UCL Fantasy is back for matchday 3 after a short hiatus because of the International Break, and in this article, we will look at the best picks for this week, including differentials and budget picks.


UCL Fantasy Forward Rankings

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Romelu LukakuChelsea FCvs Malmö FF€10.5MHe might've failed to find the net in his last six games for Chelsea but against the worst defence in the tournament, I would back him to score a goal or two.
2Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich@Benfica€11.6MEach game is like an audition for Lewandowski to push his name for the Ballon d'Or nominations even further and he has been playing the best football of his life with 15 goals in 11 games across all competitions this season, blanking in just one of those games.
3Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund@Ajax€11MThere are many other tempting forwards this week but Haaland is the most fixture proof and could easily score multiple goals on his day, regardless of the opponent.
4Karim BenzemaReal Madrid@Shakhtar Donetsk€10MTwo games in a row against Shakhtar Donetsk is just what he needs to replicate his domestic goal-scoring form in the UCL.
5Lionel MessiPSGvs RB Leipzig€11MLeipzig might've had the best defence in the Bundesliga last season but they've already conceded the most goals so far with eight and this could be another high-scoring fixture.
6Gabriel JesusManchester City@Club Brugge€8.5MProbably the best sub-€10M forward for this week, especially if you are expecting City to thrash Club Brugge at home.
7Cristiano RonaldoManchester Unitedvs Atalanta€11MUnited and their attackers might be in bad form but Atalanta could miss as many as four first team defenders for this game.
8Timo WernerChelseavs Malmö FF€9MIf it wasn't obvious already, I am very high on Chelsea this week despite their lackluster performances recently.
9Lautaro MartínezInter Milanvs Sheriff Tiraspol€10MSheriff are no pushovers but this is a must win game for Inter.
10Sébastien HallerAjaxvs Borussia Dortmund€8.7M




UCL Fantasy Midfielder Rankings

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Kevin De BruyneManchester City@Club Brugge€11MDe Bruyne has scored in each of his last two consecutive games and this is a great fixture to make it three times in a row.
2Mohamed SalahLiverpool@Atlético Madrid€10.5MSalah and Liverpool are peaking at the right time and whether they are playing one of the best defences in the world doesn't matter for one of the most consistent and fixture-proof players in the world.
3Leroy SanéBayern Munich@Benfica€9MAs if Bayern weren't dangerous enough already, they've scored 52 goals (average: 4.3 goals per game) and conceded just 8 times in 12 games this season under Julian Nagelsmann. Sané has been their most dangerous player over the past few games but has been unlucky to not have more goals and assists to his name.
4Kai HavertzChelseavs Malmö FF€9MIf you have a third Chelsea spot open for a midfielder then why not?
5Federico ChiesaJuventus@Zenit€9MA boom or bust player that rank chasers could look to this week.
6Pedro GonçalvesSporting CP@Beşiktaş J.K.€8MPote is by far Sporting CP's best player and had 23 goals and 3 assists last season in just 32 matches. Since he was injured at the start of the tournament, he is owned by 0% of UCL Fantasy managers and could be a great differential pick for the upcoming weeks.
7Arnaut GroeneveldVillareal@Young Boys€6MIf there was an award for the best new signing then Arnaut Danjuma would be a strong contender. He already has four goals in three starts for Villareal this season in the La Liga and has been equally impressive in the Champions League. Danjuma could be a rewarding punt with back-to-back games against Young Boys and costs just €6M.
8Marcus RashfordManchester Unitedvs Atalanta€9M
9Sérgio OliveiraPortovs AC Milan€8MAC Milan might be without as many as eight first-team players in this game and are down to their third-choice keeper, so last year's unexpected hero - Sérgio Oliveira - could certainly get a return to his name.
10Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig@PSG€7.7M
BonusErik LamelaSevilla@LOSC Lille€6MLille have fallen in level since their title-winning campaign last season and are currently languishing at 11th in the Ligue 1 table having conceded 15 goals in just 10 games. Lamela could be a worthy punt this week but there are some concerns on whether he starts or not since he has started in just one game this season.

UCL Fantasy Defender Rankings

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Ben ChilwellChelseavs Malmö FF€5.5MChilwell already has two goals in two Premier League starts and is also on set-pieces. Solid clean sheet + attacking potential over here.
2Oleksandr ZinchenkoManchester City@Club Brugge€5.5MThe best part about matchday 3 is that City play early so the Pep Roulette isn't a worry.
3Joshua KimmichBayern Munich@Benfica€6.5MKimmich has three goals and three assists in the Bundesliga but is yet to be involved in goals in the UCL. Meanwhile, Upamecano who is a €1M cheaper is leaving him behind for total points with his ball recoveries. So, Kimmich is better for the ceiling and Upamecano for the floor.
4Reece JamesChelseavs Malmö FF€5.5MTwo games in a row against Malmö is a good bet for two clean sheets.
5Alex SandroJuventus@Zenit€5.6MJuventus might've had a rough start to the season but they've kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games across all competitions.
6Achraf HakimiPSGvs RB Leipzig€6.5MIf you can keep a clean sheet against a fierce City attack then you can keep a clean sheet against any team.
7Diego CarlosSevilla@LOSC Lille€4.5MSevilla have conceded just three goals in eight La Liga games this season and while this fixture isn't as easy, Carlos has a decent floor thanks to his ball recoveries.
8Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool@Atlético Madrid€6.5MNot the best game to keep a clean sheet but he is always worth a shout.
9Éder MilitãoReal Madrid@Shakhtar Donetsk€5M
10Juan FoythVillareal@Young Boys€4.5M




Goalkeepers

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Edouard MendyChelseavs Malmö FF€6MThe best clean sheet odds but probably not worth spending your third Chelsea spot on a keeper.
2EdersonManchester City@Club Brugge€6MRotates well with Mendy as he plays on Wednesday (Only if you are on limitless).
3Manuel NeuerBayern Munich@Benfica€6M
4Wojciech SzczęsnyJuventus@Zenit€5.5M
5Gianluigi DonnarummaPSGvs RB Leipzig€6M

Value Rankings

 

RankNamePositionTeamOpponentValueComments
1Nuno MendesDEFPSGvs RB Leipzig€4.5MA much cheaper alternative to Hakimi.
2Karim AdeyemiFWDRB Salzburgvs Wolfsburg€7.1MWolfsburg are in a downward spiral and have conceded eight goals over their last three games while losing all of them. It is a "David vs Goliath" fixture on paper, but Adeyemi is unstoppable with his form right now as he already has two goals and four penalties won in two UCL games. Adeyemi is also second the most points among forwards after Haller (28) with 24 points.
3Pedro PorroDEFSporting CP@Beşiktaş J.K.€4.5MPorro plays for the best defence in the Primeira Liga, is on set-pieces (possibly penalties as well) and plays Beşiktaş for the next two matchdays.
4Ansu FatiFWDBarcelonavs Dynamo Kyiv€7.5MBarcelona's next big thing already has two goals and an assist in his first three games since he returned from injury and has been flying under the radar despite being aptly priced at €7.5M.
5Gerónimo RulliGKPVillareal@Young Boys€4.5M
6Rafa MirFWDSevilla@LOSC Lille€6.5MSevilla's in-form striker that has three goals in his last four La Liga games.
7PepeDEFPortovs AC Milan€4.5M
8Miguel GutiérrezDEFReal Madrid@Shakhtar Donetsk€4M50/50 if he starts.
9Antonio AdánGKPSporting CP@Beşiktaş J.K.€4.5M
10Maximilian WöberDEFRB Salzburgvs Wolfsburg€4MThe RB Salzburg defence is far from the best. Still, Wolfsburg will be missing their 20-goal striker Wout Weghorst due to Covid-19, and even if the team doesn't keep a clean sheet, Wöber gets a decent amount of ball recoveries for a player that costs €4M.
BonusNoah OkaforMIDRB Salzburgvs Wolfsburg€5MOkafor has four goals in nine Austrian Bundesliga games this season and despite being a midfielder, is expected to play Out of Position (OOP) up front against Wolfsburg.

You can find UCL Fantasy resources for the 21/22 season here.

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