DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Tuesday Champions League Picks
DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Tuesday Champions League Picks

This article is part of our DraftKings Fantasy Soccer series.

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

MATCHES (EDT)

3:45 p.m: Olympiacos v. Barcelona
3:45 p.m: Paris Saint-Germain v. Anderlecht
3:45 p.m: Roma v. Chelsea
3:45 p.m: Manchester United v. Benfica
3:45 p.m: Celtic v. Bayern Munich
3:45 p.m: Sporting CP v. Juventus
3:45 p.m: Atletico Madrid v. Qarabag
3:45 p.m: FC Basel v. CSKA Moscow

PLAYER RECOMMENDATIONS

GOALKEEPER

Jan Oblak, ATL v. QAR ($6,000): Through three games Atletico Madrid find themselves in third place in Group C, and they will be eyeing Tuesday's home match against Qarabag as a must-win to keep pace with group leaders Chelsea and Roma. Qarabag earned a shock 0-0 draw against Atletico two weeks ago, and considering they'll be playing in Madrid this time around, it would be surprising to see the Azerbaijani club break through in Spain.

Silvio Proto, OLY v. BAR ($3,800): Despite conceding three goals at Barcelona in his last UCL outing, Proto turned in a solid 13 fantasy points on the strength of nine saves. Olympiakos are at home for this one, but we can expect a similar script with Barca simply overmatching the Greek Super League representatives. It's a risky strategy, but one we've seen pay big dividends if the save points start rolling in.

DEFENDER

Joshua Kimmich, BAY at CEL ($7,300): Kimmich delivered another monster performance last time out in UCL action, with 27 points through a goal, 13 crosses and a clean sheet. Through three games he's sent in 43 crosses and is averaging 25 fantasy points per game. Yes, his price seems outrageous for a defender, but considering we wouldn't think twice about rostering a midfielder or forward at $7,300 for that kind of output, Kimmich is back in play at Celtic on Tuesday.

Aleksandar Kolarov, ROM v. CHE ($5,900): Kolarov also had 27 fantasy points in an impressive performance at Chelsea in his last Champions League appearance. He scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-3 draw, and we can expect another spirited showing from the Roma left-back in the return leg in Italy. Kolarov's fantasy value is helped on by his role on set pieces, as he has at least six crosses in five straight games.

Kieran Tierney, CEL v. BAY ($3,800): Tierney has averaged 10 fantasy points per game through the first three Group B games, including an eight-point showing at Bayern Munich in his last game. He racked up six interceptions in that one, and with Bayern expected to be on the front foot once again, it would be no surprise to see Tierney flirt with double digits through a combination of attacking and defensive stats.

MIDFIELDER

Lionel Messi, BAR at OLY ($12,400): Messi is up against the same Olympiakos team he torched for a goal and an assist en route to 32 fantasy points – a performance that could have easily been a 50-pointer if not for Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto standing on his head to keep the score at 3-1. Add in the fact that Barcelona played a man down for over half the match and it's easy to see that Messi should have his way again.

Neymar, PSG v. AND ($11,800): It's a battle of two teams at opposite ends of Group B, with PSG boasting a perfect record with 12 goals scored and zero conceded while Anderlecht have lost all three of their games by a combined score of 10-0. PSG are the biggest favorites on the slate, with Neymar and teammate Edinson Cavani ($10,200) tabbed by the oddsmakers as the players most likely to score out of any player on the slate. Surprisingly, Neymar didn't register a single cross in a 4-0 win at Anderlecht in his last UCL appearance, but after sitting out Friday's Ligue 1 match due to suspension, he should be raring to get back on the field and is in a great spot to deliver a video game-like stat line.

Gabi, ATL v. QAR ($3,700): With usual set piece taker Koke out through injury, Gabi is suddenly fantasy relevant as a cheap midfielder with a share of set pieces for one of the biggest favorites on the slate. He generally takes on more of a defensive role, but with a few more points via crosses he's in a better spot to get to double-digit points.

FORWARD

Antoine Griezmann, ATL v. QAR ($9,300): As if a home game against Qarabag wasn't appealing enough, Griezmann will have a nice chunk of Atletico's set pieces with Koke out. Griezmann gave us a glimpse of what he's capable of producing with Koke out of the lineup, with six shots and nine crosses (including six corner) in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Villarreal. Griezmann checks in just below the PSG strike force and Messi on the anytime goal scorer chart, and with Atletico desperate for their first UCL win, look for Griezmann to be heavily involved in the attack.

Kevin Gameiro, ATL v. QAR ($7,300): He's goal dependent, but for $2,000 less than Griezmann, Gameiro provides a reasonably priced piece of an Atletico attack that is expected to score goals. His recent lack of production isn't encouraging, but for the price he's worthy of a GPP roster spot in the event that he shows up with multiple goals in a favorable matchup.

Vitinho, CSK at BAS ($6,200):Vitinho fired off four shots but came up empty in a frustrating 2-0 loss to Basel at home in his last UCL appearance. Moscow have now been held scoreless in three straight, but that can be somewhat ignored in Vitinho's case as a forward who takes the majority of his team's set pieces. He's scored no fewer than eight fantasy points in three Group A games, and with Moscow bound to snap out of their goal-scoring funk, there's a good chance Vitinho will be involved.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Schuyler Redpath plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: MONEYMACHiNE, FanDuel: coincollector, Play The Six: DraftKicks, Yahoo!: DraftKicks.
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