These McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in the group stage can help you succeed at the official fantasy football game of Russia 2018.
Recommended picks include players from Germany, Argentina, England, Colombia, Switzerland, Uruguay and Senegal.
Joshua Kimmich, Germany – £6.5m
Not exactly cheap, but out of all the premium-priced defenders who offer an attacking threat – see also Marcelo and Jordi Alba – Kimmich looks the pick of the bunch.
He racked up an astonishing nine assists during qualifying, while he managed 14 (as well as seven goals) in all competitions for Bayern Munich this season.
Nicolás Tagliafico, Argentina – £5m
The Ajax left-back looks set to be a surprise starter at the tournament, so it could pay to take advantage of his low price.
Harry Maguire/Gary Cahill, England – £5m
Keep an eye out for who’s likely to start against Tunisia, because they’re both dangerous from set pieces as well as standing a good chance of getting a couple of clean sheets during the group.
Frank Fabra, Colombia – £5m
An attacking left-back who progressed well at Boca Juniors this season, Fabra is also part of a Colombia defence that’s used to keeping clean sheets and could well top their group.
UPDATE: He’s ruptured his ACL, so you could go for his £4.5m understudy Johan Mojica instead.
Johan Djourou, Switzerland – £5m
Switzerland have kept seven clean sheets in ten matches going into this tournament, and former Arsenal man Djourou is the cheapest way into their first-choice back line.
Guillermo Varela, Uruguay – £4.5m
Uruguay won’t have to face Mohamed Salah since they’re up against Egypt first and the Liverpool ace is still recovering from the injury he suffered in the Champions League final.
Saliou Ciss, Senegal – £4.5m
The left-back scored eight goals for Valenciennes a couple of seasons ago, although he hasn’t played much club football since moving to Angers.
Good luck and happy selecting!