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Sean's Super Subs - GW38

Thursday, May 18, 2017


This column serves the purpose of providing you with weekly waiver-wire adds for Togga season long draft leagues. Each week Sean Sullivan recommends players—based on availability, current form or matchups—that should be added or started.  These weekly picks are meant to grab your attention, limit the often-fatal last minute lineup tinker, and help you maintain a superior squad throughout the FPL campaign.  


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GW38 Focus

 

Sadly, this week marks the end to another FPL season.  Rather than recapping last week's picks, which were highlighted by Junior Stanislas scoring for the second successive match, this introduction will briefly address how to approach the final gameweek.


For those who have cruised into the play-off finals or stand tall atop your table league, chances are your lineup is already locked in.  However, for the rest of you reading this in need of help, there is plenty of value to be found on the free agent market.  The key thing to note while you prepare your starting XI is the fact that many managers will likely shake up their starting XI's.  Specifically, this refers to title-winning Chelsea and injury-riddled Manchester United.  

 

So, with that in mind, here are some players to consider owned in less than 50 of all draft leagues.

 


Goalkeeper

 

 

Simon Mignolet, Liverpool (39 percent):  This is a matchup-based argument: Mignolet hasn’t conceded in 270 minutes and Middlesbrough have scored just two goals in their last eight away matches.  The Belgian goalkeeper stopped three shots en route to a clean sheet in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over West Ham, which marked his three successive eighth of the season.  During that span Mignolet hasn’t been test too often, making five saves and five clearances, but still managed to average 13.75 points per match.  With a good shot at a fourth straight in the season finale, he’s the top streaming option for GW38.

 


Defenders

 

 

Joel Matip, Liverpool (43 percent):  Liverpool’s defense is a seductive investment for the final gameweek of the season, with a home finale against Middlesbrough.  While Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren are good plays, both are owned in more than 50 percent of leagues, leaving Matip as the best likely available option.  The Cameroonian enters the fixture on the heels of three successive clean sheets, which saw him record eight clearances and three interceptions against Watford and Southampton, and score 15.5 in the 4-0 victory over West Ham.  Having blanked much better equipped frontlines, he’s worth a look in all leagues.

 

 

Kyle Naughton, Swansea City (42 percent):  Naughton has helped keep clean sheets in three of his last five matches, and notched his season’s highest point total (24.25) in the win over Sunderland.  The fullback exceeded his season averages for clearances (5) and interceptions (2), while scoring a stunning finish to ensure Premier League football for the Swans next season.  His strong outing at the weekend aside—Naughton has averaged 13.9 points in his last five games.  With a GW38 home encounter with West Brom, who have scored just two goals in their last six matches, Naughton is a streaming consideration for all leagues.

 

 

John Terry, Chelsea (14 percent):  Antonio Conte is expected to again draft Terry in at the heart of Chelsea’s defense, for what will be the captain’s final match wearing the blue at Stamford Bridge.  Considering the 36-year-old will be determined to shine in his send-off after 22 years at Chelsea, I’m expecting a strong performance despite a less than stellar outing in Monday’s 4-3 victory Watford.  The outing was Terry’s first since September and, while he did play a part in all three of the Watford goals, he scored and won four aerials.  He’s an option in deeper leagues, and for owners who wish to show their allegiance to the five-time Premier League champion.

 


Midfielders

 

 

Chris Brunt, West Brom (38 percent):  If I had to start a West Brom player against Swansea City this weekend, Brunt would be my first and only choice.   Though Baggies in fantasy have struggled greatly with the club winless since mid-March, the Northern Ireland international has picked up his production as of late.  Brunt, who leads the club in both chances created (38) and successful crosses (31), has an assist from eight chances created and averaged 12.7 points per match over the course of his last three games.  As the club’s primary set-piece taker, his value is boosted against a Swansea side that has conceded 16 goals from dead ball situations this term—tied for second-most in the league with West Ham.


 

Sofiane Feghouli, West Ham (14 percent):  If Feghouli starts; he’s a consideration for owners in need of a fifth midfielder.  Although the Algerian international hasn’t cracked the starting XI since GW30, it’s realistic to assume he’ll be handed a start after Sunday’s 4-0 flaying by Liverpool.  Feghouli, who was introduced in the 54th-minute, brought some life to an otherwise stagnate attack as he recorded a team-high five successful dribbles.  Should one of your regulars be ruled out late, he’s a good backup option to have at your disposal.     

 

 

Daniel Amartey, Leicester City (Less than 1 percent):  Leicester City could be without Andy King for Bournemouth’s visit of the King Power Stadium, which means Amartey would be drafted into the starting XI. Having already lost Nampalys Mendy and Daniel Drinkwater, Amartey should again team alongside Wilfred Ndidi in central midfield. The Ghanaian international started and played the full 90-minutes during the 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham, posting 7 points in his first start since April 9th.  He's a high floor, low ceiling play against the Cherries.

 


Forwards


 

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool (50 percent):  With a GW38 home fixture against Middlesbrough, Sturridge will be a hot target on the free agent market.  After a pair of substitute appearances, the Englishman played 87 minutes and netted his third goal of the season at the London Stadium—a brilliant finish after a nifty step-over and shimmy past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.  The outing, which marked his first goal and appearance of more than 80 minutes since the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on January 2nd, came on an afternoon that saw Liverpool thoroughly outclass the Hammers. Liverpool now face a relegated Boro side, who have conceded at least goals in their last three away matches, that poses much less of an defense threat than their previous opponent.  Sturridge is a great streaming option, with the Reds in need of a win to secure a top-four finish.

 

Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea (26 percent):  Diego Costa owners who have something left to play for should be quick to add Batshuayi, who is expected to once again start in place of the talismanic Spaniard.  Chelsea celebrated their title win with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday, which marked the second successive match in which Batshuayi found the net.  The 22-year-old, who scored the goal that won the league at West Brom, scored the third goal with another textbook close-range finish.   Antonio Conte is expected to field a side much similar to lineup used against Watford and that means there should be goals in the finale with Championship-headed Sunderland, who have conceded nine goals in their last six matches.  Batshuayi is streaming consideration for Costa owners and those who need a forward in 10-team-or-deeper-leagues.  

 

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