LetsRUMBL World Cup Picks: A dramatic final day
The World Cup's final group stage matches are being played out this week. A place in the round of 16 is up for grabs and it is time for star players to step up. The tournament has seen several world stars excel on the big stage and going into the final group stage matches anything can happen.
Daily fantasy sports players will find plenty of great value in our picks this week. Top-class strikers are bound to score points and with a lot on the line, these star players will improve DFS players' chances of winning their competitions.
Group G, June 28, 2018
Harry Kane ★★★★★
England vs. Belgium
LetsRUMBL average: 32 points
Harry Kane is having an unbelievable World Cup 2018 campaign. The Tottenham Hotspur striker currently leads all goal scorers with five goals. The last time an Englishman finished the World Cup as goals leader was 1986. Gary Lineker was the last man to do it and he made a mega £2.8 million move to Barcelona following the tournament. That was a serious transfer fee 32 years ago.
The England striker is coming off of a hat-trick against Panama and England's chances of winning the World Cup (dare the English dream?) hinge on his form continuing. Kane is a five-star LetsRUMBL pick. England looks great right now and few would have expected the Three Lions to have been so ruthless in their 6-1 win over Panama. The team is raising hopes back home and Kane's performances could see England go deep into the knockout stage.
Dries Mertens ★★★★★
Belgium vs. England
LetsRUMBL average: 35.75 points
Dries Mertens has tallied a goal and an assist in two matches for Belgium. The pacy attacker has been deployed behind striker Romelu Lukaku in Belgium's formation. It gives Mertens and fellow attacker Eden Hazard creative freedom. Mertens can get wide or move into more narrow positions during Belgium's attacks.
Belgium go into their final group game with England in need of a win to top Group G. A draw may not help as both sides are level on points currently. At the moment, the tiebreaker between Belgium and England is yellow cards. England has the fewest headed into the match. Topping the group could be the difference between facing a difficult round of 16 opponents or taking on a beatable nation.
Mertens has been great for Belgium and pairs well with his fellow attackers. Manager Roberto Martinez will most likely rest striker Lukaku, who is carrying a slight injury. Hazard could also see limited playing time. If both sit out the match, Mertens could be responsible for creating and scoring goals for the team.
Group H, June 28, 2018
Radamel Falcao ★★★★★
Colombia vs. Senegal
LetsRUMBL average: 11 points
Colombia's mission on Thursday is simple: win and the team is in to the round of 16. A loss and the team will go home early. A draw and Colombia could still miss out on the next round. When it comes to big matches there is no better player for Colombia to have in the team than Radamel Falcao. The striker is Colombia's all-time leading goal scorer with 30 strikes in 75 matches. Falcao scored Colombia's second goal in the team's 3-0 win over Poland in match two. Now, manager Jose Pekerman will expect his captain to seal the team's progression to the next round.
Senegal is level with Japan as Group H leaders. The African side has been impressive taking four points from six possible. Colombia will offer a completely different attack than Senegal's previous opponents. The difference in quality could be the way through for Falcao and company. This will be the 32-year-old Falcao's last World Cup and he will do everything to get on the score sheet and get his side through Group H.
James Rodriguez ★
Colombia vs. Senegal
LetsRUMBL average: 6 points
James Rodriguez will give Falcao all the help he needs to get the team through the group stage. Rodriguez only played the final quarter of Colombia's opening group stage loss to Japan. He was battling a calf injury and without the attacking midfielder, Colombia couldn't breakdown Japan's rigid defence.
The midfielder returned for match two and starred for the South Americans. Rodriguez tallied two assists and played the full 90 minutes. Pekerman deployed Rodriguez on the left side of the attack. Rodriguez had 88 touches during the game against Poland and spent most of the time in his opponent's half. He also completed 58 of 67 passes for a success rate of 87%. Rodriguez completed three key passes.
The combination of Falcao and Rodriguez should see Colombia through and into the next round.