World Cup Fantasy Soccer: Top Targets and Values for July 1

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Sunday’s Round of 16 slate features traditional European heavyweights Spain battling hosts Russia with Croatia and Denmark also squaring off for a spot in the quarterfinals. Let’s jump right in and look at the top players to target as well as the top values at each position.

Forwards

STUDS

Diego Costa,  Spain vs. Russia, ($9,900) – There’s not a lot to get excited about at the forward position, but Costa checks in with the highest anytime goalscorer odds as he leads the line for the heaviest favorite on the slate. Costa leads Spain with three goals in the tournament and, in a game that Spain are expected to win handily, he should see opportunities to add to his goal haul.

Others to Consider –  Ivan Perisic, Croatia ($7,700); Mario Mandzukic, Croatia ($7,100)

VALUES

Artem Dzyuba, Russia vs. Spain ($6,300) – Dzyuba scored a goal in two of three group-stage matches and the 6-foot-5 target man gives Russia a towering presence in front of the goal. There’s a good chance Russia will have to play from behind, which could give Dzyuba a few more opportunities if they are forced to chase the game.

Others to Consider – Pione Sisto, Denmark ($5,400)

Midfielder

STUDS

Isco, Spain vs. Russia ($10,300) – Isco fuels the Spain attack, averaging over 17 fantasy points per game through his first three games of the World Cup. He stands over the majority of dead balls and racks up points through peripheral stats. He’s sent in at least seven crosses, taken at least two shots and drawn at least two fouls in every game so far.

Others to Consider – Christian Eriksen, Denmark ($9,200); Luka Modric, Croatia ($8,700); David Silva, Spain ($7,400); Denis Cheryshev, Russia ($7,200)

VALUES

Aleksandr Samedov, Russia vs. Spain ($5,400) – After a slow start to the tournament, Samedov swung in a combined 15 crosses, drew five fouls and earned 18 DraftKings points over the last two group-stage matches. He has a share of set pieces, and while there may not be many dead ball opportunities against Spain, I think we see a spirited effort from the home side. If they go down early, they’ll have no other choice than to push for goals.

Others to Consider – Aleksandr Golovin, Russia ($6,500); Andres Iniesta, Spain ($5,200)

Defender

STUDS

Jordi Alba, Spain vs. Russia ($5,100) – The defender position is similar to forward in that there just aren’t many (if any) enticing options on this condensed slate. Alba and teammate Dani Carvajal ($5,600) do get involved in the attacking end on occasion, so the thought process here is to roster one of Spain’s fullbacks to have added exposure to the biggest favorite on the slate.

Others to Consider – Daniel Carvajal, Spain ($5,600); Sime Vrsaljko, Croatia ($5,300)

VALUES

Yuri Zhirkov, Russia vs. Spain ($4,400) – Zhirkov was on the bench for the last group-stage game, but started and logged at least five crosses in each of the two games before that. He took the majority of Russia’s corner kicks in their tournament opener but didn’t play a part in any of their seven corner kicks in the second game. Zhirkov still finished with five crosses from open play in that one and if he’s back in the lineup he’s worth considering since Russia will likely be playing from behind and will need service from the wing for their big target man, Dzyuba.

Others to Consider – Sergio Ramos, Spain ($4,300); Gerard Pique, Spain ($4,100)

Goalkeeper

STUDS

Danijel Subasic, Croatia vs. Denmark ($5,300) – Subasic has yet to allow a goal and now he’s up against a Denmark side that somehow made it through to the knockout round with just two goals in three games. While Spain are the biggest favorites on the board, Subasic is nearly neck-and-neck with Spain goalkeeper David De Gea for the best clean sheet odds amongst the four goalkeepers to choose from.

Others to Consider – David De Gea, Spain ($5,600)

VALUES

Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark vs. Croatia ($4,400) – Denmark’s struggles in the attack were offset by Schmeichel allowing just one goal in three group stage matches. He made 12 saves over that span and in a game that sets up to be a gritty affair it would be no surprise to see Schmeichel match or outdo his counterpart in Subasic.

Others to Consider – Igor Akinfeev, Russia ($3,900)


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