It is the final day of Champions League group stage play, and we have eight matches on the schedule:
Olympiacos v Arsenal
Roma v BATE
Dynamo Kyiv v Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Chelsea v Porto
Gent v Zenit
Valencia v Lyon
Dinamo Zagreb v Bayern Munich
It was the Real Madrid show yet again on Tuesday as they pummeled the life out of lowly Malmo (sorry Zlatan). Unless you had CR7 and Benzema, who we thought was in jail by now, you didn’t cash yesterday. So let's right the ship and get back in the green Wednesday. DFSGods are here to reignite the DraftKings flames.
Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, $4,400) - Roma must secure a positive result, which effectively means they control their own destiny. BATE haven't played a competitive fixture since the end of November which will undoubtedly show in their match fitness, as Roma will cruise to a joyous and lovely 3-0 victory.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, $3,700) - I feel disgusting and violated. Listing a Chelsea player as my number one in any article is a disturbing and unfamiliar feeling; but with all that being pushed aside, Mourinho's job is on the line. Abramovich has always cared the most about his club's Champions League finish ever since he fell in love with the trophy as a little boy and Mourinho / Chelsea all know they have everything to play for at home tomorrow. Oh, and the Special One won the Champions League with Porto way back in the day so this one's special for a variety of reasons.
Other options to consider: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, $4,300), Petr Cech (Arsenal, $3,900)
Lucas Digne (Roma, $3,500) - As previously stated Roma must secure a positive result, and they control their own Champions League destiny. BATE haven't played a competitive fixture since the end of November, which will undoubtedly show in their match fitness as Roma will cruise to victory. Digne is always a nice offensive piece and will undoubtedly fling in some dangerous crosses for Dzeko.
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, $3,000) - With the injury bug hitting Luis Enrique's squad pretty hard, there's a solid chance Mascherano could be sitting up in his holding midfield role, which would undoubtedly lead to a plethora of tackles won, passes intercepted, and audacious 40 yard rips. Very safe, solid defensive play.
Adriano (Barcelona, $2,700) - Dani Alves is set to miss this match due to suspension and any Barcelona right back under 3k is simply always worth the plug-in. This match could go a variety of ways tomorrow, but expect a Barcelona W and hopefully a nice assist from Adriano, who will also help save cap room for Messi the Maestro.
Other options to consider: Calum Chambers (Arsenal, $2,400), Danilo Silva (Dynamo Kiev, $3,300), Miguel Layun (Porto, $3,900)
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal, $6,300) - Arsenal face an absolute must-win game and have an unbelievable amount of important players out with injury. Ozil is one of their few stars who will, in fact, be available and simply put he must have the game of his life providing for Giroud, as well as creating for Joel Campbell and other B-squad members, in order for Arsenal to secure the points they need.
Willian (Chelsea, $6,100) - The man won't stop scoring and is literally four out of five on free kick goals this round. Big players show up in must-win games and the Chelsea squad knows what's at stake tomorrow. If not from a set-piece, look for Willian to assert himself early regardless.
Miralem Pjanic (Roma, $5,000) - Roma are the popular pick for the most predictable match of the day, and although they may be somewhat riddled with injury up front, they will be fielding their strongest possible midfield with Pjanic leading the charge. Look for a goal, an assist, and 30+ DraftKing's points.
Oleg Shatov (Zenit, $4,400) - Zenit are the only team that have won every match so far in their Champions League campaign and you can sure bet coach Andres Villas Boas will want to keep that record intact for his CV as this offseason his name will undoubtedly be linked with multiple big clubs. Shatov has been remarkably productive thus far and with Hulk and Dyzuba in front of him, tomorrow should be no different.
Other options to consider: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen, $5,400), Oscar (Chelsea, $4,900), Javi Garcia (Zenit, $4,300), *Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich, $3,500), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, $3,100), Sebastian Rode (Bayern Munich, $2,900)
*Check to make sure he is playing, as there are conflicting injury reports regarding his status
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, $10,200) - In case you missed it Tuesday, CR7 dropped 4 goals and an assist. We've been burned too many times fading the unfadable star, so simply make room for Messi no matter what it takes. Must own in all formats.
Luis Suarez (Barceloa, $9,000) - He never rests, he never stops scoring, and he never stops biting. If it's not Messi, it will be Suarez as he simply has the most polished finishing skills I've ever had the privilege of watching. Never a shortage of goals when Barcelona are playing a team in must-win mode like Leverkusen are.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, $6,700) - Arsene will be calling on his countrymen and talisman Mr. Giroud to lead the charge in a must-win game for the Gunners. He has very nice value considering how much the game-plan will be built around him scoring and Giroud will most likely find his way onto our squads as well. No Alexis, no problem.
Edin Dzeko (Roma, $6,000) - Dzeko will be the sole strike up front in what should be a very attacking Roma side going for the jugular early. The more goals the better for the Serie A giants and you can bet Dzeko is a very solid and safe play for both GPP and cash formats. Forza Roma, Sandro!
Other options to consider: Neymar (Barcelona, $8,900), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen, $6,000), Artem Dyzuba (Zenit, $5,900), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich, $5,000)
Sebastian Rode (Bayern Munich, $2,900) - With Bayern Munich already clinching the top spot in their group, injuries adding up, and yellow cards piling up as well, look for Rode to get plenty of time on the pitch tomorrow and at $2,900 on a team as absurdly offensive as Bayern Munich, his price tag should make your jaw's drop.
Danijel Milicevic (Gent, $3,700) - Gent face a must-win at home tomorrow to a very tough Zenit squad, however Danijel is coming off of some very productive outings and is in a great position to produce sitting behind Depoitre up front. GPP special right here.
DF: Digne, Mascherano, Adriano
MF: Ozil, Willian, Rode
FW: Messi, Coman
UT: Milicevic, Nainggolan
Keeping this endtro short and sweet. Tuesday was a bad day at the office for anyone who isn't a bandwagon Real Madrid fan, or who actually knows the game and used logic to fade CR7, Wednesday will be different and if you follow the DFSportsGods advice you will win a lot of money from DFS. Join our team now at our website and follow us on Twitter!