The 2017 Confederations Cup rolls on with Group A taking center stage on Wednesday. Russia currently sits atop the group after taking care of business against New Zealand in the tournament opener, but Portugal and Mexico are still in the mix after sharing a point in their opener. Let’s break down the top targets for Wednesday’s slate.
Guillermo Ochoa – $5,900 – Mexico – Despite conceding two goals in the opener, Ochoa made some clutch saves to help Mexico pick up a hard earned point in a 2-2 draw with Portugal. Up next is New Zealand, who started the tournament with a lackluster showing in a 2-0 loss to Russia. Mexico is the biggest favorite on the slate by a wide margin, and as we saw with Chilean keeper Johnny Herrera, paying up for the top option on a small slate could be the difference maker at the top of the leaderboards.
Others to Consider – Rui Patricio (Portugal; $5,300)
Miguel Layun – $6,200 – Mexico – Layun only managed to score five points against Portugal but is in a good spot to bounce back against New Zealand. Russian left back Yuri Zhirkov caused problems on the wing for New Zealand, swinging in eight crosses to finish with 12 points. Layun plays a similar role in the same position for Mexico and should have more opportunities to contribute to the attack in this one.
Rafael Guerreiro – $5,200 – Portugal – Guerreiro was another let down after coming away with a paltry two points in the first game. With a lack of options on the slate, we can toss that result out the window and remember what he’s capable of. Prior to the dud, he averaged over 11 fantasy points per game and had a combined two assists and 25 crosses over his last four international appearances.
Others to Consider – Cedric Soares (Portugal; $5,400), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia; $4,700), Giorgi Jikia (Russia; $2,600)
Carlos Vela – $8,400 – Mexico – Vela provided the assist on Mexico’s first goal of the tournament but logged just 57 minutes in the opener. He still finished with 10 points, topping double-digits for the seventh time in his last eight games across all competitions. Mexico needs a big result against New Zealand, and if the goals start flowing there’s a good chance Vela will be involved.
Ricardo Quaresma – $8,200 – Portugal – Quaresma stuffed the stat sheet on the way to 28 points in Portugal’s Group A opener. He scored a goal on six shots (three on target), sent in seven crosses and drew four fouls to notch the most DraftKings points on the first slate of the tournament. As seen against Mexico, Quaresma generates points across multiple categories when he’s on the field and is a top option on this two-game slate.
Others to Consider – Aleksandr Samedov (Russia; $6,000), Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico; $5,100), Ryan Thomas (New Zealand; $3,700)
Cristiano Ronaldo – $11,900 – Portugal – Ronaldo assisted on Portugal’s opening goal with a superb pass to split the Mexico defense and find an open Quaresma in front of goal. Despite the early contribution, he finished with just one shot and eight points, yet his price still jumped $700 from the first slate. After a disappointing output in the first game, some will make a case for fading Ronaldo, but I’m going back to the well with the player who has the biggest upside in a shallow forward pool.
Chicharito – $7,100 – Mexico – Chicharito did what he does best in getting himself in the right place at the right time to head home a first-half equalizer against Portugal. He finished with three shots and drew four fouls en route to 19 points, and now facing a New Zealand defense that allowed 17 shots to Russia, I think we can expect more of the same from the Mexican hitman.
Others to Consider – Nani (Portugal; $7,400), Fedor Smolov (Russia; $6,500), Raul Jiminez (Mexico; $6,300)
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