FanDuel Women's World Cup Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 6/20/19
The World Cup is here, and FanDuel is offering daily fantasy contests. The Thursday main slate will consist of the last four matches of group play, starting at Noon 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.
|Thursday, June 20|
|Cameroon vs. New Zealand|
|Netherlands vs. Canada|
|Sweden vs. United States|
|Thailand vs. Chile|
The USWNT, Sweden, Netherlands, and Canada have all already advanced to the next round. The other four teams have yet to earn a point in the tournament, but they still have an outside shot of making the Round of 16. It will take a big win for each, with Thailand having the biggest mountain to climb.
The USWNT are favorites, per FanDuel Sportsbook, to beat Sweden and top Group F. The contest between Netherlands and Canada is nearly a push, with a draw resulting in Netherlands topping the group based on more goals scored. USWNT manager Jill Ellis said that her team will play their best regardless of potential opponents in the knockout rounds, and the other three teams vying for the group crown would likely say the same.
Be sure to check out the single-match primer for the United States-Sweden clash, but for now, let's look at players with good matchups at different price points across the main slate.
Megan Rapinoe, United States ($20)
The likes of Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Tobin Heath should be reinstated to the starting lineup after the roster rotation against Chile. Rapinoe had two assists in the first game and is always a candidate to stand over the ball on corners and free kicks. She is also tied for the second-best odds to be the first goalscorer of the game behind Morgan. Rapinoe has scored 33 goals in the last two seasons of the NWSL and a total of eight goals for the national team this calendar year. She did add a goal in the 13-0 thrashing of Thailand in the opener. She was also credited for seven chances created in that one. Rapinoe will a vital part of the USWNT game plan.
Elin Rubensson, Sweden ($16)
Rubensson has a goal and an assist so far in the World Cup. The goal came on a penalty kick, which adds greatly to her value. Rubensson is a Goteborg legend as the midfielder has been a scoring machine in the domestic league. She has scored at least 18 goals every season since joining the team in 2015, including three straight seasons of at least 21 goals.
Nichelle Prince, Canada ($16)
Prince is just behind leader Janine Beckie ($20) in shots on target for Canada. She has not been a prolific goalscorer, even with the Houston Dash in the NWSL. She did score once this season in four appearances before joining the national team. Price has really been an all-around contributor even though she plays in attack, and her fitness has improved over the past few years, making it hard for the opposition to track her. Prince is the one who opens up space for the other attackers. She runs onto the ball so Jessie Fleming ($14) can have space to distribute.
Nichelle Prince scored at the #FIFAWWC which is great news for #CanWNT @CanadaSoccerEN @nichelleprince7 https://t.co/d4l0HR1Gh6 pic.twitter.com/WueOFsdSIa
— Derek Van Diest (@DerekVanDiest) June 17, 2019
Prince does have five tackles in the competition, as well, but she is most dangerous in the offensive zone. The three shots on goal against New Zealand were an encouraging sign for both Prince and Canada.
Daniela Zamora, Chile ($12)
Chile did not see much of the ball against the United States, but Zamora was very noticeable. She sent in one cross, drew three fouls, had two tackles, and two interceptions. She was also credited with four clearances as Chile were under attack most of the match. Zamora should have more of a chance to get into an offensive groove against Thailand. Argentina's incredible draw against Scotland opened up the door a little further for Chile to possibly advance, but the pressure will be on Zamora and Chile to score.
Be sure to check the starting XI for Chile as Zamora is not a lock to start, but she is a workhorse on both sides of the ball. Rosario Balmaceda ($10) is a good replacement on the Chile squad, or one can transition to Sweden's Fridolina Rolfo ($14).
Betsy Hassett, New Zealand ($10)
New Zealand have swapped out their attacking players in both games so far with the exception of Olivia Chance ($8). Hassett has averaged the most minutes outside of Chance. Viewers of any New Zealand match can see that Hassett uses every bit of energy while on the field. She was more involved on the ball against Canada, sending in two crosses and drawing a foul. She was credited for three tackles in both matches of the group stage. Hassett created two chances against the Netherlands in a match that was more wide open. With New Zealand needing to score multiple goals to have a better chance to advance, Hassett should push forward, giving her a nice ceiling.
Natthakarn Chinwong, Thailand ($16)
Thailand may be past perennial powerhouses Sweden and United States, but they should still be trailing for more the game against Chile, meaning Chinwong will still be busy. The center-back did earn a yellow against Sweden, but had three interceptions and two tackles. Chinwong has an incredible 28 clearances through the first two matches. Although Thailand should not be under the same amount of pressure against Chile, they will likely lack possession.
Estelle Johnson, Cameroon ($12)
Johnson led Cameroon in interceptions against Netherlands and tied for the team lead in interceptions against Canada. Johnson plays as one of the center-backs in a five-person backline. She is still fairly new to the Cameroon team but spent much of her playing career in the United States. She is averaging slightly more than 14 FanDuel points per game through the first two matches due in large part to 10 clearances and seven interceptions. Both teams will be pushing for goals in this one, but Johnson should stay home for the most part, allowing her to keep padding on stats in key defensive categories.
Alyssa Naeher, United States ($16)
Naeher had one moment in the Chile match that made Twitter explode. The ball got by her and into the net but was called back on a correct offside call. This is her chance to shut up the social media critics. Sweden are good enough to threaten a USWNT backline that has not seen much action through the first two matches, but Naeher has not allowed a goal since April 20th, when she was in goal for the Chicago Red Stars. Australia are the last team to score on her while she was playing for the national team, and that happened back on April 4th. Naeher did have two saves against Thailand, but she has relied on clean sheets and wins for her FanDuel points.
Christiane Endler, Chile ($16)
Endler made a few stunning saves in the game against the United States, including denying Christen Press three times on the doorstep. It may have been the best individual keeper performance of the tournament to date. She faced nine shots on target and 15 corners, but the Paris St. Germain keeper was excellent. Endler has a total of 10 saves and six clearances over two matches against the two best teams in the group. She also averages the most FanDuel points of any starting keeper on teams from this slate that have not yet advanced. Versus Thailand, she's got great win odds.
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