Confederations Cup: Semi Final Targets

We’ve reached the Semi Finals of the Confederations Cup, with Portugal and Chile squaring off on Wednesday and Germany and Mexico doing battle on Thursday. With a shot at lifting the trophy in sight, here are the top targets for the Semi Finals.

Goalkeeper

Guillermo Ochoa – $4,300 – Mexico – Nearly $1,000 separates Ochoa from the highest priced goalkeeper (ter Stegen), and with both games expected to be competitive, we can save at the position by paying down for Ochoa or Claudio Bravo. Ochoa conceded three goals in two group stage appearances, but with no clear-cut favorite in play, I’ll take Ochoa to free up funds to spend elsewhere. 

Others to Consider – Claudio Bravo (Chile; $4,500)


Defender

Cedric Soares – $5,400 – Portugal – Soares followed up a 15-point effort in the opener with another 14 points in their 1-0 win over Russia before being rested for the final game of group play. With teammate Rafael Guerreiro on the doubtful side of questionable, Soares sticks out as one of the top wing back options on the slate.

Miguel Layun – $4,800 – Mexico – Layun failed to hit double digits in two games played but remains one of the biggest upside defenders on the board. He’s a constant threat on the wing and takes set pieces on occasion, boosting his fantasy appeal with the added opportunities to earn attacking points.

Others to Consider – Joshua Kimmich (Germany; $6,300), Jonas Hector (Germany; $5,700), Mauricio Isla (Chile; $4,400)


Midfielder

Ricardo Quaresma – $8,300 – Portugal – Quaresma crossed the ball an eye-popping 19 times in the Group B finale against New Zealand. He’s amassed 52 points in two Confederations Cup games played and has shown that he’s fully capable of hitting value through shots and crosses alone.

Arturo Vidal – $7,300 – Chile – Vidal topped double-digits in all three group games. He’s a workhorse on both sides of the ball and racks up points across multiple categories. His physical style of play means you can pencil in at least 2-3 fouls per game, but we’ve got to take the good with the bad and can rely on Vidal to do enough to offset any negative points he incurs.

Others to Consider – Julian Draxler (Germany; $7,800), Charles Aranguiz (Chile; $4,400), Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico; $4,200)


Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo – $11,600 – Portugal – Ronaldo scored a goal and topped 20 points in consecutive games to close out group play. With two goals and an assist, he earned the Man of the Match award in all three Group A games and is in prime position to collect the Golden Ball as player of the tournament with a strong finish.

Alexis Sanchez – $9,100 – Chile – Sanchez was a letdown across the board with just six points in Chile’s 1-1 draw with Australia. Despite the low total, he still averaged 11 fantasy points per game through three group games including limited minutes in the opener. Look for Sanchez to elevate his game with a spot in the Final at stake.

Others to Consider – Andre Silva (Portugal; $7,800), Chicharito (Mexico; $6,300), Eduardo Vargas ($5,100)

 


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