SOC | Must-Haves: UCL | 12/6/17

Danny Rose (DK: $5,600): The out-of-favor England international is scheduled for a rare start Wednesday as Tottenham already qualified for the elimination rounds of UCL. On top of that, Tottenham are expected to rest as many starters as possible, which opens a little upside for Rose as he takes set-pieces from the left side. He already sends in a high amount of crosses, which only adds to his attacking upside, and with an easy matchup against one of the teams that have conceded the most goals in UCL, Rose is our top defender on Wednesday’s slate. In the three games Rose has started this year, he has put up 10+ FPTs because of his defensive and offensive roles, allowing him to gain peripherals at an easy rate.

Kevin Kampl (DK: $4,300): Two injuries to Redbull Leipzig have crushed their hopes of advancing to the next round, however Kampl will look to prove he can be an asset to the team when he steps into a new offensive role Wednesday. Kampl has been overshadowed by the likes of Forsberg and Sabitzer, who have been excellent, but those two players will be out, leaving Kampl to take care of not only set-pieces but a bigger role in the offense. RB Leipzig play in a 4-2-2-2, and with those two attacking midfielders out, Kampl will step into that creative role. On paper, this is not a great matchup, however we looked further into the situation and Besiktas have already qualified to the next round. They will rest a big part of their core, including captain Atiba Hutchinson, Ricardo Quaresma and Pepe. They didn’t even travel with the team, so expect a weakened Besiktas side with RB Leipzig dominating possession and most of the goal-scoring opportunities. During the run of play, 38% of Leipzig’s possession goes through the right side where Kampl operates, and 27% of their shots come from the left side (where Forsberg played). We expect this to change as RB Leipzig will use Kampl primarily as a number 10 instead of a winger like he has done most of the season.

Join us in the War Room to discuss further strategy for Wednesday’s slate.

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