Thomas Lemar (DK: $8,200): Our first Must-Have of the slate is the French midfielder for Monaco, Thomas Lemar. Lemar has been a crucial part of Monaco’s breakout attack, tallying 11 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for his club this season. He leads his team with more than four and a half corners taken per game, which gives him an incredibly solid floor. His floor has been lowered recently due to injuries with Monaco’s wing-backs. In their absence, Monaco uses the defensive-midfielder, Fabinho, as a replacement defender, and have been starting Joao Moutinho in the midfield. Moutinho also has a role on set pieces, however, he is not expected to play as Monaco’s outside backs are healthy and should be ready to go on Wednesday. With Monaco heavy favorites to win the league, and only having two games remaining in all competitions, we expect them to have no reservations and start their usual, preferred lineup. Although a tie would clinch the league title, this is Monaco’s final home match of the season, so expect them to come out aggressively in front of their home fans. Lemar is averaging almost eight crosses and two and a half chances created per game as one of Monaco’s most productive offensive pieces. He adds more than two shots per game to provide upside. Monaco average near three and a half goals per game at home in Ligue 1 this season, and play a St. Etienne side that does not have much to play for, sitting comfortably in the middle of the table. This is a prime situation for the Frenchman, and we highly suggest that you build your lineup around him for this slate.
Isco (DK: $6,700): Our second Must-Have of the slate is the Spanish midfielder for Real Madrid. Real also sit in the driver’s seat as favorites to win their league. Since the injury to Gareth Bale in El Classico, the third attacking position has been open in Real’s prolific attack. Since that injury, Isco is getting more playing time than usual, starting twice, and made good use of them by scoring and assisting in that time. Isco averages more than a corner per game, and the two players who average more than him, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, are not guaranteed to play. Isco puts up more than two crosses and two chances created per game, with almost two shots per game as well. He is also able to contribute defensively, as demonstrated by his more than an interception and two and a half tackles per game. He has a good floor as a result of his well-rounded contributions. Real’s attack has put up over three goals per game on the road in the League this season, and Celta Vigo have allowed almost two per game. Celta have notably conceded three goals in each of their last three La Liga games, to much weaker opponents than Real; Alaves, Malaga, and Athletic Bilbao. Isco’s solid floor and considerable upside are indicated by the fact that he has averaged more than 16 FPTs in his last five starts. Isco provides a strong piece of the Real offense for a very affordable price, and for that reason, we recommend locking him into your lineups.
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