It’s coming home, it’s coming home! World Cup fantasy football

So I was planning on doing a World Cup piece on Friday on the day of the draw. But the combination of the opening fixture and the Ashes 2nd test meant my enthusiasm dwindled somewhat!
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The opening game is the Human Rights watch derby of Russia v Saudi Arabia! So get booking the day off work now.
So far both Draft Fantasy and Telegraph Fantasy Football have confirmed World Cup games. And it’s never too early to start planning and get excited.
  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Sweden, Mexico, South Korea
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
 There is wealth of options for first draft pick and there is an argument that as long as you get 2 of Suarez, Ronaldo, Morata, Pogba, Greizmann, Messi, Neymar, Jesus, Coutinho, Muller, Hazard, Lukaku, Kane, Lewandowski you should be happy.
Of the elite sides Brazil look to have the easiest draw so getting one of Neymar, Jesus, Coutinho might be a good use of a early pick. Messi appears to have a good group too and better knockout path but you don’t need me to tell you Messi might be a good choice early on. Ronaldo and Portugal seem to have a tricky start and might be best off avoiding if you get an early draft.

If Sterling, Rashford and Kane hit form England look to have a great draw up until the Quarter Finals and if things arent going to plan England players might have some trade value to patriotic managers in your league.

Egypt have a good group and if Salah continues his FPL form into the Summer he could be worth an early pick.

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It is of course too early to worry about streaming and waiver picks but from what Draft Fantasy have intimated on Twitter the format will follow the Euro 16 game so the Gameweeks will be
GW1: June 14 – June 19
GW2: June 20 – June 24
GW3: June 25 – June 28
GW4: June 30 – July 3
GW5: July 6 – July 7
GW6: July 10 – July 11
GW7: July 14 – July 15
There is also the possibility of a double gameweek in either GW1 or 2, as Russia and Egypt second games are on the first day as Group H first games. Mo Salah double gameweek possibility there!
The Telegraph game isn’t a draft game but is an enjoyable game with huge cash prizes. The format will probably be the same as the Euro 16 and Champions League games they offer. They also allow 24 transfers in the group stage, a wildcard before the knockout games, and then 20 for the knockout games. They also allow transfers inbetween matches. This means you don’t need to buy Ronaldo and Messi for example, start with Ronaldo who plays on the Friday 15th and the buy Messi for the Saturday 16th game.

Again nearer the time it will be easier to pick players and a strategy when the proice list is released but see below for the transfer spreadsheet I used for the Telegraph Euro 16 game. Note that France played Albania on the opening day so I packed the team with Frenchmen and then slowly transferred in other stars.

Euro 16

We will hopefully revisit this in May, June time but it is never to early to get excited about the World Cup and its Fantasy games!

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