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

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

The likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne, for example, will be in most of our squads, and with good reason. However, the real edge in most fantasy games comes when selecting cheap gems and under-the-radar picks.

These are players who are not only good fantasy options, but can also act as triggers 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 suggestions for the group phase because we have unlimited transfers before the round of 16, and therefore, there is no need to look too far ahead.


Starting between the sticks, there are several viable starting options at the price of $4.0million. The best among them are Vanja Milinkovic of Serbia and its Uruguayan counterpart Sergio Rochet.

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Serbia have two tough games in the group against Brazil (their opener) and Switzerland, with their favorable game being the average one against Cameroon.

That’s why I prefer Rochet and think he’s the best $4.0m keeper in this game.

Uruguay are a good defensive side – four clean sheets in their last five matches – and have two games against South Korea and Ghana either side of their meeting with Portugal, so could very well keep two clean sheets in the group stage.

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

the Netherlands’ Remko Pasveer ($4.5 million) He looks like the best goalkeeper at his cost and is $0.5m underpriced in my opinion. The Dutch had a very favorable draw, playing Senegal, Ecuador and the hosts. I can see Louis van Gaal’s side keeping at least two clean sheets in Group A.

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However, although Pasveer is expected to start, there is a small chance that Justin Bijlow ($4.5 million) He could get the look from Van Gaal, so this is one to keep an eye on in his press conferences.


Ronald Araujo ($3.5 million) faces a race against time to be fit for Uruguay, having been out with a thigh injury since mid-September. If he manages to do it, the 23-year-old looks like an absolute bargain. He is a safe starter when fit and also has an attacking threat from set pieces. He scored four goals in La Liga for Barcelona last season.

elsewhere, Borna Sosa ($3.5 million) he is a likely starter for Croatia and seems the safer bet of the two at that price point. He plays at left back and has two very good games against Morocco and Canada to start Group F, so he is not just a cheap playing option.

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The 24-year-old has real political potential – Croatia kept an impressive seven in their 10 qualifying matches – and is also a very attacking defender, scoring one goal and claiming eight assists for Stuttgart in 28 appearances in Bundesliga last season. and already reach the same number in the last category in all the competitions in it.

Rasmus Kristensen ($4.0 million) it is one of the best options at its price. Denmark enjoyed a very fruitful qualifying campaign, winning nine of their 10 games and scoring 30 goals, and are a good team both in defense and forward.

Kristensen is likely to play on the right wing in Qatar and also has an attacking threat. Although he managed just 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 huge potential. However, he faces competition for a starting spot from Daniel Wass, who is classified as a midfielder in this game.

Rasmus Kristensen, Denmark

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

So, his teammate Joachim Maehle ($4.5 million) it’s the safest bet at $0.5 million more. The left-back has plenty of attacking threat and was actually the Danes’ top scorer in qualifying with five goals. Most recently, he provided three assists during the six Nations League group games.

Denmark have a solid defence, keeping a very impressive eight clean sheets in their 10 qualifying matches. They have two very winnable games against Tunisia and Australia, either side of facing the defending champions France.

Ricardo Rodriguez ($4.5 million) of Switzerland is also worth a shout as a playing defender who is in penalty. However, I feel that he only has a useful group workshop. The Swiss play Brazil and Serbia on match days two and three, which are tough games, so it’s as good as a point from a game against Cameroon on day one.


Rodrigo De Paul ($5.0 million) He looks like a good option at his price and is set to start for a very good Argentina side who are unbeaten in 36 games since July 2019. They will be strong favorites to qualify from Group C, with matches against Arabia Saudi Arabia, Mexico. and Poland.

Now at Atletico Madrid, De Paul has 49 goals in 365 club games, so he knows where the net is, and he also has good assist potential, with 51 in a career that also saw him play for Racing Club at home, Valencia, Spain. and Udinese of Italy.

Mario Pasalic ($5.0 million) seems like a great value too. He is expected to start on the right side of midfield for Croatia and scored an impressive 13 goals (plus seven assists) for Atalanta last season. Croatia’s games on days one and two are as good as they come against Morocco and Canada, who are both among the 13 lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.

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Richarlison ($7.5 million) he could end up being a steal at that price and is a decent alternative to Brazilian teammate Neymar. He is likely to play at the top for the side that is favored by the bookies to win this World Cup.

Although he has been a first-team player for Tottenham Hotspur since arriving from Everton in the summer, his international record speaks for itself, with 17 goals in 38 caps (14 of which came from the bench). Richarlison scored six times in the eight games he played during qualification, which may well have cemented his place in coach Tite’s starting line-up for Qatar.

He has Arsenal Gabriel Jesus ($9.0 million) as competition, but Richarlison can play wide and central, which adds to his minutes on the field.

With Romelu Lukaku in the squad but having only played half an hour of football since August through injury, Belgium 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, his first two games did not go much better as they faced Canada and Morocco.

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

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(Top photo: Left to right, Richarlison, Joakim Maehle, Michy Batshuayi and Rodrigo De Paul; Getty Images)


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