LetsRUMBL World Cup picks: Knockout football... errr, soccer!

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The World Cup round of 16 is in full-swing. World soccer's two biggest names, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, have already gone home. But don't worry, LetsRUMBL has daily fantasy sports players that have your back. LetsRUMBL has four players that DFS players shouldn't think twice about adding to their squads.

The quarterfinals in Russia await, so don't miss your chance to get these four great players into your DFS team. Go all the way to the final with these World Cup picks.

Round of 16

Monday, July 2

Shinji Okazaki

Japan vs. Belgium, 2:00 pm EST

LetsRUMBL average: 41 points

Shinji Okazaki is a workhorse for Japan. The Leicester City striker puts in a full shift for the Japanese national team even if he doesn't get on the scoresheet. Okazaki will be one of the Blue Samurai's key players in its round of 16 clash with Belgium. The Belgians go into the fixture as the favorite after laying waste to everyone in Group G.

Japan wasn't expected to make it through the group stage. However, a plucky win in match one against Colombia and a draw in match two versus Senegal got Japan into the knockout phase. Okazaki has played 116 times in his career for Japan and scored 50 goals. He may very well pop up with a strike to get the Japanese into the quarterfinals.

Monday, July 2

Eden Hazard

Japan vs. Belgium, 2:00 pm EST

LetsRUMBL average: 23 points

Eden Hazard has starred for Belgium at this year's World Cup. The Belgian forward is the creator and catalyst in the team. His play often dictates Belgium's performances. Manager Roberto Martinez rested Hazard in match three against England. The Red Devils still won without their best player as he has recovered from a slight knock he took ahead of the final group match.

Hazard has scored twice and tallied an assist in two World Cup matches. He has played 158 minutes at the tournament while racking up DFS points. Hazard will be up against a Japan defense that gave up four goals in three matches. Belgium scored nine times in Group G and Japan will have its back against the wall on Monday.

Tuesday, July 3

Xherdan Shaqiri

Switzerland vs. Sweden, 10:00 am EST

LetsRUMBL average: 23 points

Switzerland ace Xherdan Shaqiri has been red-hot for his national team at the World Cup. Shaqiri has tallied a goal and an assist in three matches. He has logged 261 minutes on the pitch and is one of the chief reasons Switzerland is in the round of 16.

The Swiss tallied five points in the group stages and went through without a loss. The team came from behind to draw with Brazil before beating Serbia in the 90th minute. The team's 90th minute win came courtesy of Shaqiri. The midfielder made a 60-yard run to score after Serbia had committed too many men forward.

Sweden's defense has been solid at the World Cup thus far giving up just two goals. Those came against Germany. Other than that, Sweden was able to keep out goals. Shaqiri can use his creativity to crack open the Swedish defense and get his team ahead. His creativity could also get your DFS team ahead, too.

Tuesday, July 3

Danny Welbeck

England vs. Colombia, 2:00 pm EST

LetsRUMBL average: 19 points

England has quite the task ahead of it against Colombia on Tuesday. However, the team's final group stage match loss to Belgium could turn out to be fortuitous. The English have a much less difficult route to the final after finishing second in Group G. England will theoretically miss Uruguay, France and Brazil in the other half of the bracket and Colombia could prove to be the Three Lions most difficult opponent on the way to the final.

Danny Welbeck could get a call off the bench for the English against Colombia. Remember the round of 16 matches go to extra-time if the scores are level after 90 minutes. Welbeck could be used by manager Gareth Southgate late as a secret sub due to his pace. Welbeck has plenty of weapons in his arsenal to deliver what DFS players need. England has its best chance in years to make the quarterfinals. There is still a long way to go and Welbeck could play a major part in the team's progression.