LetsRUMBL World Cup Picks: ...And then there were 8!
The World Cup is headed into the quarterfinal round. Just eight teams remain and the tournament has been blown wide open thanks to the eliminations of Germany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Colombia.
Friday will see the quarterfinal games kickoff with Uruguay playing France and Brazil battling Belgium. The elite eight will conclude on Saturday with England taking on Sweden and Croatia playing hosts Russia.
LetsRUMBL has four perfect picks for daily fantasy sports players. These four will tally points and get DFS players big wins.
Friday, July 6
Uruguay vs. France
LetsRUMBL average: 31 points
Edinson Cavani is one of Uruguay's big three players along with Luis Suarez and Diego Godin. The striker is world-class and is regarded as one of the best marksmen on the planet today. Cavani tallied two goals in Uruguay's win over Portugal in the round of 16. The striker has scored three goals at this year's World Cup. All three strikes have been scored in the last two matches.
Uruguay started the tournament slowly, but since game three of the group stage, Uruguay has been unplayable. France will offer a much sterner test for the South Americans. However, France's defense may not be up to the task of stopping Cavani. The striker is Uruguay's second all-time leading scorer. DFS players shouldn't miss the chance to select him Friday.
France vs. Uruguay
LetsRUMBL average: 23 points
Antoine Griezmann and France have limped through the tournament to this point. But Friday offers another chance for the French team to break out and into high gear. Striker Griezmann is the French team's best player, yet he has been only able to score from the penalty spot at this tournament. Griezmann has only been able to tally two goals.
Griezmann is the heart of France's team and his play brings others into the attack's build-up. His work on and off the ball is stellar, and he makes the other attackers – like Kylian Mbappe – around him better. The Frenchman is one of the best players in the world and he has shown it at the club level. Friday is Griezmann's chance to step up to the World Cup stage and show just how good he is.
Belgium vs. Brazil
LetsRUMBL average: 29
Belgium made the comeback of a lifetime against Japan in the round of 16, scoring three goals in the final 21 minutes to progress. Now, the Red Devils take on tournament favorites Brazil in a do or die game.
Luckily, Belgium has striker Romelu Lukaku leading the line. The Belgian No. 9 is an elite striker and is in good form at this year's tournament. Lukaku has tallied four goals in three matches for Brazil. His big body and physical play will be completely alien to Brazil's defenders. The South Americans haven't faced a team at this year's tournament with a striker like Lukaku.
The No. 9 isn't just physically tough, but Lukaku is also quick and can get around defenders. Good in the air, Lukaku will give Brazil's back four all they can handle on Friday.
Saturday, July 7
Croatia vs. Russia
LetsRUMBL average: 11 points
Croatia has the chance to win the World Cup for the first time ever. The team is playing some of the best soccer of any side at the tournament. Yes, Croatia did make it through to the quarterfinals thanks to penalties against Denmark, but the team's demolition of Argentina shows just how dangerous the side is.
Defender Domagoj Vida has been solid as a rock for Croatia. Vida has featured in three of Croatia's matches and is yet to pick up a yellow or red card. Vida plays as a center-back for Croatia, which means he is in the heart of defense throughout games. It is rare for most center-backs to go through a tournament without picking up at least one yellow card.
Vida could not only add points to a DFS player's team, but he can be a cheap option. Croatia should defeat Russia, at least on paper. The Russians are (supposedly) the worst team of the eight left in the tournament. Croatia should ease to the semifinals and Vida could be a major part of the win.