FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Wednesday UCL Targets

FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Wednesday UCL Targets

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MATCHES (EDT)

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FORWARDS/MIDFIELDERS

Robert Lewandowski, BAY v. LAZ ($24): There's not much to say about Lewandowski anymore. He has massive odds to score, and you're playing with fire if you don't use him. He is one dollar more expensive than Kevin De Bruyne was on Tuesday, and their odds to score aren't even close. Lewandwoski has nine goals from 18 shots on target in his last six starts in all competitions. He scored once in the first leg and had two more shots on target than any of his teammates. Since Kingsley Coman ($17) is nursing an injury, there's a chance Serge Gnabry ($20) and Leroy Sane ($21) both start with Thomas Muller ($19). Of course, because of Lewandowski's price, you'll probably only be able to get one of those guys. That said, if you want to punt at your other four spots, you could get two of Gnabry, Sane or Muller. Gnabry has the best odds to hit the back of the net and Sane hasn't shown a ton of upside, so he's best avoided in GPPs. Muller is the cheapest of the trio and probably has the highest floor because he creates more than three chances per match. Otherwise, Leon Goretzka ($14) seems to always be in play for a goal, and there's a chance Marc Roca ($5) starts at minimum price. Bayern are already up three goals, but that won't stop them from getting opportunities, especially if Lazio try and turn things around.

Hakim Ziyech, CHE v. ATM ($16): Lewandowski is the only player on the slate with better than a 50 percent chance of hitting the back of the net, so it won't be easy finding the other goals. I'm leaning Ziyech because he'll ideally take the spot of the suspended Mason Mount in the lineup, taking the majority of set pieces. Ziyech hasn't scored since October, so he probably isn't much of a GPP option, but he has a higher floor than most and isn't too expensive. Due to Timo Werner's ($21) price, you need a goal from him, and the same goes for Olivier Giroud ($18) because he has no floor. Chelsea controlled the first meeting, but that still only led to five shots on target and seven chances created. The odds point to them controlling the second leg, and the strategy is to pick whoever scores their lone goal. Good luck. N'Golo Kante ($10) and Mateo Kovacic ($8) provide some salary relief, while Callum Hudson-Odoi ($14) is a better real-life player than fantasy option at FanDuel.

Luis Alberto, LAZ at BAY ($14): Bayern are winning matches, but they're still susceptible to allowing goals, which is why the Lazio players still have some value. Alberto is oddly cheap after a floor of 26.5 fantasy points in the first leg from five chances created and one shot on goal. He continues to rack up chances from set pieces, averaging 1.05 shots on target and 2.64 chances created per 90 minutes in league play. Bayern aren't going to sit back, but they'll also allow opportunities, and that means Alberto should have another solid floor, making him viable in cash games. Ciro Immobile ($18) is the best GPP option, but he's struggling with form and hasn't hit the back of the net in his last six starts, while Joaquin Correa ($15) has scored two in that period. Immobile has much better odds to score, but it's not like Correa isn't around the net and not getting shots off, having taken 13 in his last four starts. Elsewhere, Lucas Leiva ($9) and Senad Lulic ($7) will get a few defensive stats and can be used as punts.

Koke, ATM at CHE ($9): Atletico were outmatched in the first leg and it'll be hard to back any of their expensive players. It doesn't help that Luis Suarez ($19) and Joao Felix ($17) are priced normally. Sure, there's a chance they make the score-sheet, but as a team, Atletico managed zero shots on target and three chances created in that first game. Instead, I'll only look to Atletico for value. Marcos Llorente is in that range, but even at $13, he's a little more than I want to spend on an Atletico player, especially with the high-end Bayern guys on the slate. That leads me to Koke, who may take a set piece or two and is likely to go a full 90. He doesn't do much in terms of fantasy, but he's always on the pitch and doesn't cost anything. Sometimes, that's all you need to fill out a roster.

DEFENDERS

Andreas Christensen, CHE v. ATM ($8): There are two projected defensive starters at $8 and Christensen is more likely to secure a clean sheet. He's hit at least 10 fantasy points in each of his last six starts, and while a lot of that is because of clean sheets, there's a chance Chelsea get another against Atletico. As for Patric ($8), he'll probably get a few more defensive opportunities, though he had a floor of 5.2 points in the first match and was subbed early in the second half. Either way, using both Christensen and Patric will probably be the most popular strategy.

Alphonso Davies, BAY v. LAZ ($12): There are no reasons to spend up at defender with Bayern on the slate, but if that's your strategy, Reece James ($12) is one of the better bets if he starts. He'll likely be on some set pieces without Mount in the team, which adds a couple points. Davies is a similar option and will be in a more attack-minded match, but neither have consistent floors above 10 points. Kieran Trippier ($10) is a possibility, but I'm not huge on anyone for Atletico in this matchup. 

GOALKEEPER

Edouard Mendy, CHE v. ATM ($10): Mendy has five straight clean sheets and Atletico didn't look threatening in that first game. Even better is that Mendy is still fairly cheap compared to Manuel Neuer ($13), who didn't get a clean sheet in the first leg but still managed 16.5 fantasy points. There are rumors that Alexander Nubel ($5) could start, which would open up everything else since he's at minimal price. 

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Adam Zdroik
Adam, a 2019, 2018 and 2017 Finalist for FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's assistant soccer editor. He also runs RotoWire's Bracketology, as well as writes on other various college basketball content. He has previously worked at ESPN and Sporting Kansas City, and he is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.
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