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Cristiano Ronaldo will end Euro 2016 nightmare against Hungary

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Euro 2016 has seen some unlikely heroes emerge out of the early group games, but the expectation is still that some of the tournament's biggest stars are lying dormant ready to explode onto the scene later on.

Now that only eight men make up every DraftKings fantasy football line-up, it's definitely worth going all in for one big name player, even if it takes up a fair portion of your $50,000 salary.


We take a look at three players who are set to seize their opportunity in the big games this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal vs. Hungary)

Ronaldo didn't make it onto the scoresheet against either Iceland or Austria and clearly wasn't too happy about it. However, Real Madrid's ultimate ‘Galactico’ had plenty of scoring opportunities, so he is likely to find the net against Hungary, earning +10 fantasy points in the process.

The superstar's ego must be tempted by the prospect of scoring at a record fourth European Championships and he will be conscious of the fact that he needs to start soon if he's to live up to his tag as one of the favourites for the Golden Boot.

Portugal's hopes are resting on their star man because he contributes in so many different ways. Not only did he create 50 chances for Madrid last season, he's also not afraid to win tackles, so he should rack up his fair share of the smaller points too.

Ronaldo's got a lot to live up to after his histrionics post-Iceland - Hungary must be worried that they're going to be on the receiving end of it.

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Mesut Ozil (Germany vs. Northern Ireland)

Assists are worth +6 on DraftKings. Say no more.

Ozil will be well aware that although Germany are essentially through to the last-16, they haven't been convincing, so they need an electrifying performance against Northern Ireland.

The Arsenal playmaker is key to the world champions' attack, as even if he doesn't add to his 19 assists a simple cross into the box is worth +0.75 points.

One of the most telling stats is that in 35 appearances for the Gunners this season, Ozil created 144 chances. Northern Ireland's best opportunity at containing Germany is to scrap and cut the Premier League star out of the game; but if that happens, expect him to look for fouls, which will grab him +1 points.

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Daniel Sturridge (England vs. Slovakia)

Daniel Sturridge showed Roy Hodgson exactly why he should be starting for England with a last-gasp winner against Wales.

The Liverpool forward is always an injury worry so he may have to make his impact from the bench again. Regardless of his fitness, though, the 26-year-old is always a threat because of his ratio of 8 goals in the 11 games he managed for the Reds this season.

Sturridge looked lively against Wales, wanting to get involved. That attitude should see him pick up an abundance of +1 points for shots, though he can double that by making sure they are on target.

Hodgson can't ignore the clamour to play Sturridge again and as one of his only potentially world-class players, he will surely direct England to feed the ball into the striker whenever they can.

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