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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Fantasy Soccer Picks: Top DraftKings DFS Targets for December 1

Nikhil Kalro shares his top targets and values for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) fantasy soccer slate, which locks at 3:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images

The Champions League resumes on Tuesday. Six late games constitute DraftKings’ slate, with a $100,000 contest at stake. Here is a breakdown of the high-priced and value options to consider from each position for your roster.

Set your DraftKings lineup here: UCL $100K Group Stage Special [$20K to 1st]


Forwards

Studs

Mohamed Salah ($9,700)

Liverpool’s defense has been exposed, in an unprecedented manner, to the volatility of a packed schedule with several injuries. As a result, the style that manager Jurgen Klopp deploys will be more attack-oriented. Salah will have to lead that offense. He has scored two goals this Champions League season, adding in one assist along the way. At home, against Ajax, I wouldn’t bet against him adding to that tally.

Values

Duvan Zapata ($9,100)

At home, Atalanta has scored two goals in this competition. Zapata has scored both of them. Zapata also got on the scoresheet against Midtjylland in the reverse fixture. Even though Atalanta was beaten 2-0 by Hellas Verona in the Serie A over the weekend, form isn’t a major concern for Zapata. He had two shots — one on target — in that loss. He should not only increase that number on Tuesday, he is likely to score a goal, too.

Others to consider: Romelu Lukaku ($8,500)


Midfielders

Studs

Kevin De Bruyne ($10,200)

De Bruyne and Manchester City received a boost over the weekend with a confident 5-0 win against Burnley at home. Manchester City is a team that often relies on momentum. That was the perfect result in the build-up to a tough away game against Porto. However, De Bruyne has been one of the best players in the world for a while now. There’s a reason he is currently averaging 25.1 DKFP per game. Manchester City has already qualified, but this might not be a competition for workload management.

Values

Ivan Perisic ($6,700)

Perisic hasn’t scored in his last seven appearances. He has played the entire duration of a game only twice in that period. He scored in each of the two games that preceded this loss of form. Even though he is averaging just 7.3 DKFP per game, there is enough evidence to suggest a longer run will eventually see an increase in his fantasy output. For a quality offensive player, this price is a bit too low.

Others to consider: Marcus Thuram ($7,900)


Defenders

Studs

Andrew Robertson ($6,200)

Qualification is on the line Tuesday for Liverpool. After a 2-0 loss to Atalanta in the previous game, Liverpool will be keen to tighten up at the back. Despite some discernible absentees, Liverpool has conceded just two goals over four UCL games. Ajax won’t be easy to beat, but Liverpool has made Anfield a fortress. Robertson also puts himself in scoring positions in and around the six-yard box.

Values

Oscar Wendt ($4,500)

Wendt is in terrific goal-scoring form. He has scored in Monchengladbach’s last two games, including the previous one (a 4-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk). He has scored 26 career goals. His team has not lost when he has scored (25 wins, one draw). Apart from his offensive proficiency, he has helped create defensive stability, too. He’s currently averaging a stunning 24.3 DKFP per game.


Goalkeepers

Marco Sportiello ($5,800)

Sportiello will not feature in your fantasy targets too often because of Atalanta’s preferred high-press style of play. The team scores a lot, but that formation also leaves them vulnerable at the back. In this particular game, though, Atalanta has a distinct advantage because Midtjylland hasn’t won a game yet in four attempts — they’ve also scored just two goals so far in this competition. A clean sheet is likely.

Others to consider: Ederson ($5,500)

Set your DraftKings lineup here: UCL $100K Group Stage Special [$20K to 1st]


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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is CharliePMullan) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.


Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.