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DraftKings Pick of the Week: Champions League Last-16

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The Champions League knockout stages continue this week and some of Europe's heavyweights are preparing to go head-to-head.

Tuesday evening will see a terrific doubleheader with Europe's in-form Barcelona travelling to Arsenal with Arsene Wenger's men hoping to repeat the heroics of 2011, where they came from 1-0 down to win 2-1. In the other match, Bayern Munich, champions of Germany, will face their Serie A counterparts and last year's runners-up, Juventus in Turin.

On Wednesday, Manchester City will look to return from the far reaches of Europe with a commanding victory as they take on Ukranian outfit Dynamo Kiev while Atletico Madrid go into their game against PSV Eindhoven as heavy favourites.

Needless to say, some of the world's best players will be taking to the field across the four games, but who should you pick for your DraftKings 1-day fantasy football lineup? Here, we select three stars you can't afford to leave out.

Luis Suarez, $9,400 (BARCELONA @ Arsenal)

It is almost impossible to create a DraftKings 1-day fantasy football lineup with all three of Barcelona's attacking trio, but it is equally hard to see anyone complete a draft without at least one of them included.

Leo Messi represents the most expensive of the trio at $10,400 while Neymar can be yours for $9,000. However, Luis Suarez has shined brightest out of the famed MSN and goes into the game against Arsenal in the form of his life.

The Uruguayan has averaged 20.3 fantasy points-per-game (FPPG) in the Champions League including a massive 31.5 points in his last outing against AS Roma. Granted, that may have been some time ago, but Suarez has consistently scored or assisted in all competitions throughout the season.

Add to that the fact that he has ample experience against Premier League clubs and you can guarantee Neymar and Messi will be looking to their central striker to unlock Arsenal's defence.

Antoine Griezmann $7,400 (ATLETICO MADRID @ PSV)

Those familiar with La Liga will know that Antoine Griezmann goes into the game against PSV out of touch with his best form. The Atletico Madrid star has failed to register a goal or an assist in any of his last five league games, but as he returns to the European stage, expect him to be on the end of everything Atletico throw at the Dutch outfit.

Indeed, he has saved some of his best form for the Champions League this season. He has scored four goals and assisted once in six European games, earning an average of 16.8 FPPG. Diego Simeone's men are heavy favourites going into the fixture and, if anyone is going to score, it will be Griezmann.

Kingsley Coman $5,000 (Bayern Munich @ JUVENTUS)

You have to be very good to play in the Champions League as a 19-year-old. You need to be even better to play for Bayern Munich, but Kingsley Coman has proved himself to be an exceptional talent under Pep Guardiola this season.

The French youngster, currently on loan from Juventus, will be eligible to play against his parent club on Tuesday evening and expect him to relish the chance to show Massimiliano Allegri exactly what he is missing.

Averaging 18.8 FPPG, Coman represents a bargain at just $5,000 and has the kind of consistency that DraftKings 1-day fantasy football lineup pros dream of. He has registered an assist in each of his four Champions League games this season and has never scored below 11 points.

However, such is the nature of playing for one of the world's biggest football clubs, Coman is far from a guaranteed starter so anyone picking him will have to stay on alert.


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