Here are some buys and sells for FIFA World Cup Fantasy MD-2.
Standard: Sell almost everyone who failed to play MD-1. Replace it with one of the bargains below.
Andries Noppert ($4.5 million, Netherlands against Ecuador)
Noppert earned his first cap in the Netherlands’ opening game against Senegal, becoming the tallest player to feature at the 2022 World Cup. For a 6′ 8″ GK, Noppert is surprisingly good at saving flat shots and has made several brilliant saves to keep a clean sheet against the AFCON 2021 Champions. Historically, Ecuador is not a free attacking side and will pose less of a threat than Senegal , so that Noppert can expect a comfortable goal.
Dominik Livakovic ($5 million, Croatia against Canada)
Croatia limited Morocco to a 0.32 xG in the opening game and have conceded just two goals in their last six games, keeping four clean sheets in the process. In MD-2, Livakovic has a good chance of conceding a goal against a Canadian side who did poorly against Belgium.
Manuel Neuer ($6 million, Spain vs Germany)
A lackluster defense cost Germany their MD-1 game against Japan. In MD-2 it looks even more unlikely that Germany will be able to keep a clean sheet as in MD-1 they face a Spanish side who defeated Costa Rica by seven goals. It might prove more fruitful to invest the funds elsewhere.
Theo Hernandez ($5 million, France against Denmark)
After Lucas Hernandez was injured and eliminated from the tournament, his brother Theo Hernandez replaced the left-back and did an excellent job. Theo Hernandez provided an assist in MD-1 and has good potential to attack returns in MD-2 as well. And at just $5 million, Theo is the cheapest route to a strong French defense.
Denzel Dumfries ($6 million, Netherlands against Ecuador)
Dumfries took forward positions on the pitch and could have scored a goal or two had it not been for some heroic saves from the Senegalese defence. An offensive return seems to be just around the corner for Dumfries, especially if he continues to play high on the pitch.
Luke Shaw ($5.5 million, England against USA)
England have good potential against the USA, and Luke Shaw also has good potential to attack returns, making the Man United left-back a good buy for this MD.
Borna Sosa ($3.5M, Croatia against Canada)
Sosa is a steal at $3.5 million. Starting for a solid Croatian defence, the Stuttgart full-back almost got an assist in MD-1 and looked menacing up front. Sosa is the cheapest choice in defense for MD-2.
Trent Alexander Arnold ($5.5 million, England against USA)
Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker are ahead of Trent for England’s right-back/right-back.
Diogo Dalot ($5.5 million,Portugal against Uruguay)
Although Dalot has been fantastic in the Premier League, João Cancelo is straight back for Portugal ahead of Man United.
Bukayo Saka ($8 million, England against USA)
As of this writing, Saka’s 15 fantasy pointer is the highest in game for MD-1. With that performance, Saka has secured his place as a right winger for England and could score big points in MD-2 against a young US defence.
Jude Bellingham ($7.5 million, England vs. USA)
Bellingham could have scored another goal or two after taking the lead in MD-1 against Iran. Bellingham looked lively, constantly making late runs into the box to get into good scoring positions. Don’t be surprised if Bellingham gets another offensive return or two in MD-2.
Dani Olmo ($8 million, Spain against Germany)
Olmo was Spain’s top player with seven goals, scoring one goal and providing one assist against Costa Rica in MD-1. With the German squad exhausted, Olmo and co should offer plenty of opportunities to capitalize on in MD-2
Leandro Trossard ($5.5 million, Belgium against Morocco)
Trossard is having a great season at home in the Premier League. But Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco are ahead of the Brighton striker by a spot in Belgium’s starting XI.
Pedri ($8.5M, Spain against Germany)
Pedri is a brilliant player. But Pedri’s brilliance doesn’t translate into fantasy points as the Barcelona midfielder doesn’t have the potential to attack returns. With a price tag of $8.5 million, there are better options.
Lionel Messi ($10.5M, Argentina against Mexico)
Messi wasn’t at his best in MD-1. But the Argentine still pocketed the penalty and was Argentina’s biggest attacking threat. Messi will be motivated to overcome the shocking MD-1 defeat. I wouldn’t bet against a motivated Messi.
neymar ($10.5M, Brazil against Switzerland)
As I write this, the Brazil vs Serbia game has yet to kick off. Neymar is Brazil’s talisman and Brazil’s attack is arguably the best of the tournament, making the PSG star almost indispensable for MD-2.
Kylian Mbappe ($11.5M, France against Denmark)
Mbappe was at the heart of the strong French attack and managed to score and provide an assist in France’s 4-1 win over Australia. With Benzema out for the rest of the tournament, Mbappe should execute penalties for the defending champions, making the French No.10 a great choice. Oliver Giroud is a viable alternative to Mbappe if you want to save money.
Vinicius Jr ($10.5M, Brazil against Switzerland)
Vinicius is having a fantastic season for Real Madrid. But the Real Madrid star is not a guaranteed starter for Brazil. Also, Vini’s compatriot Neymar has the same price as him and Neymar is Brazil’s talisman.
Gabriel Jesus ($9 million, Brazil against Switzerland)
Jesus is having an incredible season at home for Arsenal. But the Arsenal No. 9 isn’t a perfect starter for Brazil, making him liable for the $9m asking price.
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