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Sean's Super Subs - Week 21

Friday, December 29, 2017


With no fixtures for Tottenham and West United ahead of their doubleheaders in GW22, this week is all about squad depth.  However, if you’re missing nailed-on starters, take solace in knowing that most managers will be making a few changes with the festive period in full swing.  Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United should offer potential streaming options given their squad depth, putting fringes players in contention to see short-term FPL relevance.  Before finalizing your lineup, be sure to check out this week’s Late Fitness Check for the latest injury news and give FPL 360 a listen for specific predicitions and match previews

 

 

Before we get down to business, here’s what you need to know to maximize my advice.  This column is reserved for weekly free agent adds for Togga draft leagues and features only players owned in less than 50 percent of all leagues.  Players that make each column will be classified as; streaming options, (one-week adds), short-term/long-term adds (worth holding for a specific duration of matches) or a must-adds (should be owned in all leagues).


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Defenders

 

 

 

Michael Keane, Everton (50 percent):   After missing three matches due to a concussion, Keane returned to the starting XI with a pair of strong performances.  Having struggled under former boss Ronald Koeman, the center-back looked a completely different player as he helped keep successive clean sheets against Chelsea and West Brom. Over the last two matches, Keane racked up more interceptions and aerial duels than any other Everton defender.  Ranking as a top-six defender in both GW19 and GW20, his 37 fantasy points were second-most by a defender and only bettered by Marco Alonso (46.5).  Keane offers second defender value with top-20 upside given the Toffees defensive form as they’ve conceded just two goals since Big Sam took charge.  With less than daunting fixtures throughout January and February, he’s a long-term add for leagues with 10 or more teams.

 

 

 

Andrew Robertson, Liverpool (46 percent):  Robertson has established himself as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back in the absence of Alberto Moreno, who has been sidelined since early December.  The summer signing from Hull City has started each of the last six matches, recording three clean sheets and scoring more than nine fantasy points in three of his last four.  Over the last three weeks, Robertson was also 7th amongst all defenders in points per match (11.08).  This weekend at home against Leicester City, he’s worth a look as Liverpool have conceded just three goals at Anfield this season. Expect top-25 positional value from Robertson in GW21 and added attacking value with Sadio Mane likely to start ahead of him on the left wing. With Moreno out for at least two more weeks, Robertson is a solid pickup for managers in the market for a fourth defender.  

 

 

 

Kevin Long, Burnley (22 percent):  James Tarkowski will serve the final game of his three-match retroactive ban in GW21 and that means Long is a pretty much a nailed-on starter for the trip to Huddersfield Town.  Long has proved a reliable debutante across four starts this season, recording two clean sheets while averaging 11 clearances and 13 points per match.  He’s a plugin play for 12-team leagues for GW21.    


Midfielders

 

 

 

Christian Atsu, Newcastle (22 percent):   If you’re planning on waiting till the starting lineups to settle on a final midfielder this week, Atsu is certainly an option.  He scored and assisted twice in GW19 and came off the bench at the midweek, meaning he is in line for a start against Brighton. Brighton have conceded 11 goals in their last six matches and Atsu has been good in favorable matchups, while averaging 8.66 points per match across 12 starts this season.  He’s dropped a few duds this season, but it’s difficult to find another readily available midfielder to match his upside, putting him on the steaming radar for leagues with 10 or more teams.   

 

 


Chris Brunt, West Brom (39 percent):   Coming off back-to-back big performances, Brunt is my punt of the week.  During those matches, the Northern Irishman grabbed an assist, created 11 chances and posted an average of 21.25 fantasy points. This week, West Brom are at home against Arsenal, who have conceded five goals in their last three away matches.  Brunt ranks third across all positions in crosses per game (2.1) and has added value as the primary set-piece taker of a Baggies side that relies on dead ball situations for scoring opportunities.  In a week without Tottenham and West Ham, Brunt is a volume-driven streaming midfielders for deeper leagues.  


Forwards

 

 

 

Collin Quaner, Huddersfield Town (7 percent):   Quaner looked out of sorts and struggled to stay fit at the beginning of the season, but the German has emerged from the fold and seized his chance in recent weeks.  After being dropped from the starting XI in GW17, Quaner returned to the starting XI with an assist in a man of the match performance against Watford. Quaner retained his place the last two matches and produced another top-notch performance on Boxing Day, supplying his third assist of the season on Tom Ince’s goal.  With Elias Kachunga lost to a serious knee injury, Quaner has a chance to become a significant piece of the Huddersfield attack.  In his last three starts, the 26-year-old has recorded nine successful take-ons, created four chances and registered three shots on target.  As a good source of peripheral offensive actions, Quaner could be a useful third forward in deeper leagues.

 

 

 

Yannick Bolasie, Everton (37 percent):   Since we’re at the point in the season when acquiring a premium forward will most likely require a trade, now is a good time to add Bolasie.  The 26-year-old winger looked rusty on his first start since missing more than a year due to a knee injury as he failed to provide his usual influence on the goalless draw with West Brom. Though the DR Congo international will need sometime to get back to his best, he remains one of the Premier League’s most inventive attackers.  Prior to suffering his injury in 2016/17, Bolasie averaged 2.8 successful take-ons and 1.5 successful crosses across 13 appearances.  To frame his caliber of production, Philippe Coutinho is averaging 2.8 successful take-ons and 1.5 successful crosses, per match, through 13 appearances this season.  If you can afford to hold Bolasie until he regains his form, I would highly advise doing. It’s a low-risk gamble for a potential top-15 forward.  




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