After all the excitement in Monday’s slate of World Cup games, it is crazy to think we have two more weeks of this before we get a break. There are actually four games on the docket but Argentina/Saudi Arabia, which begins at 5:00 a.m. ET is not on the slate. Two of the games that are on the slate come from Group D, which features three teams that were all in the same group at the 2018 World Cup. France is a heavy favorite against Australia despite dealing with numerous injuries. France won their group game 2-1 four years ago en route to winning the World Cup. 

Denmark was the other team to make it out of the group four years ago, and they face Tunisia in their opening game Tuesday. Tunisia was one of the lowest-scoring teams in World Cup qualifying but they made up for it with clean sheets in 18 of their 30 games since the start of 2021. They could have their hands full with Christain Eriksen and company.

In the middle game of the slate, Poland and Mexico face off in what is almost certainly the battle for second place in Group C. Poland has not made it out of the group stage in four straight tournaments, while Mexico has been eliminated in the knockout stage in every World Cup since 1994. If Poland is going to break those streaks, Robert Lewandowski will probably have to break his goalless streak at the World Cup. Mexico, on the other hand, is hoping for Raul Jimenez’s first non-penalty goal in an International competition since November 2020.


2022 World Cup DFS Soccer Picks November 22

World Cup Goalkeepers

Kasper SchmeichelDENTUN560013.11120.00
Tunisia only scored 12 goals in World Cup qualifying, second-fewest of any African side. Denmark is +105 to get a win and a clean sheet and we are getting a pretty decent price here.
Guillermo OchoaMEXPOL460013.7100.00
Ochoa had the most saves at the last World Cup, with 25 in four games. Poland rarely has the majority of possession, which should play into Ochoa's hands. Robert Lewandowski has never scored at the World Cup, so this matchup may not be as scary as it looks on paper. 

World Cup Forwards

Olivier GiroudFRAAUS90004.09180.00
Giroud is significantly cheaper than Karim Benzema, the attacker Giroud is replacing in the starting lineup. Giroud is 36 years old, which is why he wasn't starting in the first place, but with 49 goals in 114 games for his country, Giroud is certainly capable of scoring once or twice.
Andreas Skov OlsenDENTUN83000170.00
Skov-Olsen may not go the full 90 minutes but he had five goals and three assists in qualifying and he is cheaper than Eriksen on DraftKings. He is forward-eligible there as well.
Hirving LozanoMEXPOL890014.61160.00
Poland has kept just two clean sheets in eight games under manager Czeslaw Michniewicz, and with Raul Jimenez going nearly two years without a non-penalty goal, Lozano is our best bet. He also should be on set pieces, which helps raise his floor. 
Antoine GriezmannFRAAUS990018.53190.00
I wouldn't talk you out of playing any of the French attackers, but Griezman is more likely to send in crosses and create chances than most of his teammates. It also helps that he is forward eligible. 
Ousmane DembeleFRAAUS84004.22180.00
Dembele already has 107 crosses for Barcelona this season, and he is the cheapest France attacker on DraftKings. Dembele should be safe and he could be especially valuable if this is a low-scoring slate.
Ajdin HrusticAUSFRA5100090.00
Hrustic is awfully cheap on FanDuel for someone who had three goals and four assists in qualifying. France has kept just two clean sheets in eight games in 2022 and if Australia scores Tuesday, there is a good chance Hrustic is involved. 

World Cup Midfielders

Christian EriksenDENTUN1050016.42160.00
Eriksen is probably the safest player on the slate, especially if the games are low-scoring. At the very least, he should send in a bunch of crosses, but forward-eligiblethe with three goals and two assists in eight starts for Denmark this year, he has some upside as well.
Pierre-Emile HojbjergDENTUN63000140.00
Hojbjerg led Denmark in progressive passes, shot-creating actions and assists as well as pressures and tackles+interceptions. Those defensive stats give him a nice floor on FanDuel, and while he will pick his spots to attack, 
Piotr ZielinskiPOLMEX73005.46150.00
If Lewandowski's World Cup goal drought continues, Zielinski could be Poland's highest-scoring fantasy player. He should start next to Matt Cash on the right side of Poland's five-man midfield, and I think their combination play could find success on the left side of Mexico's defense.
Aaron MooyAUSFRA360010.44130.00
Mooy is the cheapest player on the slate who should be on set pieces and corners. Australia doesn't figure to generate a whole lot of offense but with two central midfielders and two central defenders out for France, Mooy could get a few more opportunities than we were expecting.
Wahbi KhazriTUNDEN400022.67160.00
Khazri had two goals and two assists at the 2018 World Cup, and if he comes anywhere close to a repeat performance, he is too cheap on both sites. I prefer Mooy's matchup, but Khazri is probably the better player, and they are both on set pieces.

World Cup Defenders

Joakim MaehleDENTUN6100012 
I don't love paying this much for a defender but with nine goals in 31 games for Denmark, Maehle is worth it. And he looks downright affordable compared to Theo Hernandez.
Theo HernandezFRAAUS8200011 
His price scared me away on DraftKings but he looks like a value on FanDuel. He probably won't get many defensive stats but he is France's most attacking defender in what should be a good matchup.
Matty CashPOLMEX4600011 
Poland scored the most goals from crosses of any European side in qualifying on 28 chances created. With Cash likely starting at wing back, he should be able to send in plenty of crosses.
Cesar MontesMEXPOL3200010 
As the right-sided center-back, Montes figures to be the closest defender to Robert Lewandowski more often than not. That could lead to a bunch of tackles, interceptions, blocks and clearances at a discounted price.
Mohamed DragerTUNDEN300009 
I would like Drager better for DraftKings if he plays wing-back, rather than as a right back in a back four. He is a punt play on both sites and with three goals in 10 games in the Swiss Super League, he offers rare upside at his price.
Aziz BehichAUSFRA36004.48 
Australia faced France and Denmark in the 2018 World Cup and Behich combined for five crosses, two chances created and one shot in those games. I think France is more vulnerable this year, which could make Behich a nice value.

2022 World Cup DFS Soccer Core Plays November 22

Draftkings Core Plays
Top TierChristian Eriksen$10,500
Ousmane Dembele$8,400
Mid TierJoakim Maehle$6,100
Piotr Zielinski$7,300
Value TierAziz Behich$3,600
Aaron Mooy$3,000
Fanduel Core Plays
Top TierOliver Giroud$18
Antoine Griezmann$19
Mid TierChristian Eriksen$16
Hirving Lozano$16
Value TierCesar Montes$10
Ajdin Hrustic$9

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