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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Soccer Picks: Best UCL DFS Plays & Round of 8 Lineups Today | 4/12/22

Jovanni Vidal

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We are approaching the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of Eight. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the home sides on the two-game slate and are the odds-on favorites to win the match. The difference in results from Leg 1 paints a different picture for each club. Real Madrid will look to match goals with the visiting Chelsea and has +145 odds (BetMGM), while Chelsea holds a +175 (BetMGM) return on the moneyline play. Bayern is -400 (BetMGM) favorites and needs to win the match. Two goals without conceding would see Bayern Munich through to the semifinals. Villarreal will look to hold, and counter as a goal should have them confident to hold off the all-out offensive assault, much like they did in the first leg.

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Below are the top UCL DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel, which consider all aspects of the slate, from Awesemo’s expert UCL DFS 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.

UCL DFS DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Soccer Lineups

**All Soccer Betting Odds from BetMGM**

Real Madrid (+145) vs. Chelsea (+175), over/under 2.5

Bayern Munich (-400) vs. Villarreal (+950), over/under 2.5

Forwards/Midfielders

Robert Lewandowski (DraftKings: $9,700, FanDuel $22)

Karim Benzema (DraftKings: $10,300, FanDuel $20)

The goal hunters for the two home sides are Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema. Lewandowski leads the Bundesliga in goals and averages 4.86 shots per match. His on-target accuracy rate is 48%, and his price has seen a big drop to under $10,000. His first-leg meeting with Villarreal was less than ideal, as he failed to put more than one shot on target and could not score. Lewandowski will always carry the risk of destroying any lineup should he fail to contribute on a goal.

Lewandowski posts 1.15 goals per start and sees his team in a home match where one goal will not be enough. This price on DraftKings is too low, as Lewandowski looks to up his shot volume in search of the goals. On FanDuel the on-target accuracy and shot volume rate give him a decent floor, with the scoring upside still the mission.

Benzema secured the advantage for Real Madrid with a hat trick in the first leg. Benzema leads the club and La Liga in scoring with over a goal or assist per start. He has a 2-to-1 ratio on the goals and assists ratio, but with a rising price he needs to hit the back of the net. His 3.85 shots per match come with an on-target accuracy rate of 41%. The discount for Lewandowski makes the most sense with the same scoring upside. The GPP goal-scoring option has to go back to Kai Havertz. His price has risen and the matchup is not favorable, but the attempts are there. He continues to tick up over three shots per match and saw six against this same Real Madrid side a week ago. His price is appealing on FanDuel at $17. The volume should be there, but he will need to improve on the accuracy mark to his normal mark of 44.2%.

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Joshua Kimmich (DraftKings: $7,800, FanDuel $15)

Kingsley Coman (DraftKings: $9,200, FanDuel $18)

The Bayern attack rounds out the pieces for volume and upside. Joshua Kimmich is not known to light up the score sheet, but his open play and set shares should see an uptick once again, as Villarreal sits back to absorb. Kimmich averages 6.64 crosses and 4.51 created chances per match. Add that the drawn foul rate of 2.30 and 4.2 won tackles/interceptions, and the price on DraftKings seems low enough for a floor play. His lack of goal contribution is concerning at $15 on FanDuel, where the extra $2 would land you on Havertz. The choice between Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane is difficult because Bayern will not lay three-plus goals on a tough defense. They certainly can but those goals could also all come from Lewandowski. In cash games Kimmich and Lewandowski would make the list with one of Coman and Sane. In GPPs going full onslaught will be no different from the field.

Coman and Sane are a goal apart, way below Lewandowski and Serge Gnarby. Sane averages 4.09 shots per match, while Coman has 3.33. Coman holds the on-target advantage at 45% to Sane’s 37%. Sane has the advantage in goal contribution. The floor of Coman with a distinct open-play crossing advantage of 5.68 crosses per match makes him the play.

The Real Madrid – Chelsea match offers discounted prices on Mason Mount. Mount underwhelmed in the first leg, but his floor would stay intact with the set shares. He averages 7.11 crosses and 3.75 scoring chances created per match. He leads Chelsea in scoring and is top two in shot volume per match. His price of $7,300 seems low and makes him a core play for the floor with scoring upside.

Other Options: Vinicius Junior (DraftKings: $7,900, FanDuel $18), Daniel Parejo (DraftKings: $5,800, FanDuel $14), Arnaut Danjuma (DraftKings: $6,400, FanDuel $16), Toni Kroos (DraftKings: $5,600, FanDuel $14), Luka Modric (DraftKings: $5,300, FanDuel $12)

Defenders

Alphonso Davies (DraftKings: $5,100, FanDuel $13)

The defender position is once again uninspiring. Alphonso Davies is the only defender that stands out, and it is because of the low price. On FanDuel the price is high, and on DraftKings he will garner all the ownership and his floor alone would post a 2x value. He averages 3.06 crosses per match with 1.46 drawn fouls. His won tackles/interception rate of 3.86 per match could see a down tick but still would range enough metrics for the $5,100 price. The upside is in the created chances department and netting on his 1.11 shots per match.

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Other Options: Reece James (DraftKings: $6,100, FanDuel $15), Benjamin Pavard (DraftKings: $4,600, FanDuel $11), Ferland Mendy (DraftKings: $3,600, FanDuel $8)

Goalkeepers

Thibault Courtois (DraftKings: $4,900, FanDuel $11)

Manuel Neuer (DraftKings: $5,900, FanDuel $13)


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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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