World Cup Daily Plays - Saturday July 5th
The second day of the quarter-finals gets underway today with two superb matchups between Belgium and Argentina on one end, and with Costa Rica trying to defy the odds yet again against the Netherlands on the other end. Winners advance to face each other in the semi finals in what has been, in my opinion, the world cup of our generation. When it comes to the players that will be featured by both teams though, if you’ve been playing DFS world cup from the start, you already know who the superstars are. This article should help you find the best matchups and give insight into how the games are expected to progress and hopefully help you win all the money. So without further ado, lets get on to the picks in today’s games.
All four goalkeepers going today are top notch world class goalkeepers. The question is which ones will face the most save opportunities and which ones are best suited for a Clean Sheet. As a reminder, on Draftstreet the Clean Sheet bonus is 2 points, while a save will net you 1 point. Given the pricing as well as the likelihood of seeing a lot of action, my favourite keeper today is Keylor Navas of Costa Rica. He’s priced at a very manageable $15,634 and he is facing a Dutch team that can attack the Costa Rican defense and potentially get many shots on goal. In his previous games Navas was the Man of the Match on two occasions, including against Greece in the Round of 16 where he notched 7 saves. Navas should see plenty of chances, and while the win is the least likely, he might end up being the top goal keeper of the day fantasy wise.
Other Keepers I like: Like I said, you can’t go wrong with any of the other three, but my favourite of them has to be Jasper Cillessen (NED). The Dutch are the biggest favourites on the day and Cillessen holds the highest chances for a clean sheet.
Given the fact that the Dutch are the favorites in this matchup, its hard to go against the only defense that is expected to hold its opponent scoreless in today’s game slate. With that said, if you choose to go with the Dutch stack, the expected starting line in defense is Bruno Martens Indi, Stefan De Vrij, Ron Vlaar. On the wings you’ll find Daryl Janmaat and Dirk Kuyt. Kuyt is marked as a Forward on Draftstreet which really hurts his value as he plays a defensive left wing. I expect him to get some crosses into the box, but you don’t get points for that on DS which really hurts his value. On Statclash, I would consider him as his price is only $14.00, but again, he’s listed as a Forward.
Your focus should be on De Vrij, Vlaar and Martens Indi if you choose to stack defenders against Costa Rica. However, that strategy could fail if Costa Rica’s attackers get their early goal that keeps them in the match. However, I believe that the Dutch will hold on for a 2-0 win which makes the defenders in play. My favorite two of those are Vlaar and De Vrij.
IF you choose to not play the stacking-the-defenders strategy, the best bet for a defender to score a goal or assist on a goal in today’s games comes from Jan Vertongen (BEL), Vincent Kompany (BEL) and Pablo Zabaleta (ARG).
Angel Di Maria (ARG) has been my favorite midfielder to target this world cup, even when he has a bad game he manages to be superb fantasy wise. Last game, every pundit agreed that he had a terrible game even tho he scored Argentina’s lone goal. He did manage 10 shots on target, 7 corner kicks as well as being the victim of 5 fouls committed against him. I suspect he’ll have a good statistical game today, but he’ll cost you $18,512 on Draftstreet.
Wesley Snijder (NED) and Eden Hazard (BEL) I believe that they’ll have very similar statistical games today as both will play a role in their teams midfield and both will be attacking the opposing defense with regularity. Hazard has yet to show good form in this world cup, and if the Belgians want to continue their journey into the semi finals, he needs to step it up a bit. Snijder scored a goal for the Dutch the last time out and I believe he’s a player that can get “hot” and go on a run of good performances propelling his team to the Semifinals. Both will cost you significantly, $16.9K and $16.7K respectively, but you can’t go wrong with either one.
Value Midfielder pick
It’s tough to find a value player who will actually start and produce in a short slate of only two games, but my favorite pick by far is Christian Bolanos of Costa Rica. He will be one of the few Costa Rican players venturing up front in the counter attack and could be supplying Campbell with a through ball or two to assist on any Costa Rican goals. He could also be the corner kick taker, tho that has changed with every match for Costa Rica.
The top rated attacker is Lionel Messi, who can score at any time on anybody in the whole world. He will cost $24K today, so if you can’t afford to spend that much, the logical high priced pick is Arjen Robben. Robben has been under scrutiny since the last match when he admitted to diving on some plays in the box, but we don’t lose fantasy points for diving or for media scrutiny. Robben has been superb this world cup as he has played a Striker position that afforded him greater freedom to attack and shoot more often. He’s taken advantage of it and been one of the best players in this world cup so far.
The other Forward I really like is Romelu Lukaku who can help Belgium today if he can find his world-class form he began to display against the United States on Tuesday. Lukaku came on late and scored a goal and assisted on another leading to a Belgian victory over the good guys. That said, he’s a monster up front and the Argentinean defense will have a very tough time containing him. Lukaku is $17,783 on Draftstreet and he might be the highest scoring forward on the day on that site.
Good luck with your picks today, if you have questions or comments feel free to message me or to tweet me @DFS_hambazaza. Good luck today.