World Cup Fantasy Soccer: Top Targets and Values for June 28

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Group stage action wraps up on Thursday, and with England and Belgium already through to the knockout round, all eyes will be on Group H. Japan, Senegal and Colombia are all within a point of each other for the last two spots in the knockout phase, which means we’ll want fantasy exposure to those games with something still to play for.

FORWARD

STUDS

James Rodriguez, Colombia vs. Senegal, $9,800 — Rodriguez delivered a clutch performance in Colombia’s win over Poland, finishing with two assists and 18 points. He comes with a fairly safe floor given his role on set pieces, and considering Colombia will be playing to win, we can expect him to be just as active against Senegal.

Other Options — Robert Lewandowski, Poland ($9,200); Radamel Falcao, Colombia ($8,400); Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia ($8,300)

VALUES

M’baye Niang, Senegal vs. Colombia ($7,000) — Niang has been electric in the Senegal attack, with a goal, an assist and a combined 34 points through his first two group stage games. While Senegal would advance with a draw, Colombia will be pushing for the win which should open up added opportunities for Niang.

Other Options — Sadio Mane, Senegal ($7,400); Yannick Carrasco, Belgium ($5,600)


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Juan Cuadrado, Colombia vs. Senegal ($8,600) — Cuadrado scored a goal and topped 23 points in his last game, firing off three shots and sending in seven crosses along the way. If it’s not clear by now, the focus should be on having as much exposure to teams with something to play for. While they may boast the bigger names, there’s just not as much certainty using players from Belgium or England on this slate.

Other Options —Takashi Inui, Japan ($7,700); Keisuke Honda, Japan ($7,300)

VALUES

Gaku Shibasaki, Japan vs. Poland ($4,300) — Shibasaki gives us cheap exposure to set pieces, as he’s taken four of Japan’s six corner kicks this World Cup. If Honda starts, he’ll likely siphon some of those corner kicks away, but Shibasaki has enough open play crossing appeal to keep him on the radar at this price.

Other Options — Juan Quintero, Colombia ($6,800); Edgar Barcenas, Panama ($4,200)


DEFENDER

STUDS

Johan Mojica, Colombia vs. Senegal ($5,600) — Mojica has a combined 12 crosses through two games and with everything to play for, there’s a good chance he’s lumping more into the box on Thursday. Colombia is in a position where they may end up having to throw everything forward to get a result, which plays even more into Mojica’s fantasy appeal.

<Other Options — Kieran Trippier, England ($5,500); Thomas Meunier, Belgium ($5,000)

VALUES

Michael Murillo, Panama vs. Tunisia ($4,000) — Murillo has yet to score more than 3.5 points this tournament, but that can be somewhat overlooked considering his opposition (England and Belgium). Against a weaker Tunisia side, he should be able to showcase his attacking abilities, as he’s been known to get forward in the attack and contribute a goal or an assist on occasion.

Other Options — Ashley Young, England ($4,300); Moussa Wague, Senegal ($4,200)


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

David Ospina, Colombia vs. Senegal ($5,200) — With what’s at stake, I think we can go both ways with a goalkeeper in this game. Ospina may be the safer of the two if we’re playing for a win and/or clean sheet bonus, but N’diaye offers a healthy savings and it would be no surprise to see him turn in a big performance. After a disastrous start to the tournament, Ospina got back on track with a clean sheet last game and he has the best clean sheet odds of any keeper on the board.

Other Options — Farouk Ben Mustapha, Tunisia ($5,100); Eiji Kawashima, Japan ($4,900)

VALUES

Khadim N’diaye, Senegal vs. Colombia ($4,300) — Despite looking shaky defensively, Senegal has done enough to put themselves in position to advance with a result versus Colombia. They come in as heavy underdogs and should be under siege throughout most of the match but — as we saw Wednesday with Germany — anything can happen in the World Cup and if N’diaye is on his game, he can supply a serviceable score.

Other Options — Jaime Penedo, Panama ($4,400)


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