FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Tuesday UCL Targets
FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Tuesday UCL Targets

This article is part of our FanDuel Fantasy Soccer series.

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

MATCHES (EDT)

3:45 p.m: Juventus v. Porto
3:45 p.m: Leicester City v. Sevilla

DEFENDERS

Adil Rami, SEV at LEI ($5,800):Gabriel Mercado ($6,000) should get some attention too because he's won seven tackles and picked up 14 clearances in his last three La Liga matches, while Rami has 24 clearances in his last three domestic matches. Both figure to be busy against an improved Leicester side looking to make up an aggregate deficit. For a more attacking fullback, Sergio Escudero ($6,600) is definitely in play, though he'll likely need to score a goal or assist on one to really make value.

Alex Sandro, JUV v. POR ($7,200): Sandro continues to be an excellent fantasy option, as he creates chances, win tackles, draws fouls and picks up clearances. He showed his upside in the first leg, finishing with 34.5 fantasy points thanks to an assist on four chances created and four tackles won, and he is in another prime spot to contribute. Teammate Dani Alves, who is expected to start on the other wing, comes in with two assists on nine chances created and two shots on goal in his last three Serie A matches and is $300 cheaper.

Miguel Layun, POR at JUV ($5,700): Layun is expected to start in place of the suspended Alex Telles, and he could be on most set pieces, a role Telles has when he's actually on the pitch. Layun is a big open-play crosser, and while that alone doesn't provide much on FanDuel, he's an attack-minded fullback who could create chances as Porto aim to pull off the upset.

MIDFIELDERS

Miralem Pjanic, JUV v. POR ($9,900): Pjanic is the most expensive midfielder on the slate, which is what happens when you have a share of set pieces for the biggest favorite. He hasn't been a tremendous fantasy performer in Serie A play of late, but he continues to be very involved and Juve are expected to score some goals.

Pablo Sarabia, SEV at LEI ($7,400): Sarabia, who scored a goal and created two chances in the first leg, continues to be the engine of the Sevilla attack, creating multiple chances in each of his last three La Liga games when he's played 90 minutes. He is also willing to put in the defensive work, which should help against a Leicester side that comes in having to make up a one-goal deficit. However, if Leicester do get the goal, Sevilla will need to score themselves to advance, so Sarabia won't have to solely rely on defensive stats to provide value.

Yacine Brahimi, POR at JUV ($5,500): Brahimi has been excellent in Primeira Liga play since returning to the starting XI, as he's picked up one goal on four shots (two on goal), one assist on six chances created, six fouls drawn and four tackles won in his last three domestic games. Lining up against the Juve defense in Torino is no easy task, but Brahimi makes for a solid tournament option given his low price and the need for Porto to attack.

FORWARDS

Paulo Dybala, JUV v. POR ($10,000): While he's been splitting set-piece duties with Miralem Pjanic of late, Dybala has done a much better job filling up the stat sheet, accounting for three goals on 19 shots (10 on goal) and three assists on 14 chances created in his last five Serie A starts, while Pjanic has no goals on 11 shots (five on goal) and no assists on five chances created over that span (he only started four times). It's tough to find such consistency out of the forward spot, which is why Dybala should get more consideration than Gonzalo Higuain ($12,000), who has failed to score in each of his last three Serie A matches and was unable to get a shot on goal in the first leg.

Stevan Jovetic, SEV at LEI ($9,100): Jovetic broke his La Liga goal drought this past weekend, but he was still effective in the attack, putting three shots on goal or creating three chances in three of his last four domestic starts. Leicester have turned it out around since sacking Claudio Ranieri as manager, but Sevilla are still favored, with Jovetic expected to lead the line.

Francisco Soares, POR at JUV ($7,300): Soares was a giant disappointment in the first leg, finishing with 1.75 fantasy points as he failed to even take a shot in 90 minutes. However, he's been elite in the six Primeira Liga matches he's played with Porto, scoring nine goals (at least one in each game) on 21 shots, including 13 on goal, and creating seven chances over that span. Juventus are the toughest opponent of the bunch (as we saw in that opening match between the two sides), but if Porto are going to break through, it sure seems like Soares will be involved.

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is a seven-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award
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