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Champions League Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 10/1/19

Manchester City are huge favorites, so most of their attackers have appeal on Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage. Who else should you plug in on Tuesday?

The Champions League, Europe's biggest soccer competition, returns on Tuesday for matchweek 2 of the Group Stage. FanDuel will be offering plenty of contests featuring the six Tuesday matches, which begin at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Group Stage
Tuesday, October 1
Dinamo Zagreb at Manchester City
Atletico Madrid at Lokomotiv Moscow
Olympiacos at Crvena Zvezda
Paris Saint-Germain at Galatasaray
Bayer Leverkusen at Juventus
Bayern Munich at Tottenham


The format will be what has now become the norm on FanDuel soccer contests and what is used in this season's Premier League competitions. Lineups will consist of four forwards or midfielders, two defenders, and one keeper. Player pricing ranges from Cristiano Ronaldo at $24 to a multitude of players, including Benjamin Mendy, at $8.

Bayern Munich at Tottenham is the marquee matchup of Tuesday with three other games having heavy favorites.

Let's look at some players at various price points who will have an impact on Tuesday's slate.

Forward/Midfielder

Raheem Sterling/Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City ($22)

City scoring at least three goals seems to be the safe bet, and virtually all attackers on their team have fantasy appeal in what looks to be a lopsided fixture. Both Sterling and Jesus scored over 20 FanDuel points in the opening match of the group stage. Jesus netted a goal for a large part of his total. Meanwhile, Sterling played a more all-around game, creating three chances, drawing three fouls, and completing four tackles. They both scored a goal in a win over Everton on Saturday in the Premier League. They have eight goals combined so far this season. Dinamo Zagreb allowed 13 shots in the first game of the group stage. Obviously, Sergio Agüero ($23) is in a great spot, too, if he starts over Jesus.

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich ($21)

Lewandowski has to be mentioned as he is the first person to score 10 goals in the first six games of the Bundesliga season. He scored nearly 50 FanDuel points in the first game of the group stage with a goal and six shots on goal. He is two-for-two on penalty kicks with a total of 16 shots on target in the domestic league. Tottenham allowed 17 shots in their 2-2 draw with Olympiacos. They did manage a win against Southampton this weekend, but Serge Aurier ($9) accumulated two yellow cards. Despite sitting in fourth place in the Premier League after Saturday's action, Tottenham have not found their groove while Lewandowski is firing on all cylinders.

Grzegorz Krychowiak, Lokomotiv Moscow ($14)

Krychowiak scored a touch more than 33 FanDuel points in the opening match and has five goals and an assist in the Russian Premier league across 11 matches this season. In his last match against Zenit, Krychowiak drew four fouls and scored his third goal in the last four games across all competitions.


He also drew four fouls in the opener against Bayern Leverkusen. That number is even more impressive when you factor in that Lokomotiv had the least amount of possession of any team in the opening matches.

Arijan Ademi, Dinamo Zagreb ($10)

Ademi led all Zagreb midfielders in tackles in the opening match against Atalanta. He also drew a foul, created three chances, and had an assist. However, it is clear that his value and the value of those in the back line of Zagreb will come through defensive actions. He did also have two assists in the Champions League qualifiers for Zagreb and was accurate on two of three long-ball attempts against Atalanta. Don't expect much of that versus Manchester City as the Croatian midfielder is a true defensive midfielder, so it is unlikely that he gets forward at all in a match that will be one sided.

Defenders

Juan Bernat, Paris Saint-Germain ($16)

Two assists from two chances created against Real Madrid in the opening match of the group stage set off Bernat on the right foot. Five of Bernat's eight starts this year have resulted in a clean sheet for PSG. Galatasaray have scored just one goal in their last three matches across all competitions. In the last Super Lig match Galatasaray played, seven of the nine crosses that Fenerbahce sent in came from the left side, where Bernat would likely play. He did not start for PSG on Saturday, which could be in hopes of resting the veteran defender for this clash. Please note that Layvin Kurzawa ($14) is working his way back into the fold, but Bernat might be playing too well to sit.

Kieran Trippier, Atletico Madrid ($14)

Trippier should be a familiar name for most, so he may be very popular with Atletico favored to win. He created seven chances in the opening match and has picked up in La Liga where he left off in the Premier League last season. Over his last three matches played across all competitions, Trippier has attempted 34 crosses, with a season-high 15 against Celta Vigo in Matchweek 5 of La Liga. Leverkusen had over 30 crosses against Lokomotiv. Trippier scored just over a point more than Bernat in the first week of group play, although they both scored 30-plus FanDuel points.

Konstantinos Tsimikas, Olympiacos ($10)

Much of the back line of Olympiacos' opponent, Crvena Zvezda, will have good value if they remain under constant pressure as has been the case in the past two seasons of the Champions League. However, it is Tsimikas that could benefit the most from more possession on the back line.


He led the entire team with seven crosses and added eight defensive actions in their opening group stage game. Two of those crosses were credited as chances created on FanDuel to push his point total above 16 fantasy points. The young defender has made less than 20 starts, but six of his nine starts this season have ended in a clean sheet.

Keeper

Keylor Navas, Paris Saint-Germain ($14)

Navas is a bit of a mystery, because he has not been tested much with the stout defense in front of him. Getting clean sheets has been fairly easy over the last month. He has only had multiple saves in one start, but Navas now has four clean sheets. With Galatasaray struggling to score, this is another clean sheet possibility for Navas and PSG. He scored 17 points in the first match against Madrid and was not required to make a save. Navas has seen only two goals scored against him in all competitions this season. He's a good bet for a win with solid clean-sheet odds.

Wojciech Szczesny, Juventus ($13)

Juventus are heavy favorites across many sites, with oddsFire tracking little movement in the line. FanDuel Sportsbook puts good odds on a clean sheet for Juve. Szczesny did allow two goals against a more potent Atletico Madrid side in the first matchweek, but he still earned 13 points. He has won his last two starts and does have two clean sheets, although his overall numbers do not jump off the page. The win odds add to his value. Jan Oblak ($13) of Atletico Madrid is another good option at this price point.



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