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The World Cup Round of 16 comes to a close on Tuesday with England, Colombia, Sweden and Switzerland battling for the final two spots in the quarterfinals. Let’s dive right in and examine the top studs and values to consider in your fantasy soccer lineup.
Harry Kane, England vs. Colombia, $11,600 — With a shallow forward pool and James Rodriguez’s status up in the air, Kane is the guy to pay up for with goals potentially at a premium. He struck for a hat trick in his previous outing, and he tops the Golden Boot leaderboard with five goals in just two games played.
Other Options — Juan Cuadrado, Colombia, $7,600; Raheem Sterling, England, $7,400; Radamel Falcao, Colombia, $7,200
Emil Forsberg, Sweden vs. Switzerland, $6,300 — Despite failing to make an impact on the scoresheet in Sweden’s 3-0 win over Mexico, Forsberg still managed to hit 8.5 points thanks to six shots along the way. He’s taken 11 shots over the course of the tournament, but what’s surprising is he has yet to log a cross. He’s taken set pieces on occasion, and with Sebastian Larsson suspended, there’s a chance he logs some crosses in this one.
Other Options — Ola Toivonen, Sweden, $5,400
Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland vs. Sweden, $8,700 — Shaqiri was a bust in his final group stage game but still managed an average of 15 fantasy points per game over the course of three games. He has a share of Switzerland’s set pieces and, despite failing to take a shot for the first game all tournament last game, he should have some sniffs at goal as Switzerland’s danger man in the attack.
Other Options — Juan Quintero, Colombia, $6,800
Viktor Claesson, Sweden vs. Switzerland, $4,600 — There’s not much to get excited about at the bottom of the midfielder player pool. Claesson came away from group play with two assists in three games, and while he doesn’t fit the bill as a safe play, he gets involved enough to warrant a punt in tournaments.
Other Options — Granit Xhaka, Switzerland, $3,700; Wilmar Barrios, Colombia, $3,200
Kieran Trippier, England vs. Colombia, $6,000 — There are multiple defenders with set piece appeal on this slate, with Trippier the most attractive of the bunch thanks to his role on dead balls along with his knack to get forward in open play. He took seven of England’s 10 corner kicks in the two group stage games he played in, and with England looking to feed Kane, we can expect another flurry of crosses from Trippier.
Other Options — Ludwig Augustinsson, Sweden, $5,600; Ricardo Rodriguez, Switzerland, $5,200; Ashley Young, England, $4,700
Yerry Mina, Colombia vs. England, $3,700 — By the looks of Mina’s game log, he’s a goal-scoring machine! He’s scored five goals in 14 international appearances — not a bad strike rate for a center back. Despite his strong attacking track record, in general chasing center back goals is not advised. In my opinion, this is a slate that warrants paying up at the position, but I don’t mind taking a punt on Mina in GPPs in case he gets on the end of another dead ball.
Other Options — Andreas Granqvist, Sweden, $4,400; John Stones, England, $4,100
Jordan Pickford, England vs. Colombia, $5,200 — Pickford has yet to score more than five points in a game this World Cup, but he checks in with the best clean sheet odds of the four goalkeepers on the slate. I like Pickford even more if James Rodriguez is ruled out, but given how tight goalkeeper pricing is, he’s my top choice if the funds are available.
Other Options — Yann Sommer, Switzerland, $4,900
Robin Olsen, Sweden vs. Switzerland, $4,600 — Olsen notched two clean sheets to lead Sweden into the knockout phase, averaging over 10 fantasy points per game in group stage action. He’ll be counted on to keep the Swiss attack off the scoresheet, and if Sweden play like they did in their 3-0 win over Mexico, he’s in a good spot to collect his third clean sheet of the tournament.
Other Options — David Ospina, Colombia, $4,300
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