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Champions League Fantasy Picks, Matchday 4

After a very exciting weekend of futbol all around the globe, we're blessed with some scintillating Champions League match ups today.

Benfica are playing well, in part thanks to Gaitan and Jonas.
Benfica are playing well, in part thanks to Gaitan and Jonas.
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Heading forward, each team will have faced each of their opponents in their respective groups, and will now play them again at the opposite venue. Here's the upcoming schedule for Matchday 4:

Tuesday, November 3

Real Madrid v. Paris Saint-Germain

Shakhtar Donetsk v. Malmo FF

Manchester United v. CSKA Moscow

PSV Eindhoven v. VFL Wolfsburg

FC Astana v. Atletico Madrid

Benfica v. Galatasaray

Borussia Monchengladbach v. Juventus

Sevilla v. Manchester City

Wednesday, November 4

Barcelona v. BATE Borisov

AS Roma v. Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich v. Arsenal

Olympiakos v. Dinamo Zagreb

Chelsea v. Dynamo Kyiv

Maccabi Tel Aviv v. FC Porto

KAA Gent v. Valencia

Olympique Lyonnais v. Zenit St. Petersburg

Fantasy Picks

Our picks are based on the DraftKings format, so all prices listed below are for those games, but these players should perform well in the and Official UEFA games as well. We were extremely on-point over the weekend with obscure goal contributions from Ramires, Koscielny, Joel Campbell, and more. With the new DraftKings scoring system in place, here's what you need to do to win cash in UCL Fantasy:


Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar, $4,000) - Shakhtar went all the way to the quarter finals of last season's Champions League campaign, and although they definitely lost some talent over the summer, don't expect them to roll over now. Home against Malmo, one of two teams without a victory in UCL, look for Shakhtar to be going all out for three points and a resounding victory.

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, $3,900) - Gigi is a legend, pure and simple. This was 0-0 in the first-leg, look for Juventus to score early then drop back and protect the lead, while probably popping in another on a late counter attack for the important victory.

Julio Cesar (Benfica, $2,500) - Perhaps the best chance at a clean-sheet, Benfica is home against Galatasaray. They lost last the first leg two weeks ago 2-1. Look for Julio to record a couple saves, keep the clean sheet, and record the win in a hard fought battle.

Other plays to consider: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg, $3,900), David De Gea (Manchester United, $3,700)


Marcelo (Real Madrid, $4,400) - Shots, crosses, tackles, fouls drawn, there's simply nothing Marcelo doesn't do as a defender. He comes roaring up the left side sending in all kinds of wicked balls for Ronaldo and Benzema to slot in. Look for Marcelo to fill up the sheets and maybe get that clean sheet as a bonus.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, $3,900) - Fabian is another Marcelo/Kolarov wing back type of player that makes runs and looks to cross or take shots when given the space. Johnson is also a fellow Yankee, making him a fun and proably under-appreciated play in most public lineups.

Carvajal (Real Madrid, $3,300) - Dani is a straight Spanish beast. Playing opposite of Marcelo and with an absurdly passionate and loud crowd a guarantee to be in place, look for Carjaval and Madrid to shut down PSG and clamp down the Zlatan freight train.

Eliseu (Benfica, $3,100) - Benfica could easily be the squad with the highest chance at a clean sheet making Eliseu and his offensive upside a very appealing play. Plug him in with someone from Madrid.

Other options to consider: Stephan Lichsteiner (Juventus, $3,400), David Luiz (Paris Saint Germain, $3,500), Luisaõ (Benfica $3,200) Benoit Trémoulinas (Sevilla $3,000)


Ángel Di María (PSG, $7,200) - The best midfield option of the day, perhaps a little overpriced but there will be no doubting Angel's motivation and form. He will be extra motivated to prove Madrid wrong for selling him a few seasons back and could easily score, assist, and prove to be an utter nuisance for Madrid's defense.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, $5,200) - Home, Away, Germany, Chile, Japan wherever it is KDB usually exceeds expectations. He gets takeaways, crosses shots. He simply does it all. We write about him every week and I'm pretty sure if you're a regular to this article you know who KDB is. Look for another full stat sheet with a goal and multiple assists again on the table.

Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg, $4,700) - Draxler is one of our favorite relatively unknown superstars in the world. He's been lighting up the Bundesliga for three+ seasons now and with a very high scoring affair on the horizon with the insane PSV fanbase, look for Julian to be involved with every piece of the offensive action.

Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica $3,900) - Not exactly sure what else this guy has to do to get a raise but play him until DK smartens up. He's both the engine, and creativity behind Benfica's offense. He had a goal in Turkey, and we feel pretty confident he's going to score at home.

Ever Banega (Sevilla $3,700) - One of my favorite attacking midfielders in FIFA and in real life! Ever has a real swaggy name, but putting that aside I think he is a fantastic GPP play as he will get a multitude of production across the board and could easily slip one in on the counter attack.

Other options to consider: Juan Mata (Manchester United, $6,600), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus $4,900), Paul Pogba (Juventus, $4,700), Anderson Talisca (Benfica $4,300)


Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid $10,000) - Wow. Even with the roster expansion and the significant price drops across the board, Mr. Wonderful, Superman, The most Beautiful man in the world, whatever you want to call him is still a whopping 10K. I'll personally be fading him 100% as I think there is plenty of production to be had elsewhere, however I simply cannot neglect to acknowledge Cristi's presence in Tuesday's matches.

Bas Dost (Wolfsburg $6,300) - Expect this to be a very electric, fast passed, high scoring match and look for Dost to be highly involved in the action. He's a very streaky scorer and could easily get on the back of a nice Draxler or Caligiuri cross into the box for 1-3 goals.

Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica 5,400) - Kostas has been one of the world's most underrated and consistent goal scorers for the past two years of his career. His career really jump-started at Olympiakos, however now he has carried over his great play to a much bigger stage in Portugal. We love Benfica this week and could easily see a Gaitan-Mitroglou offensive connection pay dividends.

Seydou Doumbia (CSKA $4,300)- Very interesting match today. CSKA come into Old Trafford having not lost in 20 consecutive matches as the hosts, Manchester United come in with some injuries, but very focused on the task at hand. Doumbia has been scoring goals on goals all season domestically and should be more well known. Manchester is hampered with injuries on D and it could easily be a five goal match.

Other options to consider: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, $7,900), Jonas (Benfica $5,900), Alvaro Morata (Juventus $5,100), Maxime Lestienne (PSV $4,500), Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla, $3,900)


Luciano Narsingh (PSV, $5,000) - PSV are a very high-powered offensive attack at home and Narsingh should be a very nice GPP play as the general public tends to overlook him. Expect a goal and a good deal of offensive involvement in what could easily be a 4-5 goal match.

Daniel Caligiuri (Wolfsburg, $3,600) - Wolfsburg is a very fun, high powered offensive team and Caligiuri always finds his way into the mix of the offensive action. The new defensive scoring stats won't have much of a bearing on his game tomorrow, however look for at least one goal/assist with plenty of crosses and fouls drawn.

Other plays to consider: Anthony Martial (Manchester United $5,800), Wilfried Bony (Manchester City $5,300), Paulo Dybala (Juventus $4,100).

Sample Lineup

Here's a lineup we feel confident running for Tuesday's slate of Champions League action:


GK: Navas

DF: Danilo, Eliseu, Marcelo

MF: De Bruyne, Banega, Gaitan

FW: Ronaldo, Morata

UT: Teixeira, Tosic

We'll be back tomorrow with our picks for Wednesday's Champions League action. Until then, be sure to check out our website for our premium DFS packages, and let us know your teams/thoughts/questions in the comments!