If you aren’t involved in DraftKings fantasy world cup action, then tomorrow is the day to get involved. We only have two days left of action in this first leg of the world cup group stage, so as early as it is in the tournament, it’s already flying by.
Tomorrow’s slate includes two games that, at least on paper, look like they could get ugly in Belgium vs Panama and England vs Tunisia, and what should be a somewhat tighter matchup in Korea vs Sweden. Here is who we are targeting in this build for tomorrow:
Raheem Sterling – Both Sterling and Son were absolute production machines despite not being the focal point of their team’s attack. Sterling was second in the EPL in fantasy scoring this past season, and will be leaned on heavily to provide pace, scoring, and chances for Kane this World Cup. This is clearly a matchup Sterling should be able to go crazy with.
Son Heung-Min – Son is going to be Mr. Everything for Korea this world cup and will produce in just about every statistical category possible. He will take free kicks, provide crosses, lead the team in shots, contribute defensive with tackles and interceptions, and as one of the best goal scorers in the world, should score goals.
Kevin De Bruyne – KDB was the fourth highest scoring player in the Premier league this past season, and will be the trigger man for arguably the most attacking-gifted team in this tournament. He will be all over the field, will make runs through the middle and on the outside, and could very likely lead the tournament in chances created.
Jordan Henderson – We were torn between Henderson and Dier here, and will likely go with Dier if he is infact named a starter, but both players will be solid. Henderson and Dier will both be relied on heavily this World Cup on both ends of the field. Dier was more productive in the EPL this season, but I expect Henderson’s role to expand with the English national team this World Cup.
Viktor Claesson – One of those players that you just don’t know until World Cup qualifying picks up, I am extremely excited to see this kid play this world cup. Claesson plays professionally in Russia, so he’s going to be comfortable playing in Nizhny Novgorod. Claesson can run, play centrally or wide opposite Forsberg, and will get plenty of space as Korea shifts it’s defense to deal with the combination of Augustinsson and Foresberg. He could be one of the surprises of this tournament.
Ludwig Augustinsson – This is where the 1.5 points per cross you receive in DraftKings pays off. Augustinsson is an extremely active player and will give you a few interceptions and tackles, but where he is going to provide a bunch of value is with his crosses. He had 6 in his last appearance with Sweden and will overlap with Forsberg on this left hand-heavy Swedish attack.
Andreas Granqvist – Coming off a herculean effort to get Sweden past Italy and into the World Cup, I think Granqvist continues his high level of play in this matchup with a South Korea team that lacks a ton of attacking ability aside from Son.
Jordan Pickford – At the keeper spot it really comes down to the to players we think could lock in points for both a win and clean sheet in Pickford and Courtois. In the end, starting Pickford over Courtois allowed us to target Grandqvist over Lindelof (or whoever starts next to him for Sweden). With arguably the best English defense we have seen in years, led in my opinion by Henderson and Dier, I think there is a really good chance Pickford finishes with a clean sheet Monday.