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FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Friday World Cup Targets

Adam Zdroik

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MATCHES (EDT)

11:00 a.m: Iceland v. Nigeria
2:00 p.m: Serbia v. Switzerland

FORWARDS

Haris Seferovic, SWI v. SER ($9,500):
There are only four true forwards on this slate, making selection fairly straightforward. Seferovic will likely be the least owned after only 2.6 fantasy points in the opening match and five total passes. That makes him a GPP play as the front man for the Swiss. He didnít get much done against Brazil, but with this match equal in terms of skill, Seferovic will get more opportunities in front of net. As of note, he had five goals, four assists and close to three shots per match in qualifying.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, SER v. SWI ($9,500): Mitrovic was one of the few forwards who produced without a goal or assist last round, finishing with 19.5 fantasy points from one chance created and a couple shots on goal. Additionally, he was a beast up front and led the match with 12 duels won. If Serbia get opportunities, they will come through Mitrovic because they like playing wide. Heís at least easier to trust than Alfred Finnbogason ($8,500), who has less opportunity due to the way Iceland play.

Odion Ighalo, NGA v. ICE ($7,500): Ighalo is the cheapest of the starting forwards with the only difference being that he may not see 90 minutes due to Kelechi Iheanacho likely replacing him. Ighalo had three shots against a better Croatia side, and if this match goes how all Iceland matches do, Ighalo and the Nigerians should be around close to 20 shots after having 14 against Croatia. Nigeria will also have to push because a draw probably isnít good enough with a desperate Argentina on the schedule next.

MIDFIELDERS

Xherdan Shaqiri, SWI v. SER ($10,000):
Most lineups will have Shaqiri simply because heís the most expensive player available. Outside of the assist, he didnít do a ton against Brazil, with created three chances to go with three tackles. Those tackles and his bowling-ball like play on the pitch give him a nice floor, but heís also the most likely to create something for the Swiss. Steven Zuber ($9,000) will be looked at because he scored last match, but he wasn't as active on the left wing with 1.3 percent less possession than Shaqiri.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, ICE v. NGA ($9,000): Icelandís defensive style allows Sigurdsson not only to accrue tackles and interceptions, but when they get forward, heís often the main guy on the ball and may be more so without Johann Berg Gudmundsson. If this match is tied late, Nigeria will likely put everything forward and that should lead to chances in front of net for Sigurdsson, who sets everything up in the attack, similar to his days at Swansea.

John Obi Mikel, NGA v. ICE ($7,000): If you need to save money in a cash lineup, Mikel is an unexciting place to go. He had 11.2 fantasy points as an attacking midfielder last match, but there are reports that heíll play in his regular defensive role against Iceland. Whether thatís the case or not, heís almost a lock to reach 10 points again due to tackles and possibly some clearances or interceptions. If youíre looking for more of a cheap GPP play, Alex Iwobi ($7,000) is more likely to grab an assist on the wing.

DEFENDERS

Branislav Ivanovic, SER v. SWI ($5,500):
Teammate Aleksandar Kolarov ($7,500) is the safest defender, though he has an outlandish price after scoring from a free kick in the first match. Without the goal, Ivanovic wouldíve outscored Kolarov. The difference between the two is that Ivanovic plays a little more defense and that resulted in five tackles last match, which is in addition to chances created on the wing. Kolarov will take some spot kicks, but thatís not a good enough reason to spend up.

Bikir Mar Saevarsson, ICE v. NGA ($5,000): Itís a similar case with the Iceland back line, as all four defenders scored between 14.7 and 17.3 fantasy points last match. Kari Arnason ($6,000) may be the easiest to trust, but thereís little incentive to use extra money on him. As for Saevarsson, as a right-back heíll be on the same side of the field as Victor Moses, which means more action and more chances for clearances and interceptions.

Nikola Milenkovic, SER v. SWI ($5,000): I donít think itís worth it to spend up on defenders in cash games, and thatís the case for Milenkovic. Heís cheaper than fellow center-back Dusko Tosic ($5,500) even though he had more clearances (nine) and blocks (two) last match. Additionally, Milenkovic is worth it as the cheapest possible defender because Serbia have the best odds for a clean sheet.

GOALKEEPER

Hannes Thor Halldorsson, ICE v. NGA ($5,000):
If you have the money, Halldorsson makes the most sense at goalkeeper because none of the teams have overwhelming odds to win or secure a clean sheet. The difference with Halldorsson is that heís close to a guarantee to make at least three saves. Even against Nigeria, Iceland will play their defensive style and hope to counterattack, as they are fine with a draw in this match. If you want to spend down, Serbia are a slight favorite over Switzerland, making Vladimir Stojkovic ($4,500) the pick.

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