Make transfers wisely with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in the Round of 16 in Russia 2018’s official fantasy football.
You get unlimited free transfers for this round, and with teams dropping out from hereon in this might be the best time to play your Bench Boost.
In order to field a bench of first choice players, you’ll need some bargains to help you along the way.
With that in mind, recommended picks include players from Brazil, Colombia, England, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Argentina.
Fagner, BRA – 5m
The right-back has started each of Brazil’s last two games, both of which they won 2-0, so you’d have to imagine he keeps his place against Mexico.
Having looked like dark horses after wins in their first two games, Mexico crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Sweden last time out.
Dejan Lovren, CRO – 5.1m
Croatia should be reasonably strong favourites for their last 16 clash with Denmark, and they’ve only conceded one goal so far at this World Cup.
Yerry Mina/Johan Mojica, COL – 5.6/4.5m
A goal-scoring option and a cheap option from Colombia’s defence. Mina hasn’t been an assured starter so far, but he’s scored in two consecutive games.
Colombia came into the tournament off the back of a flurry of clean sheets, and after wobbling against Japan they’ve now kept two in two.
Can they shut out England’s Golden Boot seeker Harry Kane? They’ve got a chance.
John Stones/Harry Maguire, ENG – 5.7m/5m
Stones’s two goals against Panama were no accident – England have clearly been working on their set piece routines, with Maguire also looking dangerous.
Colombia are a strong team but looked vulnerable from corners in their 1-2 defeat to Japan. Mind you, they’ve not conceded since then.
Andreas Granqvist, SWE – 5.1m
The defender with the most points at this tournament so far – in fact he’s only one point behind Harry Kane in terms of highest scoring players overall.
Key to this is his status as Sweden’s first-choice penalty taker, spot kicks having played such a prominent role so far due to VAR.
Sweden were little fancied going into the tournament but their 3-0 dismantling of Mexico showed they are certainly no mugs, so Switzerland beware.
Manuel Akanji, SUI – 4.5m
Switzerland’s previously strong defence is yet to keep a clean sheet at this World Cup, but a last 16 tie against Sweden could go either way.
Benjamin Pavard, FRA – 4.5m
If he’s restored to the side then he’s a cheap way into a France back four against an Argentina that’s been so disappointing so far.
Mind you, France haven’t been pulling up any trees either.
Nicolás Tagliafico, ARG – 4.9m
The cheapest Argentina defender, in case you happen to be backing them to bounce back.
Good luck and happy selecting!