By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on June 25, 2014
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 goaltenders for the Knockout Stage of the 2014 World Cup.
Muslera looked shaky in the first game of Group Play, as he allowed three goals to Costa Rica. Luckily, he turned things around in a hurry. Muslera let in just one goal against England and followed it up with a clean sheet against Italy. All the headlines in Uruguay may be about Luiz Suarez right now, but Muslera will carry his weight for fantasy owners throughout the Knockout Stage.
Ochoa shocked the world by shutting out Brazil in Group Play by making several jaw-dropping saves. He unfortunately draws the Netherlands in the Knockout Stage and will have to be on top of his game to help his team move to the next round. Luckily, Ochoa will see plenty of saves no matter what the outcome of the game and will be a sleeper option worth gambling on.
Cesar has only allowed two goals through the first 270-plus minutes of action, including a clean sheet against Mexico. The ageless wonder has been a pleasant surprise and has kept the Brazilians in every game. As long as Brazil is still in the Cup, Cesar will be a worthy fantasy option.
Germany has yet to officially make the Knockout Stage, as they still have one more game in Group Play, but it seems like a forgone conclusion that they will be moving on. A major reason for the team's success has been their goaltender. Neuer put up a clean sheet against Portugual, and even though he let in two goals against Ghana, he made countless saves to salvage a tie. Neuer will be one of the best goaltenders in the Knockout Stage.
Courtois is widely considered one of the top netminders in the world. He has only allowed one goal through the first two games of Group Play and has already assured the team a trip to the Knockout Stage. Courtois will continue to put on a show during the Knockout Stage.
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