#UCLfantasy popular picks and potential differentials

Which players are other managers picking, and could any low-profile assets prove a valuable addition to your squad?

Lionel Messi is the most popular pick in #UCLfantasy
Lionel Messi is the most popular pick in #UCLfantasy ©Getty Images

As the round of 16 comes to an end, UEFA.com identifies the popular Fantasy options in each position while also singling out some potential hidden gems.

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GOALKEEPERS

Marc-André ter Stegen (€6.0m) vs Lyon (H)
Close to a fifth of #UCLfantasy managers have seen fit to select Barcelona's No1, and they will be feeling quietly confident of a clean sheet in the second leg with Lyon. With the tie finely poised at 0-0, Barcelona will be determined not to concede an away goal and have been generally solid at home in the competition this season, conceding just once across their three group games.
Selected by: 18%

Potential differential
Robin Olsen (€4.2m) vs Porto (A)
Olsen was something of a budget hero in the group stage, the generously-priced Roma stopper keeping two clean sheets and making 24 saves in his five appearances. The Swede did not feature on matchdays six or seven due to injury and that's a key factor in why his ownership level remains below 10%. He is now back between the sticks though, as Roma take a 2-1 advantage to Porto.
Selected by: 9%

DEFENDERS

Popular pick
Jordi Alba (€6.6m) vs Lyon (H)

The Barcelona left-back is the most expensive defender in #UCLfantasy, but this is a classic example of 'You get what you pay for'. Alba has proved his worth at both ends of the pitch, helping his side keep three clean sheets while also supplying attacking returns with a goal and three assists. His relationship with Lionel Messi is key to Barcelona's attack.
Selected by: 26%

Potential differential
Raphaël Guerreiro (€5.5m) v Tottenham (H)
Despite disappointing his owners last time out as Dortmund succumbed to Spurs, Guerreiro remains an outstanding differential option for a variety of reasons. Firstly, he is the highest scoring #UCLfantasy defender with 39 points from just 223 minutes of action – a frankly ridiculous average of 15.73 Fantasy points per 90 minutes. Secondly, his current role in this Dortmund side is as an attacking midfielder, which largely explains the first statistic. A strong choice in your back line as Dortmund look to overturn a 3-0 deficit.
Selected by: 7%

MIDFIELDERS

Popular pick
James Milner (€5.5m) vs Bayern (A)
Milner has been a popular Fantasy option since the beginning of the campaign and that is largely thanks to his budget-friendly price. Two goals and an assist represent good value for money for the versatile Liverpool man, and Jürgen Klopp tends to trust the Englishman in the UEFA Champions League as he has featured in all but one of their matches so far. Often trusted with penalty-taking duties, Milner is a solid squad option and his inclusion will allow funds to be redistributed elsewhere.
Selected by: 28%

Potential differential
David Silva (€9.2m) vs Schalke (H)
When the joint-highest scoring #UCLfantasy midfielder features in just 5% of teams, you could be on to a winner. While Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané are more heavily fancied in the Manchester City midfield amongst Fantasy managers, Silva has been quietly chipping away with consistent points. None of his team-mates have scored more than his three goals in this season's competition, while the Spaniard has also chipped in with an assist.
Selected by: 5%

FORWARDS

Popular pick
Lionel Messi (€11.6m) vs Lyon (H)
For once we decided to not to include Messi in our Captain Marvel options but there was simply no ignoring him this time around. Now owned by over half of #UCLfantasy managers, the Argentinian is the most popular player by some margin and going without him would be a huge risk to your overall rank. Lyon managed to keep Barcelona at bay in the first leg, but shackling Messi at the Camp Nou will be a different prospect.
Selected by: 52%

Potential differential
Álvaro Morata (€9.0m) vs Juventus (A)
It doesn't get much more differential than being owned by 0%, but that applies to Morata at present. The Spaniard appears to be enjoying life again since he made a January loan move back to his home town of Madrid, and has scored three goals in his last two domestic games for Atlético. With Diego Simeone's side 2-0 up after the first leg, Juventus will need to go on the front foot in Turin which should lead to an open game. Morata could be the man to benefit at the other end.  
Selected by: 0%

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