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Sean's Super Subs - Week 4

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


This column is reserved for weekly free agent and waiver-wire adds for Togga draft leagues. Each week Sean Sullivan recommends players—based on availability, matchup or form—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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Week 3 Recap

 

 

Defenders

 

Chris Schindler – 14.25 points:  Quietly superior in Huddersfield Town's scoreless draw with Southamtpon, Schindler led the Terriers backline with nine clearances and five aerial wins.  His performance helped David Wagner’s side to a third straight clean sheet and provided a strong return for FPL managers.  Currently the third highest scoring defender, tied with Daley Blind (46.75), Schindler’s stock is one worth buying.  (8 out of 10)

 

 

- Kurt Zouma – 10.25 points:  Zouma was heavily involved at both ends of the pitch in the 1-1 draw at West Brom.  The Chelsea loanee posted season-highs in clearances (9), attempted shots (4) and successful take-ons (3).  While the Potters signed center-back Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham, Zouma’s spot in the back three appears safe after another solid outing.  (7.5 out of 10)

 

 

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – 0.5 points:  For the first time this season Fosu-Mensah looked out of sorts.  The 20-year-old was exposed by Tammy Abraham in the 2-0 defeat by Swansea City, highlighted by a blundered that nearly gifted the striker an easy tap-in. Though I believe the Dutchman has decent FPL potential, his stock is down considering the form of Crystal Palace.  The Eagles have yet to keep a clean sheet and face a tough run of matches, with a trip to Burnley this weekend and Manchester City in Week 6.  (5 out of 10)

 

 

Midfielders

 

 

- Steven Davis – 6.5 points:  The Northern Ireland international led Southampton with 91 touches and 7.6% possession in the goalless draw with Huddersfield Town.  Davis started the match in the false No.10 role and spent the second half playing as a holding midfielder alongside Mario Lemina.  He provided an excellent through ball to set up an early chance for Nathan Redmond and made a key block to deny an Elias Kachunga strike that was headed for the back of the net.  Furthermore, it was his interception and long ball that sprung a break for James Ward-Prowse in the 82nd minute.  His stock remains the same despite scoring just 6.5 points. (7 out of 10)  

 

 

- Tom Carroll – 2 points:  Provided a quality corner that should have been an assist, but Mike van der Hoorn put his unmarked header wide.  However, that was the extent of his contributions during the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.  With Renato Sanchez and Sam Clucas now in the mix, Carroll’s stock is on the decline. (5 out of 10) 

 

 

Nordin Amrabat – 1 point: Amrabat was removed in the 28th minute after Miguel Britos was sent to stands for an ugly challenge on Anthony Knockaert.  This came as a surprise considering he was Watford’s liveliest attacking outlet during the early stages of the match.  Given the circumstance, I wouldn’t change your evaluation of the Moroccan.  (N/A)

 

 

Forwards

 

 

Chris Wood– 13.5 points:  The New Zealand international marked his debut for Burnley with a goal.  Brought on in the 57th minute, Wood registered two shots on target and secured a share of the points with a tidy finish in stoppage time.  His strike was well taken with the inside of his right boot, as he caught the ball on the bounce and fired it beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris.  Wood is on the fast track to forcing his way into the starting XI, making him someone to add in deeper leagues.  (7 out of 10)

 

 

Richarlison – 9 points:  Marco Silva handed Richarlison his second successive start during Week 3.  The Brazilian didn’t register a shot on target and while that’s not what FPL managers want out of a forward, he still managed to post nine points from his peripheral metrics—three successful take-ons, two interceptions, one chance created and one successful cross.  Nothing to bragged about, but a good sign in terms of his floor.  (6.5 out of 10) 


Deadline Day Shortlist

 

 

With the first international break complete and the transfer window closed, Premier League action is back! Though a lengthy list of stars failed to secure moves—Virgil Van Dijk, Philippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa, Premier League clubs still spent a record £210m on Deadline Day.  While this week’s column provides a deeper analysis of a few big names that joined new clubs, the list below contains 10 transfers that caught my eye. 

 

 

Position

Player

New Club

Fantasy Value

Defender

Serge Aurier

Tottenham

Waiver Claim

Defender

Mamadou Sakho

Crystal Palace

Waiver Claim

Defender

David Zappacosta

Chelsea

Handcuff (Victor Moses)

Defender

Kieran Gibbs

West Brom

Waiver Claim (12-Team)

Defender

Ezequiel Schelotto

Brighton

Watch List

Defender

Marvin Zeegelaar

Watford

Watch List

Midfielder

Grzegorz Krychowiak

West Brom

Waiver Claim (12-Team)

Midfielder

Renato Sanchez

Swansea City

Waiver Claim (12-Team)

Forward

Wilfried Bony

Swansea City

Waiver Claim (10-Team)

Forward

Nikola Vlasic

Everton

Watch List

 

Want more Deadline Day analysis? Check out Neal Thurman’s world-class recap.

 


Week 4 Super Subs

 

Reminder, players owned in less than 50 percent of leagues are considered for this column

 

 

Goalkeeper — Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City (32 percent):  Fabianski made three saves and kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.  The Poland international earned his second clean sheet of the season in a match that saw him truly test just once, ranging low to keep out a close-range header.  The 32-year-old averaged 13.5 points across his pair of clean sheets, and ranks eight in saves (9) after three matches.  This weekend he faces a Newcastle side coming off a three-goal performance against West Ham.  However, Rafa Benitez's squad has been been shutout in both their away matches.  Fabianski should be considered a streaming option in 12-team leagues. 

 

 

 

Defender — Tommy Smith, Huddersfield (8 percent):  The top bargain defender this week is Tommy Smith.  While Huddersfield has taken the Premier League by storm with three successive clean sheets to begin the campaign, Smith has mounted his own assault on the defender rankings.  He ranks second in chances created (6) and second in successful crosses (3).  Furthermore, compared to defenders owned in less than 50 percent of leagues, only Joe Gomez (44) and Kyle Naughton (39.75) have scored more points than Smith (35.75).  Huddersfield Town’s Week 4 match against West Ham makes Smith the defender to stream across all leagues.  The Hammers conceded the most points to opposing defenders in Week 3 (77.5 to Newcastle) and have conceded the most fifth to the position thus far. 

 

 

 

 

Defender — Serge Aurier, Tottenham:  Tottenham needed to add a replacement for Kyle Walker, and they got one in Aurier. The 26-year-old arrives at Spurs having recorded more assists than any other defender in Ligue 1 over the course of the past four seasons (16).  In addition to his offensive proficiency as an overlapping fullback, suited to both the traditional right-back position and more advanced wing-back, Aurier is a tenacious defender.  During his three-year spell at PSG, the Ivory Coast international averaged 3.14 tackles and 2.45 interceptions per match.  As a two-defender with higher defensive upside than Kieran Trippier, I’m expecting Aurier to take over the starting right wing-back role in Mauricio Pochettino’s 3-4-3 formation.  He’s a must-add in all leagues who has the potential to be a top-10 defender on a weekly basis. 

 

 

 

Defender — Joe Gomez, Liverpool (16 percent):  The news that Nathaniel Clyne will be out for another two-three months is massive boost for Gomez’s stock.  While fellow youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold was preferred in the season opener, Gomez capitalized on his chance against Crystal Palace and followed with an excellent two-way performance in the 4-0 win over Arsenal.  The 20-year-old was solid defensively, keeping Alexis Sanchez quiet in a match that saw the Gunners go without a shot on target.  Gomez shined even brighter on the attack by playing a prominent role on both of Liverpool’s first half goals.  He provided a picture-perfect ball on the opener when he pinged a cross with his weaker left foot onto the head of Roberto Firmino, and later made the interception that started the move on Sadio Mane’s solo effort.  After 180 minutes of action, he ranks fifth amongst all defenders in points (44) and tied for third in chances created (5).  He’s a great pick up in 12-team leagues, especially considering the run of appealing fixtures following weekend’s clash with Manchester City—Burnley (H), Leicester (A), and Newcastle (A). 

 

 

 

Midfielder — Robbie Brady, Burnley (21 percent):  The Ireland international was arguably Burnley’s top performer in the Week 3 draw with Tottenham.  Brady turned in his most compete attacking performance while playing on the right flank of a midfield four, as manager Sean Dyche opted to swap the in-form Dubliner from his usual spot on the left.  Brady's outing was highlighed by a pair of stunning balls that split the Spurs defense, with the second putting Chris Wood in on goal to smash home the equalizer in stoppage time.  The 25-year-old’s top-notch performance, five chances created and 22.5 points, has pushed him into the upper echelon of the midfielder rankings.  He now sits tied for second in successful crosses (3), fourth in chances created (10) and 12th in points (35.5).  Furthermore, Brady has attempted 19 more crosses than any other Burnley player and accounted for 32.2% of the club’s total scoring chances. He’s the best midfielder the Clarets have to offer, making him a must-start against Crystal Palace this weekend. 

 

 

 

Midfielder — Anthony Knockaert, Brighton & Hove Albion (40 percent):  Knockaert started the season dealing with an ankle ligament injury but showed no recurrent signs of the problem on his return.  The 26-year-old put two of his four shots on target and created three scoring chances in the scoreless draw with Watford despite being on the receiving end of a terrible challenge by Miguel Britos—who shown a straight red for flying into the midfielder at full speed with his studs up.  Having playing just 125 minutes through the first three matches, Knockaert ranks second amongst all Brighton players in both shots (1.3) and chances created (1) per game.  With favorable matches against West Brom, Bournemouth and Newcastle on the horizon, Knockaert is worth a pickup in 10-team-or-deeper-leauges.

 

 

 

 

Midfielder — Grzegorz Krychowiak, West Brom: West Brom pulled off a nifty piece of business by signing Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.  The Poland international, who joined PSG from Sevilla for €30m last summer, is a no-nonsense holding midfielder known for his defensive abilities.  While he saw limited action in the French capital last season, his resume at Sevilla speaks for itself.   Krychowiak averaged 4 tackles, 3.3 aerial wins and 2.8 interceptions per match over the course of 58 La Liga appearances.  The 27-year-old should fit nicely into the deep-lying midfield role formerly held by Darren Fletcher, who joined Stoke City this summer, as he possesses the attributes manager Tony Pulis demands of his players.  Though Krychowiack is limited offensively, his scope of defensive production foreshadows an extremely high floor.  He’s a midfielder to add in 12-team leagues who has the potential of being a low-end fourth midfielder. 

 

 

 

Forward — Jay Rodriguez, West Brom (38 percent):  If I had to start a West Brom forward against Brighton, Rodriguez would be my choice.  Why?  The £12million summer signing from Southampton leads the Baggies in shots on target (4) and is the only forward to have found the net through three matches.  The Englishman got on the score sheet in 1-1 draw with Stoke City when shimmed between a pair of Stoke defenders to head home an Allan Nyom cross at the back post.  Rodriguez, deployed on the left side in support of target man Salomon Rondon, also came close to scoring a second late on but his header from close struck the top of the bar and popped over.  Though Rodriguez is goal dependent, he should get a solid chunk of chances with successive matches against Brighton and West Ham.  He’s an add for anyone in need of a forward. 

 

 

 

Forward — Elias Kachunga, Huddersfield (12 percent):  As expected, the most popular Huddersfield Town attacker is Steve Mounie (86%). However, there is another forward in David Wagner’s side that deserves a look. Elias Kachunga has started all three matches and played 250 of a possible 270 minutes, grabbing an assist from three chances created. Compared to all forwards owned in less than 50% of leagues, only Newcastle’s Joselu (24) has scored more points than Kachunga (21).  Normally a fringe forward three in deeper leagues, he’s a sleeper for Week 4.  Huddersfield Town plays away to winless West Ham, who has conceded more goals than any other club (10). 

 

 

 

 




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