Best Midfielders to pick in UCL Fantasy MD10 (QF 2nd Leg)

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In this article, we will look at the best midfielders for your Fantasy Champions League team in Matchday 10 – Quarterfinals 2nd Leg. in the new 2023/24 season?

This article is part of the series: Fantasy Champions League Matchday 10: Tips, Best Picks & Captain

We looked at each price option: budget enablers, mid-priced and premium options.

Budget midfielders for Quarterfinals 2nd Leg – Matchday 10 (4.5m – 6m)

Fermin Lopez (4.6m, Barcelona) – 2/10

  • started in 4 in last 6 Barcelona games
  • He is not always a regular starter but he is getting minutes in recent games
  • an option if you really really need some 4.6m budget enabler
  • has 3 goals in La Liga this season and 2G + 1A in Champions League
  • we will know whether he starts before the deadline

Konrad Laimer (5.4m, Bayern) – 3/10

  • an option, if you are looking a budget enabler solid at balls recovered

Zaire Emery (5.6m, PSG) – 2/10

  • budget enabler, but he is not getting as many minutes recently as he was getting before
  • after his price increase, he is now too expensive for an enabler who might not even start
  • cheap route into PSG’s attack
  • Had 2 MOTM awards in the group stage
  • Not really good at balls recovered, but offer slight attacking threat
  • 2G + 2A in Ligue 1 and 1G + 3A in Champions League this season

Mid-Priced Midfielders for QF 2nd Leg – MD10 (6.5m – 8.5m)

Goretzka (6.5m, Bayern) – 5/10

  • a differential
  • small goal threat, but a decent chance of few extra points due to balls recovered
  • but he can also be a very explosive fantasy asset – he can score 17 points on one game, but then get 2-3 pointers in the next 10 games

Kimmich (6.6m, Bayern) – 6.5/10

  • Stable points outputs, low risk player
  • Whether he plays (and is classified in fantasy) as a defender or midfielder, we always consider him for UCL Fantasy
  • Very decent and reliable in balls recovered (5.67 per match in the last season and also 5.11 balls recovered per match this season so far)
  • Does not matter which position he plays, he seems to always support Bayern’s attack
  • 1G + 8 assists this season for Bayern in all competitions

Rodri (6.7m, Manchester City) – 8/10

  • Similar pick as Kimmich, with stable points output
  • good at balls recovered, was top for balls recovered (alongside Otamendi) in the last season of UCL
  • can recover stable points output (3-5 points per match) despite the lower price
  • On average 6 balls recovered per game during last season, but this season only 4.14 per match
  • can get you an occasional goal from time to time,
  • Sometimes, in-form attacking 6 – 7m midfielders cannot deliver points for goals and assists, so it is worth considering a balls recovering hero instead of them, to make sure you will get at least some points from your cheap mids

Bellingham (8m, Real Madrid) – 9.5/10

  • is back from injury
  • heavily underpriced, the most-owned midfielder in the game currently (for a reason)
  • reliable UCL Fantasy asset, he seems to always deliver in the Champions League
  • 16G + 4A in La Liga this season
  • We do not like to use the phrase “must-own”, but he is very very close to that
  • MOTM candidate when he do well in a match, so far 3 MOTM awards

Gundogan (8.1m, Barcelona) – 3/10

  • hard to find a reliable Barcelona midfielder
  • Gundogan is a proven fantasy asset from FPL and UCL Fantasy
  • With 5 goals and 11 assists this season for Barcelona in all competitions
  • He is not explosive fantasy asset, expect occasional goals and assists

Foden (8.1m, Manchester City) – 9.5/10

  • After Rodri, another Man City midfielder to consider in the UCL Fantasy
  • If you pick him, you must accept that he will be benched sometimes due to rotation among Man City players
  • In hot form in Premier League

Musiala (8.4m, Bayern) – 7/10

  • getting into good form for Bayern, with 5G + 6A in the last 10 games for Germany and Bayern

Premium Midfielders for Quarterfinals 2nd Leg – Matchday 10 (9m – 10.5m)

Sané (9.1m, Bayern) – 3/10

  • Form is just not there this season
  • + he is injury doubt for MD10
  • His form in UCL is not what we are used to from him
  • Sané can be an absolute beast in the Champions League, but this season is yet to show it
  • Proven UCL Fantasy asset
  • 8 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga this season

Odegaard (9.1m, Arsenal) – 6/10

  • is you are looking for Arsenal double up in midfield
  • Saka is our number 1 pick, but is you want to have a bigger exposure to their attack, field Odegaard next to him
  • 7G + 6A in Premier League this season

Saka (9.5m, Arsenal) – 9/10

  • a key man for Arsenal, solid form in Premier League
  • on penalties
  • reliable asset in FPL, so he could be a reliable asset in UCL Fantasy as well
  • 13G + 10A in Premier League this season, 14G + 12A in the Premier League last season
  • Also, Odegaard will be a popular midfielder, as he is on set pieces and is more likely to score goals outside of the box (+1 point)

De Bruyne (10.5m, Manchester City) – 7/10

  • is back from injury
  • Key Man in Man. City midfield

Tips for picking the best midfielders for your UCL Fantasy team

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

  • If you pick a premium midfielder, make sure he is also a good captaincy option.
  • If you pick cheap midfielders (less than 5.5 million), make sure they are good at balls recovered
  • Also, consider midfielders who are talismans for their teams as they could get awarded MOTM 
  • Form and fixtures are also important parts of your decision-making process
  • Consider probabilities when picking midfielders. Let bookies any time goalscorer odds to help you with that. You can find them here: Champions League Goalscoring Odds.
  • Make sure you have all playing midfielders and no non-starters in your team – you can sub off players when they blank for a player who is yet to play
  • Think about the structure of your midfield. It could be something like:
    • 10m (premium captaincy option)
    • 7m (talisman)
    • 7m (talisman)
    • 6m (differential with good fixture)
    • 5m (balls recovered hero)
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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