The Confederations Cup is in full swing, with Group B front and center on Thursday. Both Australia and Cameroon will look to earn their first point of the competition while group frontrunners Chile and Germany battle for Group B supremacy. Let’s hone in on the top targets for Thursday’s slate.
Mat Ryan – $4,500 – Australia – Without an overwhelming favorite on the slate, and a narrow $500 margin separating the most expensive option and the cheapest GK, there’s no clear-cut target at the position. Ryan conceded three goals to Germany in the opener but turned up with some big saves to keep the Aussies in the game. A case could be made for any of the four goalkeepers on this slate, but Ryan offers a small chunk of savings if you’re tight on funds.
Others to Consider – Johnny Herrera (Chile; $4,800)
Joshua Kimmich – $6,000 – Germany – Kimmich swung in four crosses and notched an assist to finish with 10 points in Germany’s tournament opener. You’ll have to pay a premium for him, but after topping double-digit points in four straight international appearances Kimmich has proven his worth.
Jean Beausejour – $4,300 – Chile – Beausejour managed only two crosses against Cameroon but ended up with a respectable seven-point outing to start the tournament. He’s no stranger to joining in on the attack and prior to the Confederations Cup, he strung together three straight games with six crosses in World Cup qualifiers against the likes of Venezuela, Argentina and Uruguay.
Others to Consider – Jonas Hector (Germany; $5,200), Collins Fai (Cameroon; $5,000), Mauricio Isla (Chile; $4,600)
Alexis Sanchez – $10,200 – Chile – Sanchez fought through a sprained ankle to spark Chile’s attack with an assist and nine points in 32 minutes of action off the bench in their 2-0 opening win over Cameroon. He’s back in full training and looks to be in line to start against Germany, who didn’t bring a full strength squad to the tournament and shipped two goals to Australia in the opener.
Leon Goretzka – $6,600 – Germany – Goretzka scored a goal and went off for 26 points, rattling off seven shots along the way in a 3-2 win over Australia to kick off the tournament. As noted above, Germany left a handful of big names at home, forcing others to step up and fill the attacking void. Chile present a much tougher challenge defensively, but Goretzka is still priced within reason considering the role it appears he’ll have throughout the competition.
Others to Consider – Julian Draxler (Germany; $7,300), Arturo Vidal (Chile; $7,100), Charles Aranguiz (Chile; $4,500)
Benjamin Moukandjo – $7,900 – Cameroon – Moukandjo hit 11 points in Cameroon’s opening loss to Chile, flashing his fantasy relevance against one of the toughest teams in the world. He was a handful for Chile and with a must-win game against Australia on deck he should continue to thrive as the focal point of the Indomitable Lions attack.
Tomi Juric – $6,100 – Australia – The Socceroos didn’t provide many services to their big target man throughout much of their tournament opener against Germany, but when he got his chance, Juric made the most of it. His Confederations Cup goal comes on the heels of a World Cup qualifying brace against Saudi Arabia, and now he’ll carry that goalscoring form into what is essentially a must-win game against Cameroon on Thursday.
Others to Consider – Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon; $7,200), Eduardo Vargas (Chile; $5,600), Christian Bassogog (Cameroon; $4,900)
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