FIFA World Cup DFS Selections on DraftKings (Monday, November 21)

Monday is the first full day of World Cup matches with three games scheduled in Group A and Group B. In addition to the Qatar and Ecuador game on Sunday, this list will take all eight teams from these two groups to through their first World Cup game. .

There are two top-eight powers in the World Cup standings at stake with the Netherlands and England debuting as strong favorites to progress from their groups. The 16th-ranked USA will also play their first game against a strong Wales side who are ranked 19th in the world heading into this tournament.

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World Cup DFS Forward Pick

Best Game: Harry Kane, $10,200

Unsurprisingly, Kane has the highest projections among the strikers on this list. The England captain arrives in fine form having scored 12 goals in 15 games for Tottenham in the Premier League so far this season. He has the best odds of the entire tournament for the Golden Boot (top scorer), and he won that honor at the last World Cup in Russia, scoring six goals.

He’s still only 29, but this is likely his last World Cup at his peak, so expect him to do everything he can to bring the Three Lions to glory. Kane has a hefty price tag, but if he delivers his usual star performance, it will be worth building around him if you can save a salary elsewhere to spend on stardom.

Maximum value: Vincent Janssen, $7,100

Janssen brings the second most points projected per $1,000 salary of any forward on this list. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal says Janssen will start this game for the Oranje against Senegal from Memphis Depay is not fit enough to be in the starting XI. Earlier in his career, Janssen took a lot of heat for leaving Tottenham to play for Monterrey in Mexico.

Recently, however, he regained his place in the national team and also returned to European play in June this year. He found success with nine goals in 17 games in Belgium for Royal Antwerp. In this starting spot, he has a lot of potential value in an important game against Senegal.

DFS World Cup Midfielder Pick

Best Game: Cody Gakpo, $9,100

In midfield, the two best projections belong to Gakpo of the Netherlands and Christian Pulisic the United States. I’m not convinced about the USA attack in their game against Wales (highlighted below), so I think the 23-year-old Dutch midfielder provides the best ceiling.

Playing in his native Netherlands’ top flight, Gakpo has been outstanding for PSV Eindhoven this season, registering 13 goals and 17 assists in just 24 games. He does most of his work on the wing and serves nice crosses from set pieces and open play. With big and high targets coming from the defense and in the middle, Gakpo should be able to easily create against Senegal. In his last internationals, Gakpo was used as a ten in the Dutchman’s 5-3-2 formation.

With this setup, he has two goals and one assist in his last three games.

Maximum value: Ismaila Sarr, $5,000

Although I like the overall advantage of the Netherlands for the tournament, Senegal are not a breeze in this contest. They won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year but suffered a big defeat with the injury of Sadio Mane. Sarr, 24, will be one of the many players invited to replace the absence of Mané. He currently plays for his football club Watford in the English Football League Championship (England’s second highest league).

Like Gakpo, Sarr spends a lot of time on the wing but also brings a lot of versatility and could play as a striker as well. In his 16 club appearances this season, he has scored six goals and four assists for Watford. Since he should also be a key part of their set pieces, there is plenty of potential value in Sarr, who is projected for 2.3 points per $1,000 salary, the highest mark of any midfielder. of land on the list.

World Cup Defender DFS Pick

Best Player: Kieran Trippier, $7,300

In group stage matches, it is important to try and catch defenders and goalkeepers with a good chance of setting up clean sheets (no goals allowed). On this list, the rug that makes the most sense comes from England (more details under their keeper below). Trippier has the highest projection on the slate, just ahead of his teammate Luke Shaw. To complete your English defensive stack, you can also consider value plays John Stones and Harry Maguire.

Trippier is the team’s right-back and is regularly among the most selected options in the Premier League fantasy due to his ability to get involved in Newcastle United’s attack. As a specialist in set pieces and an above average center in open play, he will be regularly involved in attack in addition to hopefully giving a clean sheet in this game. In his 21 games over the past two seasons, he has scored three goals for Newcastle United and has seven clean sheets in 15 games so far this season.

Maximum value: Antonee Robinson, $4,800

Robinson plays a similar role to Trippier in the American offense, coming up on the outside and contributing offensively in addition to playing solid defense. He played 13 out of 14 qualifying games for the United States, registering three assists and two goals. He plays for Fulham in the Premier League but is yet to score this season in 13 appearances.

‘Jedi’ was able to recover from a sprained ankle suffered in September and looked fit in their recent league game. He and the American defenders will have to deal with Gareth Bale in this match against Wales, but due to his good attacking potential, Robinson offers the second most points projected per salary of any defender on the slate.

World Cup Goalkeeper DFS Picks

Best game: Jordan Pickford, $5,900

According to Vegas Odds, Pickford has the best odds for a clean sheet on this list, with Iran making -185 to score under 0.5 goals. He has the highest projected and the highest salary among the six projected starters. Pickford is in his second World Cup as England’s top goalkeeper and helped the side finish fourth in Russia in 2018. The Everton keeper has matured since then and now has a calmer temper to go with it. his elite raw talent.

When fully fit, Pickford has proven to be a great international player, including becoming the first goalkeeper to keep his sheets clean in the first five games of the European Championship last summer and also setting the English record for most consecutive minutes without a goal by a goalkeeper. . In 11 games this season, he has two clean sheets in the Premier League.

Best Value: Wayne Hennessey, $4,300

The projections line up perfectly with the salary structure, so the value can be a little hard to pin down on this list. The United States, however, have struggled attackingly, scoring in just one of their last seven games against World Cup teams. The Americans “prepared” for the tournament with a pair of friendlies, but were beaten 2-0 by Japan and played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia. These two teams also drew 0-0 in their last head-to-head match of 2020.

Hennessey is set to get the nod as Wales open their World Cup campaign after stepping up with a huge performance in their final playoff win over Ukraine. In the win which secured Wales’ first World Cup bid since 1958, Hennessey made nine saves and kept a clean sheet in wet conditions. Recently, however, Hennessey hasn’t played many club games for Nottingham Forest this season, but the 35-year-old, 106-cap is still expected to start this contest and could end up being a great value game if he does. it can continue the offensive struggles of the United States.

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