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The final two tickets to the World Cup semifinals will be punched Saturday, with England, Sweden, Croatia and Russia all fighting to stay alive. Let’s take a closer look at the top targets and values to consider for your fantasy soccer lineups.
Harry Kane, England vs. Sweden, $11,800 — Kane delivered a massive goal in England’s triumph over Colombia in the Round of 16, running his tournament-leading goal haul up to six and notching 23.50 DraftKings points in the process. He also drew a game-high nine fouls, and while he’s mostly goal-dependent, Kane sticks out as the forward that could make or break a lineup if he hits for multiple goals.
Other Options — Ivan Perisic, Croatia ($7,800); Mario Mandzukic, Croatia ($7,400); Artem Dzyuba, Russia ($7,100)
Ola Toivonen, Sweden vs. England, $5,400 — Toivonen notched an assist on the game-winner to put Sweden into the quarterfinals, bumping his World Cup average up to 8.6 fantasy points per game over a four-game span. If the funds are available, teammate Emil Forsberg ($6,900) is the Swedish forward to pay up for, but Toivonen serves as a viable alternative at a projected lower ownership and a nice discount.
Other Options — Ante Rebic, Croatia ($6,400)
Luka Modric, Croatia vs. Russia, $8,000 — Despite missing a penalty kick, Modric took three shots and sent in eight crosses to salvage his fantasy output with 9 points in his previous outing. He’s a key ingredient in what has been an impressive Croatia midfield this World Cup, and he has an exploitable matchup against Russia in which he should continue to fire off shots and send in crosses in bulk.
Other Options — Emil Forsberg, Sweden ($6,900); Raheem Sterling, England ($6,800)
Sebastian Larsson, Sweden vs. England, $3,200 — Larsson is set to return from suspension, and he should slot right back into the starting lineup. Along with his return comes a share of Sweden’s dead balls, as he’s taken five corner kicks and sent in 14 crosses in limited minutes over three games. As a defensive midfielder, there’s always a chance he commits some fouls and picks up a yellow card, but his set piece upside offsets that, and at near minimum price, he opens up a lot of salary to spread around elsewhere.
Other Options — Aleksandr Samedov, Russia ($5,400); Viktor Claesson, Sweden ($4,200)
Kieran Trippier, England vs. Sweden, $6,100 — England are the team to target for defenders as both Trippier and Ashley Young split corner kick duties. Trippier delivered another double-digit point haul in England’s Round of 16 win over Colombia, taking four corner kicks and sending in seven crosses in the process.
Other Options — Ludwig Augustinsson, Sweden ($5,300); Ashley Young, England ($4,900)
Andreas Granqvist, Sweden vs. England, $4,400 — Granqvist is a true boom-or-bust play as the center back is the primary penalty kick taker for Sweden. Penalty kicks are unpredictable, but with VAR in place, we’ve seen an uptick in penalty kicks given, and Granqvist already has converted two from the spot.
Other Options — Yuri Zhirkov, Russia ($4,200)
Danijel Subasic, Croatia vs. Russia, $5,100 — Subasic has conceded just one goal in three appearances, and he’s in another favorable spot against a less-than-frightening Russia attack. Russia managed just seven shots and scored their only shot on goal in their previous outing, and if Subasic can see off any fluke goals, he could be looking at a win and clean sheet bonus along with any save points he garners.
Other Options — Jordan Pickford, England ($5,300)
Robin Olsen, Sweden vs. England, $4,500 — Olsen turned in an 18 point performance to see off Switzerland, notching his third clean sheet in four appearances. He has a tougher task against England but with everything to play for we could see another multi-save showing from Olsen.
Other Options — Igor Akinfeev, Russia ($4,100)
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