Champions League

Lewandowski and Suarez among our top picks for UCL Fantasy

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are the teams to focus on in the next round of UEFA Champions League Fantasy matches.

The second batch of last-sixteen ties certainly have a lot to live up to after Erling Haaland (€11.1m) and Kylian Mbappe (€10.9m) stole the show last week but there are still plenty of points on offer.

With four more games left in the UCL Fantasy Gameweek, here is a run down of captaincy options and possible substitutions to optimise your team’s chances.

With two match days remaining, there is still room for at least one captaincy risk. Ten points or more is definitely the captaincy score to be aiming for. Regarding substitutions, make sure that every player you’re bringing in is definitely starting, with the deadline for each day at kick-off.

Three or four points is normally low risk enough to be worth taking a chance on a substitution, as long as the player you’re bringing on is starting!

Tuesday, February 23

Lazio v Bayern Munich

Having not won either of their last two games, Bayern Munich actually come into the Lazio fixture in some of their worst form of the season. The last time they went three games without a win in all competitions was October 2018.

Their 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend followed a shock 3-3 draw to relegation strugglers Arminia Bielefeld, but for a side ravaged by injury, which has played five games in 15 days, that is not overly surprising.

Due to injuries, Bayern’s line-up is fairly predictable, and, as with all the games, we will get it before the substitution deadline. The return of Leon Goretzka (€7.5m) will be a massive boost to the side, with the former Schalke man likely lining up behind Robert Lewandowski (€12.1m), with Thomas Müller (€10m) still in isolation. He could be a great differential pick in that number 10 role.

Of course, Lewandowski is still the star man in this team. Four goals in his last four games takes him to 31 goals in 30 games this season. He is my top captain pick for Tuesday night’s fixtures.

Kingsley Coman (€8.4m) is constantly improving as a player and already has three goals and two assists in his four games in the Champions League this season. Playing opposite Leroy Sane (€9.4m), who produced a magical assist for Lewandowski on Saturday, they should be well placed to stretch Lazio’s sometimes suspect defence.

In defence, Joshua Kimmich (€6.6m) remains the best option, mainly because he plays in central midfield. He loves a goal or assist in a big game, but Bayern’s back line has been shown to be relatively suspect recently, so I wouldn’t go too far into their defensive options.

Although they are unbeaten in their last seven home games, Lazio look likely to come out second best in this fixture. The only man from their team I would put my faith in is Ciro Immobile (€10.6m), one of Europe’s finest strikers. Although he hasn’t scored in their last two games, Immobile has 14 goals in 21 league games and has scored in all his Champions League games this season. If anyone is going to take advantage of Bayern’s high line, it will be Italy’s number nine.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

Chelsea assets step up ahead of favourable run of fixtures 9

I will never bet against Atletico Madrid in a Champions League knockout game at home. Diego Simeone knows how to win these matches and has a great game here against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

Although the German is unbeaten so far, he is yet to be really tested. Atletico are top of La Liga and playing some really great football. Although, like Bayern, they do not come into this game in top form, we learned from last week’s fixtures that form can go out of the window in these games (thanks Dortmund!).

Luis Suarez (€9.9m) is my favourite pick for this game. He knows how to bully shaky centre-backs, and all of Chelsea’s defenders have proven that they have a mistake in them recently. He’ll be joined by Joao Felix (€9.0m) up front, with the Portuguese international yet to rediscover his pre-season form. For their prices, Marcos Llorente (€6.5m) and Mario Hermoso (€4.3m) are two more great picks for this game. Llorente has scored two in his last three and Hermoso, along with all of the Atleti defence, should be helped out by Chelsea’s stuttering and unconfident attack.

Thomas Tuchel will likely bank on keeping this as low scoring a game as possible, which may well suit Diego Simeone. Being honest, I am struggling to recommend any Chelsea players here, with Marcos Alonso (€4.7m) being the best pick if he starts. Atletico’s 3-5-2 approach of late is far more attacking and open than some of their classic sides and should have the tactical nous and individual strength to deliver against Tuchel’s fledgling side.

Wednesday, February 24

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Manchester City

This write-up is really very simple. If you own Manchester City players and they start, make sure they’re in your starting XI and that one has the captain’s armband if needed.

They have won 18 games in a row and Gladbach, as attractive a side as they are, were beaten by relegation strugglers Mainz in their last match. Anyone with the foresight to pick Kevin de Bruyne (€11.4m) should reap the rewards, with the Belgian likely back on penalties. He is my favourite captaincy option for the Wednesday games.

Ilkay Gundogan (€6.6m) and Raheem Sterling (€10.5m) are two more great picks from this City side. As always, check the line-up before making your substitutions for this game as Pep can always spring a surprise. Phil Foden (€7.1m) was rested at the weekend and is going from strength to strength. Behind them, Joao Cancelo (€5.8m) is always an attacking threat, but may well be due a rest. John Stones (€5.1m) always has a goal in him so if he starts, he could well be one of the best options in this side.

Given City’s form at both ends, avoid Gladbach players like the plague.

Atalanta v Real Madrid

Real Madrid go into this game with a serious injury crisis. Although they have not conceded in their last three games, Atalanta have an electric attack on their day and will be looking to recapture their form from last year, when they put eight goals past Valencia over two legs. Although Gasperini’s men tend to struggle defensively, Real are in a poor position to take advantage of that with Karim Benzema (€10.4m) out. This could well be a big win for Atalanta.

Atalanta have a few great options. The top points scorer of the group stages, Cristian Romero (€5.1m), scored against Napoli at the weekend and will continue to rack up balls recovered points. Robin Gosens (€5.7m) also scored on Sunday and is always a good option at both ends.

Up-front, Duvan Zapata (€9.7m) was their top scorer in the group stages, but it is Luis Muriel (€8.2m) who has been in the best form of late. Three goals and three assists in his last four league games will make scary reading for Real Madrid’s back line and he could be a great differential captaincy pick for the Bergamo side.

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574 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Have 2 FT ready to be used. TC or BB this team?

    Pope
    Mee, Rudiger, Cancelo, Stones
    Salah, Bruno, Grealish , Barnes
    Watkins, Bamford

    Subs: McCarthy , Adams, Dallas, Raphinha

    1. barcaa7
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      TC on Bruno

  2. ResultatFar
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Digne or Pereira on WC? Only space for one of them (Own Barnes and DCL)

    1. barcaa7
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Digne
      he might have a double in GW29

      1. Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Prefer Digne. Nailed, no fitness concerns and on a few set pieces with potentially an extra double.

        1. ResultatFar
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thanks mates!

      2. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        i thought everton has blank gw 29..

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Probably means 28

  3. Bullet Eder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    I am definitely doing Bamford and Antonio to Kane (C) and DCL for a -4. Is Grealish to H Barnes worth another -4? Ben Mee (tot LEI) would come in for Grealish otherwise.

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Do we know the reason why Grealish was out? Is he still out? If Yes then go for Barnes

    2. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Think grealish gonna be out for both games.
      Bring in barnes

  4. Saves the day
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Combined ownership for selected players in tonights game (overall, not top10k):

    Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas = 4.96%
    Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas, Ings = 2.05%
    Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas, Ings, McCarthy = 0.6%
    Bamford, Dallas, Ings = 5.78%
    Bamford, Raphinha, Ings = 4.18%
    Bamford, Ings = 13.56%
    Bamford, Raphinha = 11.16%

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      How about Bamford, Raphinha, Struijk, Ings and Vestergaard?

      1. Saves the day
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        0.02% overall

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Ooh...ultra ultra differential combo I have there haha

          1. Saves the day
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Very nice! I have Bam, Raph, Dallas and Ings so fingers crossed!

            1. rubberdignerapids
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              good luck to you sir

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Would like to see the above for top 10k

      1. Saves the day
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Top 10k

        Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas = 34.93%
        Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas, Ings = 14.97%
        Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas, Ings, McCarthy = 4.34%
        Bamford, Dallas, Ings = 27.01%
        Bamford, Raphinha, Ings = 23.79%
        Bamford, Ings = 40.75%
        Bamford, Raphinha = 52.75%

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Cheers. In the 14.97% club.

    3. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bamford & Ings feels like 50% in some MLs.

  5. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Goalscorer odds say Mo v Sheffield is the outstanding game this week. Really think he's being slept on for captaincy.

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      It's because of the Chelsea fixture and people reliving Kane's hattrick days/liverpool's current poor form

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I think Kane nostalgia is a big thing, you're right. He's done it back to back before.

        I'm going to go with Kane due to ownership probably, but a Mo haul wouldn't surprise me.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Kane's ownership 18% this week, going to sky rocket?

          1. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yes, top of captain poll and 180K transfers in already.

            At a guess, say he ends up on 500K transfers in (no idea if this is reasonable), that's similar to Ings last week, so that puts him at an extra 40% EO. Then captained by 1/3 of total but most who own him and TC'd by some - I think his EO could easily pass EO 100, even 120.

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Liverpool just so out of sorts right now, then chelsea away

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Chelsea is at home. And Spurs are even more out of sorts...

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Team has shown poor form, that is the problem.

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Kane is the most popular captain pick?

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I am planning to TC Bruno, but don't follow my foolishness.

          1. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Not a bad move. I would do it if Palace was the first game.

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Almost time to see if my -4 for Ings was wise or dumb.

  7. Fantasy man on the top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Lloris, Schmeichel or Pickford for DGW26?

    I see some people chosing Areola over these three GK’s. But why?

    Already got Martinez for bgw.

  8. karpuzz
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hi guys, how is this WC looking? Any comments are appreciated.

    Martinez-Mc Carthy
    Dias-Digne-Konsa (Struijk, Ben White)
    KDB-Gundo-Son-Barnes (Minamino)
    Kane-Vardy-DCL

    0.2 ITB

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bruno over Vardy rest looks good !

    2. Ruth_NZ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Maitland-Niles for Konsa, otherwise pretty good. Might be a week early for KDB.

  9. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Dead End 29 & WC 30!

    Martinez ¦ Forster
    Maguire Cancelo Lowton
    Bruno Rashford Grealish Gundogan
    Jesus Ings Bamford
    ¦ Saka Holding Coufal

    2 FT, 5.0 ITB

    What to do?

    1. Igz08
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No Kane, Watkins, DCL would rather worry me

      1. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Change my forward line?

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Jesus to DCL or Kane?

    2. Bounce
        2 months, 23 days ago

        What does dead end mean? You only have 6 players for GW29.

        1. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I'll can get 4-5 more with the FT's

          1. Bounce
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Rashford & Jesus to Barnes & Kane?

              1. Slitherene
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Don't feel like getting rid of Rashford.

      • Igz08
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Still struggling with this

        A) Watkins
        B) DCL (-4)

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Watkins, has 29 fixture

          1. Igz08
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            But DCL double is sooo tasty

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Choose:

        1 Rashford Anto Bamford
        2 Smith Row, Kane Vardy

        1. karpuzz
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          B

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          2

        3. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          2

        4. im1974
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 23 days ago

          B

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Saka, Ings to H.Barnes, Watkins for -4?

      • Bounce
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Old rank: 42,739
          New rank: 46,455
          Change: -8.69%

          Players left: Dallas, Raphina, Bamford (c), Ings

          Will I get my 18th consecutive green arrow tonight lol?

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Would be strange if you didn't.

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yes, definitely. That is great. My record is 9 straight greens.

          3. im1974
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Maybe

        • jamie1972
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Worth doing a -8 to bring in 2 DGW'ers for a BB? (Pickford & Digne)

          As it stands I've got 10 DGW'ers but no point BB'ing (as it's Pick & Digne I'd bring in for bench fodder)

          A) Do it
          B) Hold

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Which option to get Spurs attack?

          A) Bamford/Rashford to Kane/Barnes for -4
          B) Rashford to Son for free

          1. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            A

        • SuperDan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Which is best?

          A) Dallas > Dunk (Play Bamford & Raphinha)
          B) Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas > DCL, Lookman, Burn (-8)

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Go B if FH GW 29

            1. SuperDan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Yup that’s the plan

        • FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Anything here you would do for a hit? (Taken 1 hit already)
          Going to play BB

          Ederson (martinez)
          Shaw cancelo targett (dier lowton)
          Salah Bruno son gundo Maddy
          DCL Watkins (bam)

          If Maddy out for sure then barnes best option in that price range ?

        • Bleh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Think I’ve settled on this WC draft, any changes you would make? Will BB in GW28 and save FH & TC for later.

          Martinez, Sanchez
          Dias, Stones, Digne, Targett, Struijk
          Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Barnes, Minamino
          Kane, DCL, Bamford

          1. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Why bb28 ?

            1. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Good fixtures for most teams.

        • acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Guys.
          A) Digne and Watkins
          B) Digne and Barnes (-4)

          B could technically be minus 8 as I will lose a GW29 player in that move.

          1. hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            A

        • karpuzz
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A: Son, Vardy, Konsa
          B: Salah, Diagne, Castagne

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            A

          2. acidicleo
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            a

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Bamford, Raphinha(C), Struijk and Ings. Guaranteed green?

          1. bigwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah

        • OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          captain poll is massively on Kane but I am just not convinced..

          if you voted for Kane what is your reasoning?
          Burnley & Fulham haven't conceded many goals recently.

          Bruno/Salah look better options to me and then even a City player but i appreciate there is rotation risk with City.

          1. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Personal experience probably plays apart. Had too many bad experiences giving Salah the armband this season.

          2. Sulley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            West Brom should have scored at least 2 goals with 10 men. Carved Burnley open at will

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Who to C or TC?

          11dgw, playing bench.

          Martinez,
          Dias, Cancelo, Shaw,
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo, Barnes
          Kane, Watkins

          Sanchez, Bamford, Aina, Dallas

          .1

          1. im1974
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I’d BB it

        • Tomsk
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Meslier
            Lamptey, Fofana, Garcia , Thomas
            Hudson Odoi ,Saka, Curtis Jones, Foden, Neto
            Greenwood

            How would this team with maximum age of 20 get on in premier league?
            Mmm relegated I guess looking at that defense! (Forwards ain't bad though)

            1. richarlison2348
                2 months, 23 days ago

                100 goals conceded and scored

                1. Tomsk
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Haha,I think that sums that team up!

              • built_this_city
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Bamford (c), Dallas, McCarthy, Ings

                Let's go babies!!!

                1. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Same here. Well we get 3 of them.

              • Areyouthereyet
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Best pick?

                1. Rudiger Targett
                2. Targett Aina
                3. Aina Alonso

              • Dele
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Who’s the best defensive option up to 4.3 that covers GW29, Tete?

              • BOATIES FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Ings & Soucek to Kane (C) & Barnes for free looks good right?

              • trinzoo
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Is Pereira of Leicester nailed on? Good punt on a WC?

                1. La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Could be rotated during dgw

                  1. trinzoo
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Ouch! Let's hope he won't start on Thursday then!

              • Fred54
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                No Grealish in either line up.