DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Monday World Cup Picks
DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Monday World Cup Picks

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MATCHES (EDT)

10:00 a.m: Saudi Arabia v. Egypt
10:00 a.m: Uruguay v. Russia
2:00 p.m: Iran v. Portugal
2:00 p.m: Spain v. Morocco

FORWARDS

Cristiano Ronaldo, POR v. IRN ($12,900): Portugal need a result against Iran to qualify for the knockout round, which means at least one Ronaldo goal likely puts them through. He comes in tied for the best anytime goal scorer odds, and while they aren't overwhelming, they are significantly higher than anyone else on his team. I always prefer to roster players on teams that have something to play for, and a loss to Iran could send Portugal home, so paying up for Ronaldo is likely to be a popular play.

Mohamed Salah, EGY v. KSA ($10,100): On the other hand we have Salah, who is playing for a team that has already been eliminated from knockout round contention facing off against another team that's already clinched their early exit. Salah is tied with Ronaldo for the best anytime goal scorer odds, expect Egypt actually have a higher implied goal total than Portugal. Salah has been quite disappointing in the tournament, mostly because of the shoulder injury that held him out of the first game, but this is the easiest matchup he'll get, giving him a great opportunity to explode.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh, IRN v. POR ($5,700): Jahanbakhsh was limited to just 16 minutes off the bench against Spain due to injury, but he's considered fit again heading into the vital match against Portugal. The

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is a seven-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award.
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