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UEFA Champions League Soccer Picks: Atalanta vs PSG DraftKings DFS Strategy

Nikhil Kalro preps you for Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. ET contest between Atalanta and PSG with DraftKings Captain’s Picks and flex options.

Paris Saint-Germain v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Champions League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The quarterfinals of the Champions League are upon us. The first of four will be played on Wednesday between Atalanta and PSG at Estadio da Luz without spectators. We take a look at some options for Captain as well as the flex positions for your DraftKings roster.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: UCL Showdown $40K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st] (ATA vs PSG)


Captain

Neymar ($18,600)

Neymar is arguably the most skilled player in this game. He has been PSG’s most potent offensive weapon, not just in scoring goals but also setting goals up with one-touch passing and incisive offense. He has had the benefit of some additional rest in the lead up to this game, which will leave him fresher and raring to go for one of the biggest games of the year.

Others to consider: Duvan Zapata ($14,700)


High-priced flex options

Duvan Zapata ($9,800)

Atalanta had a sensational 2019-20 Serie A campaign and Zapata had a massive part to play in that third-place finish for the club. Zapata scored 18 goals along with six assists in that league, an indicator of his offensive prowess. He is quite expensive on this slate but should be a mandatory inclusion because of that goal-scoring form.

Luis Muriel ($9,000)

Muriel was not too far behind in the goal-scoring charts in the Serie A. In fact, he finished tied for fifth, with 18 goals. His quick feet and dribbling technique forced many fouls, many of which were in the box. He will be a nightmare for PSG’s defenders, particularly if they are a fraction of a second late on tackles inside the box.

Alejandro Gomez ($8,800)

While Atalanta had many capable strikers the team still needed someone to feed the deliveries into their path. Gomez was that player. The Argentinian midfielder had seven goals but chipped in with 18 assists for Atalanta in the Serie A. He will be the playmaker again for his team in this quarterfinal. Even if he doesn’t score, he could still make a key contribution in the build-up play.

Others to consider: Keylor Navas ($7,000).


Value flex options

Marquinhos ($4,000)

This is an interesting selection. With so many injuries for PSG, Marquinhos should get the start again. He actually plays as a central midfielder, albeit in a holding capacity, but he is listed as a defender on DraftKings. That slight difference is subtle but could make a big difference if he has an opportunity inside the box. This inclusion is even more compelling with his price of $4,000.

Mario Pasalic ($8,000)

Pasalic, the Croatian midfielder, might be handed the starting nod in this game with an injury-hit roster for Atalanta. He scored nine goals along with five assists in the Serie A. His composure in front of goal might be required in the pressure of a big knockout game too.

Others to consider: Mitchel Bakker ($4,200).

Set your DraftKings lineups here: UCL Showdown $40K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st] (ATA vs PSG)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.