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DraftKings Picks of the Week: Champions League last 16

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The Champions League resumes this evening and there are two huge matches taking place, plus another two tomorrow night.

Real Madrid take on AS Roma and Wolfsburg go head-to-head with Gent this evening, while Zenit play Benfica and Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow.

With so many talented players contesting for a place in your DraftKings lineup this week, we're here with a list of three players you simply can't afford to be without.

Andre Schurrle - $4,700 (v Gent)

Julian Draxler will almost certainly be one of the most popular picks for this week’s Champions League fixtures.

The Wolfsburg star netted two goals against Gent during last month’s first leg and finished the 90 minutes with a superb 28.0 DraftKings points.

But if you’re after a potential differential, look no further than Andre Schurrle.

While it’s true the 25-year-old winger only played 45 minutes in Belgium and registered a disappointing 3.0 DraftKings points, he comes into this week’s second leg full of confidence after his eye-catching hat-trick against Hannover in the Bundesliga last week.

There’s a chance Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking will opt to start Schurrle on the bench - the Germany international played 83 minutes against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday - so be aware that you might be forced to make a late switch when the team line-ups are released at around 18:45 GMT on Tuesday.

Schurrle, who averaged an impressive 14 fantasy points per game (FPPG) in the two games against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stages, is only $100 cheaper than Draxler - so leave a few dollars in reserve if you opt for the former Chelsea player this week.

Gareth Bale - $7,000 (v AS Roma)

Gareth Bale marked his return from a calf muscle injury by scoring Real Madrid’s seventh goal in their 7-1 demolition of Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The Wales international entered the fray as a second-half substitute and scored 16 minutes later, putting the cherry on the cake for Los Blancos.

While Zinedine Zidane will be keen to avoid pushing Bale too hard after his two-month injury lay-off, the Real Madrid boss is acutely aware that he can’t afford to lose this tie with his team now out of realistic contention to win La Liga.

Real Madrid possess a comfortable 2-0 aggregate lead following their excellent win at the Stadio Olimpico, which might tempt Zidane to deploy Lucas Vazquez and either Borja Mayoral or Jese alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but the fact Karim Benzema is out injured should force Zidane to start with the experienced Bale.

At $7,000 - a cool $3,300 cheaper than Ronaldo - Bale, who averages 12.8 FPPG, is terrific value for money when you consider his immense talent and the fact Real Madrid are expected to beat Roma at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

We all know this is a player who likes to get himself on the scoresheet - in 10 Champions League matches during the 2014-15 campaign, Bale had 34 shots, scoring twice - and you can also expect the 26-year-old to whip in his fair share of crosses against the Giallorossi.

In 25 minutes against Celta, Bale delivered six crosses - adding the same number of valuable fantasy points to his tally.

Christian Träsch - $3,600 (v Gent)

If you’re after a defender below the $4,000-mark, look no further than Christian Träsch.

The Germany international registered 12.5 DraftKings points in the first leg against Gent thanks to an assist, two shots, one cross, three tackles won and one interception.

That was only marginally higher than his FPPG average (10.9) recorded in five Champions League group stage matches for Wolfsburg earlier this season.

Träsch loves to get forward and deliver crosses - 19 in Europe’s premier cup competition so far this term - while his tackles won statistics are also impressive.

The 28-year-old has averaged 3.6 tackles per match in the 2015-16 Champions League campaign and there’s a fair opportunity he will add three more points to his tally at the Volkswagen Arena on Tuesday with a clean sheet.

Wolfsburg boast the joint-sixth best defensive record in the Bundesliga this season and didn’t concede a goal at home against CSKA Moscow and PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group stages.

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