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UCL Fantasy Player Rankings for Matchday 12

It is do or die for the away teams – PSG and Real Madrid in UCL Fantasy this week after failing to secure a home advantage and the players from the home teams – Manchester City and Chelsea rank highly in our player rankings for the week after their impressive displays in the first leg of the semi-finals.

UCL Semi-Final 2nd Leg Fixtures

  • Manchester City Vs PSG (Tuesday, 4th May, 9:00 PM CET)
  • Chelsea Vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 5th May, 9:00 PM CET)



1Kylian MbappéPSG@Manchester City11.2MPSG's best chance at scoring in this game even after his average performance in the previous match.
2NeymarPSG@Manchester City11.6MAs if having just three forwards predicted to start wasn't already bad enough, all of them play away this week and Mbappe is still a doubt.
3Karim BenzemaReal Madrid@Chelsea10.4MI expect Real Madrid to show a lot more intent in this game now that it a must win situation for them.



1Kevin De BruyneManchester CityVs PSG11.4MHis playmaking talent is best reflected when he plays as a #10 but he isn't half bad as a striker either.
2JorginhoChelseaVs Real Madrid6.3MIt's a toss-up at this point between which Chelsea midfielder does better. A player with ball-recovery potential might such as Jorginho might be better than a midfielder with goal-threat this week.
3Phil FodenManchester CityVs PSG7.4M
4CasemiroReal Madrid@Chelsea6.3MBoring but offers a guaranteed floor of 3+ points over trying your luck with possible goal-scorers.
5Angel Di MariaPSG@Manchester City8.9M



1Antonio RüdigerChelseaVs Real Madrid4.9MMadrid were able to register just one shot on target in the first leg.
2João CanceloManchester CityVs PSG6.1MBeing able to hold a striker such as Mbappé to 0 shots is a testament to how good the City defense is.
3Ben ChilwellChelseaVs Real Madrid5.5M
4Sergio RamosReal Madrid@Chelsea6.5MRamos will be a huge threat from set-pieces in this game and the team will need the captain to lead from the front if they are going to get a result from this game and qualify.
5MarquinhosPSG@Manchester City6MLeast likely to keep a clean sheet but he is in some serious goal-scoring form with a goal in each of his last three appearances across all competitions.



1Edouard MendyChelseaVs Real Madrid5.5MNothing much that you can do when your opponents struggle to register shots on target.
2Ederson MoraesManchester CityVs PSG6M
3Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid@Chelsea6MThe return of Ramos should be a massive boost for Madrid in defense.
4Keylor NavasPSG@Manchester City5.8M

You can find additional UCL Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

UCL Fantasy Player Rankings for Matchday 11

UCL Fantasy is back for the semi-finals and with some strong defensive teams remaining in the tournament, there is a special emphasis on defenders in our player rankings for matchday 11.

UCL Semi-Final 1st Leg Fixtures

  • Real Madrid Vs Chelsea (Tuesday, 27th April, 9:00 PM)
  • PSG Vs Manchester City (Wednesday, 28th April, 9:00 PM)



1Kylian MbappéPSGVs Manchester City11.2MThe second-highest goal scorer in the tournament this season after Haaland has eight goals in his last five UCL games and seven in his last five Ligue 1 games. Stellar form heading into the City match.
2NeymarPSGVs Manchester City11.6MCity have kept a clean sheet just once in their last six games across all competitions and PSG look like the most likely team to score this week.
3Karim BenzemaReal MadridVs Chelsea10.4MThe veteran striker has 12 goals in his last 13 appearances but faces a tough opponent in Chelsea this week.
4Timo WernerChelsea@Real Madrid10.6MThere are much better attackers to choose from rather than Werner despite the fact that just four forwards are predicted to start this week. However, he is the only one with an ownership percentage of less than 10% which makes him a differential instead.
5Gabriel JesusManchester City@PSG9.3MJesus might not even start, let alone score against PSG.



1Kevin De BruyneManchester City@PSG11.4MThis week is all about defenders and KDB stands out as the best option because of his role at the heart of the City attack and his proven record as a fantasy asset in FPL and Fantasy UCL.
2CasemiroReal MadridVs Chelsea6.3MIf you aren't expecting goals then Casemiro can provide a decent floor with his ball recoveries. Alternatively, you could go for Asensio or Vinícius who offer more attacking threat from the Real Madrid midfield.
3Angel Di MariaPSGVs Manchester City8.9MThe best option from a PSG midfield that is low on worthy options.
4Mason MountChelsea@Real Madrid6.9MIt is between the wonderkid with his ceiling and Jorginho with his floor and spot-kick duties.
5Phil FodenManchester City@PSG7.3M



1Antonio RüdigerChelsea@Real Madrid4.9MReal Madrid have failed to score in three of their last four games across all competitions.
2MarquinhosPSGVs Manchester City6MClean sheet + Bonus potential.
3Ben ChilwellChelsea@Real Madrid5.4MRudiger with lesser bonus points but more attacking threat.
4João CanceloManchester City@PSG6.1M
5NachoReal MadridVs Chelsea5MAn outside pick for a clean sheet against a team whose striker just ended an 11 game goal drought.



1Edouard MendyChelsea@Real Madrid5.5MThere is a possibility that Chelsea keep a clean sheet in both legs of the semis although it is highly unlikely.
2Keylor NavasPSGVs Manchester City5.8MIf push comes to shove, Nava should have some points for saves to his name atleast.
3Ederson MoraesManchester City@PSG6M
5Thibaut CourtoisReal MadridVs Chelsea6M

You can find additional UCL Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

UCL Fantasy: Player Rankings for Matchday 8

UCL Fantasy is down to its final eight teams and last year’s finalists PSG who play Bayern Munich in a rematch of last year’s final and this year’s favourites Manchester City who play out of form Borussia Dortmund top our player rankings for the 1st leg of the quarter-finals.


  • Players such as Neymar, Haaland and Cancelo are a booking away from suspension. You can find all the players on suspension watch and predicted lineups here.
  • The rankings for this week are shorter due to the lack of games and a smaller pool of players to chose from.



1NeymarPSGVs Manchester City11.6M
2Kylian MbappéPSGVs Manchester City11.2M
3Karim BenzemaReal MadridVs Chelsea10.4M
4Timo WernerChelsea@Real Madrid10.6M



1Kevin De BruyneManchester CityVs Borussia Dortmund11.3MDortmund have been in a downwards spiral ever since Favre left and City should quick work of them with the form they are in. There is no dearth of options from the Manchester City midfield but KDB stands out because he will play OOP as a striker and is mostly immune from the Pep roulette.
2Diogo JotaLiverpool@Real Madrid7.9MStart or bench him it doesn't matter, he just can't stop scoring! Jota has scored in each of his last three games after returning from injury and is averaging goals at an incredible rate of every 106 minutes this season. Jota is a ceiling play but another alternative from the same fixture is Casemiro with his ball-recovery abilities.
3Mohammed SalahLiverpool@Real Madrid11.7MSalah looks like a man on a mission right now with the intense training to prepare him for this game and Although his nemesis Ramos will miss the game, the highest scoring midfielder in fantasy will lead the Liverpool attack in their final chance at winning silverware this season.
4Mason MountChelsea@Porto6.9MChelsea will heavily rely on wonderkid Mason Mount for creativity against Porto as he leads the team in domestic goals, shots and key passes this season. A worthy differential in a week where they are hard to find.
5Thomas MüllerBayern MunichVs PSG9.9MBest when paired with Lewandowski but Müller is a brilliant player on his own and will take over the spot kick duties from him. The defending champs face a daunting task away to PSG however.
6Angel Di MariaPSG@Bayern Munich9MDi Maria is always active for PSG in attack but has failed to score or assist against his boogie team - Bayern Munich in six games. FCB's defensive woes this season might change that.



1João CanceloManchester CityVs Borussia Dortmund5.9MCity haven't conceded in their last four games across all competitions and unless Haaland turns his form around, the sky-blues could possibly keep clean sheets in both games.
2Antonio RüdigerChelsea@Porto4.6MChelsea might've conceded five goals in their last game but that doesn't take anything away from how good Chelsea have been in defense recently.
3John StonesManchester CityVs Borussia Dortmund5.1MFull rested like Cancelo heading into this game and offers goal-threats from headers that Dortmund struggle against. Rúben Dias is a more rotation proof option if you have cash to burn.
4MarquinhosPSG@Bayern Munich5.9MNo Lewandowski makes PSG the clean sheet favourites here.
5Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool@Real Madrid6.7MAn outside chance for a clean sheet but Liverpool seem to have finally settled with the center back partnership of Phillips-Kabak in defense and TAA is slowly turning his season around to previous season levels where he had four goals and 13 assists as a wing-back.
6Joshua KimmichBayern MunichVs PSG6.6MBayern have slightly improved defensively keeping a clean sheet in their last two games but it is highly unlikely that they do so against PSG. Kimmich is still a good shout for ball recoveries since he plays OOP in midfield and possible goal-involvements off his set-pieces.



1Ederson MoraesManchester City@Bourssia Dortmund6MCity have conceded just one goal in eight Champions League games this season while keeping seven clean sheets.
2Edouard MendyChelsea@Porto5.2MThe highest scoring keeper in fantasy is the best option for the second keeper if Ederson does concede. Absence of Sérgio Oliveira for Porto boosts Mendy's clean sheet odds even more.
3Keylor NavasPSG@Bayern Munich5.5MLeads the tournament in saves if clean sheets cannot be relied on.
4Alisson BeckerLiverpool@Real Madrid5.9M
5Manuel NeuerBayern MunichVs PSG6M

You can find additional UCL Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

UCL Fantasy Player Rankings for Matchday 7

There is a major emphasis on teams that are favourites to win their respective fixtures in our UCL Fantasy player rankings and tips for matchday 7 as the UEFA Champions League enters its knockouts phase with the round of 16.


  • The games for this matchday take place over two weeks and four different days so you can make substitutions and captaincy changes for each of those days.
  • Players such as Romero, Danilo, Casemiro and Savic are a yellow card away from suspension. The cards become nullified after the second leg of the round of 16. The full list is available here.



1Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich@Lazio12.1MLewandowski is aging like fine wine and if his 34 goals last season in the Bundesliga was ridiculous then he has already netted 25 times this season in 20 games. The FIFA World Player of the Year has the most goals in all of the world's first leagues and you would back the best striker in the world to score against Lazio.
2Youssef En-NesyriSevillaVs Borussia Dortmund7.4MDortmund might've started this season as the best defense in the league but have quickly fallen since and the managerial change has just made things worse. In-form En-Nesyri and Sevilla will look to make quick work of this wobbly Dortmund side.
3Cristiano RonaldoJuventus@Porto12MRonaldo is the record goal-scorer in UCL history and he will look to add a few more goals to his name in a game in which Juventus are heavy favourites.
4Lionel MessiBarcelonaVs PSG12.1MOne advantage of being the best player on your team is that the entire attack rests on you. Messi lead the tournament in the shots (7) and key passes (4) per game department and his potential remains as explosive as ever.
5Luis SuárezAtlético MadridVs Chelsea9.9MThe veteran striker is averaging a goal a game and shares his name at the top of the La Liga goal-scoring charts along with Messi but oppoents Chelsea have only conceded an own goal so far in six games under Tuchel.
6Kylian MbappéPSG@Barcelona10.9MMbappé hasn't scored in his last two games without Neymar and Di Maria and their absence could do him more harm than good.
7Ciro ImmobileLazioVs Bayern Munich10.6MBayern might've put up some strong displays of attacking football recently but their defence is far from being even remotely impressive.
8Karim BenzemaReal MadridVs Atalanta10.4M
9Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund@Sevilla11.1MHaaland has struggled because of lack of chances under the new coach but he is trying his best with whatever few chances he gets.
10Duvan ZapataAtalantaVs Real Madrid9.7M



1İlkay GündoğanManchester City@Borussia M'gladbach6.7MBorussia conceded the most shots and second most goals amongst all qualified teams in the group stages. It is an early warning sign against an in-form City team.
2Christopher NkunkuRB LeipzigVs Liverpool7.6MOut of all the teams that have qualified, Liverpool have conceded the most goals domestically with 32 and Leipzig won't settle for any result other than a win.
3Thomas MüllerBayern Munich@Lazio10MLewandowski's partner in crime since 2014 and an underrated asset in fantasy.
4Federico ChiesaJuventus@Porto7M
5Kingsley ComanBayern Munich@Lazio8.5MA cheaper alternative to Müller that is more likely to start and he was one of the best players in the group stages with two goals and three assists in just four games.
6Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund@Sevilla10MThe only player who has been in form under Dortmund manager Edin Terzić with four goals and five asissts in nine Bundesliga games.
7Joaquín CorreaLazioVs Bayern Munich8.1MCorrea is another example of a player who has done better in UCL than domestically and he could cash in against a suspect FCB defense at home.
8Josip IličićAtalantaVs Real Madrid8.9MAtalanta are capable of scoring a bounty of goals on any day and Iličić still remains the best option from their midfield against a Madrid defense without Sergio Ramos.
9Mohamed SalahLiverpool@RB Leipzig11.6MRB Leipzig conceded the most penalties in the previous round with four and Salah is good at winning penalties as he is at scoring them.
10Joao FelixAtletico MadridVs Chelsea9M



1AngeliñoRB LeipzigVs Liverpool5.4MThere is potential points for Angeliño on both ends of the pitch against a struggling Liverpool.
2João CanceloManchester City@Borussia M'gladbach5.8MThe most attacking defender from the sky blues team that conceded just once in the group stages and he seems to be immune from the pep roulette lately.
3Cristian RomeroAtalantaVs Real Madrid5.1MDoesn't matter how many he concedes as long as he keeps churning out bonus for ball recoveries.
4Joshua KimmichBayern Munich@Lazio6.6MTechnically a midfielder listed as a defender but is still worth it because of his set-pieces and high involvement in the Bayern attack.
5DaniloJuventus@Porto5MAlmost all of Porto's UCL goals this season were against teams such as Olympiacos and Marseille so it is tough to imagine them scoring against the best defense in Italy.
6Diego CarlosSevillaVs Borussia Dortmund5.1MNot as cheap as Koundé but is more consistent with bonus.
8Stefan SavićAtlético MadridVs Chelsea4.6MThese are two strong defensive teams playing each other so either could keep a clean sheet.
9Mats HummelsBorussia Dortmund@Sevilla5.2MMakes the list solely based on his ball recovery abilities.
10Antonio RüdigerChelsea@Atlético Madrid4.4M



1Ederson MoraesManchester City@Bourssia M'gladbach6MFew teams can boast a defensive record as good as that of City with a clean sheet in seven out of their last eight Premier League games.
2Wojciech SzczęsnyJuventus@Porto5.5M
3Péter GulácsiRB LeipzigVs Liverpool5.5M
4Jan OblakAtlético MadridVs Chelsea5.9M
5Yassine BounouSevillaVs Borussia Dortmund5MSevilla have kept five consecutive clean sheets at home and Bounou is one of the cheapest starting keepers left at 5M.

You can find additional UCL Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

UCL Fantasy Must-Have/Template Players for Round of 16

UCL Fantasy returns after a two-month break and as some thrilling European football awaits us, we look at the must-have players and the template team for the round of 16 stages.



Robert Lewandowski

The current holder of the Bundesliga golden boot aka the “Torjägerkanone“, Lewandowski currently has the most domestic league goals in the top five leagues with 25 goals this season. He is also one of the most in-form players in the world and had a nine consecutive games goal-scoring run in the Bundesliga snapped by Hertha Berlin last week. Lewandowski hasn’t had the best showing in the UCL so far but with such stellar form, one can expect him to possibly score in both games against Lazio as the focal point in attack for the defending champions.


Youssef En-Nesyri

The Morrocan international is in the midst of a breakout season right now, scoring 13 goals for Sevilla in the La Liga and only sits behind names such as Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi on the goal-scoring charts. En-Nesyri has every type of shot in his arsenal, is double-footed so he can score from both feet and he is equally dangerous from headers – one of Borussia Dortmund’s weaknesses that teams have been able to exploit successfully.




Christopher Nkunku

There couldn’t be a better time for Leipzig to play Liverpool than this week. The Reds have been in a slump for a while now and they mostly have their defensive woes which were brought on by injuries to key players such as VVD and Matip to blame for that. Last year’s semifinalists RB Leipzig will be confident of securing a home advantage and their main creative outlet Nkunku will be an indispensable member of the attack as they aim to secure a spot in the quarter-finals at the cost of yesteryear’s champions.


İlkay Gündoğan

It might’ve taken him six games to get off the mark but Gündoğan has been in unbelievable form for Manchester City since then with 11 goals and two assists in his last 11 Premier League games. He has helped the Citizens solidify their position at the top of the table and will look to replicate the same performances against Borussia in the Champions League, a game where they are heavy favourites. and he costs just €6.7M. If there was an award for the most improved player or fantasy asset, then no one would deserve it more than him.


Thomas Müller

He is on the sidelines currently due to Covid-19 but is expected to return for the game against Lazio and provide a big boost to the Bayern Munich attack. The current Bundesliga assist leader’s form is might not be as impressive as that of Lewandowski with four goals and five assists in his last eight games but he is as important to the team as him. If you don’t want to test your luck and want a safer option then his challenger for the title of Bundesliga assist king and teammate Kingsley Coman is another option.





Even though he is a defender, he has a goal threat that rivals other midfielders and forwards. Angeliño already has three goals and three assists in the Champions League this season and considering how much Liverpool have struggled recently to score as well as stop conceding, there is potential for him to be involved in goals as well as keep a clean sheet against them.


Cristian Romero

Romero might’ve played just five games but he was the highest-scoring player in the group stages with 50 points at an average of 10 points per game most of which were 22 points just for ball recoveries and although clean sheets aren’t to be expected against Real Madrid, he is always guaranteed bonus and boasts of the highest floor in the game. If you prefer ceiling over floor and goals over bonus then-teammate Robin Gosens is another alternative with six goals and four assists and he has the most goal involvements for a defender in the top five European leagues this season.


João Cancelo

The absence of Kevin De Bruyne was a big blow to City but Cancelo has stepped up in his place as the primary playmaker despite being just a defender. Cancelo might not have many goals or assist yet but has strong underlying stats and is the most attacking defender from the best defence in the Premier League.


Jules Koundé

Koundé shot into the limelight for his goal against Barcelona last week where he dribbled past multiple defenders before beating Ter Stegen to score and give Sevilla the lead in a Copa Del Rey semi-final match which they eventually went on to win. Sevilla are the most in-form team in Spain currently and have conceded just 16 goals in 22 games. Their next opponents Borussia Dortmund are in contrasting form with just one win in their last six games so Koundé could be a great bargain at just €3.9M.


Joshua Kimmich

No other defender could justify the price tag of €6.6M but Kimmich plays Out Of Position (OOP) in midfield, is on set-pieces and is also tied with Müller for the most assists in Bundesliga this season with 10. His two goals and five clean sheets are also worth mentioning.




Ederson Moraes

Manchester City are used to dominating every game so you might not get a lot of saves from Ederson but he is a part of the defence that has kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight Premier League games. He also chipped in with an assist in his last game and might possibly take a penalty soon if his teammates permit.


The Template Team

Bench and other alternatives: Yassine Bounou/Jan Oblak/Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Joshua Kimmich/Danilo/Hummels (DEF), Casemiro/Mohamed Salah/Josip Iličić (MID), Federico Chiesa/Jadon Sancho/João Félix (MID), Cristiano Ronaldo/Lionel Messi/Luis Suárez (FWD)

Total team value: €106.8M

Note: The bench isn’t necessarily template and you could replace those spots with differentials instead.

Check out FFTitan‘s UCL Fantasy MD7 Captains and Player Picks here.

UCL Fantasy: Team of the Season So Far

UCL Fantasy is back and as we gear up for the UEFA Champions League knockout phase, we look at the team of the season so far from the group stages. There are some surprising inclusions and omissions in the team and now the big question is, do defenders offer the best value in the game?



Alassane Pléa

He has been the real star of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s UCL run so far as they managed to secure a spot in the knockout stages on goal difference in a group that includes Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Pléa finished the stage with the highest goals (5)+assists (3) and scored the most points amongst forwards with 41 but has failed to convert his form in Europe domestically, having scored just three goals and assisted one in 16 games for the “Die Fohlen” and their participation in the tournament’s next edition hangs in the balance as they currently languish at seventh in the Bundesliga table.



The current Ligue 1 Player of the Year also had a good showing in the initial stages returning in every game he started, finishing as the joint top scorer with six goals and accumulated the second-highest points amongst forwards with 40 points. He helped PSG move out of the “Group of death” with his performances but his highlight so far was the hattrick he scored against İstanbul Başakşehir F.K on matchday six.


Álvaro Morata

Morata has been on the receiving end of some scathing criticism lately but has let his numbers on the pitch talk for him and with six goals in the UEFA Champions League so far, it makes him the joint top scorer along with Neymar, Haaland and Rashford. So he couldn’t have done much better. One to consider as they take on Porto in the Round of 16 – the best fixture on paper.


Honourable mentions: Ciro Immobile (37), Erling Haaland (32) and Marcus Thuram (32)




Ferran Torres

Pep Guardiola had a serious problem on his hands at the start of his UCL campaign with a hectic schedule coming up and a squad that was already depleted due to injuries to key players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus and the only fit striker in the squad – Sergio Agüero injured himself in the first matchday of the group stages against Porto. The Manchester City manager had to get creative and he decided that new signing Ferran Torres should fill in at #9 and his decision paid dividends as he scored five minutes after coming on for the injured Agüero in a 3-1 win. Torres went on to score in the next four out of five games he started and became Pep’s go-to goalscorer in the tournament. He was rewarded generously for his performances and finished as the joint top-scoring midfielder with 34 points in UCL fantasy.


Mohamed Salah

Most would’ve pegged Salah to be one of the top scorers in Fantasy at the start of the tournament and the Premier League Player of the Year didn’t disappoint with three goals and an assist for which he received 34 points. He is tied with Torres for the most points by a midfielder.


Honourable mentions: Kingsley Coman (33), Diogo Jota (33), Joaquín Correa (32) and Juan Cuadrado (32)




Cristian Romero

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the team of the season, Romero has been a real gem in UCL Fantasy this year. He finished the group stages as the top-scoring player in fantasy with 50 points despite playing just five games. Romero is a real champion when it comes to ball recoveries and got 22 points just for the bonus. This makes Romero the player with the highest floor in the game and he even became a captaincy option towards the end with his potential to keep a clean sheet along with his ability to generate bonus points.



The RB Leipzig left wing-back was at his goal-scoring best in the Champions League, netting three times and assisting another three goals, making him the second-highest scoring player in fantasy after Romero despite keeping just one clean sheet. Talk about a defender that loves to score.


Zaidu Sanusi

Sanusi might not have the same goal-scoring threat as the guy above but was helped by an easy group in the tournament that included Marseille and Olympiacos – the two lowest-scoring teams in the group stages with just two goals each to their name. Hence, Porto finished with the highest number of clean sheets (5) along with Manchester City in the same group and Sanusi accumulated 46 points.


Chancel Mbemba

Another defender from the Porto team that conceded in just one game, Mbemba is the cheapest player to feature in the TOTS at €4.8M and finished just below teammate Sanusi with 38 points due to zero goal involvements and lower ball recoveries.


Mats Hummels

Hummels got 37 points to his name mostly on the back of ball recoveries for which he finished second to Romero but even then, it is a sizeable difference between Romero’s 72 recoveries and Hummels’s 54 with both playing the same number of games.


Honourable mentions: Marquinhos (36), Andrew Robertson (35), Raphaël Guerreiro (35) and Berat Djimsiti (35)




Edouard Mendy

Mendy was immediately deputized as the man between the sticks for Chelsea after signing from Stade Rennais to solve their goalkeeping issues and he has impressed in his debut UCL season, keeping a clean sheet in four out of five games and conceding just once – a penalty Vs Rennes. He is the highest-scoring keeper in the game so far with 29 points and slightly edges out Porto’s Agustín Marchesín by a point.


Honourable mentions: Agustín Marchesín (28) and Ederson (26)


Team of the season after the group stages

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