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World Cup fantasy football tips: Ultimate guide – bargains, squad templates, most picked

 The World Cup is finally here, and fantasy football managers are busy planning their squads ahead of today’s deadline at 5pm (CET)  Express Sport have pulled together a host of pointers for fantasy bosses to ponder, ranging from hidden gems and bargains to overpriced stars best avoided  To kick things off, take a look through our squad templates below for some inspiration on how to set your team up and maximise your points haul in the official FIFA World Cup 2018 fantasy football game  While it may be tempting to put Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar all in the same team, it wouldn’t be wise to overlook the rest of your squad  It could well be more sensible to sacrifice some firepower up front for a more balanced side, and we’ve got you covered when it comes to picking the right premium players  Take a look through the gallery below to see our best transfer tips for Russia 2018 – how many of these stars do you have?  In order to afford the top-priced players such as Marcelo, Isco and co, money needs to be saved elsewhere  That’s where bargains become key, with these under-the-radar stars vital in order to free up funds  The likes of Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez and Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho are proving popular with bosses – but who else could you sign while still saving cash?  In addition to bargain buys, differentials will play a huge role in whether the World Cup will be a success or failure for fantasy gaffers  Hidden gems who slip under the radar could bring in big points hauls for brave managers, rewarding the few bosses who invested where others wouldn’t dare  Take a look through the gallery below to see our top fantasy football hidden gems ahead of the 2018 World Cup  Once you’ve got your team selected, decisions need to be made over the role of captain  With double points on offer for a team’s skipper, managers need to weigh up all their options before handing out the armband  We’ve taken a look at some of the top candidates for the job, based on the opening round of group matches  For those still scratching their head over team selection, it may be worth considering some of the less high-profile countries taking part in Russia 2018  Every side has their star, with the hopes of several nations resting squarely on the shoulders of one player  Mohamed Salah and Egypt is one such example, but who is the best value squad member to sign from each team at the World Cup?  For every bargain ace available, there are also a similar number of players who managers would do well to steer clear of  Be it price, poor form or squad rotation, there are a number of reasons why some stars are best avoided  Take a look through the gallery below to see our warnings on which players to avoid during Russia 2018  While it’s often tempting to go your own way with team selection, sometimes there are fantasy football players you just can’t ignore  Nearly 50 per cent of players have selected Brazilian full-back Marcelo, while Messi is eclipsing his rival Ronaldo for ownership  Take a look through the gallery below to see which players have been picked most ahead of the 2018 World Cup – how many do you have?  Fantasy football managers now have more than enough advice to make their team selections ahead of today’s deadline  All that remains is for fans to submit their squads, enter a league and find a spot in front of a TV as the action kicks off in Russia

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