Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup Edition bargains

Cost-effective signings for the Telegraph's World Cup fantasy football game.

Senegal's Sadio Mané is one of our Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup Edition bargains
Value for Mané? (Image: Steindy)

Our Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup Edition bargains for Russia 2018 could help propel you to fantasy football fortune in a cost-effective manner.


Fernando Muslera, Uruguay – £3.3m

In a group they could win, especially as they face Egypt first and therefore probably won’t be up against the still-recovering Mohamed Salah.

David Ospina, Colombia – £3.2m

Colombia keep regular clean sheets and could well come out on top in a group also containing Senegal, Japan and Poland.

Jordan Pickford, England – £3.2m

Their first two group stages matches are against Tunisia and Panama, two of the least fancied sides at this World Cup.

Danijel Subašić, Croatia – £3.1m

Croatia are as ever one of the tournament dark horses, and while they have to fancy Argentina in their group they should go in as favourites against both Nigeria and Iceland.

Yann Sommer, Switzerland – £3m

A typically solid Swiss outfit must face Brazil, but also Costa Rica and Serbia.


Joshua Kimmich, Germany – £4.1m

By no means cheap, but cheaper than other ‘premium’ defenders and with enough potential for attacking returns – he got nine assists in qualifying – to make him a worthwhile investment.

Marcelo, Brazil – £4.1m

As with Kimmich, he’s not exactly cheap but he does offer the potential of both defending and attacking returns for a team expected to go far.

Jordi Alba, Spain – £3.9m

£0.6m cheaper than team-mate Sergio Ramos and another with the ability to get up the field and claim valuable assists.

Harry Maguire, England – £3.2m

It looks like the Leicester man will be part of Gareth Southgate’s back three, and as he’s shown for Leicester he can be a danger in the opposition penalty area.

Nicolás Tagliafico, Argentina – £2.6m

Looks set to be a surprise starter at left-back for one of the tournament favourites, so the Ajax man could prove to be a real bargain at that price.

Frank Fabra, Colombia – £2.6m

An attacking left-back who’s been linked with Everton after a good season at Boca Juniors.

Guillermo Varela, Uruguay – £2.2m

If as looks likely he’ll be a starter, then the former Man Utd player could prove to be one of the bargains of the tournament at a paltry £2.2m.


Sadio Mané, Senegal – £4.6m

Ended last season on fire for Liverpool and scored in the Champions League final, while he’s likely to operate high up the pitch in what looks like an open group.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland – £4.6m

Added goals to his game with Stoke last season and will also be tasked as being the Swiss side’s creator-in-chief.

Paulinho, Brazil – £4.5m

Yes, THAT Paulinho! He looked rejuvenated at Barcelona last season, scoring nine goals, and he looks set to be rewarded with a starting berth in Tite’s much-vaunted side.

Marco Reus, Germany – £4.4m

Preferred to Leroy Sané, Reus returned from injury to impressive effect at the end of last season, scoring 7 goals in 15 appearances for Borussia Dortmund.

Jesse Lingard, England – £3.3m

Surely Southgate will resist any temptation to start with two holding midfielders against Tunisia and Panama? In which case, Lingard – historically a man for the big occasion – could start alongside Dele Alli.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Uruguay – £2.2m

Another ludicrously cheap Uruguayan asset, the little-known (on these shores) De Arrascaeta looks likely to offer attacking support to big-hitting duo Luis Suárez and Edison Cavani.


Luis Suárez/Edison Cavani, Uruguay – £6.2m/£6m

Again, neither are exactly cheap, but so much cheaper are they than some of the other ‘premium’ strikers on offer that they could offer fabulous value for money.

Harry Kane, England – £6.2m

See above re Suárez and Cavani. Group stage fixtures against Tunisia and Panama? We’ll have some of that for £6.2m, thank you very much.

Kylian Mbappé/Olivier Giroud, France – £5.8m/£5.6m

Both look set to start for a strong French side and both are significantly cheaper than Antoine Griezmann while being only marginally less likely to score.

Radamel Falcao, Colombia – £5.6m

Like Paulinho, he looks revitalised since an unsuccessful stint in England, as exemplified by 24 goals in all competitions for Monaco in 2017-18.

Aleksandar Mitrović, Serbia – £4.5m

His goals propelled Fulham to promotion to the Premier League and he’ll pose a significant aerial threat to Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

Hirving Lozano, Mexico – £3.8m

This winger has been linked with Everton and, while it would be even better if he was listed as a midfielder, his 19 goals for PSV in the season just passed make light of his bargain basement price here.

Good luck and happy selecting!