UCL Targets: October 18th

Plenty of sides will be looking to make a big statement in tonight’s Champions League as a win has the potential to put teams within sight of the knockout stages. Leicester City is the only side on this slate that still has a 100% record and a home game against FC Kobenhavn looks a good opportunity to secure another win. That’s one of eight games and the top picks at each position have been rounded up in the following article.

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GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Keylor Navas – ($6,000) – Real Madrid – The best way to get 10 fantasy points for your goalkeeper is to go for the Real Madrid man. Legia are yet to score in two Champions League games and there’s nothing suggest that their first goal will come against Real.

Kasper Schmeichel – ($5,200) – Leicester City – Schmeichel has kept two clean sheets out of two in the competition this season and is actually averaging 3.75 saves per game for Leicester. The Foxes have one of the day’s better spots with a home fixture against Kobenhavn and Schmeichel looks primed to top 10 fantasy points once more.

VALUES

Iker Casillas – ($5,000) – Porto – Club Brugge showed nothing through the first two games to make anyone think they will be anything but cannon fodder. Casillas has been around the block enough times for Porto to know how to perform on any occasion, even the less challenging ones like this will be.

Rui Patricio – ($4,100) – Sporting CP – Dortmund are missing enough players to believe that Patricio is a favourable pick at just $4,100. Even though Sporting have already conceded seven goals at home in Liga NOS, they came very close to shutting out Real Madrid on Matchday One and picked up a clean sheet against Legia Warsaw last time out. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting shots on goal at all times, the saves should come too.


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DEFENDER

STUDS

Miguel Layún – ($6,700) – Porto – When it comes to cash games, there are few full backs that possess an upside to rival that of Layún. The Mexican full-back-cum-winger has managed to loft in nine crosses per game in the Champions League this season. His number in the Portuguese Liga NOS is a similar 8.5 crosses per game and Layún has three assists in six league games. In a favourable game against Club Brugge, Layún can be relied upon to deliver once more.

Marcelo – ($6,000) – Real Madrid – Marcelo returned from injury on Saturday and turned on the style by scoring 21.25 fantasy points after notching his first goal of the campaign. As long as he plays, Marcelo will be a big part of what should be a dominant performance from Real Madrid.

VALUES

Ludwig Augustinsson – ($5,300) – Kobenhavn – Of all the players on Tuesday night’s slate, there may not be any full back who has put in as consistent a set of performances in this season’s Champions League as Augustinsson. Had he not missed a penalty against Club Brugge, we would be talking about a record-breaking fantasy day for a full back. As it is, he picked up 29 fantasy points after grabbing two assists and whipping in a whopping 16 crosses. Leicester is a tough spot but King Ludwig will put up a decent enough return to make the outlay worth it.

Sergio Escudero – ($5,000) – Sevilla – A player who, like Augustinsson, takes corners is the Sevilla full-back Escudero. On Matchday Two, Escudero scored 17 fantasy points thanks to six crosses, four fouls drawn and three tackles won. Even though he has no goals or assists this season, Escudero is averaging 10.5 FPPG over seven games and is showing a decent enough point floor to make him a solid cash game pick.


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MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Riyad Mahrez – ($9,400) – Leicester City – The main man in the Premier League last term has taken a year off, or so it seems and is saving his big performances for the continent’s number one tournament. Mahrez averages 23 FPPG in the Champions League and has a two goals and an assist to show that he is more than taking advantage of the favourable group. Another big performance here and Leicester are basically through. As he was rested on Saturday against Chelsea until the second half, he has it in the tank to deliver and he will.

Christian Eriksen – ($9,300) – Tottenham Hotspur – Ever since signing a new deal at Spurs, Eriksen has been en song. Saturday’s 23 fantasy point performance against West Brom was yet another example of this as he assisted Dele Alli’s goal for his third assist of the season. Eriksen also had six shots (three on goal) and five crosses and is the Spurs midfielder most likely to contribute against a Leverkusen defence that was breached twice by a poor CSKA side.

VALUES

Samir Nasri – ($5,900) – Sevilla – Sevilla have lost just two games in all competitions and take on a Dinamo Zagreb side that has already shipped eight goals in the Champions League group stage. This plays into the hands of Nasri. Whilst Franco Vazquez plays a less attacking role in the Champions League, Nasri is given the freedom to attack and averages four shots per game in the competition. He also has two goals and one assist in five La Liga games.

Bryan Ruiz – ($6,000) – Sporting CP – Ruiz leads the way in Portugal’s Liga NOS with four assists and scored one of Sporting’s goals in the 2-0 win over Legia Warsaw last time around. Ruiz will be entrusted with set pieces and his link up play with Bas Dost is key to exploiting Dortmund’s injury problems at the back.


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FORWARDS

STUDS

Cristiano Ronaldo – ($11,700) – Real Madrid – Whilst it may be tempting to save $600 and go for Gareth Bale, there’s no substitute for Ronaldo this week. Ronaldo has six goals in his last three appearances for club and country, and averages 38.3 FPPG across those games. The Portuguese averages a solid 5.3 shots per game across La Liga and Champions League play, and it feels like a game against Legia Warsaw will see him put on one of those performances that has everyone watching on in awe.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – ($9,800) – Dortmund – In both Champions League matches this season the Gabon international has scored a goal and has 19 FPPG in the yellow of Dortmund. In addition to the goals, he also averages five shots and 3.5 shots on goal per game to show that the goals are only a portion of what you gain by drafting Aubameyang.

VALUES

Andre Silva – ($8,000) – Porto – Second top scorer in Liga NOS, it’s hard to believe this is just Silva’s first full season as Porto’s primary centre forward. Silva, who was first capped by Portugal in September, already has four goals in three caps and in Liga NOS has five goals after just seven games. Silva picked up the assist on Porto’s only group stage goal so far and Club Brugge will struggle to contain the 20-year-old.

Son Heung-Min – ($7,800) – Tottenham Hotspur – Manager Mauricio Pochettino started with Son on the bench at West Brom on Saturday and is expected to start the Korean international here. In a clash where he faces his old club, Son will be confident of building on a run of six games where he has scored four goals and added two assists. Leverkusen have already conceded three times in this season’s group stage and it all makes a compelling case for choosing Son at less than $8,000.