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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Soccer Picks: Best UCL DFS Plays & Round of 16 Lineups Today | 3/15/22

Jovanni Vidal

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UCL DFS picks and predictions for DraftKings and FanDuel UEFA Champions League Lineups today

Welcome to the UEFA Champions League DFS coverage for Tuesday, March 15. Below are the top UCL DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel, which consider all aspects of the slate, from Awesemo’s expert fantasy soccer projections to pricing to popularity for DFS fantasy soccer. These UCL DFS soccer picks should help with creating highly projected lineups in DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy soccer tournaments and cash games.

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UCL DFS Picks Today: DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Soccer Lineups

**All Odds from BetMGM**

Ajax (-278) vs. Benfica (+650), over/under 3.5

Manchester United (+115) vs. Atletico Madrid (+260), over/under 2.5

Forwards/ Midfielders

Dusan Tadic (DraftKings: $9,700, FanDuel $19)

Sebastian Haller (DraftKings: $10,200, FanDuel $21)

Ajax will play host to Benfica. The series is tied two apiece, and both teams will be pressed to finish off the match and not chance penalties. Dusan Tadic leads the way for the home side that averages 2.96 goals per match. Tadic contributes on 32.8% of their scoring and builds a floor with 9.55 crosses per match. His shot volume of 2.27 per match is met with an on-target rate of 44%, making him a core play on both sites. On FanDuel GPP Antony can be paired with Sebastian Haller. Antony comes in with a higher volume of 4.01 shots per match. His on-target rate sits slightly below at 35%. The goal-hunting approach would bring leverage to a high owned Tadic in this spot.

Haller is the top goal hunter. Ajax has posted multi-goal matches in nine of their previous 11 outings. Haller is atop the scoring list for the club and contributes on 35.6% of their scoring. He handles the penalties and averages 3.96 shots per match at an on-target rate of 45.3%. His floor with on-target strikes is a better play on FanDuel. On DraftKings he needs to find the back of the net to pay off the massive price tag.

Joao Felix (DraftKings: $7,000, FanDuel $17)

Cristiano Ronaldo (DraftKings: $7,500, FanDuel $20)

Manchester United and Atletico Madrid come into a draw situation where the winner of this leg takes all. Both teams go about their business differently, as Atletico has a strong defense and Manchester United will look to fire attempts at will. The Ajax match has more appeal for goal hunting, but there is value in this one. Joao Felix has played well in recent form. He is third on the team in scoring, contributing on 18% of their scoring. He also has played fewer full matches than Luis Suarez and Angel Correa, who also have scored more goals. Felix averages 2.78 shots per match and hits target at an accuracy clip of 40.6%. He needs a goal to pay off the price and is a GPP play for leverage given Atletico’s underdog odds. Antoine Griezmann would fill the floor role with set shares and penalties for upside. He averages 2.63 shots per match in his limited outings for the away side to complement 3.07 scoring chances created. The absence of Correa and Thomas Lemar looks to filter Griezmann an uptick in crossing volume as well.

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The home side will have the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo coming off a hat trick. Ronaldo’s price is too low for his scoring and brace upside. He handles the penalties and averages 4.04 shots per match, which would see a significant uptick should Bruno Fernandes miss his second consecutive outing. The shot volume alone should help Ronaldo hit 1x value, making him a core play in all formats. Fernandes’s absence would also bump Paul Pogba up to an attacking role, where he contributes on shots and takes more than two attempts per match. He is a salary-relief stacking piece for Manchester United, which allows pieces from Ajax in the build.

Other Options: Jadon Sancho (DraftKings: $6,500, FanDuel $16), Anthony Elanga (DraftKings: $7,100, FanDuel $13), Marcos Llorente (DraftKings: $4,100, FanDuel $10). Rafa Silva (DraftKings: $5,700, FanDuel $15)

Defenders

Alejandro Grimaldo (DraftKings: $4,800, FanDuel $12)

It is hard to imagine any of these matches ending with a clean sheet. Alex Telles will hold a key role on set pieces and is a cash consideration for the floor. The play that is interesting is Alejandro Grimaldo. He is not a scoring threat for the Portuguese club but has a floor despite the flow of the match. Offensively Grimaldo averages 6.39 crosses per match and a mix of shot volume and drawn fouls. Defensively he averages 2.26 interceptions/won tackles. Grimaldo offers some upside with 15% goal contribution, but the floor will do enough to pay off the price at 1.25-1.75x value.

Other Options: Alex Telles (DraftKings: $5,800, FanDuel $13), Renan Lodi (DraftKings: $4,400, FanDuel $10)

Goalkeepers

Jan Oblak (DraftKings: $4,400, FanDuel $9)

David De Gea (DraftKings: $5,200, FanDuel $11)


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Jovanni Vidal is accountant and finance analyst, with lifetime passion for fantasy sports. He has provided content and player analysis for season-long fantasy sites. He joined Awesemo to help new and current DFS soccer players learn new approaches to the game and how to succeed, with an overall goal to grow the DFS soccer sport and various league content offerings. You can reach him on Twitter @fluff_marsh.

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