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The best midfielders for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 2023/24

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) begins next Tuesday – and so does the competition’s official Fantasy game.

We’ll have plenty of UCL Fantasy coverage in preparation for next week’s big kick-off, plus articles throughout the season.

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Following a look at top goalkeeping options, our preview articles continue by picking out the best Champions League Fantasy midfielders.

With a squad of 15 players and substitutions possible between the evenings of a Matchday, having midfielders from both halves of the group draw is again the best way to maximise potential points.

Here’s a guide to who’s who.

Best Champions League Fantasy midfielders

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Phil Foden/Jack Grealish (€8.0m) – Manchester City

With Kevin De Bruyne (€10.5m) injured, Foden’s impressive creative quality is catching the eye. He leads the Citizens’ expected assists (xA) and actual assists tallies after four Gameweeks, and he’s not just relying on set plays either. Grealish is also great for the same price but, honestly, all Man City midfielders have the potential to haul in the first game at home to Crvena Zvezda.

Bernardo Silva (€8.5m), Jeremy Doku (€7.0m) and Rodri (€6.5m) should be on everyone’s watchlist, in case we get early team news. The latter, who is currently in 29% of squads, has talked of playing further forward this season and is already well compensated for ball recoveries in UCL Fantasy.

Marco Asensio (€8.0m) – Paris Saint Germain

A fully-settled Randal Kolo Muani – not yet added to the UCL game – will likely play alongside Kylian Mbappe (€11.5m) and either Asensio or Ousmane Dembele (€8.0m) in a front three.

Dembele is a natural right winger, while the more versatile Asensio offers a solution either on the right wing or as a false nine. Either way, both guys have explosive potential in a ‘Group of Death’ where most teams are known for attacking tendencies rather than a solid defence.

Alternatively, AC Milan’s Christian Pulisic (€7.0m) also needs mentioning for Group F. It’s been an extremely good start in Serie A but I don’t trust last season’s semi-finalists to score as many as PSG. There are other outstanding options at a similar price.

Dani Olmo (€7.0m)/Xavi Simons (€6.5m) – RB Leipzig

After the departures of Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai, RB Leipzig’s attack has welcomed new names like Lois Openda (€7.5m), Benjamin Sesko (€7.5m) and Xavi Simons.

Amongst this amazing pool of talent, Dani Olmo is emerging as one of their star players. The Spaniard has already notched two Bundesliga goals and a hat-trick performance in the German Super Cup versus Bayern Munich.

Away from the two Man City games, there are some great attacking fixtures where Olmo can collect numerous attacking returns. Unfortunately, a knee injury puts him in doubt for next week’s opener. If Olmo isn’t available, Simons’ minutes will surely increase, therefore making the Dutchman a strong option.

Felipe Anderson (€6.5m)/Luis Alberto (€6.0m)/Mattia Zaccagni (€7.0m) – Lazio

Group E arguably looks better for defensive assets but Lazio midfielders are slightly underpriced. In other Serie A Fantasy games, they’re often considered to be top-class options and, although competition in UCL is on another level, all three of these get regular game time and play far up the pitch.

Their return rates are also very high. Zaccagni is the most consistent (ten goals and six assists last season), whilst Felipe Anderson is just as dangerous but slightly less creative (nine goals and two assists). Furthermore, Luis Alberto made up for his relative lack of goals by collecting more assists (six goals and seven assists).

Anthony Gordon (€5.5m) – Newcastle United

When going through all of the Champions League midfielders, what is apparent is a lack of viable budget options. However, Anthony Gordon stands out as a very offensive player compared to others at the same price.

Group F is very tough but Dortmund can easily concede and Milan are lacking quality at right-back. With this in mind, Gordon could assume the role that Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (€9.5m) had in last season’s drafts.

Possible rotation with Harvey Barnes (€6.0m) could become problematic, of course.

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Bukayo Saka (€9.5m)/Martin Odegaard (€9.0m) – Arsenal

Arsenal fans will be delighted with their group stage draw. Sevilla, PSV and Lens are all manageable opposition, so the assets that usually perform in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) should do just as well here.

They are also very versatile, as the absence of a top-quality opponent means owners won’t be forced to play a chip during a particular Matchday in order to optimise their team. I don’t suggest a double-up on both Saka and Odegaard due to the abundance of great players for less money. But having one of them feels like an optimal choice.

Leroy Sane/Serge Gnabry (€9.0m)/Jamal Musiala (€8.5m) – Bayern Munich

Every single season, Bayern midfielders are top options in UCL Fantasy. This year is the same. The German champions host Manchester United in Matchday 1, who are without key defenders Raphael Varane (€5.0m) and Luke Shaw (€5.5m).

They then go on to face Galatasaray and Copenhagen for four consecutive Matchdays. It’s an extremely favourable schedule for them and going without at least one midfielder could spell disaster.

Jude Bellingham (€7.5m) – Real Madrid

Given his mindblowing start in La Liga – five goals in four games – the fact that Bellingham has retained his Dortmund price from last season feels almost like a cheat code.

He already deserves a price rise based on last season, as he ended the UCL campaign with four goals. Fantasy managers have noticed this pricing error and are flocking towards him.

As of now, Bellingham is the most-owned player (72%), which is even more than Erling Haaland (€11.5m). He genuinely feels like a must-own player.

Marcus Thuram (€6.5m) – Inter

There’s similar disbelief about Thuram’s price and position. Not only he is an out-of-position pick playing as a forward alongside Lautaro Martinez (€9.0m) but he’s also the cheapest starting ‘midfielder’ from June’s finalists.

After 13 Bundesliga goals last season, he now has a goal and two assists from three Serie A games. Additionally, he is second in the league for non-penalty expected goals (NPxG), meaning he will get the chance to hugely reward Fantasy managers for their objectively low investment.


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148 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 14 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone else tempted to FH this week?
    Most of my team are away
    No Spurs
    Pedro, Diaz, Gabriel in my team

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 14 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Triple up on Spurs, Salah, Nunez, Villa, even a cheeky Fulham maybe?

    2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Gabriel at Everton or Diaz at Wolves are bad?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 14 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Potential rotation die to travel/Arteta

  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Cheeky repost 🙂
    I m thinking of getting gusto instead of chilwell on WC. James always seems injured feels like such a bargain at 4.2.

    Backline on WC would be

    Ederson (turner)
    Henry cash estu gusto udogie

    Cheers and gl 🙂

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Bad idea?

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Decent idea. Planning the same myself

    3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      It’s a shame this season that Chelsea aren’t in Europe!! Gusto would likely have go the easier fixtures in and around European matches too

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        *got

    4. Wobbles
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      At 4.2 you can't go wrong really and even if James comes back gusto can easily be benched. I am considering taking Chilwell out also.

  3. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    White + Richarlison > Porro + Gibbs-White 2FT.

    Turner
    Trippier Chilwell Porro
    Son Saka Odegaard Sterling Gibbs-White
    Haaland(C) Archer

    Flekken Dias Semenyo Estupinan

    1. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I think Flekken is Norwegian for the 'the stain'.
      Sorry, got distracted there...

    2. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      You don't have Salah, and you have 2 budget forwards.
      Do you have a load of dosh in the bank?

  4. GE
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    1) Bruno -> Maddison
    2) Rashford -> Maddison
    3) Eze, Dias and Estu -> Maddison, Cash and Udogie
    4) Other?

    (2FT, 0.3 itb)

    Turner (Johnstone)
    Chilwell/Dias/Estu (Kabore, Beyer)
    Son/Rashford/Bruno/Saka/Eze
    Haaland/Jackson (Osula)

    1. krawiecus
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      1 or 2, do you prefer explosiveness or pens

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Rashford or Bruno?

    1. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      It's a tough call. I've gone with Bruno more to fit with funds than anything.

  6. Kane5
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    A) Martinelli to Son and Saliba to Botman for a hit (Already have Maddison)
    B) roll FT

    1. Wobbles
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Roll

  7. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Kovacic a major doubt for West Ham fixture due to injury

    1. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      "Major"

  8. Vazza
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Who to captain: -

    A. Son
    B. Haaland

    Current rank: 2.3m

    1. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      If you're a gambler, perfect time to go for Son.
      If your a steady Eddie, then Haaland is your man.

      1. Vazza
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Perfect response, but doesn’t help my decision. Haha!

        1. Thomas Jerome Newton
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Your question should be "are you a gambler"?

          1. Vazza
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            I’m not a gambler but will NEED to be one given my rank and the fact it seems an opportunity to do upside chasing

        2. Thomas Jerome Newton
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Look within yourself. What do you see?

          1. Vazza
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            I see myself as a little kid at heart with big dreams and aspirations

            1. Thomas Jerome Newton
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              I think you will probably go Haaland in the end.

  9. Mini League Fatigue
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    What do people think about Enzo as a short term option? Playing as a 10, on set pieces … the raw ingredients are there ?

    1. Wobbles
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Would rather Rodri if you are going down that route.

  10. zensum
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Urgent help required:

    Anyone can share your views on strategy on utilizing the Free-Hit Card?
    Typically, I know you should use in blank or double game weeks but just want to hear your views.

    Appreciate your help

    1. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      If its urgent, are you considering using it this week?
      I would say it always seems best to use it towards the end of the season. The moment normally shows itself.

      1. zensum
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Thk you