As I see people still struggling with UCL teams, gonna repost my UCL budget options, these are only preliminary shallow notes based on this season stats, so sample sizes may are a bit small. But this could still be helpful. I did not pay too much attention on defenders as I feel good defenders are a must in this format. The players named here should be nailed on as they have played the majority of the games held so far. If I got something wrong let me know.
*Note from TW: feel free to mention any changes that should be made or suggest additions to the list in the comments section
Finally the Champions League is starting, so here are my budget options for this campaign, even a couple of 4 mil nailed on midfielders who were not easy to find. Enjoy!
M 7.5 Boateng- 7 shots per game 1 key pass per game so far in 2 games
F 8.5 Piazzini- takes penalties, could be a nice differential
M 4.0 Thulani Serero has started 4 out of 4 games so far and has scored 3 goals, and has also got a red card to his name. Could be a very nice 5th mid.
D 4.5 Gibbs- is very cheap and should be nailed on at least until Santos gets fit.
GK 4.0 Malafeev- cheap GK in a good team
M 7.0 Lampard very cheap for him, might miss some games but takes pens and is always a decent option in the CL
F 8.5 Mandzukic- only 8.5 mil is a steal until Mario Gomez is out, he is the second best scorer for them this season with 2 goals.
D 5.5 Boateng- Safest and cheapest option into the Bayern defense.
CFR 1907 Cluj
D 4.0 Cadu- takes penalties
F 6.0 Brown Ideye- has scored 7 goals this season in 8 games and is the top scorer for his team, next one in the line has 2 goals so Kyiv are counting on him to score.
FC Bate Borisov
M 4.5 Renan Bressan – Takes penalties is second highest scorer in the team this season with 6 goals in 17 games has also added 4 assists
Stockholm CM- Second highest scorer for his team this season with 2 goals in 6 games.
F 6.0 Martinez- pen taker, joint top scorer this season with 2 goals in 3 games
FC Shalke 04
D 4.0 Uchida- cheap nailed on defender in a good team
F 5.5 Henrick Mkhitarjan- has scored 11 goals 4 assists in 8 games this season( crazy stats)
M 5.0 Kombarov is the top scorer this season with 3 goals in 6 games, should be the penalty taker as he has taken 2 this season. I more penalty has been taken this season by Biljaletdinov, but he missed that one.
M 5.0 Sammir- has scored 8 goals and 2 assists in 7 matches this season is also the penalty taker.
M 4.0 Marcelo Brozovic- nailed on mid at 4 mil as he has started 6 of 7 games so far and has scored 1 goal and 3 assists.
F 5.0 Umut Bulut- top scorer for Galatasaray this season with 4 goals in 3 games in the premiership and 6 goals in all 6 games played in.
D 4.5 Lichtensteiner super cheap way in to a great defensive team
D 5.5 Vidal Penalty taker for a very good team and also playing OOP in the midfield has scored 17 goals and 15 assists in his last 2 seasons.
Manchester United FC
M 6.0 Ryan Giggs- I have a gut feeling that he will start most UCL games this season as well and put up nice stats.
D 5.0 both Rafael and Evra are nice options at that price.
D 5.0 Arbeloa- cheapest option into the Real Madrid defense
GK 6.0 Victor Valdes- cheapest option into the Barca defense
D 4.0 Demichelis, Welington- both are nice cheap options for a good ok teams defense.
D 4.0 Holebas 1 of only 2 players to make a penalty last year so could take 1 if it comes up.
M 4.0 Dimitrios Siovas – has scored 1 goal so far but is a nailed on option at 4 mil which is rare in the midfield.
GK 4.0 Pato- nice and cheap for a decent team with ok fixtures.
F 4.5 Michel- top scorer so far for Braga but started 1 of the 2 games on the bench
F 5.5 Rodrigo- Is Benficas top scorer so far with 3 goals and 1 assist in 3 games.
GK 4.5 Sirigu- cheapest way into the PSG defense
Good luck with all your teams and follow me on twitter @KristjanPulma