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

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The Champions League quarter-final draw takes place in Nyon on Friday morning, but first there are still four places up for grabs.

Wolfsburg, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica have booked their places in the last eight - which teams will be joining them?

If you haven't created your DraftKings lineup yet, or were struggling to decide between specific players, don't worry - help is at hand.

Here are two head-to-head battles - plus the all-important verdicts - that should work in your favour this week.

And, as always, good luck!

Manuel Neuer - $4,600 (v Juventus) v Jan Oblak - $3,900 (v PSV Eindhoven)

Goalkeepers can be worth their weight in gold on DraftKings, which is why it’s imperative to make the right decision ahead of this week’s Champions League fixtures.

Rather than considering which of the keepers available for selection is the most talented, ask yourself the following questions: who is most likely to make the most saves, who is most likely to keep a clean sheet, and who is most likely to be on the winning team.

Each save is worth two points, every clean sheet worth five, while five points are awarded to a goalkeeper on the winning team. Subsequently, it’s difficult to look past Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak this week.

The 23-year-old, at $3,900, is cheaper than Manuel Neuer, Joe Hart and Marc-Andre ter Stegen but is arguably the strongest contender of the quartet to keep a clean sheet.

Atleti are formidable at the Vicente Calderon - they’ve conceded just six goals at home in La Liga, plus two more in the Champions League, this term - and should have enough quality to see off PSV.

That would be an automatic five points for Oblak, plus five more for a clean sheet. The classy Slovenia international, who averages 9.8 fantasy-points-per-game (FPPG), has already kept five clean sheets in the Champions League this season and made a total of 13 saves.

Neuer, on the other hand, has made four more saves than Oblak this season and boasts a slightly more impressive FPPG (10.2) but has recorded two fewer clean sheets.

Juve scored two goals past Neuer inside 13 second-half minutes in Turin and it wouldn’t be a shock if Paulo Dybala or one of his teammates beats the world-class but unorthodox German keeper again at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Verdict: Bag yourself 10 easy DraftKings points - and hopefully more - by selecting the cheaper Jan Oblak.

Luis Suarez - $9,400 (v Arsenal) v Robert Lewandowski - $8,200 (v Juventus)

For those brave enough to select a DraftKings lineup without Lionel Messi this week, chances are you’ll be looking to draft one of the Barcelona superstar’s fellow ‘MSN’ members instead.

Luis Suarez is $800 cheaper than Messi but is Barcelona’s leading goalscorer this season and could put the beleaguered Arsenal, who were outclassed by the Catalan giants at the Emirates Stadium last month, to the sword at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan superstar - who has scored a magnificent 42 goals in all competitions this season, including five in the Champions League, and boasts an eye-catching 17.0 FPPG - will be keen to make amends for his profligate display in north London.

In the end it was Messi who stole the show against the Gunners, scoring both goals and racking up 32.5 DraftKings points. This is the danger of selecting Suarez or Neymar over the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in an effort to free up funds.

However, you could save yourself an additional $1,200 by selecting Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, whose DraftKings stats in the Champions League this season are superior to Suarez’s.

The Poland international, who has netted 34 goals in 37 matches in all competitions, has scored more

Champions League goals (7), averages 4.4 shots-per match compared to Suarez’s 3.6, and has a better FPPG record (19.1) in Europe’s premier club competition.

Verdict: If you're reluctant to spend so much or your budget on Lionel Messi this week, Robert Lewandowski is your man.

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