The UEFA Champions League action returns this month with the competition’s knockout games. The 16 teams who finished as the toppers and runners-up in their respective groups, would now compete against each other over 2 legs spanning over a time period of almost a month, until March. Besides the clash of the heavyweights and some mouth-watering live action in the knockout stages, the UEFA Champions League Fantasy also returns with its ever exciting and unpredictable form of gameplay. The group stages not only saw numerous well-known and high-priced players giving lump sum amount of points to their fantasy managers but also saw many ‘cheaper‘ and unpopular options gifting points, which is the best part of this game. With several new faces in real-life teams and also in the game after the January transfer window, it’s important that we utilize the unlimited number of transfers before the knockout games begin and rebuild our teams for this new phase.
After our previous edition of cheap beast guides during the group stages, we will now present another version of the UCL Fantasy Cheap Beast guides, for the upcoming 2 legs of knockout games, and the other knockout stages that succeed. These cheap beasts would be costing not more than 8.5M, however, are most likely to return you handsome fantasy points, once you trust them into your teams. Make sure you include them before the deadline, which is on 16th February at 8 PM GMT.
1. A. Pléa – 8.4 million
A must-have option for the group stages, this Borussia Mönchengladbach forward created havoc in the group which contained Real Madrid and Inter Milan. In the group stage, he scored 5, assisted 3, and gathered 41 fantasy points for his owners. Though his team has got a tougher opponent in the next round in Manchester City, you know that fantasy gaming can’t be predicted beforehand. If you want to invest more in the midfield rather than the forward line, he is the best option.
2. Marcus Thuram – 8.7 million
Another Borussia Mönchengladbach forward making this list, he scored 2, assisted 2, and won 2 penalties for his team, gathering a total of 32 points. Again, if you are considering spending for premium midfielders, either of the two Borussia Mönchengladbach forwards might be a decent option in the front to give you points. Premium forward options like Ronaldo, Haaland, Lewandowski all cost around 11m+, hence, the Mönchengladbach forward duo are considerably cheaper ‘beasts’
Ferran Torres – 7.7 million
Midfielders provide better points than the forwards because of those clean sheet points and 1 extra point they get for a goal. Despite Pep’s rotations, Ferran Torres has been consistent in playing the young Spaniard in the group stages. With a total of 4 goals and 34 points from 5 games, he might continue his form against a relatively weak Borussia Mönchengladbach defense.
1. C. Romero – 5.1 million
The Argentine center-back of Atalanta BC was the player with the highest fantasy points in the group stage. He obtained a whopping 50 points, which is pretty much exaggerating, based on his price and position. As a defender, he got points for clean-sheets, goals, assists, ball recoveries (the most). Though Atalanta faces Spanish giants Real Madrid, he’d be a decent option in the backline of your team.
2. Z. Sanusi – 5 million
The Porto defender might have a Herculean task of stopping Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring in the Round of 16, but he already earned 46 points from the group stage matches (2nd highest for a defender) makes him a decent cheaper alternative. Although the game is against Juventus, remember that fantasy football is about uncertainties and surprises.
3. Angeliño 5.4 million
The Spanish left-back of RB Leipzig contributed a total of 9 goals and assists and eventually gifted 46 points to his fantasy owners. His team plays an off-form, injury-struck Liverpool FC, who have become defensively a bit vulnerable recently. There are high chances of this game ending with a number of goals, and Angeliño contributing to many of them.
Speaking of Liverpool, one more option fantasy managers should look out for is, Diogo Jota. Recently Liverpool FC announced that he is in his final stages of rehabilitation and might soon return to action. He is a 7.9m midfielder and was regularly contributing goals for his team before he got injured. However, fantasy managers would be advised to keep the updates of his return and also follow news of injuries of the players mentioned above.
Which players of this UCL Fantasy Knockout stage Guide are you thinking of featuring in your Starting lineup? Did you choose any from our UCL Fantasy Cheap Beast Guide? How much did the UCL Fantasy Knockout stage Guide help you? Let us know in the comments section below.