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Looking for another way to show your support for the U.S. national team today? You could always pick your favorite Yanks for your fantasy soccer team. We've got some choice selections for you right here.
YOU'VE HAD TO WAIT
June 21, 2014
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nearly a week for another U.S. match, and it’s
almost here. It’s not quite kickoff time (unless you’re reading the
archive of this piece), so there’s still time to kill—and fun to be
had with DraftStreet.
DraftStreet is hosting one-day fantasy contests where you can win cash
on every match day during the tournament. The entry fees range from
completely free to hundreds of dollars, and you can play in head-to-head leagues or up against thousands of other World Cup fans.
play in Salary Cap style leagues, or Pick 'em leagues. It’s all
leading up to their massive $100,000 contest on June 26th where the
winner will take home the $20,000 first place prize. You can learn
more about that here
Last time the United States played, we discussed picking not just with
your heart but also using your head. Sure, you want to show off how
much you love the U S of A, but you also want to win a few bucks so
you can stimulate the economy. You’re not going to do that if
you simply pick eight U.S. players—no matter how badly the U.S.
With that said, there are still good buys to be had from the American
team—and some pretty bad ones for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo could
have a huge payoff, but with injury concerns and a weak performance
against Germany, it’s doubtful he can perform well enough to merit his
$23,241 salary tag.
Also make sure not to buy Portugal’s Rui Patricio
for more than $19,000, as he is not supposed to start.
Michael Bradley, however, is languishing down at the $14,822 mark.
And while he didn’t do as much as we expected against Ghana, Fabian
Johnson at only $7,634 is an absolute steal.
Same story with Geoff
Cameron, who is always a possible assist man and is selling at just
more than $5,000.
You could go with Tim Howard in goal, but Thibaut Courtois of
Belgium is one of the best shot stoppers in the game and is facing a
Russia team that doesn’t seem to have much of an attack. He might be
worth the money if you’re a bit worried about the U.S. defense leaving
Howard out to dry.
The Algeria—South Korea match is something of a wild card. The North
Africans are never known to pursue a flowing match, and Korea had a
substitute take advantage of a goalkeeping error. Son Heung-Min or Lee
Keun-Ho might be able to find the net, and are worth a closer look.
IN THE TIERED GAME, DraftStreet has given you quite the decision. You
can pick American hero—and likely masked man, Clint Dempsey. You
can pick American anti-hero, and likely knee-brace-wearing man, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Or if you don’t want to take a stand on Sunday’s
U.S. match you can pick Belguim’s Eden Hazard. The choice is yours, and
this writer begs out of offering advice on such a difficult decision....
but must note Dempsey was the top scorer in this group after the first
Jermaine Jones is probably the best pick in Tier 5, while Joao
Moutinho might be a good option in the fourth tier if you want to pick
a Portugal player. You know, just in case.
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