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There are four teams left standing with Belgium, Croatia, England and France vying for the World Cup. Let’s take a closer look at the top fantasy soccer targets and values for Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s semifinal games.
Antoine Griezmann, France vs. Belgium, $8,500 Classic/$12,500 Showdown — Griezmann made it back-to-back games with a goal, and he added an assist to finish with 27.5 points in France’s quarterfinal win over Uruguay. He’s taken the majority of France’s corner kicks throughout the tournament and comes with a relatively safe floor given his dead ball duties. He makes for a fine Showdown target as well with shots and crosses worth even more.
Other Options — Harry Kane, England ($10,600); Eden Hazard, Belgium ($8,300); Romelu Lukaku, Belgium ($7,800)
Ante Rebic, Croatia vs. England, $5,500 — Rebic has averaged 8.5 fantasy points per game this World Cup, and he’s taken three shots in each of his past two games. He’s logged 120 minutes in each of those past two games and isn’t as much of a substitute risk as some of the other options in this price range.
Other Options — Raheem Sterling, England ($6,000); Nacer Chadli, Belgium ($4,400)
Luka Modric, Croatia vs. England, $8,000 — Modric delivered double-digit crosses and hit 22 points in Croatia’s quarterfinal win. He’s taken all 13 of Croatia’s corner kicks during the knockout phase, and in what should be another gritty encounter, we can expect another healthy heap of points through shots and crosses alone.
Other Options — Kylian Mbappe, France ($8,200); Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium ($7,600); Dries Mertens, Belgium ($6,900)
Paul Pogba, France vs. Belgium, $5,200 — Pogba’s fantasy production this World Cup has been pedestrian at best, but his price continues to keep him on the radar. While I wouldn’t touch him in cash games, there would be no better time for him to make his mark on the biggest stage, giving him some appeal as a tournament punt if he comes up with a big performance.
Other Options — Jesse Lingard, England ($5,900); Dele Alli, England ($5,700); Ivan Rakitic, Croatia ($5,000)
Kieran Trippier, England vs. Croatia, $6,300 — Trippier hit double-digit points for the fourth straight game with another 10-cross outing in England’s quarterfinal triumph over Sweden. He’s logged a combined 30 crosses over that span, and with a spot in the World Cup final on the line, he should continue to play a major role in England’s game plan.
Other Options — Benjamin Pavard, France ($5,100); Ashley Young, England ($5,000)
Vincent Kompany, Belgium vs. France, $2,800 — Kompany was in this spot last game and delivered a serviceable 6 points to exceed value. He’s managed two shots in each of his two starts this World Cup, and as a set piece threat, he’s worth another punt in tournaments to free up funds elsewhere.
Other Options — Harry Maguire, England ($3,800)
Jordan Pickford, England vs. Croatia, $5,000 — Pickford logged his first clean sheet of the tournament and scored 16 fantasy points in the win over Sweden. While both matches are expected to be tight, Pickford checks in with the highest clean sheet odds of the four goalkeepers we can pick from.
Other Options — Hugo Lloris, France ($4,800)
Danijel Subasic, Croatia vs. England, $4,500 — With goalkeeper pricing as tight as it is, we’re saving $600 at most by paying all the way down for Croatia’s goalkeeper. A case could be made for any of the four goalkeepers here, and while Pickford might be the safer of the two options in this game, we’ve seen it before where the value ‘keeper stands on his head and emerges with a big fantasy score. If you are using Subasic, be sure to confirm he’s in Croatia’s starting lineup as he’s wearing a questionable tag heading into this one. If he’s out, Lovre Kalinic ($4,400) likely would fill in and is a viable alternative for $100 less.
Other Options — Thibaut Courtois, Belgium ($4,700)
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