#UCLfantasy: Beat the price rise

With player prices set to change after matchday four, UEFA.com profiles which players could increase in value.

Lionel Messi is already €11.5m but that price is set to rise further
Lionel Messi is already €11.5m but that price is set to rise further ©AFP/Getty Images

With player prices set to fluctuate once the matchday four deadline passes, canny Fantasy managers will be looking at making some strategic moves in order to increase their team value. We look at ten players who have performed well over the first three matchdays and could be set for a price increase.

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Fantasy tip: Transfers will need to be made prior to the matchday four deadline in order to take advantage of any potential price increases. If you own a player before he rises in value, you will then be able to sell him at his new price.

Robin Olsen (Roma)

Current price: €4.0m
Olsen has been one of the bargains of the season at €4.0m and has not disappointed his Fantasy owners with two clean sheets so far. In an improving Roma side, the Swedish goalkeeper is a prime candidate to increase in value.

Iker Casillas (Porto)

Current price: €5.5m
Although Casillas has only kept one clean sheet so far, he has supplemented that with additional points from a high number of saves. The veteran goalkeeper has made eight saves across the first three matchdays – including one from a penalty.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Current price: €6.5m
Already priced at a budget-busting €6.5m, Alba is firmly in the premium defenders department and has fully justified that price tag with a goal, three assists and two clean sheets so far.

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

Current price: €6.0m
You can't ask for much more from a defender than three clean sheets from three matchdays, and that's exactly what Juventus centre-back Bonucci has offered – in addition to winning a penalty and registering an assist. He's been worth every penny of his €6.0m price tag so far.

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)

Current price: €4.5m
Tagliafico caught the eye on matchday one by posting a notable Fantasy score of 17 points following two goals and a clean sheet against AEK. The Ajax left-back has since added a further clean sheet and non-owners will want to consider bringing him in prior to matchday four.

Cengiz Ünder (Roma)

Current price: €7.0m
A standout asset in the mid-priced midfielder bracket, Ünder has impressed in his last two outings with four attacking returns (two goals, two assists). The top-scoring Fantasy midfielder so far.

Marco Reus (Dortmund)

Current price: €9.0m
With three victories and no goals conceded, Dortmund have been one of the most impressive teams in the UEFA Champions League so far, and midfielder Reus is their leading Fantasy points scorer at this stage. A price rise is a distinct possibility with the German having both scored and assisted in the competition.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Current price: €11.5m
One of the most expensive Fantasy players is set to rise even further following an explosive start to his UEFA Champions League campaign. Despite missing out on matchday three, Messi hit the net five times in his first two matches and will be highly sought after when he returns from injury.

Edin Džeko (Roma)

Current price: €10.0m
Roma's talismanic striker is tied at the top of the scoring charts with Messi after he followed his matchday two hat-trick against Plzeň with two goals against CSKA Moskva last time out. Such goalscoring form marks the Bosnian out as an essential Fantasy asset, so consider moving in for him now if he's missing from your squad.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Current price: €10.0m
With much of the focus on Cristiano Ronaldo in his debut season at Juventus, the talented Dybala flew somewhat under the radar as a Fantasy choice. However, after a hat-trick on matchday two was followed by a strike against Manchester United last time out, that will no longer be the case.

Fantasy tip: Thinking long term with your transfer strategy can reap benefits. Consider which teams are likely to qualify for the knockout rounds when playing the market.