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We’ve reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, with Brazil, Belgium, France and Uruguay playing for a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Let’s take a look at which players to target for your fantasy soccer lineups as the action heats up.
Neymar, Brazil vs. Belgium, $11,200 –- Neymar is the most expensive player on the board — and for good reason. He’s averaging over 25 DK points per game this World Cup, and he just continues to rack up points across multiple categories. Belgium presents a new challenge, but after watching Japan put two goals past them, I think we see Neymar continue to cause chaos as he leads Brazil into the semifinals.
Other Options — Antoine Griezmann, France ($8,300); Romelu Lukaku, Belgium ($8,000); Luis Suarez, Uruguay ($7,500)
Willian, Brazil vs. Belgium, $7,300 — Willian finally had a noteworthy game with an assist and 21 points in Brazil’s win over Mexico. He took four of Brazil’s eight corner kicks and sent in seven crosses in the game. He gives us added exposure to Brazil’s set pieces at manageable salary.
Other Options — Ousmane Dembele, France ($6,500); Yannick Carrasco, Belgium ($4,700)
Eden Hazard, Belgium vs. Brazil, $8,200 — Hazard has logged a goal or an assist in each of the three World Cup games he’s featured in, highlighting his involvement in the Belgian attack. Even though Brazil kept Mexico off the scoresheet, they had a hard time containing Carlos Vela on the wing, and this is where Hazard can do some damage. While it’s been Kevin De Bruyne ($7,000) standing over the majority of Belgium’s corner kicks, Hazard will take some set pieces on occasion, and he is also the likely penalty kick taker should Belgium earn a spot kick.
Other Options — Kylian Mbappe, France ($8,600); Philippe Coutinho, Brazil ($8,500); Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium ($7,000)
Lucas Torreira, Uruguay vs. France, $4,200 — Torreira took the only two corner kicks Uruguay had versus Portugal and unless we see Carlos Sanchez or Giorgian De Arrascaeta enter the lineup, he should resume his role on corner kicks. He’s not a stat sheet stuffer by any means, but on a two-match slate, a set piece taker at this price goes a long way when trying to jam the heavy artillery in.
Other Options — N’golo Kante, France ($3,300); Fernandinho, Brazil ($3,200)
Marcelo, Brazil vs. Belgium, $5,700 — Marcelo could return to the starting lineup after missing the previous game with a lingering back injury, and if he’s back in, he pops off the page as the most attractive defender on the board. He gives Brazil an attacking boost on the wing, and he’s not afraid to let one fly, as seen by his three-shot, six-cross outing against Costa Rica in group stage action.
Other Options — Lucas Hernandez, France ($5,000); Thomas Meunier, Belgium ($4,900)
Vincent Kompany, Belgium vs. Brazil, $2,700 — Without any notable wingbacks in the value range, I don’t mind taking a punt with a minimum-priced center back to free up funds to spend elsewhere. Kompany made his first start of the tournament in the Round of 16, and while he committed four fouls, he also made his presence felt on set pieces. He finished with two shots, and he should continue to be a target on dead balls as long as he’s back in the starting lineup.
Other Options — Martin Caceres, Uruguay ($3,500)
Alisson, Brazil vs. Belgium, $5,100 — Alisson has kept a clean sheet in three straight games, hitting double-digit DraftKings points in each game over that span. Belgium’s attack is a whole different animal and they should test Alisson more in this one, as he’s been forced to make just one save each game so far. At this phase of the tournament, picking the right goalkeeper is mostly a guessing game, but if we’re going off previous results, it’s hard to ignore the fact Brazil have conceded just one goal over four games.
Other Options — Hugo Lloris, France ($5,300)
Fernando Muslera, Uruguay vs. France, $4,200 — Muslera made four saves to see off Portugal, and he’s notched double-figure points in all four games this World Cup. At this phase of the tournament, games are usually pretty tight, and Uruguay will rely on Muslera to keep a daunting France attack out of the net.
Other Options — Thibaut Courtois, Belgium ($4,400)
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