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DraftKings Champions League last-16 fantasy picks: Head-to-head

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The Champions League action is coming thick and fast as we reach the business end of the 2015/16 season - and that means another chance for you to win with DraftKings 1-day fantasy football.

Real Madrid's domestic campaign has stuttered, meaning the Spanish giants will be looking to make a splash in Europe. They're already 2-0 up from the first leg of their last-16 tie against Roma and there should be plenty more goals to come in the Bernabeu tonight.

We've crunched the numbers on a couple of tricky selection dilemmas and come up with the answers you need before a ball has been kicked. Check out our head-to-head picks below.

Isco $4,500 (REAL MADRID v Roma) v Lucas Moura $5,800 (Chelsea v PSG)

There's not much to choose between these two in terms of stats; both are averaging more than 10 fantasy-points-per-game (FPPG) this season and produce roughly the same numbers when it comes to goals and assists in Europe's leading club competition.

That means we'll need to look elsewhere to separate them, and a good place to start is price. Isco is a full $1,300 cheaper, which is a sizeable chunk of change that can be used elsewhere on your roster. That's always handy when you have a small group of players over the $8,000-mark.

Isco

It looks like Isco is a safer selection in general, too. The former Malaga playmaker has featured in each of Real Madrid's seven Champions League fixtures to date and has the easier match-up against a Roma side that went down 2-0 in the first leg in Rome.

Moura, meanwhile, has started just two games in the Champions League for Laurent Blanc's side, and while his FPPG shows he produces when given the chance, the Brazilian is more of a riskier play at this point, especially with his team's place in the competition so finely in the balance.

There's a real chance Madrid, who have 10 goals in their last two games, could run riot against Roma while PSG's clash against Chelsea will likely be a close-fought affair. In short, all the signs are pointing to Isco.

Toni Kroos $4,200 (REAL MADRID v Roma) v Radja Nainggolan $3,500 (Real Madrid v ROMA)

One for the football hipsters out there. Nainggolan is highly rated amongst those in the know, but his numbers don't exactly jump off the page. The Belgian has managed no goals and one assist in the Champions League so far, although his 16 shots have helped him manage a healthy average of 9.4 FPPG.

Kroos, similarly, is a superb player in real life but it doesn't seem as though his skillset translates into fantasy football particularly well. His average shots and crosses-per-game aren't ground-breaking, and he hasn't registered an assist or a goal in Europe.

Kroos

Real Madrid are seemingly out of the Spanish league title race so will likely be focusing all their efforts on Europe, which could mean trouble for Roma and a good day at the office for most of Madrid's attacking players, but Nainggolan as a contrarian play works well.

He's cheap, his ownership is likely to be low and if Roma can bag a goal on the counter, he's as likely as anyone else to be the one putting it in the back of the net. At worst, if he can hit his average, then it's a pretty solid foundation for the rest of your team to work from.

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Topics:
AS Roma
UEFA Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain
Isco
Real Madrid
Football
Toni Kroos
Chelsea

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