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FanDuel Soccer: Champions League Daily Fantasy Helper for Tuesday 10/20/20

Kylian Mbappe is in a good spot versus Manchester United. Which other players are worth rostering on Tuesday?

The Champions League, the best soccer competition on the planet, begins, and FanDuel is offering plenty of contests for Tuesday's and Wednesday's group stage matches. This article will focus on the main Tuesday slate, which starts at 3 p.m. EST.

Group Stage - 1st Game
Tuesday, October 20th
Istanbul Basaksehir at RB Leipzig
FK Krasnodar at Rennes
Dortmund at Lazio
Ferencvaros at Barcelona
Manchester United at PSG
Sevilla at Chelsea


Per FanDuel Sportsbook, Barcelona (-1450) is the slate's biggest favorite, with RB Leipzig (-450) in second. There is a noticeable drop between that duo and the next two biggest favorites, PSG (-170) and Rennes (-135). Chelsea (+105) and Dortmund (+105) round out the slate as slight favorites against difficult opponents. It is important to recognize just how large of a favorite Barcelona is, with an implied win probability of 93.5%. Their starters will be popular, but for a good reason, as their upside and outlook is unmatched by any other team on this slate. There is also a decent chance that they field a side with more rotational players than usual, as they keep an eye on this weekend's Clasico. If that happens, Barcelona's starters will offer a combination of upside and value that is difficult to pass up.

Here are some players to target at various price points.

Forwards/Midfielders

Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati, Barcelona ($16 and $17) -- It's possible that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman gives Leo Messi ($23) and Antoine Griezmann ($19) a start on Tuesday. If that is the case, they become two of the top plays on the slate. However, their situation is slightly murky because they almost certainly would be pulled at, or very close to, halftime, with an eye on this weekend's showdown with Real Madrid. One half against Ferencvaros, who are making their first appearance in the competition since 1995, would be more than enough time for them to make their mark, but just be aware that their minutes are capped. If Messi and Griezmann sit, Fati and Countinho should be asked to play 70+ minutes each in this contest. Coutinho would likely expand his role on corners with Messi out and could see some free kick opportunities as well. Fati has 3 goals in 4 appearances so far this season and would provide excellent value at his salary. The bottom line is, whoever starts in Barcelona's attack needs to be at the top of the list for options this weekend, even more so if it's a rotational player with a lower salary and an excellent chance to play 70+ minutes.

Yussuf Poulsen, RB Leipzig ($19) -- Poulsen is having a somewhat quiet start to the season due to an injury he suffered that forced him to leave Leipzig's second match after just 26 minutes, miss their third match completely, and come on as a substitute in their most recent match. Of course, he scored an absolute thunderbolt of a goal just seconds after being subbed on and scored in the one start he did make in September, so the only thing holding him back has been playing time. Fully recovered from his thigh injury, he should get the start in this one over Alexander Sorloth ($17). Leipzig has been excellent to start the season, outscoring their Bundesliga opposition 10 goals to 2, and that should continue on Tuesday against a Basaksehir side that sits in 19th in the Super Lig after conceding two goals in each of their first three matches.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG ($23 and $21) -- PSG are only slight favorites against Manchester United, but this has the potential to get very ugly for the Red Devils very quickly. Neymar is fit to return after being rested on Friday following his hat-trick for Brazil in World Cup qualifying on October 13th. Mbappe has 4 goals and 3 assists in his four starts this season, and PSG will be focused on getting back at United for knocking them out of the competition in stunning fashion in 2019. Combine their talent with the dismal state of United's back line, and the potential for a dominant performance becomes clear. United has conceded 12 goals in their four Premier League matches thus far, struggling against the "powerhouse" attacking lines of Crystal Palace, Brighton, Tottenham, and Newcastle. PSG will be their defenses most difficult task to date, and they have already failed each of their first four tasks. If Messi and Grezmann are rested, Neymar and Mbappe are likely to be two of the most popular plays on the slate, and for good reason.

Defenders

Angelino, RB Leipzig ($15) -- Tuesday's slate is slightly lacking at the top end of the defender player pool, but Angelino is an exception. He is a midfielder classified as a defender and is an excellent value at his salary, operating as a key component of Leipzig's 3-4-2-1 formation. With Leipzig expected to be on the attack for much of their game, Angelino should have numerous chances to get involved in the final third. He is a key contributor on set pieces as well, handling the second-most free kick situations on the team behind only Christopher Nkunku ($15). He has scored in back-to-back games coming into this one and is averaging just shy of 2 shots per game so far this season. He will be popular, but his combination of salary, defender eligibility, and key role on set pieces makes him very difficult to fade if paying up at defender.

Jesus Navas, Sevilla ($13) -- Navas has been a consistent contributor for Sevilla to open the season, producing FanDuel point totals of 22.5, 24.2, 19.8, and 12.5 in his four La Liga matches thus far. He is consistently involved in Sevilla's attack and has created 3.25 chances per game this season, with an average of 6 crosses per fixture. Sevilla has been poor to start their campaign, with just five goals thus far, but their defense has been solid, allowing just three goals despite facing Barcelona and an in-form Granada side. Chelsea's defense has been easily exploited for three goals each by Southampton and West Brom recently and shouldn't provide much of an obstacle for Navas this weekend.

Goalie

Bono, Sevilla ($8) -- With 10 goals combined over their last three fixtures, Chelsea's attackers have been producing recently, which should make them popular options on Tuesday. Bono is an excellent way to counter that expected popularity, as Sevilla's defense will be Chelsea's most difficult task to date. Bono has kept just one clean sheet in four La Liga matches thus far, but he only conceded one goal each in those other three matches, and they included an away trip to Barcelona and a trip to Granada where Sevilla played down a man for the entire second half. Sevilla could give Chelsea trouble this weekend, especially if they play for a point from the beginning and look to keep this game tight.