World Cup Fantasy: Players and Teams Targeted Before Quarterfinals

We’re now in the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022 and with just eight teams left, the player pool is shrinking, meaning it’s getting harder to score points in the World Cup fantasy game.

Also, since it’s in the knockout phase, you could really get into trouble if you have a few players from a team that get eliminated.

When it comes to this Loser Go Home format, we really need to look at both a potential signing and the team they’re playing for, and predict who we think will advance to the next round. Under normal circumstances, for example, players like Hakim Ziyech and Luka Modric would still be good options, but the chances that they will be eliminated in this weekend’s duels are high, which means that you would then have to use your transfers to accept these players for the semifinals.

It’s best to load up the best assets of the four teams you think will win and hope they go far in the tournament. We are now allowed to have five players per country and have five free transfer players for the quarter-finals.

Here I’ll be picking out my top picks for the rest of the World Cup.


France

Kylian Mbappe ($11.5 million) is still one of the best options in the game despite a tough game against England. He is the current top scorer and favorite for the Golden Boot. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has five goals and two assists in his four appearances and is also currently the top World Cup Fantasy points scorer.

The quarter-final between France and England seems the most difficult to predict. Bookmakers have France as slight favorites and will face Morocco or Portugal in the semifinals if they win.


World Cup top scorer Kylian Mbappe is a must for fantasy managers (Picture: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Mbappe is arguably the best player in the world right now and can score against any opponent. That’s exactly why we need such superstars in our teams at a point where there really aren’t any easy games anymore. France are also on the friendly side in the draw and will dodge the tournament’s two top favorites – Brazil and Argentina. You can only meet one of the two in the final.

From the French defense Theo Hernandez ($5.0 million) is the best choice for your team due to its offensive threat and cheap price.


Brazil

Richarlison ($7.5 million) was the surprise package of the tournament so far. He has been a squad player for Tottenham Hotspur since signing from Everton in the summer but was one of Brazil’s most important players at this World Cup and was Brazil’s top scorer.

He has scored three goals so far and is playing at the top for the best team of the tournament. Brazil are heavy favorites to win this World Cup according to fivethirtyeight.com and currently have a 33 percent chance. Also, Brazil has one of the least difficult quarterfinal games on paper in the quarterfinals against Croatia. With a rate of 71 percent, they are the big favorites to win this game.

Richarlison’s price makes it an absolute steal. With people like Vinicius Jr ($10.5m), Neymar ($10.5m) and Raphinha ($8.5 million) Besides him, he will get many more chances to score. Doubling down in attack with any of these three is also a good idea for you.

Be careful that Brazil doesn’t have many good midfield options as all the above players are listed as forwards. Lucas Paqueta ($7.0 million) is the best bet, but he’s not exactly determined to be in coach Tite’s starting XI. I would defend them with a double= or triple-up instead.

goalkeeper Alisson ($6.0 million) and defender Thiago Silva ($6.0M), Danilo ($5.5M) and Marquinhos ($5.5M) are all good options and are first-team players. Brazil are favorites to win the cup on December 18 and are also favorites to keep a clean sheet this weekend at 52 per cent.


Argentina

Funny enough, Lionel Messi ($10.5 million) is still worth considering. He and Argentina have improved over the course of the tournament and meet Netherlands in the quarter-finals, where they are favorites (58% chance).

Messi has scored three goals and one assist so far and is Argentina’s talisman and penalty taker. If they beat the Dutch, they will likely face arch-rivals Brazil in the semifinals, but if anyone can lead them to victory in such a duel, then it’s one of the best players to ever kick a football.

Lionel Messi, Argentina


Argentina’s assets are mostly mediocre – but Lionel Messi is a key premium activity ahead of the quarter-finals (Picture: Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

I would probably only look for Messi from Argentina’s squad as he is their focal point and their only really likely goalscorer.

The game against the Netherlands won’t be child’s play and if they end up against Brazil in the semi-finals, it won’t be much more difficult. So it’s probably best to look elsewhere for midfield and defensive opportunities.


Portugal

Goncalo Ramos ($6.5 million) announced himself in the round of 16 with a hat-trick against Switzerland. Portugal appear to be one of the best attacking sides of the tournament and have scored the most goals so far alongside England (12).

Ramos looks fantastic and will no doubt start against Morocco in the quarterfinals. Although there are no easy games when it comes to the knockout rounds, Portugal have the friendliest game against the North Africans on paper. According to fivethirtyeight.com, they have a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals.

In the midfield, Bruno Fernandes ($9.5 million) looks like a great option too. He will definitely start when he is fit and is pulling the strings for Portugal. The Manchester United man is the best midfielder in the game with two goals and three assists in three games.

I also like the Portuguese defence. Raphael Guerreiro ($5.0 million), Ruben Dias ($5.5 million) and goalkeeper Diogo Costa ($5.0 million) are all very tempting options.

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