Fantasy Soccer: 5 Sleeper Forwards For 2014 World Cup

5 Sleeper Forwards For 2014 World Cup

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Fantasy soccer is all about goals, and as a result, forwards fly off the shelves in fantasy drafts. However, we all can’t get ahold of Ronadlo, Messi, or Neymar. So to help you find a diamond in the rough, here are five sleeper forwards to grab in the 2014 World Cup.

5. Pato, Brazil

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5. Pato, Brazil

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The 24-year-old striker will be a big sleeper in Brazil’s high-powered attack, even is he ends up coming off the bench in some games. Neymar may draw most of the attention for the green and gold, but Pato is a very capable scorer and will be peppering shots on goal whenever he is on the field. Pato will be a legitimate backup forward to look for in this year's World Cup.

4. Jozy Altidore, USA

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4. Jozy Altidore, USA

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After being held out of the scoring column since last December, Altidore broke the well-publicized streak at the perfect time. The forward scored both goals in the team's 2-0 win over Nigeria in an International Friendly and looks ready to take his game to the next level. Th 24-year-old will be relied on heavily this summer without Landon Donovan on the roster and JA should have a huge showing in Brazil.

3. Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghana

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3. Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghana

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Boateng will be a pivot player in Ghana’s offense this year. He has matured tremendously during International play and the 27-year-old has turned into a natural goal scorer. He should have no problem putting a couple balls in the back of the net during Group Play.

2. Diego Forlan, Uruguay

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2. Diego Forlan, Uruguay

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The 34-year-old will play in his last World Cup this time around and many owners are avoiding him due to his age. However, he knows how to score goals from anywhere outside the 18 and showed it when he won the Golden Boot Award at the 2010 WC. Forlan will be a major factor in Uruguay's success this year, and considering the team is projected to go pretty far, expect the aging star to put on a show in Brazil.

1. Karim Benzema, France

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1. Karim Benzema, France

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The absence of Franck Ribery (back injury) will put much more pressure on Benzema to be the team’s primary offensive weapon. Luckily, the striker is an amazing scorer. He has racked up 26 points (17 goals/9 assists) in 34 La Liga games and will be a major sleeper to look for inside of the top-20 players this year.


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