Which players might be best to have on your World Cup 2022 fantasy soccer team?

by Andy Stitzer

There is no doubt that fantasy sports have now become a major deal around the world and have certainly taken off in the USA. While fantasy football might be the number one choice for many, fantasy soccer is also something people like to play. If this is your thing, the range of fantasy soccer leagues due to spring up around the upcoming 2022 soccer World Cup are very appealing. 

However you play World Cup 2022 fantasy soccer, the players you pick for your team are crucial. A good place to start is taking a look at the latest World Cup odds to see which teams are expected to do well. This can in turn help you pick players from these teams who could see lots of action and have a great tournament. Checking out odds like this is also a great idea if you plan to place regular sports bets on World Cup 2022, as well as playing in a fantasy league. 

But just which players should fantasy soccer coaches be looking at? 

Harry Kane 

Although Tottenham and England’s Harry Kane might eat into your budget, he is someone to think about building a World Cup fantasy team around. Current World Cup predictions have England as one of the favorites for the competition and this means he should pick up plenty of appearance points as a regular starter.

He found the net six times overall in World Cup 2018, which means he could provide plenty of points if he repeats this feat again. As his country’s first-choice penalty taker, he should also provide extra points from this source. In recent years, Kane has also started to drop deeper during play and gain more assists as a result. 

Lionel Messi 

Just as looking at an Arizona Cardinals 2022 FF review is wise for people setting up a fantasy football team for the coming season, looking at which players should shine at World Cup 2022 is key for fantasy soccer fans. 

Although it has not actually been confirmed that Argentinian wizard Messi will play, he seems likely to turn up and will be a top player for any fantasy team. While Argentina has a tricky qualifying group, they are still expected to progress into the tournament’s latter stages. 

In addition, Messi should start most games for his team – even if he is subbed later on when tiring. This should allow him to pick up lots of appearance points for fantasy soccer coaches overall. Messi should also beef up his points tally with multiple assists/goals and would make a great fantasy captain. 

Kylian Mbappe 

France is the defending champion and also predicted by many soccer experts to make a deep run in the upcoming World Cup. Mbappe is their biggest name arguably and another player who should pick up lots of appearance points as the first name on their team sheet. 

As a scoring machine for his country, he could also bag fantasy coaches lots of points for the goals he should score during the competition. With teams such as Tunisia and Australia to face in the group stages, you can expect him to net plenty. Mbappe has a decent disciplinary record as well, so you don’t need to worry about potential red cards costing you points. 

Rising stars for your World Cup 2022 fantasy team 

Although splashing out on the big names such as Kane, Messi or Mbappe is one option, fantasy coaches will also be looking at decent but better value names to bulk up their team.  

One great example is Karim Adeyemi and he is set to make a real impact for Germany. After all, Adeyemi's recent move to Borussia Dortmund should leave him on a real high coming into the World Cup. Although he might not be a regular starter to begin with, he might impress enough as a substitute to earn a starting berth after a few games. While assists are not his strong point, his lethal finishing could be crucial.

Another rising star who could represent great value for fantasy World Cup coaches is Spain’s Ansu Fati. A skillful winger, Fati might not bring you lots of points for goals but will provide plenty of assists. 

World Cup 2022 should be a fantasy soccer lover’s dream 

If you enjoy trying out your managerial knowledge by playing fantasy soccer games, the upcoming World Cup is a big deal. Although the league you signup to play in might not be starting yet, it is still worth looking at which players might make great picks for your team.

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