atalanta matchup produced five goals two weeks ago. 

Kingsley Coman, BAY vs. BEN ($8,000): Coman has scored in consecutive Bundesliga matches after netting on Saturday. He's lasted at least 80 minutes in both of his starts since returning from injury and he can be rostered for considerably cheaper than the other three Bayern forwards. Alvaro Morata ($7,900) and Youssef En-Nesyri ($7,500) are GPP options in the same range. Morata is +130 to score while En-Nesyri's odds of +105 are tied with Ronaldo's for third-best on the slate. Looking a bit cheaper, Yeremi Pino ($6,900) and Paco Alcacer ($6,600) will be expected to pick up the scoring slack in the likely absence of top striker Gerard Moreno. Villareal have the second-highest implied total and Alcacer +125 to score anytime.  

MIDFIELDERS

Bruno Fernandes, MU at ATA ($10,200): Bruno continues to split set pieces with Luke Shaw. The price tag seems expensive for a matchup away to Atalanta but keep in mind that game is expected to be back and forth and has the second-highest total on the slate. Bruno put up a whopping 28 floor points when the two teams met two weeks ago. He's much more than just a set-piece taker and has considerable upside in this spot where he won't be overly popular. If Serge Gnabry ($9,500) starts, he has +100 goal odds and would likely be less popular than Lewandowski, Sane and Coman considering that he's only midfield eligible.  

Joshua Kimmich, BAY vs. BEN ($8,400): In 13 starts across all competitions this season, Kimmich has scored double-digit floor points in 11 of them and played the full 90 minutes in 12. He continues to take the majority of set pieces and with Bayern being favorites, stands out as the top cash-game option in this range. You could also consider Dani Parejo ($7,300) for his role as the monopoly set piece taker of favored Villareal. He lacks upside for my liking though as he's only attempted four shots in 11 appearances this season. Without an assist, he can't be counted on for more than 10 fantasy points. 

Renato Sanches, LIL at SFC ($3,800): You'll likely have to roster someone in this range to afford the likes of Bayern Munich, Dybala, Bruno, etc. Sanches has been splitting set pieces with Xeka and I don't see Xeka in the expected lineups for Lille. Sanches put up nine floor points and played 90 minutes in Friday's upset of PSG. Elsewhere in this range, Mykola Shaparenko ($4,200) and Viktor Tsygankov ($3,700) are viable, albeit in a tough matchup at home to Barcelona. Both take set pieces and both have scored goals recently in the Ukrainian league. This isn't the same Barcelona either. Samuel Chukwueze ($4,400) has made five appearances off the bench since returning from injury and there's a chance he starts in the front three for Villareal on Tuesday. He's much too cheap for goalscoring odds of +200.

DEFENDERS

Jordi Alba, BAR at DYK, ($6,000): Alba has been more friendly for DFS than in previous seasons. He's sent in 10 crosses in two of his last four matches and he plays higher up on the left wing when Oscar Mingueza starts at right back. Sergino Dest ($5,800) played in the front three when Barcelona played Dynamo Kyiv two weeks ago. He has as much upside as any defender on the slate if he starts there again. Luke Shaw ($5,400) continues to split set pieces and he started in a more advanced role over the weekend when Manchester United switched to a back five. Marcos Acuna ($5,600) and Jesus Navas ($5,000) are in good spots at home against Lille. I'd lean towards Navas as his playing time seems to be more secure and he's $600 cheaper. 

Yaroslav Rakitskiy, ZEN at JUV ($3,800): If Douglas Santos isn't in the lineup for Zenit, Rakitskiy would likely take the majority of set pieces. It isn't the greatest matchup away to Juventus and he doesn't offer much open play upside playing in a back three but the set pieces make for a decent floor. Vyacheslav Karavaev ($2,700) will likely start on the wing in the same matchup. His near-minimum salary makes it easier to spend up for Bayern and Dybala. If you'd rather target a better matchup, Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($3,700) started on the right wing and put up eight floor points over the weekend. Similar to Shaw, he'd get a bump if United opt for a back five again. 

GOALKEEPERS

Yassine Bounou, SFC vs. LIL ($5,500): Bounou is the fourth-most expensive keeper but Sevilla actually have the best odds to keep a clean sheet at just over 47%. Manuel Neuer ($5,900) and Bayern Munich are next at 45.5%. I'd choose Bounou over Neuer, especially if he's going to be less popular. 

Georgiy Bushchan, DYK vs. BAR ($4,000): Bushchan is the cheapest home goalie on the slate and Barcelona have been less than impressive lately. If you'd rather target saves, Odisseas Vlachodimos ($3,600) should have plenty to make away to Bayern Munich. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ryan Belongia
Ryan has a background in accounting, finance and poker. He's been playing DFS full-time since 2018. A multiple-time King of the Pitch finalist, Ryan's been ranked inside the Top 5 on the RG Soccer Leaderboard for three years running. Originally from Wisconsin, he moved to London in 2019 for the futbol.
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