Champions League Fantasy Football: Five budget midfielders & defenders
A bargain defender or midfielder can make or break your fantasy team. Here are the top five
contenders for budget midfielders and defenders you can choose for the
2019/2020 UEFA Champions League season.
Top Budget Midfielders
Kai Havertz – Leverkusen (€5.5M)
Finishing in fourth place in the Bundesliga last season, Bayern Leverkusen is back at the UEFA
Champions League after the two-year absence. Their young German Midfielder, Kai Havertz is
essential for their chances to progress in the tournament, after enjoying a fantastic 2018/2019
Dani Olmo – Dinamo Zagreb (€6.0M)
Following their triumph over Rosenborg during the playoffs, Dinamo Zagreb is in the group
stage for the first time over the two years. The Spanish midfielder, Dani Olmo, is paramount to
their success, having registered two assists and three goals in the qualifying rounds.
Taison – Shakhtar Donetsk (€5.5M)
While Shakhtar can’t promise clean sheets to betway punters, Shakhtar is prolific on the other
end, scoring at least two goals in 60% of their last ten group stage matches. Taison has been a
crucial part of their advancement in the tournament, averaging at least an assist or a goal in every
146 minutes. Not many midfielders can boast of such a high ratio.
James Milner – Liverpool (€5.5M)
Milner gives excellent value for the money, having scored over ten fantasy points last season.
The favorite for UCLfantasy managers, James Milner, set his record in the 2017/2018 season
after recording nine assists in the Champions League.
Mason Mount – Chelsea (€6.5M)
Frank Lampard’s appointment as the Chelsea manager over the summer not only changed the
odds for the blues in Betway, but it’s also leading to a youth revolution. Mount is at the forefront
of the team’s success as a midfielder, being quite familiar with Lampard’s leadership from last
season at Derby County.
Top Budget Defenders
Nicolas Tagliafico – Ajax (€5.0M)
Being a top-rated defender among all those rated at €5.0M in the 2018/2019 season, Tagliafico
has proven to be a threat on both ends of the pitch. He boasts of three clean sheets in about ten
appearances, which were matched by the number of times he found the net against his
Ismaily – Shakhtar Donetsk (€4.5M)
Despite Donetsk not winning any clean sheet during the 2018/2019 Champions League season,
the marauding defender, Ismaily, made up for that through his attacks. He scored two goals and
contributed three assists, and he’s expected to offer excellent value for the money in the coming
Brandon Mechele – Brugge (€4.0M)
After defeating LASK, Brugge qualified for the Champions League for the second season
consecutively. The team performed well defensively with players like Brandon Mechele on the
squad during the 2018/2019 season, recording three clean sheets in a group including Atletico
Madrid, Monaco, and Dortmund.
Yaroslav Rakits’kyy – Zenit (€4.5M)
After three years of absence in the UEFA Champions League, Zenit is looking to carry over their
brilliant defensive record from Russia’s Premier League. Rakits’kyy joined Zenit in January this
year, scoring three goals during the second half of his team’s campaign.