Written by Daily Fantasy Insider on January 13, 2017

Saul Niguez (DK: $4,900): Our research has identified Saul Niguez as a Must-Have on this slate. Recently, Niguez began to see more consistent playing time and has played 90+ minutes in four consecutive matches. This has resulted in positive results from the midfielder, as Niguez scored twice during this stretch. In home matches this season, Niguez averages 3.5 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game. Atletico Madrid has defeated Real Betis in five consecutive home matches, scoring 16 goals while only allowing one goal. Atletico are poised for another similar performance, as they’ve allowed the second-fewest goals and have scored the second-most home goals this La Liga campaign. It appears that Niguez’s price hasn’t caught up to his recent form and he is a great value play at his current price point. There are few, if any, sub-$5k midfield plays that possess the potential that Niguez does in this favorable match-up.
Manu Trigueros (DK: $5,300): Manu Trigueros is another low-cost midfielder that could be a difference-maker . Villareal travel to face Deportivo La Coruna, a team that has allowed a league-worst 22 goals over their past 10 matches. Villareal is currently one spot out of Champion’s League play, while La Coruna is languishing at the bottom of the table. Trigueros is a key piece to the Villareal offense and has scored four goals with two assists in all competitions this season. After two consecutive poor performances, his ownership will likely be down due to lowered expectations and recency bias. However, in his prior ten matches, Trigueros averaged 14.85 DK points per match. In four of the ten matches mentioned, Trigueros was able to accrue 11+ DK points without scoring a goal. He has a solid floor due to his crossing numbers and defensive statistics. Villareal enter this match with several absences due to injury, international leave, and suspension. Look for Trigueros to step up and produce in their absence.
Obviously, there are great options whenever top teams such as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are playing. Both teams are heavy favorites that are playing at home and expected to score several goals. By utilizing these value plays, it’s possible to create a strong lineup with the high-scoring stars from this slate. Good luck!

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