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⚽ Corner Kick: UCL DFS Picks for Wednesday with Toni Kroos | 2/24/21

Jovanni Vidal

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Welcome to our UCL DFS coverage for Wednesday, Feb. 24. Here you’ll find our top UCL DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel, which consider all aspects of the slate from projections to pricing to popularity across soccer DFS. These picks should help you create highly projected lineups in DraftKings and FanDuel UEFA Champions League tournaments and cash games.


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UCL Odds Report

Atalanta (+130) vs. Real Madrid (+188), O/U 2.5

Borussia Monchengladbach (+850) vs. Manchester City (-345), O/U 3.5

UCL DFS Picks: DraftKings + FanDuel Lineups | Feb. 24

These are listed in order of what I believe are the top plays, including median projection, floor and upside.

UCL DFS Picks: Forwards/Midfielders

Raheem Sterling (DraftKings $8,400, FanDuel $22)

Gabriel Jesus (DraftKings $7,500, FanDuel $20)

Manchester City faces Borussia Monchengladbach, which has the fourth-ranked home defense in the Bundesliga, allowing 0.97 expected goals per match. They lack the depth that Manchester City has, with rotations throughout competitions, which plays into the visitors’ favor. The current EPL leaders average 1.79 expected goals per match on the road, and Kevin De Bruyne returns to give the offense a boost. He is the core play at sub $10,000 with a floor built on 7.25 crosses per match. His offense produces 3.87 shots and 6.56 scoring chances created per match.

On the wing, Raheem Sterling provides scoring upside and ranks second on the club, with 2.2 shots per match. Sterling has scored in 45% of his appearance and leads the team with 50% on-target accuracy. His goal dependency keeps him as a GPP play. Gabriel Jesus offers scoring upside at a discount for the club. He averages 2.23 shots per match with 43% on-target accuracy. The Man City attack is rounded out with Phil Foden, who averages 2.43 shots and 3.53 scoring chances created per match.

On the other side of the pitch, Lars Stindl leads the host in scoring and averages 2.18 shots per match. Jonas Hofmann handles the set-piece shares provides a solid floor with 4.64 crosses per match. Hofmann also leads the club in assists, with goal contribution in 92% of his appearances.

Toni Kroos (DraftKings $7,300, FanDuel $17)

Marco Asensio (DraftKings $5,900, FanDuel $12)

Real Madrid heads into this matchup with injuries to big names in Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos. It will be an uphill battle, but Atalanta’s defense is no stronghold. They allow an average of 1.18 expected goals and 1.30 actual goals per match. Real Madrid has leadership in the midfield with Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos. Kroos handles the set shares and direct free kicks. He averages 6.27 crosses per match and creates 4.5 scoring chances.

The attack for Madrid sees a discount across the board, with Marco Asensio offering a mix of floor and upside. He averages 3 scoring chances and 4.76 crosses per match. His 1.84 shots per match should see an uptick without Benzema as an option. A scoring punt comes up front in the form of Mariano. The explosive striker has limited minutes on Madrid and was once a top scoring threat on Lyon.

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Other Options: Alassane Plea (DraftKings $5,800, FanDuel $17), Ilkay Gundogan (DraftKings $8,000, FanDuel $15), Vinicius Junior (DraftKings $5,400, FanDuel $19), Duvan Zapata (DraftKings $7,900, FanDuel $21), Josip Ilicic (DraftKings $7,700, FanDuel $19).

UCL DFS Picks: Defender

Robin Gosens (DraftKings $5,000 FanDuel $13)

Robin Gosens provides a spark for the Atalanta attack on the wing. He is contributing on goals for his club in 62.5% of his appearances. Gosens averages 1.82 shots and 2.56 crosses per match. He adds to his value on the defense with 3.62 won tackles/interceptions per match.

Other Options: Joao Cancelo (DraftKings $5,900, FanDuel $14), Ferland Mendy (DraftKings $3,800, FanDuel $9), Ramy Bensebaini (DraftKings $4,400, FanDuel $13).

Goalkeepers

Ederson (DraftKings $5,800 FanDuel $13)

Thibaut Courtois (DraftKings $4,600 FanDuel $9)


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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.