Wednesday’s slate of Champions League matches sees defending champions Bayern Munich host RB Salzburg in a game that will see the holders qualify for the knockout stage if they can win their 15th consecutive game in the competition they have dominated since the start of last season. Team selection will be crucial as managers who are well-placed in their groups look to rest players ahead of their domestic games. We take a look at the studs and value options to consider from each position for your DraftKings roster.
Dusan Tadic ($10,800)
Ajax is in a position where they need to win their game at home to Midtyjlland if they are to make it out of Group D. With so much at stake, there should be no resting of players, so Dusan Tadic should start — which is bad news for the Danish champions. Tadic has scored six goals in his last six league and cup games, including two in his previous two matches in the Champions League — one of which was against Midtyjlland. He is also Ajax’s penalty taker which always helps, and Tadic can be relied upon from the penalty spot.
Diogo Jota ($9,700)
Diogo Jota is doing all he can to secure a more regular place in Liverpool’s starting 11, and the Portuguese poacher will be keen to add to the seven goals he has scored in his last six appearances for the English champions. Jota helped himself to a hat-trick in the first meeting with Atalanta which Liverpool won 5-0. The more goals Jota scores, the more likely Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will feature him regularly. The former Wolves forward is turning out to be one of the best signings of the season so far.
Others to consider: Duvan Zapata ($8,100)
Joshua Kimmich ($8,400)
Bayern Munich has been unstoppable in the Champions League. They’re looking to extend their winning streak to 15 against the Austrian side. Expect plenty of squad rotation, but Kimmich is expected to start after being rested over the weekend as Bayern was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Werder Bremen. Kimmich has a goal and three assists to his name in this season’s competition. After finishing with two assists against RB Salzburg in their last meeting, the midfielder will be the man to make things happen for the German champions.
Sergio Oliveira ($5,200)
The Champions League has brought the best out of Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, who’s looking to score in his third straight UCL game against Marseille — a team that won’t need reminding of his goal from the 3-0 win in Portugal three weeks ago. Getting goals from midfield takes the pressure off the forwards, and Oliveira will work to join his side’s attack as often as he can, without leaving gaps for the French side to exploit. With six goals already this season, Oliveira has prove to be a valuable asset.
Others to consider: Ivan Perisic ($6,400)
Andrew Robertson ($6,500)
A lot will depend on the starting line-up Jurgen Klopp selects, but with several key defenders out injured, Robertson should be featured in Liverpool’s starting 11. Robertson is one of the best attacking defenders in Europe, and his crosses helped Liverpool win the Champions League two seasons ago and their first ever Premier League title last season. When he finds himself in good positions, he has the composure to find the back of the net, like he did against Arsenal in September. Defensively, he should pick up points for a clean sheet, which he has done in all three of Liverpool’s UCL ties this season.
Daley Blind ($3,700)
Midtyjlland are in danger of exiting the Champions League without picking up a single point and a trip to Amsterdam is as tough as it gets. The Ajax defenders should not have too much to do, which is why Blind should be considered from this slate of games. Blind has already scored this season in his side’s 13-0 win over VVV Venlo in the Eredivisie. and if he feels adventurous, he might just pop up in Ajax’s attack looking for a second goal to celebrate. Ajax won the first meeting 2-1, but they should win this contest more comfortably on home soil.
Others to consider: Chancel Mbemba ($2,600)
Andre Onana ($5,500)
Andre Onana should have an easy game against Midtyjlland, whose only goal in this competition came against Onana before the international break. Ajax has home field advantage this time, and they will look to control the game from the early stages, forcing the visitors to defend more than they would want to. Onana has managed to keep clean sheets in his two league games since Ajax’s first meeting with the Danish champions, and he should make it three after this contest.
Others to consider: Agustin Marchesin ($4,500)
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