Soccer Must-haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
Memphis Depay (DK: $6,600): The first soccer Must-Have for the Round of 16 Champions League slate is Memphis Depay, the Dutch attacker for Olympique Lyon. Lyon enter the match as home underdogs against soccer giants, FC Barcelona. On the surface, it may appear that the Spanish club is poised to dominate Lyon, but further examination into recent results suggests otherwise. Barcelona have been dominant for most of the season, but have encountered a lull in performances lately with three consecutive draws before finally winning in their last league match. On the other hand, Lyon have only suffered one defeat in... Read More
Igor Stasevich (DK: $4,500): BATE Borisov are arguably the least-talented team on this slate, but as we have seen this season, if you’re an EPL fan, Arsenal have a vulnerable defense and are traveling a long way to Belarus. With these factors, plus a set-piece role for a mid-4k play, we like the safe floor plus the possible upside to make him our first soccer Must-Have. The nice thing about Stasevich is that he plays as a defensive wingback or winger depending on how BATE lines up. So not only does he get set-pieces, he gets crosses from open play,... Read More
Hakim Ziyech (DK: $7,000): If this was the 70s or 80s, this would have been a final matchup; but back to reality. This is a round of 16 matchup where both teams have had their struggles. Ajax are going through a rough patch, losing three games all year in the league, but the thing is, they lost two of those in their last three, so they might have had an eye on this game for awhile now. Real Madrid struggled early on in the season, not being able to adapt to life without Ronaldo. However, they have turned around their... Read More
Paul Pogba (DK: $6,100): The first soccer Must-Have for the Round of 16 Champions League slate is Paul Pogba, the star-French midfielder for Manchester United. Manchester United enter the match as home favorites against a Paris Saint-Germain side that will be without both Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Both attackers are crucial to Paris Saint-Germain and their absences will be a huge blow in the first leg. Nevertheless, the French club possesses enough depth that their replacements are also capable. The story of the match will undoubtedly be how Manchester United performs in European competition under the tutelage of interim manager,... Read More
Kieran Trippier (DK: $5,300): The soccer Must-Have for this slate is the English fullback for Tottenham, Kieran Trippier. The set piece situation on most of the four teams on this slate is split, but Trippier at least leads his team in set pieces by a large margin. This helps him average eight crosses per ninety minutes (the most out of regular starters on the slate) and create nearly two chances. His basic peripherals, in the form of almost an interception and two and a half tackles per game, add to his floor, but so does his strong team defense. Tottenham... Read More