Fantasy Champions League, FanTeam
2 months ago
The Champions League is back with FanTeam offering us a brand new format with a humongous prize pool. Now we have to choose only 11 players not thinking about our bench. Safety Net will activate and automatically substitute a player from your tea who doesn't start for his cheaper teammate of the same position Of course, DraftGym can’t go past this event with €250 000,00 up for grabs, and this article will help you understand where to invest your fantasy money.
The current Champions League winner will face Juventus, Zenit and Malmo in Group H. On paper, the English side shouldn’t have problems with teams from Sweden and Russia. The only tough opponent is Juventus, who are now being rebuilt by Massimiliano Allegri and had a very slow and inconsistent start in Serie A this season.
Consider Blues defense – this line is probably the strongest in Europe after Tuchel’s arrival. The best goalkeeper of the previous campaign Edouard Mendy (8.0) and this season's irreplaceable Antonio Rudiger (7.5) represent a pricey premium defensive stack.
Do not forget about the most expensive summer signing Romelu Lukaku (14.0). At the time of writing, it is still unclear whether he will be able to recover from a minor injury he sustained at the beginning of September.
A tough choice between Bayern and Man City for the role of the second group stage powerhouse as both teams are drawn into similar and not easy groups with Barcelona and PSG as main rivals. I would lean towards Pep’s team in this duel even despite his notorious roulette and very strong RB Leipzig among opposition.
Gabriel Jesus (10.5) could be a surprising differential from a top team as he was quite efficient as the right-winger during the first games of the season. Gundogan (8.5) seems a solid starter with a decent potential if you want to pick a mid-priced midfielder. Almost every other person in midfield could be used as a differential, including such names as Grealish and Sterling.
In case you do believe in Bayern, pay attention to Josip Stanisic (5.5). He started this season as the first-choice right-back and could be the perfect pick to save some funds for monster forwards upfront.
Portuguese champions dominated the domestic league last season. I expect that their nearly-perfect defense and pressing would help them compete with Borussia and Ajax.
Consider Coates (6.5) who is a threat at set-pieces but will miss the first game due to suspension. The main two actors upfront are Paulinho (7.5) and Pedro Goncalves (8.0) – most of the goals and assist are scored by this duo.
The previous Champions League campaigns should have taught us one thing - never underestimate Shakhtar and Porto. While the Portuguese find themselves in a group of death, Shakhtar once again will play against Real and Inter (8 points in 4 games in 2020) and test the surprise package of the qualifying rounds - Sherif.
Arsenal transfer target Manor Solomon (7.5) and an attacking-minded fullback Dodo (6.0) could become relatively cheap picks to strengthen your team.
Champions of France were in the 1st pot before the group stage draw but got tough opponents from all other pots. Moreover, they lost their coach Christophe Galtier and started their season with only 1 victory in 4 games, conceding 9 goals. (23 conceded goals in 38 games last season).
That’s why defensive picks don't look very attractive, while midfielders and forwards cost as much as the ones from the clubs with better opponents.
The Turkish clubs have not seen much success in European competitions lately. Their level could be compared with Russian clubs, too many foreign players over 30 years old and a lack of homegrown talents result in poor results despite financial wealth.
Galatasaray had been demolished by PSV in the qualifying round this year, and I am not sure that the Turkish champions will be able to perform much better even in a group where no real trophy contenders take part.
Sports fan and fantasy sports fanatic. Loves statistics and tries to find the right way of applying it in fantasy sports. Winner of Fanteam Premier League Experience Tournament in 2018.