Fifa World Cup fantasy football tips: find the best value for money so you can afford Harry Kane, Neymar, Luis Suarez & Co

There are bargains to be had so you have the cash to spend on expensive players such as Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 5:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 6:07pm

If you’ve been reading our guides to World Cup fantasy football then you will have noticed that our recommendations often have one thing in common – they come with a hefty price tag.

That dream front three of Neymar, Harry Kane and Luis Suarez comes in at 33.7 million – meaning you’ve only got 71.3 million left to purchase another 12 players.

It’s a dilemma that we are here to ease with a look at the bargains who are overperforming in Russia but might have flown under your radar.

Goalkeepers

The most expensive keepers – France’s Hugo Lloris, Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois and the Brazilian pair of Ederson and Alisson – come in at 6 million each and have been selected by over 50 per cent of participants. Uruguay’s Muslera is an obvious alternative with 23 points at 5.7 million but 14 per cent of fantasy managers have opted for him.

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Sweden’s Robin Olsen is only 5 million and has 22 points plus only 9.2 per cent of managers have picked him.

Russia’s Igor Akinfeev is another keeper available at 5.0 million. He has 15 points and just 4.4 per cent of managers have selected him.

Defenders

Brazil’s full-back Marcelo is the priciest defender in the game at 6.5 million but there is better value to be found.

Many have noticed that Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist is a bargain at 5.2 million with 31 points as he has now been picked by over 21 per cent of managers, while teammate Ludwig Augustinsson is 5.1 million and has a creditable 25 points.

There are bargains to be had across the Uruguay backline but none better than Guillermo Varela, who is only 4.6 million but has 12 points.

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It’s a similar story with the Russians, with 4.4 million S ergey Ignasevich (9 points) the stand-out.

Look further afield and you can get Brazil full-back Fagner for 5.1 million (18 points) and France’s Benjamin Pavard for 4.5 million (14 points).

Croatia’s Dejan Lovren is another option at 5.1 million (15 points), although 23.2 per cent of managers have picked him.

Midfielders

While Kevin de Bryune will set you back 9.9 million, there are steals to be had. Uruguay’s R odrigo Betancur is a snip at 5.0 million and has 13 points. Sweden’s Emil Forsberg looks like their only goal threat aside from penalties and is 7.5 million (16 points), while England starter Jesse Lingard is 7.6 million (13 points). Croatia’s Milan Badelj is another snip at 6.0 million. He has 11 points and only 1.7 per cent of managers have selected him.

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Russian pair Denis Cheryshev (5.7 million, 20 points) and Aleksandr Golovin (6.6 million, 17 points) both offer value, as does Sweden’s Viktor Claesson (5.6 million, 18 points) but they are increasing in popularity.

Forwards

Should you want to load some of your defence and midfield with star signings then you will need to save money up top. Neymar’s the most expensive player in the game at 12 million and many other strikers are pushing the 10 million mark.

There’s always a bargain, though.

Russian’s Artem Dzyuba has 22 points and is 8.1 million, plus the penalty taker has only been picked by 2.3 per cent of managers.

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Ola Toivonen does a lot of the dirty work for Sweden but has a creditable 15 points to his name and is 7.0 million.

Croatians are undervalued and will have you laughing all the way to the bank – Ivan Perisic is 8.1 million and has 12 points, while teammate Ante Rebic is just 5.5 million and has 10 points.