World Cup

The Complete Guide to our World Cup Fantasy 2018 tips

Who are the best players to sign for your World Cup Fantasy 2018 squad? We’ve dedicated the last month to answering that question for you in tremendous depth.

We’ve gone over all 736 Fantasy options available for this summer’s finals to discover what chances they have of impressing in Russia.

So immerse yourself in every bit of our research below and make sure you click through to our articles analysing each team in detail.

We’ll be updating this page right until the tournament kicks off.

WHAT CAN I READ ABOUT RIGHT NOW?

  • How to play McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy
  • Best budget defenders
  • Best budget attackers
  • Predicted line-ups for every team
  • Group A – full analysis
  • Group B – full analysis
  • Group C – full analysis
  • Group D – full analysis
  • Group E – full analysis
  • Group F – full analysis
  • Group G – full analysis
  • Group H – full analysis

COMING SOON:

  • Who takes the set-pieces of every World Cup nation? (Members only)

How to play McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy

For this year’s major tournament there are lots of similarities with Fantasy Premier League, but still a few differences.

We’ve gone over the rules to help you understand:

  • Team selection
  • Substitutions
  • Points-scoring
  • Transfers
  • Deadlines
  • Chips

Find out how to play the game HERE.

Best budget Defenders for your World Cup Fantasy team

Egypt, Peru, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark all earn some time in the spotlight in our research on budget defenders.

There are some modestly priced members of their squads who look capable of clean sheets, goals and assists.

Best budget Attackers for your World Cup Fantasy team

Russia, Peru and Australia have some of the most appealing budget attackers in their sides.

They have some well-priced midfielders and forwards who have good form and decent fixtures to look forward to at the World Cup.

Predicted line-ups for every World Cup team

We’ve predicted every single opening game line-up after weeks of extensive research into every World Cup nation.

Hopefully our database will help you pick your squad!

The Complete Guide to Group A

RUSSIA

World Cup Fantasy managers are encouraged to focus on Russia’s midfield and attack for their Group A matches, with Alexandr Samedov (£7.5m on McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy) and Fedor Smolov (£8.0m) the key targets.

The hosts’ defensive record has been poor recently as they are currently suffering the worst injury crisis their back-line has ever seen.

Results against Austria and Turkey haven’t gone as Russia would have liked and the hosts are now winless in seven ahead of Thursday’s opener.

  • For data on Russia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia’s best chance of Fantasy points is against Russia in the opening game of the World Cup.

Fantasy managers searching for cheap differentials should look to Taissir Al-Jassim (£5.5m) or Mohamed Al-Sahlawi (£6.5m) with Saudi Arabia giving Germany quite a scare in their final warm-up match.

  • For data on Saudi Arabia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

EGYPT

Egypt’s success at the World Cup will depend entirely on the health of Mohamed Salah (£8.5m).

Without him in their side they have been largely ordinary in their warm-up games.

  • For data on Egypt‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

URUGUAY

Uruguay’s squad is chocked full of essential assets for World Cup Fantasy.

Luis Suarez (£10.5m) and Edinson Cavani (£9.5m) are certain to get goals while Diego Godin (£5.5m) looks set for clean sheets and attacking threat of his own.

  • For data on Uruguay‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group B

PORTUGAL

World Cup Fantasy managers should look to Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.0m) and Bernardo Silva (£8.0m) when looking to cover Portugal.

Although some impressive performances from youth players have caused potential rotation during their Group B matches.

  • For data on Portugal‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

SPAIN

David Silva (£9.5m) looks like an essential World Cup Fantasy asset based on his record for his country of late.

There appears to be great value on offer in Isco (£8.5m) too amid a whole host of big names on Spain’s roster.

  • For data on Spain‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

MOROCCO

With Morocco being dealt a tough draw in Group B, going in on set-piece takers Hakim Ziyech (£7.0m) and Mbark Boussoufa (£6.0m) is perhaps the only way to invest in this nation.

But the Atlas Lions have been recording impressive results in the build-up to the World Cup…

  • For data on Morocco‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

IRAN

Like Morocco, Iran have been dealt a tough draw but there are some interesting differentials on offer in their ranks.

Sarder Azmoun (£8.0m) and Mehdi Taremi (£7.0m) are the chief of those but there are plenty more…

  • For data on Iran‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group C

FRANCE

Antoine Griezmann (£10.0m) and Kylian Mbappe (£9.0m) headline the wealth of Fantasy options on offer in France’s squad.

The two forwards have been scoring for fun in the build-up to the World Cup and their midfield colleagues look effective too.

  • For data on France‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

AUSTRALIA

Mathew Leckie (£6.0m) represents the most efficient budget attack option available as far as Australia are concerned.

Despite three of his forward colleagues being priced more than him, the Hertha Berlin man has been involved in more goals than any of them in the build-up to the World Cup.

  • For data on Australia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

PERU

Peru’s World Cup chances will rely heavily on the talismanic figures of Paulo Guerrero (£7.5m) and Jefferson Farfan (£7.0m).

But there are also key players in defence while midfielder Christian Cueva (£6.0m) looks a threat as a set-piece taker. Peru are on quite the run of form too.

  • For data on Peru‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

DENMARK

Christian Eriksen (£9.0m) is practically the only World Cup Fantasy option worth considering from Denmark.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is well-clear of his compatriots for goal involvements ahead of the World Cup.

  • For data on Denmark‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group D

ARGENTINA

Despite the wealth of talent in Argentina’s squad, the only player expected to perform from a Fantasy perspective this World Cup is Lionel Messi (£12.0m).

But with the rest of the squad having difficulties matching his level, is £12.0m worth spending on the Barcelona man?

    • For data on Argentina‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

ICELAND

Midfielders Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) are the players to look to when considering Iceland.

Between them they are the creative hub of the tiny island nation, while Kari Arnason (£5.0m) can offer goals and assists from defence.

  • For data on Iceland‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

CROATIA

Luka Modric‘s (£9.0m) new advanced role with Croatia make him the standout Fantasy option this World Cup.

However, off-the-field issues may have too much of a detrimental effect on the squad as a whole as they hope to get out of Group D.

  • For data on Croatia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

NIGERIA

Victor Moses (£7.5m) has been classified as a forward by McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy and has attracted some interest from managers.

However, the main appeal of Nigeria’s squad is the bargain prices available in defence and in goal.

  • For data on Nigeria‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group E

BRAZIL

Brazil have the best squad at the World Cup from a Fantasy perspective with goals, assists and clean sheets looking likely throughout all positions.

Neymar (£12.0m) is the most expensive but Gabriel Jesus (£9.0m), Philippe Coutinho (£9.0m), Paulinho (£8.5m) and Danilo (£5.5m) all look fantastic options too.

  • For data on Brazil‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

SWITZERLAND

Switzerland’s best World Cup Fantasy options are in the attacking full-back area.

Both Ricardo Rodriguez (£5.5m) and new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichsteiner (£5.5m) could provide great value in Russia.

  • For data on Switzerland‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

SERBIA

Dusan Tadic (£8.0m) is the headline option among Serbia’s players for his set-piece responsibilities while Alexandr Mitrovic (£7.5m) is in great form.

We also discussed in our article on Serbia whether or not Luka Milivojevic (£6.0m) can continue his Fantasy Premier League form at the World Cup.

  • For data on Serbia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

COSTA RICA

Joel Campbell (£7.0m) appears the best player Costa Rica have on offer this summer, as he hopes to replicate his form from four years ago.

  • For data on Costa Rica‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group F

GERMANY

Defence appears to be where Germany’s best World Cup Fantasy options are with Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector (both £6.5m) offering goals and assists.

Meanwhile, experience World Cup goal-scorer Thomas Muller (£9.5m), who has five goals in both of his last two finals appearances, is a midfielder on McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy – and therefore demands our attention.

  • For data on Germany‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

MEXICO

Javier Hernandez (£8.5m) and Hirving Lozano (£8.0m) are considered the most likely Fantasy options to get on the scoresheet for Mexico at this World Cup.

  • For data on Mexico‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

SWEDEN

Penalty-taking defender Andreas Granqvist (£5.0m) offers tremendous value in Sweden’s World Cup squad.

The 33-year-old is ever-present for the Swedes and found the net three times in qualifying.

  • For data on Sweden‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea have one of the poorest squads from a World Cup Fantasy perspective this time around.

Tottenham man Son Heung-min (£8.0m) is the obvious option but has found it difficult to hit the same explosive heights with his country.

  • For data on South Korea‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group G

BELGIUM

Defender Thomas Meunier (£6.0m) offers tremendous value with goals, assists and clean sheets all likely for the Belgium man.

Elsewhere, forwards Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard (both £10.0m) are deservedly earning popularity.

  • For data on Belgium‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

PANAMA

The World Cup Fantasy options in Panama’s squad are quite limited.

In fact, the central American side were the only nation to qualify for the tournament with a negative goal-difference.

  • For data on Panama‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

TUNISIA

Tunisia don’t have any stand-out Fantasy assets but will still make life hard for the other teams in Group G.

Recent addition to the starting line-up Anice Badri (£5.5m) appears the most appealing differential on offer in this squad.

  • For data on Tunisia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

ENGLAND

Harry Kane (£11.0m) has been identified as England’s best World Cup Fantasy asset after his five goals in qualifying.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (£9.0m) will have to finally replicate his club form for country if he is to be well-owned by Fantasy managers this summer.

  • For data on England‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

The Complete Guide to Group H

SENEGAL

Sadio Mane (£8.5m) is integral to the Senegal attack, having scored on two occasions and registered five assists in World Cup qualification.

Defender Kalidou Koulibaly (£5.0m) is a serious aerial threat, having scored five goals from set-piece situations for Napoli this season.

  • For data on Senegal‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

JAPAN

Budget differentials Genki Haraguchi (£6.0m) and Hiroki Sakai (£4.0m) are perhaps the best assets to look for in Japan’s squad.

However, Keisuke Honda (£6.5m) and Shinji Okazaki (£6.5m) have made late cases for investment.

  • For data on Japan‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

POLAND

Robert Lewandowski (£9.5m) is the stand-out asset in this Polish squad, having scored 16 goals in World Cup qualification.

Kamil Grosicki (£7.5m) and Piotr Zielinski (£8.0m) could be the midfielders providing the Bayern Munich man with the ammunition.

  • For data on Poland‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

COLOMBIA

James Rodriguez (£9.0m) and Radamel Falcao (£8.5m) are, not surprisingly, the stand-out names on offer in Colombia’s squad.

But given the favourable nature of their draw there are some interesting budget enablers on offer.

  • For data on Colombia‘s most starts, most goals, most assists, key targets and long-shot differentials CLICK HERE.

Fantasy iTeam

Fantasy Football Scout is supporting Fantasy iTeam, a free World Cup game available on a number of mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch and Android. We have an official Fantasy Football Scout League open to UK users only, with a £1000 of Amazon vouchers to give out, split between the top three performers. There’s also the small matter of £10k worth of prizes available in the main competitions: Overall World Championship and Manager of the Gameround.

Click here for details and here to sign up.

Our League name is Fantasy Football Scout and the pin is 1887.

Please note, users must be over 18 and based in the UK to join our league.

World Cup Data
We’re delighted to offer World Cup data as an early addition to our regular season offering to help those playing Fantasy games over the summer.

We’ve secured Opta data, not only for the tournament itself, which begins on June 14 but also from the Qualifying Rounds for Europe and South America and for international friendlies involving the participating nations. This includes all the matches played right up to the tournament kick-off.

Just to stress, this World Cup offering comes packaged with the regular Fantasy Football Scout membership.

Check out this new trailer previewing the World Cup content below…

1,092 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BelgiumFTW
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Please RMT, i can use some feedback!

      Pickford, uzoho
      Pavard, granqvist, danilo , R. rodriguez , munier
      Grosicki, Eriksen, Meza, Betancour, Carrasco
      Lukaku, Neymar, peresic

      I got 0,5M left. Any big mistakes here? Who can i replace by who?

      Tnx in advance!! x

      1. yiidddoo
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I like it tbh a good mix...maybe just look at Neymar to Jesus and then upgrade perisic to suarez or cavani...? if not looks interesting to me

    • mogadishu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Umtiti and Sidibe reportedly out? Kimpembe and Pavard nailed now?

    • yiidddoo
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Rmt please

      Greizmann Lukaku Cavani
      Rodriguez Eriksen Mezza
      Muenier Trippier Varela Pavard
      Courtois

      repost

    • mini55792
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Hi, my first ever draft and really looking for advice

        Navas (Uzoho)
        Danilo Kimmich Meunier (Hegazy, Sakai)
        J. Rodriguez Meza, Paulinho, Carrasco (Cueva)
        Cavani, G. Jesus, Lukaku

        What do you think of the team and should I switch anything around?

      • nick8070
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Thoughts on this team?

          Pickford (Uzoho)
          Godin, Kimmich, Marcelo, Meunier (Hegazy)
          Carrasco, Isco, James (Sanchez, Guzman)
          Cavani, Griezmann, Jesus

          In particular, thoughts on Cavani vs. Werner?

          Appreciate the help!

          1. statenisland
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            I'm debating that too. I'm wondering whether Werner could be a tournament standout and whether it's worth swapping Cavani for him....

            1. nick8070
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Leaning towards Cavani simply because of the more favorable group but tough call...

          2. Babek
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            RMT

          3. Babek
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            RMT

          4. statenisland
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Any thoughts on this? Quality? Balanced?

            Muslera
            Mendy, Godin, Kimmich, Meunier
            Coutinho, Milinkovic-Savic, Mueller
            Griezmann, Jesus, Cavani

            Uzoho, Shoji, Kvist, C Sanchez

            Is Milinkovic-Savic a worthy gamble?

          5. CaptainHaddock
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Update on Mesut Özil's injury: https://bulinews.com/news/248/low-gives-update-on-zils-injury

          6. WorldCup2018
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Hey!

            First post here, and would really appreciate some feedback on my team:)

            Muslera
            Meunier, Kimmich, Danilo
            Eriksen, Rodriguez, Carrasco, Paulinho
            Cavani, Jesus, Werner

          7. GameOfGoals
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Thoughts on this team?

            Muslera (Uzoho)
            D. Sanchez, Meunier, Tagliafico (Cahill, Hegazy)
            Forsberg, Isco, Ziyech, Carrasco (C. Sanchez)
            Griezmann, Neymar, Perisic

            Still doubting about D. Sanchez + Cahill (who has goals for England) vs Trippier + Lovren and also Falcao vs Perisic

            1. GameOfGoals
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              And who to captain in GW1: Neymar or Griezmann?

          8. gebinsky
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Why everyone go for Meza and Pavard?
            Are you sure that Sidibe will be on the bench?

          9. Dannyb
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Azpi nailed? Good shout?

          10. Magicman123
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Anyone looking for a competitive league to join. Here's the code: EOWWXJJJ (McDonald's)

          11. dewebster1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            So after much tinkering I am left with this: Bench boosting for 1st round and wild card for second

            think I'm g2g?

            Caballero, Uzoho,
            Parard, Varela, Kimmich, Menuier, Mojica
            Rodriguez, Coutinho, Belhanda, Cueva, Meza
            Suarez, Lewandowski, Lukaku

            final advice?

          12. Insane
              4 months, 11 days ago

              Can someone help me out please? This is my current team

              Gk . Caballero
              Def. Hegazy , Varela , Kmmich
              Mid. Carassco, Muller, Coutinho , Bentacur.
              Strikers : Messi, Mabppe , Cavani

              Subs ; Meunier , Sanchez (col) , Sakai

              I might replace ; carassco, bentacur & messi for Cueva , J.Rodriguez

              1. Insane
                  4 months, 11 days ago

                  And mertens as striker

              2. JacktheTard
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 11 days ago

                My team atm. Defence is weak, but starting.

                El Kajoui - Gallese
                -
                Varela - Dalsgaard - Mojica - Sabaly - Hegazy
                -
                Isco - J.Rod - Coutinho - Mueller (Ndiaye)
                -
                Cavani - Jesus - Lukaku

                1. What do you guys think?
                2. If you guys had to choose to downgrade one of my mid, which?

                Hope for feedback!

              3. Rossaldo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 11 days ago

                Hey guys, anyone playing the telegraph game?

                Just want to confirm that if you transfer someone out between games, they keep their points? This seems like a must strategy!

                Thank you everyone and good luck 🙂

                1. Rossaldo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 11 days ago

                  I found out, it is!

              4. Sid_inimical
                  4 months, 11 days ago

                  Cavani. neywar. iwobi
                  Cueva. isco .k.grosiciki carrasco.c.sanchez
                  Dannilo . G varela.kimmich.trippier.meunier
                  De gea.caballero

                  Any suggestions

                • MoFish
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 11 days ago

                  Who are you picking as captain? 😐

                • dzrihan
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 11 days ago

                  Pick one

                  Siggy paulinho foresberd

                  Only by assist and goal

                • RaheemRuble
                    4 months, 7 days ago

                    Granqvist - What a tip! Even the commentators didn't know he was their penalty taker.