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Thursday 21st Sep 2017

UEFA Championship League (CL) Group Stage Matchday 5 is scheduled for today and tomorrow. Our recommendations for your fantasy lineups are below.

Note that DraftKings offers UEFA Championship League Group Stage contests for both days. Hurry up, DraftKings contests for today lock at 2:45 PM Eastern Time.
Recommendations for your lineup are based in part on the odds set by English bookmakers for each game.

The standard lineup of each DraftKings contest has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one utility player.

Lineup suggestions for Tuesday, November 22 matches (seven games are featured by DraftKings)

The games to watch today, those games that will be fought to the end, are Monaco vs. Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla vs. Juventus. Hotspur are on the verge of relegation to the Europa League. Considering that the odds for a draw are high for the CSKA Moskva vs. Bayer Leverkusen match, it’s a must-win moment for the Hotspur. Juventus seeks a win. A draw will be a repeat of last year, a fate that the team is trying to avoid.   

Goalkeepers (choose one): Ron-Robert Zieler (Leicester City, remember that Schmeikel has a broken hand), Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais)     

Defenders (choose two): Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Robert Huth (Leicester City), Rafael (Olympique Lyonnais), Dani Alves (Juventus: DraftKings has him as “out”, but he will play. He was out during the weekend game, resting for the UEFA CL match)     

Midfielders (choose two): Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)     

Forwards (choose two): Alexander Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund: He has recovered and will play), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur: After scoring twice over the weekend, he should be in your lineup), Radamel Falcao (Monaco)   

Utility (choose one): Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Lineup suggestions for Wednesday, November 23 matches (six games are featured by DraftKings)

We know that Bayern Munchen and Atletico Madrid will win. The game to watch is Arsenal vs. PSG. I would not put my money on expensive Barcelona players clashing with Celtic in Glasgow, Scotland, a difficult park for anyone.     

Goalkeepers (choose one): Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Jose Reina (Napoli)      

Defenders (choose two): Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) or the less expensive Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) or Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)     

Midfielders (choose two): Angel Di Maria (PSG), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Nicolás Gaitán (Atletico Madrid), Marek Hamsik (Napoli)    

Forwards (choose two): Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Nolito (Manchester City), Jose Callejon (Napoli), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)     

Utility (choose one): Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) and, if you want someone who is inexpensive but with the potential to produce, Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

You must have noticed that not all of the above names are top players. Where are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? The reason is simple: there is a mix of salary levels to allow you to fit your lineup under the dreaded salary cap. Due to an interesting twist, DraftKings qualifies several players as both forward and midfielder. Unfortunately, that may not help your salary cap, as all of these players are quite expensive. However, one strategy is to pick relatively inexpensive defenders to limit your salary exposure. Potentially, you could scroll all the way down the players list and field the least expensive defenders, even if they may not be featured on the pitch by their teams. By following this strategy, you may be able to accommodate the best strikers on your fantasy team.

Follow Pasko on Twitter @varnica123. His essays about sports in ancient Roman times can be found at SportsInAntiquity.com 

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