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2014 World Cup: Top 5 Fantasy Soccer Defenders For Knockout Stage

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Top 5 Fantasy Defenders For Knockout Stage

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The 2014 World Cup has almost wrapped up Group Play, and as we approach the Knockout Stage, many fantasy fans will be looking for a fresh set of rankings. To help you pick your squad, here are the top-five fantasy soccer defenders for the Knockout Stage of the 2014 World Cup.

5. Rafael Marquez, Mexico

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5. Rafael Marquez, Mexico

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Marquez has two points (1G/1A) in the World Cup and the defender has been a major contributor offensively for Mexico. Marquez has played more like a midfielder, than a defender, and he will show up in the box score every game he is on the pitch. Consider him a top-five defender in all formats during the Knockout Stage.

4. Dani Alvez, Brazil

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4. Dani Alvez, Brazil

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Alvez has been another reliable offensive threat from Brazil's back line. He has shot the ball three times already in the World Cup and the veteran makes countless runs into the attacking third of the field. Look for Alvez to start having a much bigger role in the offense as the team moves through the Knockout Stage.

3. Thiago Silva, Brazil

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3. Thiago Silva, Brazil

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Silva is the ultimate weapon on the Brazil’s backline. Silva will be involved on every free kick, which will only add to his overall fantasy value. Plus, he isn't afraid to pull off a switch with an outside midfielder to make an important run. It is only a matter of time until the veteran starts contributing in the box score with all that firepower ahead of him.

2. Vincent Kompany, Belgium

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2. Vincent Kompany, Belgium

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Kompany is the leader of this highly-touted Belgium squad. The defender calls out all the assignments on the backline and is not afraid to venture into the opposing third of the field. As long as Belgium is still in the tournament, Kompany will be a must-own fantasy defender.

1. Philipp Lahm, Germany

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1. Philipp Lahm, Germany

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Lahm has played in the midfield the entire World Cup, similarly to this past season in Bayern Munich. Luckily, the utility player qualifies as a defender still in every fantasy format. He will be heavily involved in Germany’s offensive attack in the Knockout Stage and will be the number one fantasy defender to grab off the board.