The Scout sits in the same boat as any other EURO Fantasy manager in the round of 16, with unlimited changes before the knockout round begins. It’s important to keep players from teams that you think will advance to the next round half in view so as not to have to make big changes before the quarter-finals (possibly at the cost of a point penalty) and to that end is the Scout looking for capital from assets from Italy and the Netherlands, with Sweden also well represented.

Make unlimited fantasy changes for the round of 16

Skills Showcase: The best of the group stage

goalkeeper

Two of the top three goal scorers in the group stage are the scout’s picks for the round of 16. Gianluigi Donnarumma (5.6 million a draw that looks too short, the Italian number one with a favorable-looking round of 16 game against Austria is the choice. Robin Olsen (5.1 million euros) is third in the points scoring among the goalkeepers from Sweden, whose side take on Ukraine after conceding two goals in their three group matches.

Ukraine vs. Sweden: Flashback to EURO 2012

defender

Italy and Sweden are also among the last five with Leonardo Spinazzola (5.6 million euros) and budget-friendly Marcus Danielson (4.7 million euros). Spinazzola took 15 points from his two group matches, conceded two goals and provided an assist, making him a key asset in an Italian defense that has many. Danielson scored 12 points in the group stage and seems like an inexpensive option to face Ukraine. The Dutch full-back Denzel Dumfries (€ 5.6m) is the highest-scoring defender of the game against the Czech Republic with 22 points.

The remaining two defenders are both useful budget enablers while remaining viable fantasy assets themselves. Eric García (€ 4.5m) took Spain’s 5-0 win over Slovakia on Matchday 3 and is expected to keep his place against Croatia, while Joakim Mæhle (€ 4.5m) for Denmark last time out scored and in spite of having not conceded a goal so far, he could finally get a place on the board in a likely close duel against Wales.

Star of the Match: See Wijnaldum's Dutch double

Star of the Match: See Wijnaldum’s Dutch double

midfield player

Georginio Wijnaldum (8.1 million euros) and Emil Forsberg (7.7 million euros) are the joint top scorer in midfield with 23 points. Together with their games in the round of 16, both are back in the squad this time. Wijnaldum was a major offensive threat for the Netherlands, scoring three goals including a record 13 points on matchday three; Forsberg, Sweden’s penalty taker, converted from the penalty spot on matchday two and scored two more goals in the third and final group game, making him an important attacking factor ahead of the duel against Ukraine.

Although Lorenzo Insigne is perhaps the best-known Italian midfielder, Domenico Berardi (6.2 million euros) is almost 2.5 million euros cheaper and collected 12 points in his two group games, six points each against Turkey and Switzerland. At the other end of the spectrum, Spaniard Pablo Sarabia (€ 6.5m) picked up a single point from his first two appearances, but with 14 points against Slovakia he should keep his place against Croatia. Another player who has worked his way into the tournament is Kevin De Bruyne (€ 10.6 million); He skipped game day one and the first half of day two before getting off the bench to score ten points, adding six more to his total last timeout. If Belgium want to oust defending champions Portugal, they may need another game-defining performance from De Bruyne.

Star of the Match: Benzema highlights

Star of the Match: Benzema highlights

Forward

Memphis Depay (10.1 million euros) also started slowly into UEFA EURO 2020 and only collected two points on matchday one, but increased them to six with a second time-out and then added another goal and two more assists for 12 on matchday three He added points to an important Dutch selection against the Czechs. Romelu Lukaku are another leading fantasy selection – the striker makes up more than 50% of the teams – but the fact that Belgium plays Portugal makes doubling Belgium’s attacking ability too much of a risk. Instead, the scout supports Karim Benzema (€ 10.0m) to make up for the time he lost at EURO after scoring his first goals in the final against Portugal on Matchday 3; its French side meets Switzerland.

The offensive trident is completed by Ciro Immobile (10.1 million euros), another Italian player who was rested for the third round of the group action with assured progress. However, the Lazio striker has already shaped the tournament by scoring against both Turkey and Switzerland and will be confident of increasing his 16 points if the Azzurri face Austria at Wembley.