FanDuel Women's World Cup Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 6/11/19
The World Cup is here, and FanDuel is offering daily fantasy contests. The Tuesday main slate will consist of all three matches on the docket, starting at 9:00 a.m. EST.
FanDuel has altered its soccer format for the Women's World Cup for the multi-match offerings, and it's important to know how those changes impact things. The single-match slates, however, are the same format as usual.
|Tuesday, June 11|
|New Zealand vs. Netherlands|
|Chile vs. Sweden|
|United States vs. Thailand|
This slate features three heavy favorites with Netherlands, Sweden and the USWNT all expected to win easily. New Zealand should put up more of a fight for possession than Chile and Thailand, but all three teams will likely have value defensively only.
Be sure to check out the dedicated USWNT match primer, but for now let's look at some players across different price points that can shine on the Tuesday main slate.
Vivianne Miedema, Netherlands ($20)
Each time Netherlands plays, Miedema should be considered. She led the WSL in goals with Arsenal this season and was awarded PFA Player of the Year. Across her season with Arsenal and during all World Cup qualifiers with her country, she averaged over a goal per game. Miedema has yet to score in a World Cup, but she is in the best form of her life. Teams have had trouble scoring against New Zealand of late, but the United States put five on the board against them in a recent friendly. Miedema has the best odds of scoring in this match, and she may go a tad under-owned if the masses flock to the high-priced American attackers.
Tobin Heath, United States ($20)
Heath is one of the more creative players at the World Cup. She is a free spirit who seemingly keeps the ball on a string any time it nears her foot. In her first cap with the National Team, she nutmegged two Canadian players.
Heath has scored in three straight games for the USWNT and has netted a goal in seven of her last 10 matches across all competitions with the National Team or the Portland Thorns. Flat out, Heath is a difference maker and a winner. She is the only player on the USWNT roster who has won titles in the NCAA, NWSL, Olympics, and World Cup. Tuesday will mark Heath's 150th appearance for the National Team, and she will hope to add to her 29 goals or 37 assists. She'll have a great chance to do so in a match in which the U.S. is a colossal favorite.
Karen Araya, Chile ($14)
Chile are making their debut in the World Cup, and the Sevilla midfielder should be busy. Araya has been a mainstay at central midfield for La Roja. She helps link defense to attack for Chile along with another Sevilla player, Francisca Lara ($12). She has scored important goals for Sevilla, but she models her game after Arturo Vidal, a fellow countryman who is known for his aggressive, wrecking-ball style. That will be necessary as Chile will have to play physically against Sweden, with Araya supporting the back line. Araya is comfortable going box-to-box, so if Chile gain possession, she will come forward. She was recently deployed in the middle of a five-woman midfield, giving her freedom around the pitch. Araya is part of the backbone that must be strong to keep Chile competitive in this tourney.
Suchawadee Nildhamrong, Thailand ($14)
Perhaps better known as Miranda Nild to those who follow college soccer in the United States, Nildhamrong was a stand out performer at the University of California. She was voted team offensive MVP in her junior year. The 22-year-old attacker played well at the 2018 Asian Cup and has the size to compete against the U.S. She was also born in the United States and could be fueled to perform well given her connection. She has scored a dozen international goals. There is a clear risk in playing Nildhamrong as Thailand will likely struggle to keep the ball against the USWNT, but she can also come back and defend, especially on set pieces, so there's some floor here. If anyone from Thailand does score, it will likely be Nildhamrong, which is indicated by the odds.
Hanna Glas, Sweden ($12)
The Sweden defense is a question mark as it is not clear which players will fill out the starting lineup. Glas started four World Cup qualifiers and has Champions League experience with PSG. Glas started at right-back in the last friendly before the World Cup, and the outside backs should carry weight in this matchup. The Sweden system has relied on the wide players to provide the final ball into the box. Glas can offer overlapping runs and put crosses into the box to try and find Sofia Jakobsson ($22). If Glas does not start, look for Nilla Fischer ($12) to be a target on set pieces.
Ria Percival, New Zealand ($10)
Percival is one of the the many New Zealand players who have over 100 international caps, leading the way with 138 caps. She has been with the national team since 2007 but has never advanced to the knockout stage of a World Cup. The full-back will likely be in her own half, fending off repeated attacks, especially since she has been playing just in front of a back three. Although that is not her natural position, Percival can make it work. She is tied for the least expensive expected starter for a New Zealand team that will rely on defense in this clash. Her value and ceiling should both be high.
Alyssa Naeher, United States ($18), Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden ($16), and Sari van Veenendaal, Netherlands ($14),
All of these keepers are expected to win, and getting the win bonus is huge in DFS. Naeher may not face many shots, but that could lead to a clean. Even if she doesn't have to make a save, she can total 17 FanDuel points via a clean-sheet win. Van Veenendaal will have to be weary of a counter attack as New Zealand will defend first. Chile have a good core of players, including Araya, but it is unclear if they will be able to keep a sustained attack. Lindahl did not have much playing time this season, but she is still expected to be the number-one keeper.
Which keeper you roll with likely comes down to roster construction and how much money you have remaining once you sort out you forward/midfielder spots. In GPPs, assuming most people load up on the star-studded attackers on this slate, Naeher could be a good contrarian play, though her $18 salary will force you to sacrifice some upside elsewhere in your lineup.