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DraftKings UCL Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for 12/1/20

Duván Zapata and Atalanta are big favorites at home and could rack up the goals. What other players should we target on Tuesday in the Champions League?

The Matchday 5 slate on Tuesday in the Champions League has some big teams facing off against each other. That makes for some interesting plays that’ll we have to choose from. Here are the games on the slate, with odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

HomeDrawAway
Liverpool (-155)+340Ajax (+390)
Atlético Madrid (-115)+290Bayern Munich (+270)
Atalanta (-600)+650Midtjylland (+1500)
Marseille (+130)+220Olympiakos (+220)
Gladbach (+190)+280Inter (+235)
Porto (+490)+300Man City (-165)


Forwards to Target

Duván Zapata ($9,100): The Colombian forward for Atalanta is probably one of the more underrated forwards in Europe. Over the last two Serie A seasons, he's scored 41 goals. His output hasn't been as strong this season, with just two in seven starts. In the Champions League however, he has three goals in the four games in the group. In this match, he's set up nicely to add to that tally.

Zapata and Atalanta are the biggest favorites on the slate, at home to FC Midtjylland. In the away fixture in Denmark, Atalanta won 4-0 and Zapata had a goal and an assist in that match. He's a -240 favorite to score at any time, which are the best goal scoring odds on the slate. He's a good play in tournaments with the possibility that Atalanta go nuts with goals in this matchup.

Riyad Mahrez ($7,400): Mahrez is coming off scoring a hat trick in the Premier League on Saturday against Burnley. Those were three of his only four goals this season, but he has produced fantasy points in other ways. He's averaging over three shots, over two chances created, and nearly four crosses per 90 minutes in the league this season, according to Rotowire. His floor is good, and while Manchester City are on the road against a decent Porto team in this game, they are the second-biggest favorite on the slate. Mahrez's salary is too low for a player with his profile on a favored team, so he's a good value in the mid-range at forward.

Leroy Sané ($6,800): Sané could be a sneaky play on this slate. Bayern Munich have announced that Robert Lewandowski will not travel with the team for this game as they have already sewn up the top spot in this group. That could allow them to rest other players, which is influencing the money line on the list game. The preview on WhoScored.com has Sané in the starting lineup for Bayern, which makes for an intriguing play at just $6,800.

Sané hasn't played a ton this season, but when he has, he's produced at ridiculous rates. He's scored three goals and added three assists in seven Bundesliga games, but only three of those games were starts. He's also scored two games in the Champions League off the bench. The matchup isn't easy against Atlético Madrid, but that could keep the popularity of Sané down. He's certainly a player whose talent could see him score in any matchup, making him an option for tournaments.

Midfielders to Target

Kevin De Bruyne ($10,200): With Manchester City favored on this slate, we of course have to consider Kevin De Bruyne. He's been City's most consistent fantasy performer of the season as usual, and picked up two assists on the weekend. That's been a theme for him this season, as he has two assists in each of his two Champions League games. It's great when KDB is able to do that, but what separates him as a fantasy asset is when he has a game like he did against Tottenham. In that match, he scored 22.3 DraftKings points without getting a goal or an assist. Very few players in soccer are capable of doing something like that, and there's probably no one else on this slate who can match that production. This kind of floor makes De Bruyne a near lock for any cash game lineups.

Alejandro Gómez ($9,800): It's going to be difficult to get De Bruyne and Papu Gómez in the same lineup, but if you can, it's worth it. Gómez had one down game in the Champions League, but was back in the last match against Liverpool. In this game, we know that Atalanta have a huge advantage against Midtjylland. In the first fixture between these two teams, Gómez had a goal and six crosses.

Atalanta like to play an attacking style, and they could really turn that on here. In their group, they are tied with Ajax for second place but behind on goal difference. If they want to make up the goal difference deficit and put a gap between them and Ajax, they could try to run up the score in this spot in which they are huge home favorites. This should see Gómez produce a ton of fantasy points, and he's an option in all formats on Tuesday.

Ashley Young ($5,200): Young is a value option at midfield at just $5,200. He's taken over a role on some corner kicks for Inter, to go along with his crossing from open play. His play as a left wing back allows him to cut inside and cross on his right foot, something we saw him do in England for years. Inter are slight favorites on the road in a game that should be easier than their last two games against Real Madrid. Young has a good target to aim his crosses at in Romelu Lukaku, and if he is able to get an assist, he'll easily pay off his salary.

Michaël Cuisance ($3,700): Cuisance is a punt you can make at midfield. He's taken some corner kicks for Marseille and is a talented young player who's on loan from Bayern Munich. Marseille have been terrible in the Champions League this season, but get their easiest matchup on paper in this game. Cuisance is worth the play if you need someone in this salary range.

Defenders to Target

Andrew Robertson ($6,200): It can be difficult to trust a Liverpool player in the Champions League with the way Jürgen Klopp has rotated his squad and substituted players in order to keep them fresh for the league. However, in this game, Liverpool can win and lock up their qualification for the knockout round. That should be something that Klopp will want to do in order to completely rest the players in the last game of the group. Robertson hasn't produced as well lately as he did at the start of the season, but is still capable of having big fantasy games through his role on corner kicks. With Liverpool favored at home, Robertson should be able to get back on track in this game. He was able to get 15.9 DraftKings points in the first match against Ajax on the road, and could approach that total in this game.

Johan Mojica ($4,000): Mojica has been filling in at left wing back for Atalanta. He's performed well fantasy-wise, with over five crosses per 90 minutes in Serie A this season. Since we are trying to get exposure to Atalanta, a defender who will attack from them is a good way to do so. Especially one that is only $4,000. Atalanta loves to activate the wing backs to get them involved, so he could contribute to a goal in this game. He's one of the best values at defender on the slate.

Goalkeepers to Target

Jan Oblak ($5,200): With no Lewandowski facing him, Oblak becomes a decent value at just $5,200. Atlético Madrid's reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the world has held true this season, as they've conceded just two goals in the league. If Bayern Munich decide to fully roll out a reserve side, Oblak becomes an even better play as it would make him that much more likely to get the win in this match.

José ($4,500): faces off against a Marseille team that has not scored a goal in four Champions League games this season. He was able to get the win and clean sheet when these teams played in the first game of the group stage. He has generally been a solid keeper as he made ten saves in the last match against Manchester City. At $4,500, he's in play as a goalkeeper who can save you some salary.


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