UCL Targets: November 23rd

Another shortened night of Champions League football awaits fantasy managers this Wednesday as DraftKings’ biggest contests of the day cover the six games taking place from 7:45pm GMT. This article goes through the best options at each position and at each end of the market. As always you can hit me up on Twitter @JamieHinksDK.


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Jan Oblak – ($5,800) – Atletico Madrid – Atleti’s La Liga form has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, yet they still hold a 100% record in this season’s UCL Group Stage. Oblak has benefited from those four wins and also has three clean sheets out of four games. The Slovenian stopper also kept out a PSV penalty in Atletico’s opening matchday 1-0 win and on a smaller six-game slate Oblak is the best top-priced ‘keeper available.

David Ospina – ($5,100) – Arsenal – Ospina is Arsene Wenger’s preferred goalie in the Champions League and has acquitted himself very well thus far. Whilst he has failed to keep a clean sheet away from the Emirates, the Colombian has two in two games in North London and 14 fantasy points in each of those two games. Expect PSG to look for a win that would give them top spot in the group and it points to plenty of opportunities for Ospina to make saves.

VALUES

Vladislav Stoyanov/Milan Borjan – ($5,000/$4,900) – Ludogorets Razgrad – Ludogorets are unlucky to only have one point after four Champions League games and their best opportunity to get a win is a home fixture against Basel. In their two away games so far the Swiss team have failed to score a goal and lost both games. Whether its Stoyanov or Borjan that start in goal, both have a good look at a win-clean sheet combo.

Jeroen Zoet – ($3,600) – PSV Eindhoven – Jumping on goalkeepers that make huge numbers of saves has emerged as a solid DFS soccer strategy and Zoet represents the best opportunity at taking advantage of this on Wednesday. Atletico Madrid have had the third highest number of shots in this season’s competition (76) and Zoet is no stranger to making saves (four per game so far). It points to a very cheap ‘keeper and a decent points return.


DEFENDER

STUDS

Faouzi Ghoulam – ($5,600) – Napoli – Ghoulam returned from injury to play 90 minutes in the win over Udinese at the weekend and that’s excellent news for fantasy managers. The Algerian full back has two assists in four UCL Games and another three assists in Serie A mean he has an impressive total of five in all competitions. One of those assists was against Wednesday’s opponents Dynamo Kyiv and Ghoulam’s whopping 10.6 crosses per game makes him a must-pick.

Filipe Luis – ($5,500) – Atletico Madrid – No country produces full backs that are more reliable from a fantasy perspective than Brazil. Luis is chief among this group and even after a disappointing few weeks he is still on a healthy 9.5 FPPG for the season. In the 3-0 loss to Real Madrid, Luis scored 11 fantasy points across a range of different categories and goes to show that in any game he is good for a decent return.

VALUES

Vitorino Antunes – ($3,800) – Dynamo Kyiv – Antunes has put up some consistent numbers in this season’s group stage, scoring 7-7-9 fantasy points on his trio of appearances this season. He has been out of favour of late, but if he does start then the Portuguese international represents a solid way to make savings to spend further up your line-up.


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Neymar – ($10,000) – Barcelona – Neymar is becoming an even greater attacking threat as the season goes on and leads the Champions League with six assists after just four appearances. Four of those came against Celtic. The Brazilian is also coming off the back of a 37 fantasy point performance against Malaga where he had 27 crosses but no goals or assists. With that kind of reliability, Neymar is the best option in Barca’s star studded line-up.

Kevin De Bruyne – ($8,600) – Man City – No player in the top European leagues has more assists than De Bruyne’s seven and he picked up his latest one on Saturday against Crystal Palace. The fact that he scored just 18pts in that game was a slight disappointment and goes to show how good a player he is. Even though De Bruyne’s form in the Champions League has not been as good as it has domestically, he faces a Gladbach against whom he tasted defeat just once in five games during his time in the Bundesliga. City need to win and De Bruyne will be a big part of that effort to bring you a decent point return as a result.

VALUES

Wanderson – ($5,800) – Ludogorets – If there’s one week to stack up on players from the Bulgarian champions then this is it. Of the Brazilian-born pair of Wanderson and Marcelinho, the former has slightly better Champions League returns thus far after scoring 17.5 and 9.0 points in consecutive games against Arsenal. Wanderson is more likely to swing the ball into the area than any of his team mates and his link up play with fellow Brazilian Jonathan Cafu will be key to any positive result they achieve.


FORWARD

STUDS

Lionel Messi – ($10,400) – Barcelona – Way out in front of any other Champions League player in the scoring stakes with seven goals, Messi had a hat trick against Celtic in the Camp Nou on the opening matchday. That was the first of two trebles that he managed over the opening two games of this season’s competition and as long as he overcomes illness, Messi remains a very strong pick.

Edinson Cavani – ($8,700) – PSG When Zlatan Ibrahimovic departed last summer, PSG wanted to make Cavani his like-for-like replacement and where the goals are concerned he has done just that. It’s 15 goals in 15 appearances for the Uruguayan centre forward and he has four goals in as many games in the Champions League. One of those came against Arsenal on the opening matchday and Cavani also ranks inside the top 10 for shots per game (3.5). Add in his one assist and you realise that the only reason he is under-priced is due to the tough fixture on the table.

VALUES

Dries Mertens – ($7,800) – Napoli – Mertens has picked up some of the slack left by the season-ending injury to Arkadiusz Milik, notching three goals and an assist in four UCL appearances. His last UCL start came against Besiktas and resulted in a 30-point return thanks to a goal and a big eight shots (four on goal). That spate of shots means that he averages 4.3 shots per game, a column in which only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Yannick Carassco boast better numbers. In a relatively soft home game, Mertens represents an easy pick.

Jonathan Cafu – ($5,900) – Ludogorets – The other half of what could be a fruitful Ludogorets stack, Cafu already has a two goals and one assist in the Group Stage. The Brazilian centre forward averages 14.25 FPPG in four group games and had a goal and assist last time out against Arsenal. His other goal came against Wednesday’s opponents Basel and he looks an absolute snip at this price.