The Champions League quarter finals are finally here and the next couple of weeks will tell us who the best four sides on the continent are. This article delves into those match-ups.
Jan Oblak – ($6,000) – Atletico Madrid – One of the finest goalkeepers left in the competition, Oblak has five clean sheets in his last seven games for Atletico including one against Leverkusen in the round of 16 second leg. Last season’s finalists are also unbeaten in nine games at home and will edge a Leicester side that saw its winning run come to an end on Sunday.
Gianluigi Buffon – ($4,900) – Juventus – Juventus’ opponents Barcelona are one of the more accurate sides when it comes to shooting and have seen 60% of their 96 shots hit the target. Buffon is more than capable of jettisoning those shots away from the Juve net, and he is playing for a side that is unbeaten at home in all competitions. I think this makes the Italian an excellent option at just $4,900.
Filipe Luis – ($5,500) – Atletico Madrid – After failing to score in what felt like an age, Luis has two goals in the last three games and his threat on that side of things should not be underestimated. The Brazilian averages 3.0 crosses, 2.8 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game, and is up against a Leicester side that has conceded at least twice in both of Craig Shakespeare’s away games.
Benjamin Mendy – ($5,200) – Monaco – Mendy has hit double digits for fantasy points in three of his last four games for the French leaders and averaged 14 FPPG over the two legs against Man City in the round of 16. The French international averages 2.6 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game, but they are both outflanked by his 9.2 crosses per game. With three assists in five appearances in UCL play this season, his point production has been steady.
Philipp Lahm – ($3,900) – Bayern Munich – Lahm is back from suspension to face Real Madrid and comes into the match after picking up an assist in the 4-1 win over Dortmund. The veteran right back averages a solid 3.8 crosses, 2.0 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per game in the Champions League this season and also had an assist in the 5-1 rout of Arsenal. At this price, few compare to Lahm.
Diego Godin – ($3,700) – Atletico Madrid – Godin has a history of scoring goals at vital points in the Champions League, and, if Leicester are bereft of captain Wes Morgan, don’t be surprised if Godin steps up with a set piece goal. There’s even more to him than that though, and the Uruguayan averages 3.1 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per game this UCL campaign. Like Luis, he also has a good look at a clean sheet and is at a price that’ll allow to spend big further up your team.
Lionel Messi – ($10,500) – Barcelona – Even against a side as strong as Juventus, Messi should never be counted out. The Argentinean international is the UCL top scorer on 11 goals and has two assists to go with those strikes. Messi averages 3.9 shots per game, and in the last six games scored by DraftKings has 22.5 FPPG. His upside may not be quite as big as usual, but Messi or Neymar are always strong picks, whoever the opposition.
Antoine Griezmann – ($9,000) – Atletico Madrid – With the other two ties involving Spanish sides looking extremely tricky for the Iberian teams, Griezmann has a comparatively easy task at home to Leicester. The French forward has four goals and two assists in seven UCL games this season, and has scored six times in his last eight games for Atleti.
Douglas Costa – ($7,000) – Bayern Munich – Costa returned from injury against Dortmund on Saturday and comes into this one having hit double digits for fantasy points in his last four UCL games. The Brazilian had a goal and two assists in the two legs against Arsenal and averages 6.4 crosses per game in the competition this season.
Riyad Mahrez – ($6,500) – Leicester City – Mahrez was rested for most of Sunday’s loss to Everton and remains on a run of games where he has scored double digits for fantasy points in five successive appearances. In that time, he has two goals and one assist, illustrating that whilst he does have a goal threat, it’s not something that he relies on for fantasy points. Getting anything from the Vicente Calderon will be tough for Leicester, but Mahrez should score points regardless.
Cristiano Ronaldo – ($10,200) – Real Madrid – Ronaldo comes into the quarter final on a good run of form that has seen him bag three goals and three assists in his last five games for club and country. No player can better his 4.9 shots per game in the Champions League this season, and he has two goals and five assists. Bayern could be without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, and that may be all the motivation that Ronaldo needs to shoot all game long.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – ($9,200) – Dortmund – Aubameyang is currently on a run of 11 goals in eight games in all competitions and notched a hat trick in the win over Benfica in the round of 16. Monaco came out of their win over City as the only side to prevail from a knockout tie having conceded six goals and are without defensive midfield shield Tiemoue Bakayoko. Aubameyang isn’t all goals and averages 3.6 shots per game something that, combined with Monaco’s shaky defence, makes the Gabon international a solid option at this price point.
VALUESKylian Mbappe – ($7,600) – Monaco – A scorer in both legs of the round of 16 win over Man City, Mbappe’s growing reputation saw him earn a first call up to the French side last month. The 18-year-old has 19 goals and five assists in 33 appearances in all competitions this season and that alone is enough to consider the youngster this midweek.