DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Champions League 11/3/20
For the third week in a row, we've got Champions League action. This slate is loaded with some of Europe's best teams which gives us different options of players to, so let's look at the odds from FanDuel Sportsbook:
|Midtjylland (+240)||+300||Ajax (-105)|
|Red Bull Salzburg (+650)||+490||Bayern Munich (-290)|
|Real Madrid (-120)||+290||Inter (+300)|
|Atalanta (+210)||+290||Liverpool (+110)|
|Porto (-120)||+240||Marseille (+360)|
|Manchester City (-650)||+600||Olympiakos (+1500)|
Forwards to Target
Robert Lewandowski: ($11,200): Lewandowski has yet to score in the Champions League this season, which seems like an anomaly as last season he scored in every UCL game but one as Bayern Munich went on to win it all. This is a good spot for him to get off the mark, even if he is on the road. He was rested for a league game on Saturday, so he should be raring to go in this match on Tuesday.
Bayern are playing against Salzburg as sizable away favorites. Salzburg have allowed five goals in the first two games in this group and faced two teams that don't have an elite attack that can match Bayern's. This should mean the German champions will be able to dominate the ball and attack at will, which would give Lewandowski plenty of chances to score. The oddsmakers expect him to score, setting his anytime goal scoring odds at -390. When you see goal-scoring odds that favorable for a player, he'll be viable in any format, even at his expensive salary.
Raheem Sterling ($8,800): Sterling will likely play as a center forward for Manchester City as they will be without Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus. He also played there in last week's victory over Marseille and scored a goal. Man City get a much easier game this week, as they host Olympiakos and are the biggest favorites on the slate.
Sterling hit the 20 goal mark in the Premier League for the first time in his career last season and has somewhat reinvented his game as a prolific goal scorer in Man City's attack. Playing up front in this game should not be a problem for him and he will get service from some world-class playmakers. He's -150 to score in this match and is a good way to get exposure to a team that could rack up the goals in this matchup.
Eden Hazard ($5,700): Hazard hasn't set the world on fire since joining Real Madrid for 100 Million Euros in 2019, but seeing his salary this low is quite surprising. He made his first league start of the season on Saturday and scored a goal. His Madrid team are home favorites against Inter Milan. Inter have been out of form to start this season, sitting in sixth in Serie A and failing to win in their two matches in the group stage. With a salary this low, Hazard is a bet on talent, as a few seasons ago Hazard would be around a $9,000 player.
Midfielders to Target
Kevin De Bruyne ($10,900): De Bruyne missed a few matches due to injury, but came back and did his thing in the last Champions League game. He had 2 assists and 8 crosses away to Marseille, totaling over 25 DK points. He also had an assist and five crosses on the weekend against Sheffield United, so he's back in his creative role that he has been so good at for years now. Manchester City should be able to dominate the ball against Olympiakos, which would mean lots of crosses and chances created for KDB. He's usually one of the highest floor players on any slate, and that's especially true here. He also could take any penalty that Man City gets, and that added to his potential for multiple assists make him a high ceiling play as well.
Florian Thauvin ($6,700): Thauvin is a player that you could take a shot on even as a road underdog, given his profile. He has been a huge fantasy producer in the past few seasons, particularly in the 2017-18 season in Ligue 1 when he scored 22 goals, had 11 assists, and also averaged over 6 crosses per 90 minutes. He hasn't been scoring quite as much in this league season, but his crosses are up to 7.23 per 90 and he is also averaging over 2 shots and 2 chances created per 90 minutes as well. Someone with this kind of production doesn't usually come in at this salary in a matchup that won't see them overwhelmed. With so many ways that he can pay off for your lineups, Thauvin makes for a good play in the mid-range of the midfield position.
Marcelo Brozović ($3,800): With lots of good players at high salaries, we are going to need to find some punt options that we can feel comfortable with. Marcelo Brozović of Inter would be one of them. He gets a share of corner kicks for his club and could get a big piece of that pie if Christian Eriksen was to sit out this match. In Inter's last match in the Champions League, Brozović had 10.5 DK points, with an assist and 4 shot assists aiding that total. The matchup is tougher against Real Madrid, but we've seen the Spanish champions conceded five goals in the first two matches of this group stage and failing to win in each of them. Brozović looks like a fine value option on this slate.
Defenders to Target
Andrew Robertson ($6,900): Robertson continues to be an elite defender play and this game between his Liverpool side against Atalanta profiles as an up-tempo matchup that could see a lot of attacking. Roberston continues to lead the Premier League in crosses and is second in corner kicks taken. Liverpool love to attack with their fullbacks, which led to Robertson getting 12 assists in the league last season. If Atalanta pushes forward as they like to do, it could leave a lot of space for Robertson to get forward and get balls into the box. He's the highest floor player at defender, and also has a ceiling with his assists.
Daley Blind ($3,800): At the time of writing, the situation with Ajax is up in the air. They've had eleven players test positive for COVID-19, including a few key players. Based on this projected lineup, Daley Blind is not one of them and should start. Blind shared corner kicks with Dušan Tadić and Ryan Gravenberch in Ajax's league match on Saturday, and they are both on the list of players who did not travel with the team. Being a senior player with the club, Blind could command a majority of the corner kicks. At just $3,800, it's worth gambling on Blind getting the set-piece role in a good matchup against FC Midtjylland,
Wilson Manafá ($2,500): Manafá is one of the best value plays on the slate. He's the stone minimum salary and plays as a full back for a favored team at home. He didn't record any crosses against Olympiakos in the last UCL match, but did get two shot assists and got the clean sheet bonus. If he were to do something similar in this match, he's worth playing for that salary. If he is able to do anything more and approach something like 10 points, he's a total Yahtzee. He's nearly a free square and a key to unlock lineups that could play both Robert Lewandowski and Kevin De Bruyne at their high salaries.
Goalkeepers to Target
Ederson ($5,900): Ederson has kept a clean sheet in two consecutive matches and now is the biggest favorite on the slate. It will be tough for Olympiakos to compete in this match, as they couldn't score against Porto last time out. The clean sheet odds for Man City are -108, so the chances that Ederson gets at least 10 points is fairly good. If you have the salary, he's the clear way to spend at the position.
Jesper Hansen ($3,900): With everything surrounding Ajax and their potential lineup, taking a shot on the goalkeeper against them doesn't seem like a bad option. The odds have shifted with the COVID news, meaning that Midtjylland aren't nearly as big of underdogs as they were when DraftKings released the salaries. If you're trying to save at the position, Hansen would be a better option than going all the way down to use a keeper facing Manchester City or Bayern Munich.
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