FanDuel Women's World Cup Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 6/23/19
The Women's World Cup is here, and FanDuel is offering daily fantasy contests. The Sunday main slate will start at 11:30 a.m. EST and include both of the day's matches.
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.
|Round of 16|
|Sunday, June 23|
|Brazil vs. France|
|England vs. Cameroon|
Per FanDuel Sportsbook, England is a healthy -750 favorite versus Cameroon while host France is listed as a -320 favorite against Brazil.
Let's look at players at different price points who can thrive on this slate.
Ellen White ($22) and Nikita Parris ($16), England
The Three Lionesses have been good but not great thus far, winning all three of their matches but netting just five total goals in the process. A Round-of-16 matchup with Cameroon presents England with a chance to go off, and you'll need some exposure to their attackers. As -750 favorites, via FanDuel Sportsbook, England's implied win odds are 88.2%, and the two most likely scorelines, per oddsmakers, are 2-0 and 3-0 wins for England.
White has started as a sole striker in two of England's matches, totaling three goals in the tournament, including a brace versus Japan last time out. She produced 45.2 and 41.9 FanDuel points in her two matches and should be heavily involved against Cameroon.
Parris scored a penalty for England's initial goal of the tourney, and they haven't had any spot kicks since then. The right winger was given a breather in the Japan match, coming on as a sub, but she started both of England's first two games, creating three chances over the two outings.
Fran Kirby, England ($14)
Another English attacker, Kirby plays in an attacking-midfield role for Phil Neville's side, and she's got one assist with five total chances created in two outings. Kirby was rested against Japan and should be full throttle for this one. In a match in which England figure to see a ton of the ball, Kirby will likely be tasked with cutting open the Cameroon defense, and she's a nice stacking partner with any of England's other attackers. Given her modest salary, Kirby is one of the best bang-for-your-buck plays on this slate.
Eugénie Le Sommer, France ($20)
Le Sommer was rotated out of the starting lineup for the last game, but she should be back in there in this one. She has been superb so far for the French, scoring twice and adding an assist while averaging two chances created per match over her two starts. France is the favorite versus Brazil, but the odds aren't as lopsided as what we see in the England-Nigeria clash.
Something to watch for with Le Sommer is whether or not she's on penalty duties, and unfortunately, that information can be hard to come by. She took -- and converted -- a spot kick in France's second game, but she was on the pitch as a second-half sub last match when Wendie Renard handled a penalty. If Le Sommer isn't on pens, it's a blow to her DFS outlook.
Cristiane, Brazil ($20)
Through three matches, Cristiane has proven to be a very goal-reliant asset in DFS, creating just one chance, doing little defensively and failing to record an assist. Being overly reliant on goals to score fantasy points works out just fine when the goals come, which they have for her in this tourney as she's made the net bulge four times, including a first-match hat trick. The three-goal effort came sans Marta, when more of Brazil's attack was funneled through Cristiane. But she netted her goal against Australia in the first half, when Marta was out there.
Even though Brazil are clear underdogs against France, if they score a goal, Cristiane will likely be involved in some way. And if you want to be contrarian, you can build a roster under the idea that Brazil scores multiple goals, and in that case, Cristiane is a great pivot off of Le Sommer.
Wendie Renard, France ($18)
Renard, a center-back, is leading France in goals in this tourney, scoring three times. Not only does that speak to her aerial prowess on set pieces, she handled the aforementioned penalty in France's last match, getting the call over Le Sommer. If Renard remains on penalty duties, it would be a massive boost to her DFS stock because we simply can't count on her to keep scoring goals on set pieces.
But even without the role of penalty taker, Renard is appealing in this spot. The two most likely scorelines for this match, per odds at FanDuel Sportsbook, involve France picking up a clean sheet, and Brazil should force France's backline into action, giving Renard a chance to amass defensive actions.
Lucy Bronze, England ($16)
Bronze has played all three matches and hasn't yet been involved in a goal, but don't let that scare you away. England's star right-back has great clean-sheet odds in this one -- an England clean-sheet win accounts for the four most likely scores, per FanDuel Sportsbook -- and she should spend gobs of time getting forward with England likely to see a lot of the ball. Bronze can be stacked with an attacker in the hopes that they get on the end of one of her crosses, and she can also be stacked with England's keeper in an effort to double up on a possible clean-sheet bonus.
Estelle Johnson ($12) and Aurelle Awona ($12), Cameroon
Johnson and Awona were the starting center-backs in Cameroon's last match, which they won at the death to advance to the knockouts. Heavy underdogs to England, these two are classic high-floor plays in a match in which they should be very busy. Awona has averaged 4.0 clearances, 4.0 tackles and 2.0 interceptions across two starts. Johnson has scored between 11.7 and 15.6 FanDuel points in each match, doing it without the aid of a clean-sheet bonus. She's posted per-match averages of 5.3 clearances, 2.6 interceptions and 2.0 tackles.
Karen Bardsley, England ($16)
Bardsley has a great chance to get a clean-sheet win, which would net her 17.0 FanDuel points before factoring in any points from saves. While her clean-sheet odds are pretty dope -- which we just laid out in the Bronze blurb -- if Bardsley does allow a goal, almost all of her DFS output would likely come from the win bonus since Cameroon is unlikely to force her into a bunch of saves. Still, Bardsley has far and away the best win odds, and that's worth paying up for.
Sarah Bouhaddi, France ($14)
While a France upset loss to Brazil would be pretty shocking, England falling to Cameroon would be much more surprising. So no matter how we paint this, Bouhaddi isn't in as great of shape for the win bonus as Bardsley is.
With that said, Bouhaddi's win odds of 76.2% -- the host French are a -320 favorite -- are still pretty darn good, and as we mentioned earlier, a France clean-sheet victory accounts for the two most likely results, per oddsmakers. If you find the $2 drop in salary to be handy when building your lineup, you can take Bouhaddi over Bardsley and still feel pretty swell about your chances of bagging a clean-sheet win. If you're filling out a lineup under the assumption that Brazil score at least one goal, Bouhaddi isn't for you.