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Wednesday 23rd Aug 2017

UEFA Championship League (CL) Group Stage Matchday 6 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 for each game set by English bookmakers.

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

Lineup suggestions for Tuesday, December 6 matches

Not all groups are decided.

Group B: Benfica – Napoli and Dynamo Kiev – Besitkas could bring surprises. After losing Milik to injuries, Napoli never recovered and may end up being relegated to the Europa League.

Group D: Is Ancelotti’s job secure after the loss to Rostov? At this point, Bayer Munich is second in the group, no matter the result of the game with Atletico Madrid.     

Goalkeepers (choose one): Claudio Bravo (Manchester City), Alphonse Areola (PSG)     

Defenders (choose two): Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) or the less expensive Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid: Bayer Munich will keep both of them very busy, more tackles equals more points), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) or Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City: note that he is marked as being “Out” for the game against Leicester City, not for the UEFA CL game) or Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)     

Midfielders (choose two): Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Andreas Iniesta (Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)     

Forwards (choose two): Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Nolito (Manchester City), Edison Cavani (PSG), Hatem Ben Arfa (PSG) and the expensive Luis Suarez (Barcelona)     

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

Lineup suggestions for Wednesday, December 7 matches

Group E: Tottenham’s chances to stay in the Championship League are slim, but they will do their best to win this game. 

Group G: A tie for Porto at home against Leicester City coupled with a win by Kobenhavn could doom the Portuguese team to the Europa League.

Group H: Olympique Lyonnais’ win over Sevilla with at least two goals would allow them to stay in the Championship League.    

Goalkeepers (choose one): Gian Luigi Buffon (Juventus), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)     

Defenders (choose two): The expensive Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) or the low-priced Mehti Benatia (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Kamil Glik (Monaco)     

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

Forwards (choose two): Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Radamel Falcao (Monaco)   

Utility (choose one): Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

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. Our 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.

For example, for today’s lineup, instead of Alphonse Areola ($6,000), you could go with Petr Cech ($5,000). As for the defenders, going with Diego Godin ($3,700) and Nicolas Otamendi ($3,600) or Samuel Umtiti ($3,500) could save you more than $3,000 and allow you to field Lionel Messi ($10,400).

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

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