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2018 Fantasy FIFA World Cup Player Rankings

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Welcome to the 2018 Fantasy FIFA World Cup rankings. After each round of games, we will be updating the rankings based on how we expect each player to perform the rest of the tournament.

The FFWC follows a familiar format for Fantasy Premier League players. In the draft, each manager picks fifteen players, including two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders, and three forwards. There are unlimited transfers before the group stage and one transfer between each round of group games. Next, you have unlimited transfers between the group stage and the round of 16. Before the quarters there are three free transfers, before the semis, there are five, and you have five more free transfers before the final.

With 32 teams and hundreds of players to choose from, there are countless options for your team and starting eleven. Do not worry, here at Fantasy Six Pack we have compiled in-depth rankings to make it easy for a successful FFWC draft. We rank the top players at each position:


Goalkeepers: 16
Defenders: 40
Midfielders: 32
Forwards: 20

Many factors were considered in these rankings, such as the difficulty of each player’s remaining opponents, whether or not they’ll get playing time, value for their price, previous World Cup performances and of course, their ability to get you points.

2018 Fantasy FIFA World Cup Player Rankings

Among goalkeepers, Courtois takes top spot thanks to a favorable matchup against Japan. De Gea and Allison follow for similar reasons, with Russia unlikely to test the Spaniard’s goal. Allison and Brazil are expected to nullify Mexico’s attack.

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In defense, similar patterns to goalie rankings follow with Belgians rising and Frenchman falling. Some good value buys include Fagner, a stalwart in the Brazilian defense at €5.0m, Lovren at €5.1m, and Maguire at €5.0m. Like goalkeepers, many ranks changed drastically due to eliminations and knockout matchups.

In the midfield, Coutinho ranks highest after being Brazil’s main man in the group stage. Modric and Isco are close behind, while Rodriguez could be a worthwhile gamble for your squad. Despite limping off injured, Rodriguez ranks fifth as his manager confirmed his full participation in training, but he was unable to guarantee his fitness.

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Finally, a fully fit Lukaku claims top spot against an inexperienced Japan backline. Spain’s easy path to the semifinals makes Costa a great long-term pickup. Ronaldo and Messi fall to sixth and ninth respectively due to their mammoth price and high chance of being knocked out on Saturday.

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Goalies

RankNameTeamStarting Price (€m)
1T. CourtoisBelgium6
2D. De GeaSpain6.5
3AlissonBrazil6
4D. SubasicCroatia5.6
5F. MuseleraUruguay5.6
6J. PickfordEngland5.5
7H. LlorisFrance6
8R. OlsenSweden5
9R. PatricioPortugal6
10Y. SommerSwitzerland5
11D. OspinaColombia5.5
12F. ArmaniArgentina5
13G. OchoaMexico5
14K. SchmeichelDenmark5.1
15I. AkinfeevRussia5
16E. KawashimaJapan4.4

Defenders

RankNameTeamStarting Price (€m)
1J. VertonghenBelgium6
2T. AlderwieldBelgium6
3D. CarvajalSpain5.5
4G. PiqueSpain6
5MirandaBrazil5.5
6S. RamosSpain6.5
7FagnerBrazil5
8J. AlbaSpain6.5
9T. MeunierBelgium6
10MarceloBrazil6.5
11T. SilvaBrazil6
12D. LovrenCroatia5.1
13M. CaceresUruguay5.6
14D. GodinUruguay5.6
15I. StrinicCroatia5.1
16J. GimenezUruguay5.7
17D. BoyataBelgium5
18K. TrippierEngland5.6
19D. VidaCroatia5.6
20H. MaguireEngland5
21K. WalkerEngland5.4
22S. VrsalkoCroatia5.6
23S. UmtitiFrance6
24J. StonesEngland5.7
25A. YoungEngland5.5
26R. VaraneFrance6
27A. GranqvistSweden5.1
28L. AugustinssonSweden5
29CedricPortugal5.5
30M. LustigSweden5.5
31L. HernandezFrance5
32J. FontePortugal5.5
33PepePortugal6
34M. AkankiSwitzerland4.5
35Y. MinaColombia5.6
36R. GuerreiroPortugal5.5
37J. MojicaColombia4.5
38R. RodriguezSwitzerland5.5
39G. VarelaUruguay4.6
40V. LindelofSweden4.9

Midfielders

RankNameTeamStarting Price (€m)
1P. CoutinhoBrazil9.1
2L. ModricCroatia9.1
3IscoSpain8.5
4K. De BruyneBelgium10
5J. RodriguezColombia9
6P. PogbaFrance9
7C. EriksenDenmark9.1
8J. LingardEngland7.6
9X. ShaqiriSwitzerland8.5
10I. RakiticCroatia8.5
11A. IniestaSpain8
12E. ForsbergSweden7.5
13PaulinhoBrazil8.5
14J. CuadradoColombia8
15J. MoutinhoPortugal7.5
16V. ClaessonSweden5.5
17A. Di MariaArgentina8.9
18D. CheryshevRussia5.7
19J. QuinteroColombia5.6
20C. SanchezUruguay7.5
21T. InuiJapan4.6
22G. XhakaSwitzerland7
23K. HondaJapan6
24A. GuardadoMexico8.5
25J. MarioPortugal7.5
26WillianBrazil8.4
27E. BanegaArgentina6.9
28M. MezaArgentina5.5
29J. HendersonEngland6.5
30V. BehramiSwitzerland4.9
31N. KanteFrance6
32S. ZuberSwitzerland6.5

Forwards

RankNameTeamStarting Price (€m)
1R. LukakuBelgium10.1
2H. KaneEngland11.1
3E. HazardBelgium10.1
4D. CostaSpain9.1
5NeymarBrazil12
6C. RonaldoPortugal12.1
7L. SuarezUruguay10.5
8A. GriezmannFrance10
9L. MessiArgentina11.9
10E. CavaniUruguay9.5
11R. FalcaoColombia8.5
12K. MbappeFrance9
13D. MertensBelgium9
14I. PerisicCroatia8.5
15G. JesusBrazil9
16O. GiroudFrance8.9
17M. BergSweden8
18R. SterlingEngland9
19B. EmboloSwitzerland5.9
20D. SilvaSpain9

Rankings will be updated periodically throughout the tournament, and other articles to help you dominate your FFWC league will be published right here on Fantasy Six Pack.

About Benji Elster

Benji is an avid fantasy sports player and football fan in particular. He recently finished in the top 5,000 for the United States during the 2017/18 FPL campaign and hopes to bring his knowledge of the game to you. If you have any FPL related questions, be sure to ask him on Twitter @benjielster

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