Confederations Cup Targets: June 18th

The 2017 Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend and there are some of the world’s top players on hand. Let’s key in on the top targets for Sunday’s slate:

Goalkeeper

Johnny Herrera – $5,400 – Chile – Herrera will assume the starting role to start the tournament with top choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo already ruled out of the opener. Cameroon’s attack was stifled in a 4-0 loss to Colombia in their tournament warm-up on Tuesday, and with Chile, the biggest favorite on the slate, 10 points from a win and clean sheet bonus is within reason. 

Others to Consider – Rui Patricio (Portugal; $5,300), Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico; $4,200)


Defender

Miguel Layun – $5,100 – Mexico – Layun missed out on the recent set of World Cup Qualifiers due to injury but has his sights on returning to action in the tournament opener. Layun is no stranger to joining in on the attack and also has a share of set pieces, making him a high-upside play at the position.

Rafael Guerreiro – $5,000 – Portugal – Guerreiro is another defender with strong attacking potential. He swung in seven crosses in a recent World Cup Qualifier and has topped five crosses in four straight international appearances.

Others to Consider – Cedric Soares (Portugal; $5,500), Carlos Salcedo (Mexico; $2,700), Jonathan Joseph Ngwen (Cameroon; $2,600)


Midfielder

Alexis Sanchez – $10,100 – Chile – The Chilean danger man is coming off a strong 24 goal, 10 assist Premier League season and will be eager to add more hardware to his trophy case after winning the Golden Ball at last summer’s Copa America Centenario. Sanchez picked up an injury in training on Wednesday, so it’s worth monitoring his status ahead of Sunday. If he’s in the lineup he’s in play as a high-upside play in a cushy match against Cameroon.

Arturo Vidal – $6,500 – Chile  – Vidal is able to rack up fantasy points across multiple categories. He gets the job done on both sides of the ball and factors into the attack even more for Chile than his club side Bayern Munich. He comes at a reasonable price, and with only two games to select from, I’m okay with loading up on the Chileans.

Others to Consider – Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal; $8,400), Carlos Vela (Mexico; $7,200), Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico; $4,000)


Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo – $11,200 – Portugal – Ronaldo has 16 goals in his last 10 games in all competitions, including a nine shot, two-goal outing in a World Cup Qualifying win over Latvia last week. He finished with 43 DraftKings points in that one, and while Mexico should present a stiffer challenge, Ronaldo has shown he can post big numbers no matter the opponent.

Eduardo Vargas – $5,700 – Chile – Vargas was a big part of Chile’s Copa America success, winning the Golden Boot in both the 2015 and 2016 tournament. He’s a boom-or-bust type of forward that may not hit more than four or five points if he doesn’t score, but with the best matchup on the slate, it’s worth chasing another four-goal showing like he put on against Mexico in last summer’s Copa America Centenario.

Others to Consider – Andre Silva (Portugal; $8,000), Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon; $6,700), Chicharito (Mexico; $6,200)

 


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