FanDuel Women's World Cup Single-Game Helper: Netherlands vs. Sweden
The World Cup is wrapping up, and FanDuel is continuing to offer daily fantasy contests. 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.
This primer covers the single-game slate for the Sweden-Netherlands matchup, which starts at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday.
Per FanDuel Sportsbook, Netherlands is a slight +120 favorite to win in regulation, with that line implying win odds of 45.5%. Sweden is at +240 -- implied win odds of 29.4% -- so this should be a tight match, as you would expect for a World Cup semifinal. It's also expected to be a low-scoring affair, with the two most likely scorelines being 0-0 and 1-0 (in favor of the Dutch).
Let's take a look at some players to target at various price points for this single-game slate.
Vivianne Miedema ($15) and Lieke Martens ($14), Netherlands
With Netherlands a slight favorite, Martens and Miedema are firmly in play, and both are on the radar for the captain's spot. These two have teamed up for five goals in the tourney, with Miedema pacing the Dutch side with three. Miedema also led the side in goals during World Cup qualifying, scoring seven in nine matches. Both players have shown huge ceilings. Miedema has games of 36.0 and 51.0 FanDuel points, while Martens has a game of 50.3 FanDuel points.
If you want to go all-in on the Dutch, you can stack these two, but that'll force you into (basically) punting in at least one spot.
Sherida Spitse, Netherlands ($12)
Spitse is another high-priced way to get exposure to Netherlands, and stacking her with one of the two aforementioned players gets you a little more breathing room under the salary cap (compared to using both Martens and Miedema).
A midfield star, Spitse has racked up four assists across her last three games, and she's created at least two chances in four of five outings in this tourney. In qualifying, she tallied three assists in 12 matches, and while her lack of goals makes her tough to stomach in the captain slot, she's in play for a utility position.
Stina Blackstenius, Sweden ($11)
Blackstenius has been incredibly goal-reliant in DFS. She's scored a goal in two matches, posting 25.6 and 25.0 FanDuel points in those two games. She's got five total points combined in Sweden's three other matches. On a single-game slate, though, we can stomach the volatility and the low floor since we need to do everything we can to roster every goal. Both of Blackstenius' goals have come in the knockout rounds, so she's in good form.
In a vacuum, Kosovare Asllani ($13) is the best Swedish player to target, and if you're building a lineup under the assumption that Sweden score multiple goals, you need Asllani. But Blackstenius should see less ownership and could poach another goal. And if you're trying to play both sides here, you can stack Netherlands, roster Blackstenius and have a little flexibility for your final two spots.
Daniëlle van de Donk, Netherlands ($5)
While van de Donk has created three total chances over the last three matches, there's a very low ceiling here. The deep-lying midfielder hasn't hit double-digit FanDuel points in any of Netherlands' five matches, and she's gone for more than six FanDuel points only once. So while an assist could happen if she keeps generating chances, we can't really count on it. What van de Donk offers, though, is exposure to a favorite, and her salary gives you freedom with the rest of your lineup.
Desiree van Lunteren ($8) and Merel van Dongen ($7), Netherlands
Despite benefitting from the clean-sheet bonus just twice in the tournament, Netherlands' defenders have been solid DFS producers across the board. These two started at full-back in Netherlands 2-0 win over Italy in the quarterfinals. Van Dongen has totaled at least 15.0 FanDuel points in two of her last three matches, creating a pair of chances against Italy. Van Lunteren notched an assist in the group stage versus Canada, and she's put up at least 10.0 FanDuel points in four of her five matches.
Hanna Glas, Sweden ($6)
Glas has been a high-floor option along Sweden's back line, starting at right-back in the quarterfinals. She's averaging 13.9 FanDuel points for the World Cup, and she probably should be more expensive given her crossing ability. Glas created one chance apiece against Canada and the US, so she has shown the ability to get forward against the top teams. She's a nice stacking partner with any of Sweden's attackers.