World Cup qualifiers are in full swing, and there are several matches that are sure to impact the European contingent on Friday. Let’s jump right into the top targets at each position for Friday’s UEFA slate.
Joe Hart – $5,600 – England – Hart has kept a clean sheet in three straight games to open World Cup Qualifying and now welcomes rivals Scotland to Wembley Stadium. Scotland are coming off a 3-0 loss at Slovakia in their last qualifier, and a disappointing 1-1 draw with Lithuania before that. With a mere hundreds of dollars separating the top options from the mid-tier choices, playing it safe by paying up could pay dividends.
Ciprian Tatarusanu – $4,700 – Romania – Tatarusanu and Romania are unbeaten through their first three games of group play, and now host another unbeaten team in Poland. While Poland posses more firepower than what he’s seen thus far, Tatarusanu has kept a clean sheet in two straight qualifiers and has conceded just one goal through the first three games of qualifying.
Others to Consider – Hugo Lloris (France; $5,800), Tomas Vaclik (Czech Republic; $5,200), Robin Olsen (Sweden; $3,700)
Danny Rose – $5,500 – England – Rose contributes on both ends of the field, accumulating multiple attacking and defensive stats throughout each match. He regularly tops double digit fantasy points through peripheral stats alone, and a vital game against Scotland should be no different.
Jonas Svensson – $4,400 – Norway – Svensson swung in 14 crosses in Norway’s 4-1 thrashing of San Marino. Yes, it was against the Group D minnows, but a defender priced at $4,400 with 22 crosses over his last two WCQ games is certainly worthy of consideration on a four game slate.
Others to Consider – Djibril Sidibe (France; $5,800), Kyle Walker (England; $5,400), Martin Olsson (Sweden; $4,300)
Dimitri Payet – $9,800 – France – While he’s one of the priciest plays on the board, Payet offers arguably the highest upside in the entire player pool. He had a goal, an assist, 14 crosses and a combined 36 DK points in wins over Netherlands and Bulgaria in the last round of qualifiers.
Borek Dockal – $6,500 – Czech Republic – Dockal totaled 15 crosses in his last WCQ outing versus Azerbaijan and swung in six versus Germany in the game before that. He’s tasked with the majority of set piecesm and a pivotal Group C match against Norway at home could see Dockal top double-digit DraftKings points for the sixth straight game across all competitions.
Others to Consider – Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland; $7,200), Matt Ritchie (Scotland; $6,800), Jordan Henderson (England; $5,700)
Wayne Rooney – $7,300 – England – Rooney comes into Friday’s tilt with Scotland in good form, having scored a goal and adding three assists over his last three starts with Manchester United. In his last WCQ start versus Malta, Rooney posted 18 DK points without a goal or assist. He stands over the bulk of set pieces for England, and a favorable matchup paired with a reasonable salary could be a recipe for success in both cash games and tournaments.
Nicolai Stanciu – $6,300 – Romania – Stanciu has quietly been a fantasy gem through the first three games of qualifying. I’ll spare the stat dump and encourage you to have a quick look at his DraftKings game log. Romania sit just two points back of Poland and first place in Group E, so another big showing from Stanciu seems likely to me.
Others to Consider – Robert Lewandowski (Poland; $10,000), Antoine Griezmann (France; $9,700), Theo Walcott (England; $8,000)
Jimmy Durmaz – $4,400 – Sweden – Durmaz whipped in a combined 19 crosses and posted 29 DK points over Sweden’s last two qualifiers. While a road fixture at France presents a tougher challenge than Bulgaria or Luxembourg, Sweden could be playing catchup for a majority of the contest, positioning Durmaz for another potential big crossing return as they chase the game. At $4,400 it’ll be tough to fade the winger if he’s given another start.
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