DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Wednesday UCL Picks

DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Wednesday UCL Picks

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For detailed odds and stats, check out the Fantasy Champions League: Wednesday Cheat Sheet.

MATCHES (EDT)

3:00 p.m: Manchester City v. Lyon
3:00 p.m: Real Madrid v. Roma
3:00 p.m: Young Boys v. Manchester United
3:00 p.m: Viktoria Plzen v. CSKA Moscow
3:00 p.m: Benfica v. Bayern Munich
3:00 p.m: Valencia v. Juventus

FORWARDS

Cristiano Ronaldo, JUV at VAL ($11,300): It took him four games, but Ronaldo finally opened his Juventus account with a brace Sunday. With the monkey off his back, he'll look to carry that momentum over to Champions League and add to his tournament-record 120 career goals. He's topped the UCL goal-scoring charts three straight seasons and five of the last six, and Ronaldo is no stranger to his La Liga opposition, having scored 15 goals and adding four assists in 16 appearances against Valencia.

Gareth Bale, RMD vs. ROM ($9,900): Bale is off to a hot start since the departure of Ronaldo, with at least a goal or an assist in all four La Liga games to start the season. Look for him to do the heavy lifting once again Wednesday as Real Madrid look to kick their UCL campaign off on the right foot at home against Roma.

Raheem Sterling, MCI vs. OL ($9,000): With Sergio Aguero questionable and potentially missing out through injury, look for Sterling to pick up the slack in the attack. Sterling has started the Premier League campaign strongly with three goals in four games, and with

For detailed odds and stats, check out the Fantasy Champions League: Wednesday Cheat Sheet.

MATCHES (EDT)

3:00 p.m: Manchester City v. Lyon
3:00 p.m: Real Madrid v. Roma
3:00 p.m: Young Boys v. Manchester United
3:00 p.m: Viktoria Plzen v. CSKA Moscow
3:00 p.m: Benfica v. Bayern Munich
3:00 p.m: Valencia v. Juventus

FORWARDS

Cristiano Ronaldo, JUV at VAL ($11,300): It took him four games, but Ronaldo finally opened his Juventus account with a brace Sunday. With the monkey off his back, he'll look to carry that momentum over to Champions League and add to his tournament-record 120 career goals. He's topped the UCL goal-scoring charts three straight seasons and five of the last six, and Ronaldo is no stranger to his La Liga opposition, having scored 15 goals and adding four assists in 16 appearances against Valencia.

Gareth Bale, RMD vs. ROM ($9,900): Bale is off to a hot start since the departure of Ronaldo, with at least a goal or an assist in all four La Liga games to start the season. Look for him to do the heavy lifting once again Wednesday as Real Madrid look to kick their UCL campaign off on the right foot at home against Roma.

Raheem Sterling, MCI vs. OL ($9,000): With Sergio Aguero questionable and potentially missing out through injury, look for Sterling to pick up the slack in the attack. Sterling has started the Premier League campaign strongly with three goals in four games, and with even more responsibility coming his way, there's no reason to think Sterling slows down here.

MIDFIELDERS

Riyad Mahrez, MCI vs. OL ($8,600): Mahrez has yet to truly get going in the Manchester City attack, but he's shown flashes of what he's capable of and, as noted with Sterling, City might need their attackers to step up in the absence of Aguero. He'll likely stand over a share of dead balls Wednesday, and with City the biggest favorite on the slate, Mahrez is in a good spot to remind everyone why he was signed for a club-record fee in the offseason.

James Rodriguez, BAY at BEN ($8,500): James scored off the bench Saturday, and while he's mostly been used as a sub to start the season while recovering from a calf injury, he's projected to re-enter the starting lineup to kick off UCL play. He fills up the stat sheet through a collection of shots, crosses and fouls drawn, and in a game where Bayern are favored on the road, he should see multiple opportunities to contribute a goal or an assist.

Jan Kopic, PLZ vs. CSK ($5,600): Kopic returned from injury in Plzen's win over the weekend, and while he didn't make his mark on the scoresheet, he gives us an option as a set-piece taker on a lesser known team. It's yet to be seen what kind of role he'll have on dead balls this season, but he does enough in open play on the left to make him a worthy option for the price. At home versus CSKA is likely the best chance Plzen will have to get a result in a Group G with Real Madrid and Roma upcoming, and while it may be a risky venture, it could be worthwhile to have some exposure to the Plzen attack.

DEFENDERS

Joshua Kimmich, BAY at BEN ($6,700): Kimmich seems overpriced for a defender at first glance, but he's one of few who regularly flirts with 20 points. He gets a share of set pieces and has a knack for getting involved in the attack, and it's been said before that we usually wouldn't blink an eye at paying the same price for a forward or midfielder who produces as consistently as Kimmich does.

Marcelo, RM vs. ROM ($6,000):Marcelo has always been one of the top defenders to target because he's constantly bombing forward and making his mark on the attacking end. Real Madrid will lean even more on Marcelo's service into the box for Karim Benzema with Ronaldo out of the equation, and he remains one of the top attacking defenders to find room for to start the UCL season.

Aleksandar Kolarov, ROM at RM ($5,300): The matchup at Real Madrid is far from ideal, but Kolarov gives us another set-piece taker at the defender position. He led Serie A in crosses and assists last season, and averaged over 13 fantasy points per game across 12 Champions League appearances.

GOALKEEPER

David von Ballmoos, YB vs. MU ($4,000): von Ballmoos could have his hands full with Manchester United, but he's one of the cheapest home goalkeepers and the Red Devils' attack hasn't necessarily looked daunting to start the season. They've been held scoreless in two of their last three games, and if Young Boys are to pull off a result they'll need a big effort from von Ballmoos, regardless if he concedes.

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