DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Monday UEFA Euro 2020 Picks

DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Monday UEFA Euro 2020 Picks

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MATCHES (ET)

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FORWARDS

Memphis Depay, NED v. MKD ($11,400): The first four-game slate of the tournament brings a lot of big decisions. In addition to there being more players, the best ones are expensive and in favorable matchups, as Netherlands and Belgium play the worst teams in their respective groups. Depay is the most expensive, as he takes all set pieces for Netherlands and is only behind Romelu Lukaku ($10,000) in terms of anytime goal scorer odds odds. Furthermore, Netherlands have the highest implied goal total on the slate by a decent margin and manager Frank de Boer has already said he'll only rotate a couple players, so they probably won't take their foot off the gas. The only other forward in that price range is Lukaku, so there is some wiggle room in terms of who to pair with Depay. Wout Weghorst ($8,600) would be a complete Netherlands stack, but you'd be spending a good portion of money on that. Oddly, the Ukraine guys like Andriy Yarmolenko ($8,500) and Roman Yaremchuk ($7,800) are the next highest priced and they are better left for GPP lineups.

Martin Braithwaite, DEN v. RUS ($7,300): Denmark aren't far behind Belgium in terms of implied goals, but all of their forwards are priced more

MATCHES (ET)

For detailed stats and odds, check out the

DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Monday UEFA Euro 2020 Cheat Sheet

FORWARDS

Memphis Depay, NED v. MKD ($11,400): The first four-game slate of the tournament brings a lot of big decisions. In addition to there being more players, the best ones are expensive and in favorable matchups, as Netherlands and Belgium play the worst teams in their respective groups. Depay is the most expensive, as he takes all set pieces for Netherlands and is only behind Romelu Lukaku ($10,000) in terms of anytime goal scorer odds odds. Furthermore, Netherlands have the highest implied goal total on the slate by a decent margin and manager Frank de Boer has already said he'll only rotate a couple players, so they probably won't take their foot off the gas. The only other forward in that price range is Lukaku, so there is some wiggle room in terms of who to pair with Depay. Wout Weghorst ($8,600) would be a complete Netherlands stack, but you'd be spending a good portion of money on that. Oddly, the Ukraine guys like Andriy Yarmolenko ($8,500) and Roman Yaremchuk ($7,800) are the next highest priced and they are better left for GPP lineups.

Martin Braithwaite, DEN v. RUS ($7,300): Denmark aren't far behind Belgium in terms of implied goals, but all of their forwards are priced more like underdogs. There's a viable strategy that involves both Braithwaite and Yussuf Poulsen ($6,700), though that's probably not the smartest route in cash games. Still, Denmark need three points and Russia's clean sheet against Finland was more of an aberration. Even in two losses, Braithwaite has compiled nine shots and five shots assisted, leading to 25.7 fantasy points. Poulsen has slightly better odds to score, but his floor isn't the same, and he was surprisingly subbed in the 62nd minute last match. Either way, Denmark's forwards are about the same price as the Austria guys and I'd rather take the favored team. That said, Michael Gregoritsch ($3,500) is a decent punt if he starts again. There's a chance he only gets a couple points, but the goal upside is there, and he doesn't cost anything. 

MIDFIELDERS

Kevin De Bruyne, BEL v. FIN ($10,900): There will be people who use both Depay and De Bruyne, and while that's a fine strategy, it forces you to punt multiple positions. Both players take sets, but De Bruyne has noticeably worse odds to hit the back of the net if you're deciding between the two. But after watching De Bruyne's dominance against Denmark last match, it'll be hard to fade him in cash games, as this is the type of matchup that could lead to a floor of 15 points along with plenty of upside, and that's even if he only plays 60 or 70 minutes. The De Bruyne fade would probably involve Ruslan Malinovskyi ($7,900), who is taking almost every set piece for Ukraine and had a floor of 18.6 points against North Macedonia. Otherwise, the Belgium midfielders are always in consideration, and Georginio Wijnaldum ($7,200) is priced appropriately as an attacking midfielder. He has seven shots and two shots assisted through two matches and should get similar looks in this spot. 

Mikkel Damsgaard, DEN v. RUS ($4,900): Damsgaard oddly didn't go up in price despite looking like a constant threat against Belgium, producing three shots, two shots assisted and a couple fouls drawn in 72 minutes. Even if he doesn't go a full 90, he should still hit value if he's in that same attacking role, as he found himself on the edge of the box with the ball numerous times in a harder matchup. The other options near this range all seem overpriced: David Alaba ($6,700) could have a huge match, but you're banking on him not playing as a center-back for the first 75 minutes, while Ezgjan Alioski ($5,900) doesn't get a price decrease despite having to face the Netherlands. Damsgaard is the best cash play in this range and given Denmark's odds, he could be popular in GPPs.

Daler Kuzyaev, RUS v. DEN ($4,000): Kuzyaev didn't make the score-sheet last match, but he was a constant threat on the wing, totaling a shot on goal and four crosses. The matchup isn't great, but he's another cheap attacking option for a side that's been able to create chances against everyone, including Belgium. Even if Russia don't score, Kuzyaev could be active enough on the wing to hit value, and a spot on the score-sheet would be a bonus. There isn't much to compare him with at this range because it's mostly defensive midfielders who don't get forward. Mykola Shaparenko ($3,200) drew some looks last match, but he did nothing and didn't go a full 90 in a better matchup, and the same goes for Taras Stepanenko ($3,000). 

DEFENDERS

Stefan Lainer, AUT v. UKR ($5,200): You'll have to decide if spending up on a defender is worth it instead of grabbing a top forward or midfielder. If you're completely fading this match because of the odds, look elsewhere. Lainer isn't in that top class, but he's been awesome through two matches, doing a bit of everything from the flank. Even in the loss to the Netherlands he had a floor of 8.7 points, and I expect he'll come close to 10.0 points against Ukraine. Daniel Wass ($5,000) probably makes more sense from a cash perspective because of set pieces (and Denmark need to win), but he was subbed off early in the first two matches. On the other side of Wass, Joakim Maehle ($5,700) doesn't have sets, but he destroyed Belgium, while the Netherlands and Belgium full-backs are all too expensive. Even Toby Alderweireld is an incredible $4,700 and there's no reason for it. 

Jukka Raitala, FIN v. BEL ($2,900): Hey, Raitala had 6.6 points in 75 minutes last game, what else do you want? There's always a chance Finland stay back the entire match and Raitala finishes in the negative, but he's a wing-back and there's at least a chance he'll send in a few crosses. That'll be good enough for a lot of players because he'll allow you to spend up on both Depay and De Bruyne. Finland center-backs Joona Marko Aleksi Toivio ($2,700) and Daniel O'Shaughnessy ($2,700) have had decent floors in two matches and could also be used if you want to bank on defensive stats.

GOALKEEPER

Daniel Bachmann, AUT v. UKR ($4,300): According to the odds, Bachmann makes too much sense at this price. The match has an implied goal total hovering around two because both Ukraine and Austria will be content to sit back and draw this match, or at least that's implied. Bachmann's odds for a clean sheet aren't much different than the favorites and you'll probably want a value goalkeeper on this slate. Thibaut Courtois ($5,900) and Maarten Stekelenburg ($5,700) seem like good bets to get clean sheets, but it depends if you want their 12 points or the 20-plus-point possibility of Depay and De Bruyne.

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Adam, a 2019, 2018 and 2017 Finalist for FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's soccer editor. He also runs RotoWire's Bracketology, as well as writes on other various college basketball content. He has previously worked at ESPN and Sporting Kansas City, and he is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.
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