World Cup Fantasy: 15 differential picks to give your squad the edge

Most of us who play the game of FIFA World Cup know who are the most important and important players.

People like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne, for example, will be in many of our teams, and for good reason. However, the real edge in fantasy sports comes when you choose those cheap gems and under the radar picks.

These players are not only a good choice but can also serve as helpers to strengthen other areas of your team.

There are more than a few good value picks in the World Cup fantasy game, which I will analyze in this article.

Please note that I will only focus on the recommendations of the group stage because we get unlimited transfers before the round of 16, and therefore, there is no need to look too far ahead.

The goalkeeper

Starting in the middle of the sticks, there are a few viable startups in the $4.0 million price range. The best among them Vanja Milinkovic from Serbia and his partner from Uruguay Sergio Rochet.

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Serbia have two tough games in the group against Brazil (their first game) and Switzerland, their only game is between Cameroon.

This is why I choose Rochet and I think he is the best $4.0m goalkeeper in this game.

Uruguay is a good defensive team – four clean sheets in their last five games – and they have two games against South Korea and Ghana on each side of their meeting with Portugal, so they can keep two clean sheets in the group stage.

go deep

Saad Al Sheeb (Qatar), Aymen Dahmen (Tunisia) and Mohammed Al-Owais (Saudi Arabia) are also at $4.0 million and are expected to be starters for their countries, but there is not much to choose from when we have Rochet and Milinkovic available, playing for much better teams.

netherlands’ Remko Pasveer ($4.5 million) looks like an excellent goalkeeper for his cost and $0.5m undervalued in my opinion. The Dutch played a very impressive role, playing against Senegal, Ecuador and the hosts. I can see Louis van Gaal’s team keeping at least two clean sheets in Group A.

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However, even though Pasveer is expected to start, there is little chance of that Justin Bijlow ($4.5 million) he might get a nod from Van Gaal, so this is one to keep an eye on in his press conferences.


Ronald Araujo ($3.5 million) faces a race to qualify for Uruguay, having been sidelined with a thigh injury since mid-September. If he can do it, the 23-year-old looks like an absolute bargain. He’s a surefire starter when fit and has an offensive threat in set pieces, too. He scored four goals in La Liga for Barcelona last season.

Elsewhere, Borna Sosa ($3.5 million) it’s Croatia’s debut and we’re looking for a safe bet on these two at that price. He plays on the left and has two very good games against Morocco and Canada to start Group F, it’s not just a game.

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The 24-year-old has real pure energy – Croatia have kept an impressive seven in their 10 qualifying games – and is also an attacking full-back, scoring one goal and collecting eight assists for Stuttgart in 28 Bundesliga games last season. and has already reached the same number in the final section in all competitions in this one.

Rasmus Kristensen ($4.0 million) one of the most preferred for his price. Denmark enjoyed a successful qualifying campaign, winning nine out of 10 games and scoring 30 points, and are a good side defensively and forward.

Kristensen is likely to play at right back in Qatar and has an attacking threat, too. Although he managed only one assist this season for new club Leeds United, he scored 10 goals and recorded eight assists for Red Bull Salzburg in 2021-22, so he has great potential. However, he faces competition for the starting spot from Daniel Wass, who is positioned as a midfielder in this game.

Rasmus Kristensen, Denmark

Denmark’s Rasmus Kristensen has competition for his place but is an interesting defensive option (Photo: Lars Ronbog/FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Therefore, their partner Joakim Mahele ($4.5 million) safe bet at $0.5m more. The left-back has plenty of fear in attack and was actually the Danes’ best player in the five-goal win. Recently, he provided three assists during the group’s Six Nations matches.

Denmark have a solid defence, keeping an impressive eight clean sheets in their 10 qualifying matches. They have two very successful matches against Tunisia and Australia, both sides facing defending champions France.

Ricardo Rodriguez ($4.5 million) The Swiss also deserves a shout out as a playmaking defender on penalty duty. However, I feel that you only have one useful group. The Swiss play against Brazil and Serbia in matchdays two and three, difficult games, so you are good as one football match with Cameroon on the first day of the game.


Rodrigo De Paul ($5.0 million) he looks like a good option for his price and has been pegged to start in Argentina’s excellent team which is unbeaten in 36 games dating back to July 2019. They will be the favorites to win Group C, with matches against Saudi Arabia, Mexico. and Poland.

Now at Atletico Madrid, De Paul has 49 goals in 365 club appearances, knows where the net is, and has the ability to assist, too, with 51 in a career that saw him play for Racing Club at home, Valencia in Spain. and Udinese of Italy.

Mario Pasalic ($5.0 million) It looks great value as well. He is expected to start on the right side of central Croatia and scored an impressive 13 goals (and seven assists) for Atalanta last season. Croatia’s games on day one and two are good as they face Morocco and Canada, both of which are among the bottom 13 teams in the tournament.


Richarlison ($7.5 million) would end up being a steal at that price and a decent alternative to Brazil’s Neymar. He is likely to feature in the team favored by the writers to win the World Cup.

Although he has been a member of the Tottenham Hotspur team since his arrival from Everton in the summer his international record speaks for itself, with 17 goals in 38 caps (14 of them from the bench). Richarlison has scored six goals in eight appearances in qualifying, which could cement his place in coach Tite’s starting line-up for Qatar.

You have Arsenal Gabriel Yesu ($9.0 million) as competition but Richarlison can play wide and in the middle, which will increase his minutes on the pitch.

I am with Romelu Lukaku in the team but he has only played half an hour of football since August due to injury, the Belgian player. Michy Batshuayi ($6.5 million) looks really attractive. He is expected to lead the line during Lukaku’s absence in the early stages of the World Cup and as mentioned above, their first two games did not go much better as they took on Canada and Morocco.

The 29-year-old scored an impressive 14 goals and bagged five assists last season in 33 league games on loan at Besiktas and, having left Chelsea permanently, has scored eight of 13 goals in all competitions this season after returning to Istanbul with the club the new one. Fenerbahçe.

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(Top photos: from left to right, Richarlison, Joakim Maehle, Michy Batshuayi and Rodrigo De Paul; Getty Images)


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