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Tuesday, 2:45 p.m: Liverpool v. Porto
Tuesday, 2:45 p.m: Paris Saint-Germain v. Real Madrid
Roberto Firmino, LIV v. POR ($11,500): In order to complete the Liverpool stack, you’ll need Firmino, if you can fit him. The Liverpool front three has been one of the strongest attacking units in the world this season, and the Brazilian is the head of the attack. He is fairly goal dependent, given his slower pace of play, but he has scored five goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions.
Kylian Mbappe, PSG v. MAD ($10,500): It is usually easier to crowd the middle of the field and shut down a center forward than it is to key in on a winger, which is why I prefer Mbappe to Edinson Cavani ($10,500). Mbappe will have to pick up the slack with Neymar (ankle) out, and though there will be more defensive attention focused his way, he should have ball at his feet more than usual.
Vincent Aboubakar, POR at LIV ($8,500): Aboubakar missed out in the first leg due to injury, but he should be back for this one. The center forward has scored 15 goals in 21 league matches this season, and though Porto failed to break through at home last game, Aboubakar adds a needed presence as a hold-up forward. He is the epitome of a target man, so he is relatively goal dependent, but given his goalscoring record this year he could serve as a solid bargain.
Mohamed Salah, LIV v. POR ($11,000): Salah is essentially a plug-and-play these days. He has scored in seven consecutive matches, and it is hard seeing him not scoring once again at Anfield on Tuesday.
Sadio Mane, LIV v. POR ($10,500): Mane should probably be more than $500 less than the Egyptian, but he is certainly on a roll and has a slight chance of surpassing Salah’s point total on the day. After going five games without a goal, Mane has now scored in each of the last three, including a hat trick against Porto.
Angel Di Maria, PSG v. MAD ($8,000): Salah and Mane are in a league of their own in the midfielder spot, but Di Maria offers a bargain at the position. The Argentine is tasked with replacing the injured Neymar, which means he could be over all set pieces. This should give Di Maria a wide array of chances to grab an assist given that PSG have to make up a two-goal deficit.
Dani Alves, PSG v. MAD ($7,500): Alves will be looked to as a consistent attacking option with Neymar sidelined. He played against Madrid at least twice a year for each of his eight seasons with Barcelona, so he is very familiar with the opponent. As a right-back, he may be tasked with marking Cristiano Ronaldo for parts of the game, but he should have chances to get forward.
Virgil van Djik, LIV v. POR ($6,000): van Dijk is possibly the best center-back on the slate. He put up 22.5 fantasy points in his first Champions League match, and while he likely won’t be very involved in the attack, given Liverpool’s comfortable lead, he should still produce a solid defensive performance.
Layvin Kurzawa, PSG v. MAD ($6,000): Kurzawa missed the first leg with injury, but he is back to reclaim the starting left-back spot. He, like Alves, will be commanded to get up the flank in order to provide more attacking options against a Madrid team that will be tightly compacted. Up 3-1 in the series, Madrid will be surrounding both Cavani and Mbappe, which should allow the PSG full-backs to get on the ball a ton.
Loris Karius, LIV v. POR ($5,500): The $1,000 difference between Karius and the cheapest keeper is not enough to warrant the risk of missing out on Liverpool’s likely clean sheet. Porto failed to break through in Portugal, so it is not likely that they score Tuesday. The addition of van Djik to the backline has brought a needed toughness to the Liverpool defense that was missing all year. His performance in the first leg was stellar, and we can expect it to be just the same at home in the second leg.