Top UCL Fantasy Picks
Our UCL Fantasy statistics guru FPL Ze scour the depth of statistics to present some top picks from each position!
Top UCL Fantasy Picks
In terms of form and fixtures, Mendy (CHE | 6.0) tops the list. The Senegalese had kept a clean sheet in 55% of the games, averaging 2.63 saves a game. Courtois (RMA | 6.0) is just behind Mendy in the statistics, averaging 2.50 saves a game, in a relatively easy group.
Ederson (MCI | 6.0) also had clean sheets in 55%% of the games, but averages way fewer saves per game (0.56).
Oblak (ATM | 6.5) is the most expensive GK in the game but should be avoided as they are in relatively tougher group.
Casteels (WOL | 5.0) represents good value at 5.0, having already kept 3 clean sheets in 4 league games to date. Wolfsburg are also in a relatively easy group with Lille, Sevilla and RB Salzburg, avoiding all the European big guns.
Bono (SEV | 5.0) is nailed on to start and they are in the same group as Wolfsburg.
Elsewhere, De Gea (MNU | 5.5) is nailed on to start and United have good fixtures, starting with Young Boys on MD1.
In the budget bracket, Vlachodimos (BEN | 4.5) ranks most favourably in form with 6 clean sheets in 9 games but they are in a group with both Bayern and Barcelona.
Kobel (DOR | 4.5) is Dortmund’s new number one. Their group is okay but Dortmund is leaky at the back, averaging 2 goals conceded so far already. In the same group with Dortmund is Sporting, whose number one Adan (SPO | 4.5) is also 4.5.
Alexander-Arnold (LIV | 6.5) tops the power rankings and is the most expensive defender at 6.5. His statistics are explosive, 2 assists, 2 clean sheets and the most chances created in the Premier League. Van Dijk (LIV | 6.5) offer similar return possibilities for Liverpool but concern is of course fixtures.
Shaw (MNU | 6.0), Guerreiro (DOR | 6.0) and Hakimi (PSG | 6.5) are all exciting attacking defenders.
City’s defenders cannot be ignored with Cancelo (MCI | 6.0) and Dias (MCI | 6.0) offering highest points per game return from last season.
Baku (WOL | 5.5), Gosens (ATA | 5.5) and Angelino (RBL | 5.5) are the top attacking defenders in the sub 6.0 bracket and have high probabilities of attacking returns (all >40% chance from last season’s stats).
The rest of United and Chelsea defenders are in the 5.0-5.5 bracket, all offering good chances of clean sheets. Chelsea left-back position is perhaps still an open debate – interesting to see if Tuchel would rotate in Chilwell (CHE | 5.5).
Mazraoui (AJA | 4.5) is the top of the budget defenders, his form this season is particularly impressive. His average ball recoveries is also at 7.33 per game.
Also worth mentioning in this bracket are Kristensen (SAL | 4.5), Grimaldo (BEN | 4.5) and the Sevilla pair of Acuna (SEV | 4.5) and D Carlos (SEV | 4.5). They all offer good attacking returns.
At 4.0, the best pick appear to be Roussillon (WOL | 4.0). The Frenchman is an attacking left-back and has started every league game so far.
The Premium midfielder bracket is full of world class talent.
Top of the pile is Fernandes (MNU | 10.5), already on 4 goals and 1 assist in 4 league games. However, as all FPL managers are aware, with Ronaldo now in the team, it is not likely that Fernandes will have a stranglehold of his side’s set-pieces.
Salah (LIV | 10.5) just reached 100 Premier League goals over the weekend, returning in 76% of the games last season as well.
Looking outside the Premier League, the Bayern pair of Sane (BAY | 9.0) and Gnarby (BAY | 10.0) rank highly, averaging nearly 4 pts per game last season. They are both extremely lowly owned and can be great differentials. Bayern plays Barcelona on MD1 BUT also have Dynamo Kiev and Benfica in their group.
Pogba (MNU | 8.5) ranks the highest among the rest, thanks to his 7 assists in the Premier League to date.
Goncalves (SPO | 8.0) is a player to watch. He is the focal point of Sporting’s play and has attacking returns in nearly 75% of his games last season. He is however, playing in his first ever proper European competition.
Reus (DOR | 8.0) is enjoying a resurgence in his career with 4 goals in 5 games to date.
The bucket of budget midfielders offer the most interesting picks.
Klassen (AJA | 6.5) shines among the midfielders priced 7.0 and below. He has attacking returns in 46% of his games , scoring 12 and assisting 3 times from midfield. His average of 6.633 ball recoveries also rank favourably.
Casemiro (RMA | 6.5) is a popular and often discussed UCL Fantasy pick. Ball recovery is a strength of the Brazilian, as well as his headers.
Barrios (ZEN | 5.0) averages nearly 9 ball recoveries per game too and makes a good enabler as his price point.
Alvarez (AJA | 4.5) is one of the highest owned midfielder of the game at 46%. He is a nailed on defensive midfielder who has 10 goals in 179 appearances so probably not a player with much attacking prospect.
Kante (CHE | 5.5) is highly owned, but he ranks lowly in the power rankings and averages a mere 2.19 per game last season. However, the introduction of 3 fantasy points for the Player of the Match may change this.
Premium forward is an area where much of the UCL fantasy managers’ budgets would be spent on.
Haaland (DOR | 11.0) ranks top in every attacking matric you can think of. The boy has 65 goals in his 65 Dortmund appearances, including 12 in the Champions League. He is on 5 goals and 4 assists in 4 league appearances. He averaged 6.88 pts per game last season. Dortmund plays Besiktas on MD1.
Lewandowski (BAY | 12.0) is the most expensive of the whole game and has scored in every club game to date this season. He has 48 goals and 9 assists in 40 appearances last season. The only downside is that he plays Barcelona on MD1.
Ronaldo (MNU | 11.0) returns to Champions League in United colours, having already scored twice in his second debut. He is the competition’s leading scorer with 134 goals.
Messi (PSG | 11.0), Neymar (PSG | 11.0) and Mbappe (PSG | 11.0) have yet to play together and they have a good opening game at Club Bruge on MD1.
Lukaku (CHE | 11.0) appears to be outshone by the stars mentioned above but he should not be written off at all as Chelsea are in a good group with Juventus, Zenit and Malmo.
There is also Benzema (RMA | 10.0), who appears cheap but is by no means less distinguished. He scored 30 goals last season and is currently on 5 goals and 4 assists in 4 games as Real’s club captain.
There are a whole host of other forwards but just a few worth mentioning.
Tadic (AJA | 8.5) has attacking returns in 91% of his games and Andre Silva (RBL | 9.0) has 108%. For the latter though, Leipzig are in a group with PSG and Man City.
If you fancy a budget forward to prop up other areas, Traore (SHA | 6.5) stands out with his domestic form and a MD1 game against Sheriff Tiraspol. Correa (INT | 7.0) is Inter’s new signing and has 2 goals in 2 games.
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