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Lionel Messi, BAR at MU ($10,400): Messi is the most expensive player on Wednesday's slate, but there are plenty of reasons why he'll likely be the highest-owned player in cash games and tournaments. Not only are Barcelona the biggest favorite with the highest implied goal total, but Messi comes in with 13 goals on 47 shots (25 on goal), four assists on 17 chances created and 17 fouls drawn in his last eight games. The biggest question will be whether people try to play both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ($10,100), who is expected to start after sitting out the past four games with a thigh injury. There's no denying how great Ronaldo can be, especially in the Champions League, but Messi has to be considered safer given the injury issues of the former.
Federico Bernardeschi, JUV at AJA ($6,400): Bernardeschi is the cheap alternative to Ronaldo, albeit with not nearly as much upside. His floor is actually pretty similar because of his role on set pieces, and while his recent shot volume is mostly attributed to Ronaldo being out, his significantly cheaper price will surely push people his way in cash games. In fact, with the midfield player pool fairly weak in terms of high floor plays, Bernardeschi could be popular even with Ronaldo and Messi, especially since