With one round completed in the Champions League, it's time for another two-day slate for Matchday Two. While most people will have their rosters locked in with their long-term lineup, there are always reasons to tinker. With some significant injuries striking recently, such as Kevin De Bruyne, now is the time to find the right players to plug into your UCL fantasy squad.
Here are some players that you should key on for this week's matchups!
Rui Patricio will be in goal for Sporting as one of the biggest favorites of the week, and should be in line for a clean sheet.
Gianluigi Buffon and his defense continue to be a dominant force, and that should not change against underdog Dinamo Zagreb. While he may face a few more shots than normal with it being an away match, a clean sheet is a likely result.
Finding value players who can still contribute if needed is the key to fitting higher-priced options into your team. Adrian Semper of Dinamo Zagreb is the best example of this mentality. While his matchup with Juventus is a difficult one, he is playing at home and will face plenty of shots. The young keeper should get points even if he lets a few goals get past--and more importantly, his salary of just 4.0m allows you to save some valuable budget room.
Sebastian Coates will be a cheap option in the Sporting Lisbon defense, and is a great plug-and-play contender this week.
Raphael Guerreiro has a difficult matchup with Real Madrid, but as a defender who plays in a forward role, the Borussia Dortmund player is a must-play. After recording a goal and an assist in the opening matchday, with another goal over the weekend, he is in terrific form.
Felipe takes free kicks for Porto and has already scored on a few this season. His matchup isn't a great one against Leicester City, but they were blitzed over the weekend in a 4-1 defeat. At such a cheap price, he is a solid play.
The Juventus back line is loaded with options, but my pick is Dani Alves. He has recorded just one assist and no goals so far in his first five appearances with the Old Lady, but he has been highly involved in the buildup. With injuries hitting the lineup, he will be relied on a bit more now. He also is a great option for a clean sheet as well.
Samir Nasri had a terrific match for Sevilla this weekend, and has looked good since making the move from Manchester City. Facing Lyon, he should have some opportunities to create or even score a goal.
Franck Ribery is having a resurgence this season, and with a difficult matchup against the stingy Atletico Madrid defense, he could be crucial to picking the lock. Through eight matches this campaign, he has two goals and six helpers.
With the aforementioned injury to KDB, Manchester City will need to find performance from others. Raheem Sterling will now be asked to prove that his uptick in form is not just a byproduct of the Belgian playmaker. City are big favorites in this matchup, and Sterling should be involved.
Dortmund's matchup with Real Madrid is expected to result in a lot of goals, and Gonzalo Castro is a cheap exposure to that firepower. He already has three goals and four assists in his last four matches, with the club scoring a whopping twenty goals in that span. He is also averaging over two key passes per match during that time, making his 6.0m price tag very appealing.
Sergio Aguero is back from suspension in the league, and is facing a Celtic team that conceded seven goals to Barcelona in the first Matchday. With KDB out due to injury, he will be relied upon even more in this matchup.
Jose Callejon was the first player I went after for my lineup. He has contributed to seven goals in seven matches (5G, 2A) across all competitions for Napoli, and is in terrific form; his matchup against Benfica is a good one.
With three goals in his last three matches in the league, Lacina Traore has settled in nicely at CSKA Moscow. His matchup against Spurs will be a difficult one, but his height will cause them problems on set pieces.
With Lionel Messi likely missing out due to injury, it will be up to Neymar and Luis Suarez to lead the attack this week. However, there are much worse options to have in this scenario. They should once again be involved in goals this week.
Well there is my short list of players to key on this matchday. As for me, I will be fielding the following lineup, with Aguero set as my captain:
Who will you be looking at for UCL fantasy this week, and who will you start in your lineups? Share your thoughts in the comments below!