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DraftKings Champions League Fantasy Picks, Matchday 4 Wednesday

Hello there ladies and gentlemen! It was not a very exciting slate of UCL action Tuesday and definitely not our best day at the office with advice, but thankfully for everyone, we have the opportunity to bounce-back with a preview and sample lineup to take down some GPPs with. Lets ride!

Neymar has been fire for Barcelona lately. Fade him at your own risk!
Neymar has been fire for Barcelona lately. Fade him at your own risk!
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There were some unexpected names who delivered the points on Tuesday, while a lot of the big-name players failed to live up to their high expectations. Let's hope our predictions for Wednesday pan out better and you can cash in!


Iker Casillas (Porto $3,900) - Casillas has simply been a man on a mission looking as if he is out to prove the whole world (Real Madrid) that they were wrong to move on from him. With that being, said Maccabi have looked overmatched against every club they've faced thus far and Porto is definitely no slouch. Look for an easy win and hopefully a clean sheet from Iker.

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich $3,800) - Simply the best goalie in the entire world. Any time Munich is at home in a match they deem to be important enough for them to try 100%, Neuer has an absurdly high chance of claiming the clean sheet, the win, and most likely some jaw-dropping diving saves as well. Arsenal is coming in playing very well, however they have some injuries and Bayern will be looking to avenge their most recent defeat in London.

Roberto (Olympiakos $3,600) - Olympiakos have always been known as a very stout, defensive-minded club and they are especially difficult to beat at home. Kiev aren't the most prolific attack force Olympiakos have faced and we expect a low scoring match with not a crazy amount of action in either direction making Roberto a safe, intelligent play.

Other plays to consider: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona $4,100), Asmir Begovic (Chelsea $3,700)


Jordi Alba (Barcelona, $4,100) - Shots, crosses, tackles, fouls drawn, there's simply nothing Alba doesn't do. Barcelona will be leaning heavily on Jordi to send in some magical crosses from the left wingback position and should be well worth the cash for his offensive, clean sheet, and defensive upsides.

David Alaba (Bayern Munich $3,500) - Alaba is one of, if not the best wingback in the world. He has endured some pretty bad injuries over the course of the last few seasons, however he has gotten over the injury bug and reminded us all what he is capable of with free kicks, dangerous crosses, and most importantly versatile defending. He is a great pair with Neuer, but as always check starting lineups at 2PM to confirm.

Maxi Pereira (Porto $3,300) - Porto or Barcelona should be the matches with the most predictable results, and assuming all goes the way the stats and form dictate, Maxi will be heavily involved with firing crosses into the box and will certainly benefit from the new scoring system.

João Cancelo (Valencia $3,300) - This man has been superb through Champions League matches thus far and we don't expect it to be any different in tomorrow's matchup as Valencia are heavy favorites. Look for a bunch of dangerous crosses, an assist, and plenty for Cancelo to be heavily involved in all offensive build-ups.

Other options to consider: Emerson (Roma, $5,900), Dani Alves (Barcelona $3,900), Jose Gaya (Valencia $3,200) Miguel Layun (Porto $2,800)


Yacine Brahimi (Porto $6,500) - Brahimi was listed as a forward up until this week and he is very much a reliable attacking threat for Porto. They will be controlling the game and sending in creative balls all day for Aboubakar and Brahimi to mash into the back of the net. Great value for Midfield or flex.

Willian (Chelsea $4,600) - Willian has always had tremendous talents and absurd skills, however he has simply taken his game to heights that weren't imaginable not too long ago. He has warped into a better version of Eden Hazard and continues to be the only consistent goal threat for Mourinho's side. Look for another free kick goal and at least 5 fouls drawn.

Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich $3,300) - Lahm is the heart and soul of Bayern. He has been the backbone of championship sides for a decade, and we've all seen him on the International stage when it really matters most. All that needs to be said is that he supposedly "issued a battle cry" to his teammates that they dominate tomorrow. Lahm could be our biggest flex steal of the day.

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon $4,300) - Valbuena is a very consistent player who has averaged a very nice 19.2 ppg on DK up until this point. We believe that point total should only go up with interceptions and tackles won added into the scoring system. Look for either a goal, 1-2 assists, and 7 crosses into the box tomorrow as Lyon need three points at home badly.

Other options to consider: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen $5,400), Andre (Porto $3,900), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona $3,800), Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen $3,600), Miralem Pjanic (Roma $3,400)


Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich $7,900) - If you haven't heard of this Polish monster by now, you most likely haven't been reading our articles or you don't watch many goal highlights. Robert scores, scores, and scores some more. With midfield looking like a position that won't require much money spent for solid production, spend up on Robert.

Neymar (Barcelona $7,900) - Neymar will either be scoring the goals, or providing the assists for Rakitic or Suarez. No need to go into extreme detail over the Brazilian beast, pay up for him or Robert.

Vincent Aboubakar (Porto $5,800) - We love Vincent and will continue to write about this mountain-man until he stops performing at a superstar level. He has a great matchup with Maccabi and will be the beneficiary of a multitude of zesty crosses into the box, hopefully he connects on a few.

Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen $5,400) - Chicharito has been living a dream since his move to Roger Schmidt's club and has been the beneficiary of some incredible team play domestically and in this competition. Leverkusen find themselves in the Champions League equivalent of the 'Group of Death' and this match should be as high powered as the last time these two clubs met and combined for a whopping 8 goals. Form is a major factor for us and he's been in excellent form of late.

Other options to consider: Luis Suarez (Barcelona $8,100), Hulk (Zenit $7,200), Alexandre Lacazette ($5,500), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo $4,000)


Axel Witsel (Zenit $3,900) - Besides having the coolest Mohawk in FIFA 2015, Axel is one of the most underrated midfielders in the world. He has tremendous defensive prowess and should be a major beneficiary of the new DK rule changes, and often finds himself in great offensive position to knock in a goal. Nice GPP play, should be low owned.

Brown Ideye (Olympiakos $3,900) - I watched quite a lot of this man during his brief stint with West Bromwich Albion last season in the Premier League. He is the perfect fit for a team like Olympiakos as they love to slowly build and swing in dangerous crosses for their giant forward, aka Brown Ideye. Sneaky GPP option that may very well have a 15+ point showing.

Other plays to consider: Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia $3,600), Kevin Kampl (Bayer Leverkusen $3,300), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma $3,100)

Sample Lineup

GK: Roberto

DF: Cancelo, Criscito, Layun

MF: Willian, Pjanic, Calhanoglu

FW: Neymar, Aboubakar

UT: Lewandowski, Valbuena

That's all for this week's edition of "Let's win some money and watch some exciting matches tomorrow." Don't forget to tune back in for our EPL DraftKings plays for the weekend on NMA. Looking forward to chatting with you in the comments!