The most recent La Liga fantasy soccer news from RotoWire.
Fantasy AnalysisMessi did not train Monday, with the club saying he was away on a personal matter, and while he is expected to return to training Thursday, he will miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal second leg against Valencia, and he could be held out of this weekend's La Liga match against Celta Vigo.
Fantasy AnalysisDoucoure is a 23-year-old attacking midfielder that scored 11 goals in 74 appearances since his debut for Rennes during the 2012-13 campaign. Although he'll spend the next six months in La Liga, Granada's current relegation position should offer someone like Doucoure sufficient enough playing time to prepare for joining Watford in England next term.
Fantasy AnalysisGodin was one of three Atleti players to leave the game early, as Augusto Fernandez (knee) and Filipe Luis (red card) joined him on the sideline. The Grade 1 sprain isn't a serious injury, but the club declined to provide a timetable for when the Uruguayan defender might return to the pitch.
Fantasy AnalysisFernandez needed to be stretched off the field due to the injury, which occurred in the 74th minute of the match. The departure left Atleti with just nine men, as Diego Godin exited earlier with a knee injury and Felipe Luis was given a red card. The team announced no timetable for Fernandez's return.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 30-year-old was largely ineffective in the first portion of the season, but he has seemingly hit his stride since the calendar flipped to 2016, with five of his six total goals coming in January. Negredo has ceded starts to the emerging Paco Alcacer this season, but he stands to benefit from the news that the latter could be out three weeks with an injury. Negredo will likely carry the load while Alcacer recovers, and performances such as this can only help his case for a consistent role when his teammate returns.
Fantasy AnalysisThe playmaker has struggled to stay on the field this season, but Sunday's helper gave him an impressive total of five, to go along with three goals, in just eight La Liga starts. James is sometimes lost in the shuffle of so many superstars around him, but he certainly has the talent to become a regular producer for as long as he can stay healthy. He will look to build off of this performance in Sunday's fixture with Espanyol.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Los Blancos failed to match the five goals they netted in each of the two previous matches, Benzema remained red hot, scoring his sixth goal to go along with an assist over the last four. Benzema has broken out as an extremely consistent goal scorer this season, and his 21 goals in just 18 starts easily represent the best strike-rate of his Madrid career. He is unlikely to reach double-digit assists this season, a feat he has managed in each of the last four campaigns, but that is likely of little consequence with so many other playmakers around him. As such, Benzema will look to continue his latest goal-scoring tear Sunday against Espanyol.
Fantasy AnalysisThe diminutive wizard was at it again in yet another Man of the Match performance, securing the fifth consecutive victory for the Blaugrana. Messi now has seven goals in his last five games in all competitions, and while he has been hampered by injuries for much of the season, he is still scoring at nearly a goal-per-game clip. Messi will look to extend his fine run of form in Wednesday's Copa del Rey Quarter-final versus Athletic Bilbao.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an extremely disappointing loan spell with Bournemouth during which he only made two League Cup appearances, the 24-year-old will head to Spain for the duration of the season in search of regular playing time. Malaga currently sit 12th in La Liga, but they have scored just 16 goals in 21 matches and could perhaps use the attacking spark the dynamic Atsu is capable of providing.
Fantasy AnalysisThe defender joined from Cordoba in the offseason, but he made just one appearance for Villa and will head back to his native country for the rest of the season in search of regular playing time. The move could very well indicate that Crespo's uneventful spell in England is coming to a close.