FanDuel Women's World Cup Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 6/24/19
The World Cup is now in the knockout rounds, and FanDuel is offering daily fantasy contests. The Monday main slate will consist two matches in the Round of 16, 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.
|Round of 16|
|Monday, June 24|
|Spain vs. United States|
|Sweden vs. Canada|
The USWNT continues their race to win back-to-back World Cups. They are still heavy favorites against Spain, just as they were against all of the group stage opponents. The United States has a 73% implied win probability, per oddsmakers. A Christen Press ($10) goal early in the second half gave the USWNT a win over Spain in January, the only time the teams have faced each other.
Canada have the slight edge over Sweden in the other match of the day. That match is expected to be a low-scoring one, with under 2.5 goals at a 68.8% implied probability. Both Canada and Sweden are familiar with this stage as Sweden have made it to the knockouts in seven of eight World Cups while Canada have made it three times. This is Canada's first trip to the Round of 16 outside of North American soil.
Be sure to check out the single-game primer for more on the United States-Spain clash, but let's look at players across different price points from these four squads who can shine in these crucial matchups.
Kosovare Asllani, Sweden ($20)
Asllani and Sweden were shut down against the USWNT, but she is still averaging more than 34 FanDuel points per game. She has scored 34 international goals and been one of Sweden's most active players. Nine of her 11 attempts have come from in the box, so she is getting into dangerous locations. Asllani has also sent in seven corners, and she has been credited for 12 chances created. Asllani drew six fouls, scored two goals, and added an assist in the group stage. She also added seven defensive actions in the three matches to move that scoring average up.
Sam Mewis, United States ($18)
Mewis has stamped her claim to the starting lineup after two great performances in the group stage. She has been the most consistent player on the left side, with Megan Rapinoe ($20) not finding a rhythm quite yet. She created nine chances and had three assists in the two matches. Mewis added two tackles in the last match against Sweden, so she will put in work on both sides of the ball. Mewis is behind only Alex Morgan ($22) for the most FanDuel points per match on this slate.
Patri Guijarro, Spain ($12)
Guijarro started only one game for Spain, but she was one of the better performers in terms of FanDuel points. She had five tackles and one interception on the defensive side of the ball against China. Guijarro also drew three fouls, had three shots on target, and created one chance. She finished with 25.8 FanDuel points.
Guijarro was clearly always viewed as an important part of the Spain squad as she underwent two surgeries and missed four months of action and still made it to France. She featured in every qualifier for Spain and won the golden boot and ball at last year's under-20 World Cup. Jenni Hermoso ($18) has been the star so far for the Spanish, but Guijarro is the next in line.
Jordyn Huitema, Canada ($8)
Playing Huitema comes with risk. She started for Nichelle Prince ($18) last match, and it has been Prince and Janine Beckie ($20) who have fueled the Canada attack. Huitema played well enough against Netherlands to be considered in DFS for this match, even if as a substitute. Huitema drew a foul and contributed seven defensive actions in her only appearance thus far. Even though it is not given in soccer, Huitema had the secondary assist on the goal that tied the match for Canada against Netherlands. Huitema is only 18 years old and will be playing at PSG. For now, she could be a sneaky play who allows a top-heavy lineup on FanDuel.
Magdalena Eriksson, Sweden ($16)
Eriksson was given the match off against the United States as Sweden made many changes. However, manager Peter Gerhardsson has stated there will no longer be any surprises with the lineup. Eriksson should be back in there after two great games to start the tournament. She scored nearly the exact same fantasy total in both games and averages 22.3 FanDuel points per match. She has sent in nine corners of her own and recorded one assist. Eriksson had more chances created than defensive actions in the group stage, but she will have to be more mindful of her defensive duties against the Canadians.
Ashley Lawrence, Canada ($12)
Lawrence had the assist on the goal Canada scored against Netherlands and was credited for three total chances created in the match. During the group stage, she created six chances and drew a foul each match. She put in her best defensive performance against Netherlands with seven tackles and two clearances. Lawrence has been incredibly reliable at PSG, playing the full 90 minutes in all but five club matches this season. Lawrence's 18.59 FanDuel points per match are tied with teammate Kadeisha Buchanan ($14) for the fifth-best mark among defenders on the slate.
Mapi Leon, Spain ($8)
Against the United States, Leon could be busier than she has been so far in the tournament. The center-back has scored 10 points in each of the last two matches, totaling two interceptions and a foul drawn in each. In total, she had 17 defensive actions in the group stage. Leon is a value option with a high floor in this matchup.
Alyssa Naeher, United States ($16)
Naeher is the highest-priced keeper on the slate, and the only one worth advocating for among the teams. The other keepers have not been great, with Hedvig Lindahl ($12) leading the way in average fantasy points (11.5). Naeher answered some questions in the last group stage match against Sweden. She made two saves and finished the group stage with three clean sheets. Odds have another clean sheet on the docket against Spain. Naeher has been in the USWNT goal for over 600 minutes without allowing a goal. The Americans should get through to the next round, and Naeher's win odds are tops on the slate by a wide margin.
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