Champions League Matchday 5: Tuesday November 22nd
With the addition of FanDuel, I will be adjusting my format. Rather than a game-by-game preview of the Champions League matches, I will instead focus in on some of the intriguing fantasy prospects on both formats (DK & FD).
Starting with FanDuel, Lyon travels to Croatia to face the struggling Dinamo Zagreb. Starting with Alexandre Lacazette ($6,000) who despite missing much of Champions League season this far, in Ligue 1 has 10 goals in just eight appearances. In his last two seasons in Ligue 1, Lacazette totaled 48 goals. The two most consistent performers over the course of the UCL campaign haven been Corentin Tolisso ($6,600) and Maciej Rybus ($4,900); both of whom have contributed extensively across the spectrum from creating chances to their defensive duties. Mathieu Valbuena ($4,100) has a bit of unknown in that he hasn’t seen much action in the UCL. The floor for the attack minded midfielder is quite low, but his ability to create chances and rack up assist gives him a healthy enough upside to make this price extremely enticing.
After Lyon, Borussia Dortmund is the featured fantasy contributor as they host a much lesser Legia Warsaw. Coming off a very important win over Bayern Munich, Dortmund will look to carry that momentum into what should be a dominant display. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($12,700) possesses the best goal upside on the slate, he’s also been among the most consistent offensive producers in the Champions League with a goal in every match in which he’s appeared. He leads all of Tuesday’s players with three shots on goal per 90 minutes in the UCL this season. The midfield for Dortmund is premier talent wise, but the production gets fairly evenly distributed. However, should Marco Reus ($5,500) get his first start of the year that is subject to change. Reus is one of the few players in the world that’s accomplished double-digit goals and assist in a season. Since the beginning of the 2009/10 season, Reus has 102 goals and 56 assists for Dortmund across the Bundesliga, Champions League, and Europa League. Others, given their price, to consider for Dortmund are Gonzalo Castro ($5,000); Christian Pulisic ($4,800); and Shinji Kagawa ($3,600).
Real Madrid will surely garner plenty of attention, but for the prices you’re paying Lyon and Dortmund offer substantially more value. Cristiano Ronaldo ($13,600) and Gareth Bale ($10,900) cost more than I believe they’re worth in this matchup, especially considering I can have Karim Benzema ($6,600) for such a more substantial discount. Other plays on FanDuel include Fabinho ($4,700), who’s two-way contribution make him a solid use in most every matchup. Ludwig Augustinsson ($5,000) captains Copenhagen with both the armband in his two-way contribution.
On the goalkeeper front for FanDuel, my best advice would be to not pay up. Try to take a goalkeeper with lots of save making upside, as goals against are not too costly. Rui Patricio ($5,700) faces a difficult task, but Real Madrid’s offensive successes are often a result of shotgun theory rather than efficiency.
DraftKing‘s promotes a completely different strategy with your lineup building. I would bring up Aubameyang ($9,300) as the top option, with the likes of Lacazette ($8,500) and Benzema ($8,300) being priced so closely in this format. You’ll even have to pay a substantial tag on Marco Reus ($8,000). The almighty power of the cross makes the likes of Riyad Mahrez ($8,200) and Christian Fuchs ($5,100) more valuable in that normal corner taker Albrighton will likely cede his starting position to Musa ($6,500). For Lyon, the duo of Mathieu Valbuena ($5,600) and Maciej Rybus ($5,100) both cross liberally from the wings and receive bumps in the DK scoring format. The American, Pulisic ($6,200) is a good price to target given the favorability of the matchup. Anytime you can get the great Gianluigi Buffon ($4,900) at a discount, feel good in doing so. Even with the tough trip to Spain to face off with Sevilla, Buffon and the great Juventus backline is always capable of great performances. Just below him, Iker Casillas ($4,800) gets a sneaky high upside matchup against a Copenhagen side that has been inefficient in front of goal. a good probability of keeping a clean sheet increases the appeal of Casillas as well.