With the FIFA World Cup Fantasy game reset ahead of the knockout games, here’s the Round of 16 tips.
The site team for the Round of 16 is revealed, plus there’s some helpful advice from the community.
Round of 16 Team
After a limited time tinkering, the site Round of 16 team can be revealed.
Ultimately, we’ve focused mainly on the current round, instead of looking too far ahead and with the flexibility of a wildcard, it felt like the ideal time to unleash the Bench Boost chip.
The attack was prioritised over the defence, with clean sheets difficult to forecast at this stage. We also looked for defenders with attacking threat, making use of the extra cash budget available.
Captain picks dictated the initial names on the team sheet, with just four days to choose from to select the armband: here’s the players we selected.
Saturday – France (vs Argentina) – Pogba
Sunday – Spain (vs Russia) – Costa
Monday – Belgium (vs Japan) – Lukaku
Tuesday – England (vs Colombia) – Kane
We also desired attacking players from Brazil and Croatia, given their favourable fixtures, with Coutinho and Modric selected for their reliability so far.
Budget restrictions meant that we opted for Cheryshev and Inui in the final midfield positions: we don’t expect Russia or Japan to progress, but these cheapies are capable of attacking returns.
In defence, it was the favourable fixtures for Belgium, Brazil, Spain and Croatia which caught our eye. With Marcelo injured, Miranda took the Brazil slot.
Ramos has plenty of attacking threat, despite a big outlay in price. Likewise, Meunier has to be a fantasy favourite, playing right wing back in the Belgian set up.
Subasic got the nod for Croatia, with the Japan keeper as a backup, who could amass some save points for us. Granqvist has penalties in his locker, with the budget affording us Akanji in what could be a tight game.
FC – Captains and Set Pieces
FPL F.C. has been particularly helpful on Twitter, collating penalty takers for the teams who have reached the knockout rounds. In addition, he’s highlighted some possible captain candidates for each day of competition.
🗣️ With the amount of penalties being given at the #WorldCup it will be important to ensure you have as many penalty takers in your team.
⚠️ But be warned, they can miss them too.
— 𝗖𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗦 ⚡ | ✊🏿✊🏼 (@FPL_FC) June 29, 2018
Some of the big captaincy options that play each day:
Day 1: Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Cavani, Griezmann
Day 2: Costa, Isco, Modric, Eriksen
Day 3: Neymar, Coutinho, Lukaku, Hazard
Day 4: Kane, James, Falcao, Shaqiri
👉 Worth building your team around this?#WorldCupFantasy
— 𝗖𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗦 ⚡ | ✊🏿✊🏼 (@FPL_FC) June 29, 2018
Gameweek 38 – Odds
If you like to study the bookmakers odds to decide your team, Gameweek 38 has compiled the 3+ goals and clean sheet probabilities. With just 8 fixtures to choose from, these forecasts could be crucial.
ROUND OF 16 PERCENTAGES!
I have converted William Hill odds into percentages for the Round of 16!
Who's going through? Who's keeping a clean sheet? Who's scoring a hat-trick?
— Gameweek 38 🏆 (@Gameweek38) June 28, 2018
Pundits/Tips – Video
Fantasy Football Pundits shares the FPL Tips Round of 16 team. Check out the article and video to see a potential strategy for the remaining three phases of the tournament.
🏴 NEW #WorldCup ARTICLE 🏴
👀 | UNLIMITED TRANSFERS…
— Fantasy Football Pundits (@FFPundits) June 29, 2018
Always Cheating – Podcast
The latest Always Cheating podcast has plenty of tips for the round of 16 games, including a list of assets to consider with those unlimited transfers. It’s well worth a listen ahead of the deadline.
Pod #130: We're talking about the magic of watching #WorldCup matches together, with friends and strangers. Plus a Round-of-16 rundown highlighting some key #WorldCupFantasy assets, along with the latest #PL transfer news. #FPL #hailcheaters https://t.co/b4AE25JMwV
— The Always Cheating Podcast (#FPL) (@hailcheaters) June 29, 2018
Community – Yellow Cards
When planning your Round of 16 team, it’s important to consider those players who are on the suspension tightrope, before it is reset. We brought the naughty list to Twitter earlier today.
🔶 | The following players have already received a yellow card in the tournament. Another in the Round of 16 would result in a suspension for the Quarter Finals.
Something to consider during those R16 drafts…
— Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_) June 29, 2018
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