FanDuel World Cup Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 11/29/22
The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet, and FanDuel is offering daily fantasy contests throughout the tournament.
For the final round of the group stage, main slates will feature all four of the day’s matches, which are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST.
Ecuador (+140) vs. Senegal (+220)
Over 2.5 Goals: +148 | Most Likely to Score: Valencia (+220)
Netherlands (-550) vs. Qatar (+1200)
Over 2.5 Goals: -198 | Most Likely to Score: Depay (-125)
United States (+100) vs. Iran (+290)
Over 2.5 Goals: +136 | Most Likely to Score: Ferreira (+185)
England (-240) vs. Wales (+700)
Over 2.5 Goals: -104 | Most Likely to Score: Kane (-110)
The Netherlands and England are the attacks I want to load up on. Both are sizable favorites against weak opposition. The only negative with each -- outside of how popular they'll be -- is that they can advance with a tie, so they might not have the pedal to the metal the whole 90.
Taking on a Qatar side that's shipped five goals through two matches, the Netherlands have big-time upside and are a slate-leading -105 to score at least three times (and -400 to score two-plus goals). For comparison, England are just -189 to score twice and +170 to go over 2.5 goals.
Cody Gakpo ($22; +130 to score) has been stellar so far for Holland, scoring in each match while also creating four total chances. He'll surely be chalk, but he's a great play. Memphis Depay ($20; -125) has yet to start but would be an excellent DFS option if he does. Depay has the slate's best anytime goal odds. Though Steven Bergwijn ($17; +145) has done very little through two matches, he carries solid goal odds.
For England, Harry Kane ($21; -110) is the main man despite not yet scoring a goal or putting a shot on target. He did have two assists in the Three Lions' opening-match thrashing of Iran. Kane has England's top goal odds and will handle penalties. Don't be deterred by his slow start to the tourney. It wouldn't be a shock to see Phil Foden ($13; +220) start after England's attack went missing last time out. At his friendly salary, Foden would be the best play on the slate if he's in the starting XI. Mason Mount ($14; +300) would also be a low-salary way to get exposure to a favorite.
The other two matches are much more even. Of those four teams, the US is the side I'm most into. The Americans have to win to advance. Knowing that they'll be pushing for a goal enhances their DFS outlook. They are +105 to go over 1.5 goals, the third-best odds on the slate.
Among likely US starters, Christian Pulisic ($17; +280) and Timothy Weah ($16; +270) stand out. Pulisic has created three chances through two matches and has the team's lone assist. He'll be leaned on to create. Weah has netted the Americans' only goal and has also created three chances.
I'm guessing the other three teams -- Iran as well as both sides of the Ecuador-Senegal match -- won't be popular. Hitting on a goal from one of those squads could be a huge swing play in GPPs.
Iran have scored four goals in this tournament, with Mehdi Taremi ($18; +290) scoring twice and assisting once. Ecuador's Enner Valencia ($19; +210) has the best goal odds in the Ecuador-Senegal match. He's accounted for all three of Ecuador's goals and might go a bit overlooked with English and Dutch stars in his salary range. Senegal's Ismalia Sarr ($15; +280) has created five chances through two outings and comes at a modest salary.
I'll mostly be looking to save salary at defender, which has me checking out Qatar's back-line. All four of their expected starters are salaried at either $8 or $9, and they should be under siege against the Netherlands. Boualem Khoukhi ($9) scored 14.3 FanDuel points last time out solely from defensive actions. He could replicate that kind of showing on Tuesday.
Wales fit that same mold. Ben Davies ($10), Chris Mepham ($10) and Joe Rodon ($9) are slated to start at center-backs for Wales. All three are averaging between 11.1 and 12.1 FanDuel points and will be busy versus England. Ethan Ampadu ($8) has been starting as a defensive midfielder but is listed as a defender on FanDuel. He's averaging 8.4 FanDuel points and will be active in a match in which Wales won't see a lot of the ball.
I also don't mind England's John Stones ($8). England are -125 to keep a clean sheet, so he has a decent chance to get the clean-sheet bonus. Stones is also a threat on set pieces.
If you want attacking upside, Luke Shaw ($13), Kieran Trippier ($15) and Denzel Dumfries ($11) are worth a look. Dumfries is easy to like at his salary and should have chances to get forward versus Qatar. He's a fun stacking partner with a Dutch attacker and is an enticing +140 to score or assist.
The goalie salaries continue to be sharp, so there are no surprises. If you want the best shot at a clean-sheet win, you'll have to make room for either Jordan Pickford ($13) or Andries Noppert ($14).
Pickford is -125 to blank Wales while Noppert is -149 to keep a clean sheet against Qatar. Both are fine options. I'd assume most who spend up at keeper will just take the $1 in savings with Pickford, which makes Noppert the more appealing play in my eyes.
The Ecuador-Senegal and US-Iran fixtures are +148 and +136, respectively, to go over 2.5 goals, which means the clean-sheet odds aren't too shabby for those four keepers. Of the four, I'm most into Senegal's Edouard Mendy ($10), although you can make a case for any of them. Mendy is a bet-on-talent pick. Senegal are +187 to keep a clean sheet, and he should see decent save volume.