Best Defenders to pick in UCL Fantasy Matchday 12 (Semifinals)

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In this article, we will look at the best defenders to pick for your Fantasy Champions League team in the Semifinals 2nd Leg – Matchday 12.

We look at each price bracket: budget defenders, mid-priced picks, and premium options.

Budget defenders for Semifinals 2nd Leg – Matchday 12

Dimarco (4.7m, Inter)

  • 5 assists in the current UCL Fantasy campaign
  • 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 8 appearances for Inter
  • very attacking
  • looks like he cemented the starting role
  • Inter with 35 % probability of keeping a CS in MD12 – highest of all teams

Acerbi (4.5m, Inter)

  • another budget enabler among Inter defenders
  • more nailed than Dimarco

Kjaer (4.8m, AC Milan)

  • Not 100 % nailed, but we expect him to start in important matches
  • great at balls recovered – 41 balls recovered in 6 matches this season – 6.83 per match
  • AC Milan with 22 % probability of keeping a CS

Mid Priced Options for Semifinals 2nd Leg – Matchday 12

Tomori (5.0m, AC Milan)

  • Tomori is top for Balls Recovered (55) among remaining players
  • 6.11 balls recovered per match
  • Kjaer is recovering balls at higher rate per match, but is not as certain to start as Tomori

Akanji (5.1m, Manchester City)

  • hard to find reliable defender from Manchester City apart from Dias
  • but Akanji should ba nailed as well in important matches
  • in previous seasons he was a balls recovered magnet, but currently is not recovering balls at such rate as we were used from him
  • 4.9 balls recovered per match

Carvajal (5.4m, Real Madrid)

  • offer attacking threat

Premium Defenders for Semifinals 2nd leg – Matchday 12

Bastoni (5.6m, Inter)

  • it could be a tight match against AC Milan, with a clean sheet at one end
  • Inter is solid defensively with 7 clean sheets in 11 matches in the current Champions League season

Dias (5.7m, Manchester City)

  • one of few reliable Manchester City defenders and expected starters
  • goal threat
  • solid at balls recovered – 4.9 per match
  • MOTM candidate when City do well defensively
  • City with 34 % of keeping a Clean Sheet

Theo Hernandez (5.9m, AC Milan)

  • the go to AC Milan defender
  • offers goal threat
  • not as good at balls recovered
  • can get you points for goals and assists
  • 4G + 3A in Seria A this season

Picking defenders in UCL Fantasy

When selecting a defender into your UCL Fantasy team you consider:

  • Whether a defender that you pick has a good chance of a clean sheet. Our Champions League Clean Sheet Odds will help you with that. This is the most important criterium you should consider, as clean sheets are most important source of fantasy points for defenders.
  • Whether a defender has attacking potential: Can he score goals after free kicks and corners? Does he play in an advanced position so he could register a few assists?
  • Balls recovered potential. Centre backs usually recover more balls than full backs which makes them more appealing from this point of view. You can check, which players are best at bells recovered in our article: Best players at balls recovered.

If you find a defender that offers all three above, you find gold and should pick him into your team. However, that is rare. So make sure that the defenders you pick satisfy at least 2 of those 3 criteria.

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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