Use your transfers shrewdly with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for midfielders in the Round of 16 of Russia 2018’s official fantasy football.
You’ve got unlimited free transfers for this round, and with teams going out it might be the best chance to use your Bench Boost.
To fill a bench with players who are first-choice for their side, you’ll need some bargains along the way.
With that in mind, recommended picks include players from Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, Switzerland, England, Russia and Sweden.
Philippe Coutinho/Paulinho, BRA – 9.1m/8.5m
Two goals and a marvellous assist mark out Coutinho as the outstanding performer so far for Brazil, who next face a Mexico side that just lost 3-0 to Sweden.
His team-mate Paulinho got off the mark in the 2-0 win over Serbia, and there’s a case to be made for having both of them.
Luka Modrić, CRO – 9.1m
Penalty takers are key what with spot kicks proving so pivotal at this World Cup, and Croatia look to have a favourable fixture against Denmark.
James Rodríguez/Juan Fernando Quintero, COL – 9m/5.6m
Rodríguez is daunting opponent for England, but only if he’s fit – he limped off in the first half in the 1-0 win over Senegal.
It doesn’t look good judging from the player’s reaction on the pitch, but do keep an eye out in case of a late announcement.
As far as cheap options go, Quintero looks good – he’s managed a goal or assist in every game so far, earning him six points each time.
Xherdan Shaqiri, SUI – 8.5m
Switzerland’s talisman and a consistent performer at major tournaments, but a last 16 game against Sweden could go either way.
Jesse Lingard, ENG – 7.6m
He’s got a happy knack for scoring in big games so potentially cheap at that price, although Colombia will be tough opponents.
Denis Cheryshev, RUS – 5.7m
He’s got three goals already at this World Cup and comes up next against a leaky Spain defence. Could be a real bargain, but not if Spain click into gear.
Viktor Claesson, SWE – 5.5m
With a goal, an assist and a penalty won, Claesson has scored extra points in each game so far with Switzerland waiting in the Round of 16.
Good luck and happy selecting!