Goalkeeper: Petr Cech, Czech Republic ($7,750). There are a pair of quality options among the eight keepers in Cech and Poland’s Lukasz Fabianski, who is slightly lower priced at $7,340. Both are facing winless and scoreless teams in Turkey and Ukraine, respectively, but given the Turks have put only two shots on goal in two matches and taken 17 overall, the pick here is the current Arsenal keeper over the ex-Arsenal and current Swansea City netminder.
Defenders: Darijo Srna, Croatia ($7,310). In sticking with the veteran wide back, the hedge here is both Spain and Croatia will be content to play to a draw with the two teams claiming automatic passage into the knockout rounds. The Shakhtar Donetsk defender has sent in 18 crosses and taken eight corner kicks in helping the Croats claim four points through two matches.
Jonas Hector, Germany ($7,690). Hector is a pick made with one eye on cap flexibility and also a chance for bonus points as Die Mannschaft seek a third straight clean sheet to wrap up group play.
Lukasz Piszczek, Poland ($7,440). Piszczek has been one of the components of a back line that has yet to concede through two matches in France, a feat more impressive since Poland did It with two goalkeepers. The Borussia Dortmund defender has gotten forward at times and is second on the team with eight crosses, though he does warrant some watching as he’s sitting on a yellow.
Pavel Kaderabek, Czech Republic ($7,220). Kaderabek was busy on the left side for the Czechs, and the hedge here is that he’ll be able to get forward to help offensively as his team needs to beat Turkey to have any chance of passage to the round of 16.
Tomas Rosicky, Czech Republic ($7,090). With one of the top playmakers not expected to play in Luka Modric through injury and the potential for Spain to rest Andres Iniesta, the wily veteran Rosicky becomes a low-cost, potential high-value pick here in the midfield that provides cap space. He assisted on Milan Skoda’s goal to spark the Czech comeback versus Croatia and should find space to threaten goal against Turkey.
Ivan Rakitic, Croatia ($9,810). With Modric expected to give way to Mateo Kovacic, there will be more pressure on Rakitic to find holes in those times when Spain is not possessing the ball. His goal right before the hour should have seen the Czechs off, but if there is one person who can unlock the two-time reigning champion, it’s the Barcelona midfielder.
Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland ($8,560). The Sevilla midfielder has done well to possess the ball in helping Poland not concede thus far _ he’s suffered seven fouls without committing one _ the next step is for the 26-year-old to find some gaps in the Ukraine’s defense and help the Biale Orly score goals and potentially finish ahead of the reigning World Cup champion in Group C. He and Piszczek are the two focal points of Poland’s attack, and while Ukraine is a longshot to qualify for the next round, there should be enough talent for Krychowiak and his teammates to see the job through.
Vladimir Darida, Czech Republic ($7,400). The Hertha Berlin man rounds out the midfield partly as a salary cap move and also with the hope that he presses forward against Turkey to provide crosses opposite Ladislav Krejci. The pair have shipped 17 of the Czechs’ 30 crosses through the first two matches.
Forwards: Thomas Muller, Germany ($11,690). It was a rare off night for the Bayern Munich forward against Poland, failing to threaten much in a scoreless draw that resulted in Germany needing at least a point against Northern Ireland to reach the next round. While NorIron have proven resolute at the back, Muller should prove too much for a team desperate to pull what would be the shock of the tournament to advance themselves.
Manuel Nolito, Spain ($8,560). It’s always news when Spain doesn’t pass the ball into the net via its tiki-taka style, and Nolito more than earned his keep with a goal and an assist in La Furia Roja’s 3-0 romp past Turkey. He timed his runs better than he did against the Czech Republic and continues to contribute in other areas such as corner kicks and crosses. Nolito could be a sleeper here for a match-winner to make sure Spain claims first in the group.