Wyndham Championship DFS Picks

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Thursday Aug 18 – Sunday Aug 21, 2016 Purse: $5,600,000 Winning Share: $1,008,000 FedExCup Points: 500

Course: Sedgefield CC Greensboro, NC Par 70 7,127 Yards

Introduction:

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Flaxet here. I’m gonna start sharing some of my favorite golfers each week for whatever tournament is being hosted on Draft Kings and Euro DFS sites like Fanaments. I’m going to be doing seperate picks for GPPs and Cash Games but some can be mixed and matched. These are players that I’ll be looking at a bit extra when I create my lineups.

Wyndham Championship DFS Picks

GPP Cash Game
Rickie Fowler ($11.7k)
Hideki Matsuyama ($11.4k) Jim Furyk ($11k)
Webb Simpson ($10.2k) Bill Haas ($9.6k)
Brandt Snedeker ($9.8k) Kevin Na ($9.1k)
Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($8.9k)  Jason Dufner ($7.9k)
William McGirt ($8.9k)   Harris English ($7.5k)
Billy Horschel ($7.6k)   Henrik Norlander ($6.6k)
Luke Donald ($7k)   Michael Kim ($5.4k)
Chez Reavie ($6.3k)  
Seung-yul Noh ($5.6k)

My thoughts:

GPPs:

Rickie Fowler hasn’t been playing great as of late and you never really know what you’re gonna get with the guy, but I really think that this course should suit him. He ranks T5 in Strokes Gained: Around-The-Green and PAR-4 Scoring Effeciency from 400-450 Yards which will be the key range this week. Because of his poor form he could possibly be low owned and I think he could be worth putting into a few lineups. The same goes for Hideki Matsuyama who has been very inconsistent. Webb Simpson has great course history here and I like him for cash games as well – but don’t be surprised if he turns out to be highly owned. Brandt Snedeker should be a guy who’s short game could prove to be very effective here. Rafael Cabrera-Bello is a class player at a good price and William McGirt has good course history with a solid season behind him. Billy Horschel is good value at $7.6k and so is Luke Donald at $7k. Chez Reavie is my punt play of the week. He checks out for a lot of the stats that I have been looking at such as Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, Scrambling and Driving Accuracy. Seung-yul Noh is good value at $5.6k and should be able to take advantage of this course with his par-4 scoring ability.

Cash Games:

Patrick Reed has always been the cash game king. The problem is that in a weaker field such as this one, he just so happens to be the most expensive player which makes it difficult to fit him onto a lineup suitable for cash games. It is possible to make a solid lineup if you scrape the bottom of the barrel for a cut-maker like Michael Kim at $5.4k but then you might as well play that lineup in GPPs. Out of the top guys I like Jim Furyk but I think it’s worth going down a bit further for Bill Haas and perhaps combine him with someone like Webb Simpson. I really like Bill Haas this week, he has great course history here and checks out for a lot of the statistics that I have been looking at. He’s 4th in SG: T2G and in 10th in P4 Scoring from 400-450 yards and Scrambling. Kevin Na has just been so solid which makes him perfect for cash games. Jason Dufner and Harris English have been cut-making machines and they both have upside. Henrik Norlander and Michael Kim are a couple of cheap players that you can use to round off your lineup that should have a good chance to make the cut.

That’s all for this time. Good luck with your picks!
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John Deere Classic Fantasy Picks & Preview

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TPC Deere Run

Course Par Value: 71 • Course Yardage: 7,257

For this course I’m mainly gonna be targeting golfers with a lot of birdie potential. Golfers that hit the ball short aren’t at much of a disadvantage at this course so I’m also gonna be looking at good, consistent putters that can score a lot on par-4’s. 

Top Tier Players:

Zach Johnson ($13k)

Steve Stricker ($11.8k)

Jon Rahm ($11.4k)

Daniel Summerhays ($10.6k)

Kevin Na ($10.5k)

Ryan Moore ($10.3k)

My Take:

If you’re only playing one lineup in GPPs it’s difficult not to start your lineup with Zach Johnson considering his amazing course history and the simple fact that he is the best golfer in the field.

For cash-games my top-picks would be Kevin Na ($10.5k) and Ryan Moore ($10.3k).

For GPPs, I would really consider plugging Daniel Summerhays or Jon Rahm into a lineup or two. Jon Rahm has the potential to go nuts on a course like this where there will be plenty of birdie opportunities and the same goes for Daniel Summerhays who is playing really well right now.

High-to-Mid Tier Players:

Wesley Bryan ($9.7k)

Robert Garrigus ($9k)

Keegan Bradley ($7.8k)

Jamie Lovemark ($7.7k)

Low Tier Players & Sleepers:

Michael Kim ($7k)

James Bohn ($6.6k)


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UFC 201 DFS Preview (DraftKings & Euro DFS)

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Knock Out Pick:

Nikita “The Miner” Krylov // $10,200 on DK. 22.3M on Euro DFS.

Odds: Nikita Krylov (1.62) Ed Herman (3.16)

Nikita Krylov is a 190cm (6’3″) Ukranian fighter with a history of finishing early. 7 out of his 20 wins has ended with a KO/TKO and 13 ending by submission. The vast majority of those ending in the first round. He’s going up against a crafty veteran in Ed Herman but he should be worth taking a risk on in GPPs.

Cash Game Pick:

Justin Scoggins // $10,400 on DK.

Odds: Ian McCall (2.85) Justin Scoggins (1.42)

This match-up is likely to end in a decision, hence why it’s more of a cash-game pick than a GPP pick. He has the potential to take all 3 rounds and should rack up a lot of points with his striking ability.

Value/Sleeper Pick:

Karolina Kowalkiewicz // $8,600 on DK. 16M on Euro DFS.

Odds: Rose Namajunas (1.55) Karolina Kowalkiewicz (3)

In the women’s game there has been many upsets as of late and the Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz has the potential to put another one on the board. She has incredible punch output and even though it is unlikely that this fight ends with a stoppage she might just rack up a lot of points for you due to the sheer volume of punches that she’s gonna be throwing. She’d make a good pick in cash games and thanks to her low price you should be able to build a solid lineup that could put you over the edge in 50/50 cash games.

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Euro 2016 Fantasy Preview: Italy

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It’s time to preview the mean green pizza eating machines, Italy. They’re going into this tournament with what some believe to be one of the worst in Italian history. They have a midfield that is lacking a lot of stars and an attack that doesn’t look too scary. What they do have however is a fantastic defense, with the Juventus trio of Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini and the mighty Buffon in goal they’ll be hard to score against. They’re playing in group E and will be facing up against Belgium, Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

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Italy’s strength this time around will be in their defense, so naturally the star has to be Gianluigi Buffon. The highly experienced goalkeeper is one of the best in the world and will be considered an all-time great once he finally hangs up his boots. He’ll be commanding his trio of defenders that he is well familiar with from Juventus and he will have to be fantastic if Italy want to get far in this competition. With Italy likely to put a lot of emphasis on defending this tournament, he should be a good pick-up. But with his name recognition he should be fairly pricey in DFS. He should be a good option against Sweden and Republic of Ireland. Whereas De Gea might just be the better choice in the first match when they’ll face off against Czech Republic.

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Italy is known to not give younger players a chance. Stephan El Shaarawy was given a chance quite early for the likes of Genoa and AC Milan but despite showing signs of brilliance he failed to deliver. He went on a loan spell to AS Monaco and has now been signed to AS Roma where he has had an immediate impact, scoring 8 goals and adding 2 assists in just 16 games. Not bad for a left-winger. Stephan El Shaarawy will probably not be starting for Italy in their opening match against Belgium, but if he does get the chance he will either play up top at striker or on the left-flank of Conte’s favorite 3-5-2 formation. He’ll be forced to do a lot of defensive work in a formation like this however and might not be as offensively effective as he would be playing in another formation. Unfortunately, he is also listed as an attacker on many DFS sites which is bad considering he might essentially end up playing in a wing-back position at some point for Italy.

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Italy does not have the greatest midfield they’ve ever had, with the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verrati missing. For this reason many people have written them off already. I wouldn’t however, they’ve got a good defensive core with the Juventus trio of Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini with the great Buffon behind them. The fact that they know that they’ll be forced to rely on their defense might just be a good thing. It’s gonna be interesting to see how they perform against Belgium, a team that many have already predicted to go far in the tournament. It’s gonna be highly skilled attack against highly skilled defense. Let’s take a look at some players that could be good pick-ups for your team.

  • Matteo Darmian (Right-back)

Darmian has proven to be an excellent signing for Manchester United. A right-back who will be playing on the right of Conte’s 3-5-2 formation. He’s not as offensively gifted as the likes of Spain’s Jordi Alba. But in Italy’s system he will be forced to provide necessary width on the right flank and could net you a lot of points.

  • Antonio Candreva (Winger)

Same thing goes for Lazio’s Antonio Candreva. He’s a winger who will be playing on the left of Italy’s 3-5-2 system. He should be listed as a midfielder but he’s far more offensively gifted than Matteo Darmian and should take the corners and free-kicks for Italy.

That’s all for this preview, good luck with the picks!

Euro 2016 Fantasy Preview: Sweden

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So Euro 2016 is about to begin, at dfsdeal.com we’ll be taking a look at some of the teams in the tournament and break it all down from a fantasy football perspective. Let’s start off with one of the underdogs, Sweden. Sweden is playing in perhaps the hardest group of the tournament Group E, where they will be facing off against Belgium, Italy and Republic of Ireland.

The odds-makers currently has Sweden at 100/1 to win the Euros, and for good reason. Sweden has never managed to place in the top 3 at the European Championship. With their best placing being top 4 back on home soil in 1994. Back then they were lead in scoring by the prolific striker Tomas Brolin who scored in all but one match in the tournament. He then went on to lead Sweden to a bronze-medal in the World Championship in 1994. The Swedes will be hoping that Zlatan Ibrahimovíc can replicate such a feat this time around.

Which leads us to the star of the show, Ibra.

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Sweden’s star player is without a shadow of a doubt; Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Some would argue that he’s coming off the best season in his career for PSG, scoring a mind boggling 50 goals, 15 assist in 51 games in all competitions according to Transfermarkt. That’d be 38 goals and 14 assists in Ligue 1.

But, as we all know players do not necessarily perform as well for their national team as they do on club level. So let’s take a look at his numbers on the international stage.

Zlatan has scored 62 goals in 112 games for his national side, that’s .55 goals a game. Almost as good as on the club level where he’s scoring at .59 goals a game (373 in 628)

In the European Qualifiers leading up to Euro 2016 he scored 11 goals in total. 3 of those goals coming in the crucial play-off games against rivals Denmark.

There is no doubt that Zlatan Ibrahimovic performs well on the international stage. The question is; is he worth it from a fantasy perspective?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has most certainly improved on club level throughout the years. Previously, when he was a younger up and coming player he also faced tough competition in the form of Henrik Larsson and Marcus Allbäck at the striker position(s). Now, there is no one even remotely close to Ibra’s level playing for Sweden and as such he has solidified his place in the starting lineup and the team has essentially been built around him – as it should be. Now, he is playing much better for Sweden and has taken full responsibility. He is the main penalty taker and free-kick taker even with quite a few skillful free-kick takers on the team, such as Sebastian Larsson and Kim Källström. Previously you could also add Rasmus Elm to that list who unfortunately will not be playing for Sweden this time around due to illness. Zlatan has done well from both the penalty spot and from set-pieces however so there has never been much doubt who should be taking them. It was in fact a curling free-kick that took Sweden to the Euros in the crucial game against Denmark in the playoffs.

The fact that Zlatan is the main man for Sweden, will be expected to score and provide for his teammates and take both penalties and free-kicks for his team makes him a good option, albeit a pricey one on most Fantasy Sports providers.

As for weaknesses? Zlatan Ibrahimovic previously had problems with his temperament earlier in his career and often got frustrated getting yellow and even red cards as a result. He has also never been afraid to play physically which has lead to some red cards in the past. The mental bit is something that he has cleaned up, he has definitely matured throughout the years. The physical part of his game is still the same though so don’t be too surprised if he picks up a card or two during the Euros.

The second weakness could perhaps be the supporting cast. Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays for a much less talented side than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo to make a direct comparison. Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is supported by the likes of Moutinho and Quaresma.. Zlatan will have to put his faith in the likes of Kim Källström (who assisted all the goals in Sweden’s crazy 4-4 comeback against Germany in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers) and Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig.

As previously mentioned Sweden is playing in a very tough group consisting of Belgium, Italy and Republic of Ireland. Italy is lacking quite a few key players in midfield and the attack but their back-line is of the highest order with the Juventus trio of Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli. Italy has always had the stereotype of being a very defensive side, often times a bit undeserving if I may say so myself. But this time around, with key players missing such as Marco Verratti and Andrea Pirlo. There would be no surprise if Italy puts a lot of emphasis on defense rather than attack. The Republic of Ireland will be looking to do something similar. The point I’m getting to at is that some of the games in this group could very well end up being low-scoring and there’s no guarantee that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or Sweden for that matter will score a lot of goals.

 

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The joker of the team if you will should be Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig. He may have gone under the radar for most people as he has played most of his career at Swedish side Malmöemil_forsberg FF and RB Leipzig of the German 2nd division who will play in the Bundesliga next year. He has 8 goals and 7 assists for RB Leipzig in the 2.Bundesliga and has scored 2 times and assisted 2 in the international qualifiers since making his debut for Sweden in 2014. Forsberg has rapidly improved and has quickly become a favorite amongst the Swedish supporters for his quick and direct style of play. The coach, Erik Hamrén has utilized Forsberg mostly on the left-wing of a 4-4-2 and he has linked up very well with Zlatan so far. Most recently he scored in Sweden’s international friendly against Wales after being assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As a player, he’s always looking to create something on the offense. He dribbles a lot and as such draws a lot of free-kicks and penalties. As a winger, naturally he’s looking to cross the ball a lot and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Berg in the box there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.

Mikael Lustig, the Swedish fullback describes him the following way when asked about his play-style:

“– Very unswedish, he can get past his marker, has a good touch and he’s a smart player. It’s always good to have such a player. If the match isn’t going according to plan you know that anything can happen when he’s on the ball.”

 

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Many pundits have called Sweden a one-man team but that’s not exactly true. There’s more to Sweden than that. They have a good mixture of experience and talented youth coming of a gold medal winning performance in the u21 World Cup. Here’s a few more players that we think could potentially have an impact this tournament:

  • Victor Nilsson Lindelöf (Benfica)

A young player who has caught the eye of Barcelona and Bayern Munich scouts. He was part of the u21 World Cup winning side. He can play both in central defense and as a fullback, which means that if he’s listed as a center-back he could be a sneaky pick for your fantasy team. Out of all the center-backs available for Sweden he is perhaps the most technically gifted as well as the fastest. Keep in mind however that the coach Erik Hamrén has experienced heavily at the center-back positions leading up to the tournament and there’s no guarantee that he will be a starter, but if he will he could potentially be a hidden gem for fantasy teams.

  • Kim Källström (Grasshopper, previously Lyon, Spartak Moscow)

An experienced midfielder who has always linked up well with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has always been a fan of the long-ball and he should be looking to pick out Zlatan Ibrahimovic plenty of times during the tournament. Defensively he is a liability however and isn’t afraid to tackle, so don’t be surprised if he picks up a few cards.

  • John Guidetti (Celta Vigo)

A product of the Manchester City youth system who took the Netherlands by storm with his performance for Feyenoord in the Eredivise, scoring 20 goals in 23 games.

He now plows his trade with Celta Vigo in La Liga where he scored 7 times this season. He too was a part of the cup winning side of the u21 world cup. The coach, Erik Hamrén seems to prefer Marcus Berg in attack however, which means that John Guidetti will likely be coming on as a substitute in the second half of games if Sweden needs a goal. He has always been known as a good penalty-kick taker so if Zlatan for some reason cannot take the penalties, look for Guidetti to do so. It’s either him or Sebastian Larsson.

That’s it for this preview. I may update this further if more information becomes available.

Euro 2016 Fantasy Preview: Spain

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Time to preview the reigning champions, Spain. Spain hasn’t lost in the Euros since June 20, 2004 when they were defeated by Portugal. That’s 11 wins and 1 draw with 24 goals scored and only 4 conceeded since then. They surprisingly lost to Georgia however which might have shaken things up a bit in the squad. Nolito might just get the start for Spain.

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Spain, as always, has an incredibly star-studded lineup. But with Xavi having retired it makes things a bit easier. The two major candidates has to be Manchesiniestater City’s David Silva and FC Barcelona’s Iniesta. We’re gonna go with Andrés Iniesta due to his success in the Euro 2010 where he scored the winning goal in the final.

Iniesta is world-class, there’s no doubt about that. His silky skills on the balls has been admired by fans for years now. At 33 years old he is getting up in age though but just like Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden he’ll look to show that age is just a number.

In daily fantasy he can be had for somewhat cheaper than David Silva. However David Silva has a better overall scoring record for Spain and will be playing in a more advanced position on the field. Silva should also be taking the free-kicks and corners for Spain, whereas Iniesta should be taking the penalty kicks.

It’s up to you to decide who you’d rather have on your team.

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As for talent, there’s a few to choose from. But we’re gonna have to go with Koke of Atlético Madrid. He had 15 assists and 5 goals to his name in La Liga last season. There’s a lot of uncertainties whether or not he will get the start for Spain, but look for him to get plenty of playing time at the Euros either way.

It’s also worth mentioning the right-back Héctor Bellerín who’s had a fantastic season at Arsenal. He has just turned 21 and will be Spain’s youngest player at the tournament. He had 5 goals and 1 assists for Arsenal last season. It’s looking as if Juanfran will get the nod at right-back for Spain though due to his experience and performances at Atlético Madrid.

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Spain will be one of the favorites to win the tournament as they’re the reigning champions. They’re currently 5/1 to win with the bookmakers. They’ve got a few interesting players that we think you should definitely consider, especially in week 1 when Spain will be playing the Czech Republic. Let’s take a look at some good picks.

  • Jordi Alba (Full-back)

The Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba is coming off a solid season for FC Barcelona with 8 assists in the league. He’s a very attacking full-back which of course makes him ideal for DFS. He’s an excellent play in week 1 when Spain will be playing the weakest opposition in their group, the Czech Republic. Spain should have a good chance of getting the clean sheet and look for Alba to bomb up and down the field with confidence.

  • Morata (Striker)

If there’s some position where Spain might somewhat lack options it’s at the striker position. Their options in midfield has also been so good that they’ve played with a 4-6-0 in the past. But Morata has proven for Juventus that he is a very capable striker. At 187cm he’s fairly tall for a Spanish striker but still has enough technical qualities to fit with Spain’s style of play. He could be a good pickup for your team if he starts for Spain.

  • Nolito (Winger)

It’s looking as if Nolito will get to start for Spain in their opening match against Czech Republic. He’s had a good season for Celta Vigo and can be had for cheap on Fanaments.

  • David Silva (Attacking Midfielder)

David Silva is an obvious good pick, but he’s gonna come at a price. He’s currently 13m on Fanaments. The same price as Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne to put it into perspective.

That’s all for this preview. Spain should have a good tournament, I think a lot of people are sleeping on them a bit due to their failure at the previous World Cup. It’s problematic though that their starting lineup is very unpredictable. At this point it’s not sure exactly who is gonna be starting for Spain, luckily they’ll have the early kick-off in their opener so you should check their starting lineup right before the game and make adjustments accordingly.

 

Euro 2016 Preview: Belgium

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Belgium has definitely got what you’d call a golden generation right now. A team full of young stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. They’re playing in Group E together with Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Italy. With their attacking threat they’re favored to win the group and advance. But with their best defender Vincent Kompany out it might not be as smooth of a ride as some may think it will.

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Wow, well. Take your pick? The same goes for talent. There’s so much to choose from, but with Kevin De Bruyne’s performances at VfL Wolfsburg and now Manchester City we’re gonna have to go with him. What a player. 17 goals and 16 assists in all competitions last season as an attacking midfielder and 5 goals and 2 assists in the Euro Qualifiers.

Look for Kevin De Bruyne to be an impact player for the Belgians. He will be coming at a high price in DFS though, around 13m to be exact, around the same as Spain’s David Silva.

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Again, take your pick. Hell, all of Belgium’s players are young and talented pretty much. We’re gonna go with goalkeeper Courtois however. The fact that he’s only 24 and it feels like he has been around forever, he has already established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

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Belgium will be one of the favorites at this years competition, and you can’t really go wrong picking any of their players, especially in 2nd and 3rd match-day when they’ll be playing Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.

Euro 2016 Fantasy Preview: Poland

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Kurwa! What a team. Lewandowski is in god-like form for Bayern Münich. Can he continue that form into the Euros for Poland and perhaps even defeat his teammates from Germany?

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30 goals and 5 assists in 32 matches played this season for Bayern Münich. 30 GOALS! The biggest star of Poland is of course, Robert Lewandowski. What alewa season he has had. You might ask yourself, is he as good for the national team as he is for Bayern Münich? Well, he scored 13 goals and added 5 assists in 10 games in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Ok, a few of those goals were against the likes of Gibraltar and Georgia – but still! That’s an insane point total. Lewandowski is on fire right now and he’ll cost you a lot. 14.6m to be exact. But damn, he might just be worth it.

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Arkadiusz Milik (22 years old) has had an excellent season for Ajax in Eredivise. He has scored 24 goals with 12 assists in 42 games in all competitions. He will likely be starting for Poland. Another bright talent to keep an eye on is attacking midfielder Piotr Zelinski. A young player who was picked up and schooled by Udinese. He should also be starting for Poland and he has fine vision and is good at picking out players with his close-control dribbling. A player in similar mold to Germany’s Mario Götze. He won’t cost you much and if he does indeed start for Poland, he could be a way to get a Polish midfielder on your team if you ended up splashing a lot of money on expensive players such as Lewandowski and Muller.

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Poland has a very good team with some players in excellent form. Lewandowski will be spear-heading the attack and could be a star at this European Championship.

An honorable mention to Lukasz Piszczek who you really should consider if you’re looking for a defender from Poland. He’s definitely one of the best attacking full-backs in this years tournament who could potentially net you a few points. Especially with a favorable match-up in week 1.

Euro 2016 Fantasy Preview: Croatia

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Let’s preview another team from Group C, Croatia. They have an incredibly gifted side and they pretty much always do. But this time around it might just be something special, with a team full of stars who’re performing well for their respective club teams. Croatia has been hailed as a dark-horse before though, let’s see if they can do better this time around.

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Screw it, I just can’t choose one here. Luca Modric and Ivan Rakitic will have to share the position as the team’s biggest stars. Playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, they’re both fantastic at what they do. Both great on the ball and able to provide killer passes for their teams attackers. Luca Modric will be playing in a more withdrawn role though, whilst Rakitic will be playing more in the number 10 position, and with Rakitic taking the free-kicks and corners together with Srna for Croatia, he might just be the better choice for your team. It’s worth noting however that Luca Modric should be taking the teams penalty kicks if they were to be awarded one. Unless Mandžukić steals it.

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Mateo Kovacic. Followers of Serie A know just how much Kovacic can be capable of when he’s having a good game. Since moving to Real Madrid however his development hasn’t been as stellar. Either way, he’s a great attacking midfielder who is a joy to watch when he is on the ball. He has some of the best vision that you’ll see, able to create chances from nothing with great passes. He costs 8m on Fanaments and if he will start for Croatia he could be a very good pick, and a cheaper option to the likes of Rakitic and Modric if you want a Croatian player in midfield.

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Croatia has an amazing team and they’re favored to win their opener against Turkey. They have a team full of world class players they should definitely have what it takes to advance from the group. But as we all know it doesn’t always work out that way. Let’s take a look at some other players that could be good picks for your team.

  • Srna (Full-back)

Croatia’s most experienced player at 34 years old. A full-back with a great right foot. Look for him to advance up the pitch and cross often to the likes of Mandzukic and Perisic. It’s also worth noting that he takes free-kicks and is good at it too. He’ll cost you a lot though, coming in at 7.9m, only Mats Hummels is more expensive.

  • Ivan Perisic (Winger)

Ivan Perisic is a winger/attacking midfielder who plays for Inter in Serie A. He’s coming off a pretty good season with Inter where he has scored 9 goals with 6 assists in 37 games. He’s a fairly tall winger at 187cm (6″1) and he’s good in the air. Srna has a deadly cross on the right flank and will be looking to pin balls into the box where Mandzukic and Perisic should be the main targets. Perisic is going for 9.7m at Fanaments.

Euro 2016 Fantasy Preview: Turkey

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Turkey is always a capable team, let’s take a look at some of their players and preview the team from a fantasy perspective.

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The star is without a doubt FC Barcelona’s Arda Turan. He had 2 goals and 3 assists in 9 games during the Euro 2016 qualifiers playing as an attacking midfielturander. Together with Hakan Çalhanoğlu of Bayer Levekusen he will be looking to provide for Cenk Tokun in attack. Arda Turan is going for 10.4m on Fanaments. Turkey will be going up against a very star-studded Croatian team, a difficult match but Turkey has always been tough opponent for any team. The question is if Arda Turan is worth it over other similarly priced options such as Ivan Perisic (9.4) Ivan Rakitic (9.4) and Mario Götze (9.1). With a lot of cheap and solid options at midfield it might be a good idea to run Arda Turan if you think the turks have a good chance of beating Croatia. He shouldn’t be highly owned with so many other options available.

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The free-kick maestro, Hakan Çalhanoğlu is our pick for Turkey’s greatest talent. He will be playing on the opposite flank of Arda Turan and he’ll cost you 9.4m on Fanaments. He has been putting up a few really good performances in the international friendlies leading up to Euro 2016, scoring both against England and Austria. Again, if you believe that Turkey has a good chance of beating Croatia, then Hakan Çalhanoğlu might be a great pick. Together with Arda Turan he should have the most attacking responsibility in midfield and I would be surprised to see him highly owned in DFS. As mentioned, he’s a fantastic free-kick taker and will be sharing that responsibility with Selçuk İnan. He will also be the main corner-kick taker for Turkey. Check out our list of set piece takers at the Euros. We will be updating it during the tournament if something changes.

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Turkey will be an underdog in the group and in their opening match against Croatia. But the Turks always put in a solid effort. Many people will be on the Croatians in Daily Fantasy and it could be a good idea to make a line-up or two with some Turkish players. Let’s take a look at some other options for your lineups.

  • Oğuzhan Özyakup (Midfielder)

Another great talent for Turkey is Oğuzhan Özyakup. He will be starting in central midfield for Turkey. Don’t be mistaken though, he’s just not ordinary defensive midfielder. He’s very skillful on the ball, has great vision and a powerful shot. At 7.9m he is very reasonable priced. There aren’t many equally skilled players that should start for their respective team in that price range. Only if Draxler (8.4) ends up starting for Germany or Mateo Kovacic (8m) for Croatia.

  • Gökhan Gönül (Full-back)

If you’re looking for a Turkish defender to put in your squad, look no further than Gökhan Gönul. A very hard-working full-back who should be bombing up and down the flank for Turkey and he’s got an excellent price. He’s only 4.7m at Fanaments.