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Sean's Super Subs - Week 23

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Having weathered a tricky festive period, FPL managers will now take aim at tasty slate of fixtures in GW23.  On the transfer front, Philippe Coutinho has completed his anticapted move to Barcelona, but there are plenty of matchups home to streaming options for managers in need of replacing the Brazilian - specifically Watford vs. Southampton and Crystal Palace vs. Burnley.  With a ton to cover in this week's column, you can find match previews and more transfer news coverage on via my podcast FPL 360...



FPL 360 - GW23 Preview 

ITunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fpl-360/id1330256965?mt=2

SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/fpl360/fpl-360-episode-7-down-goes-fraser

 

 

FPL 360 - Transfer Window Special 

Itunes Link:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/fpl360/fpl-360-episode-6-coutinho-waves-bye-bye 



Remember, 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




Luke Shaw, Manchester United (38 percent):  Ashley Young will serve the last game of his three-match ban on Monday, meaning Shaw is set for another start at left-back.  The Englishman has performed well in relief of Young, averaging 11.67 points per match and creating five scoring chances the last three games.  During that span, Shaw racked up 14 clearances, 12 aerials and kept successive clean sheets against Southampton and Everton.  This week, Manchester United are home against Stoke City, who have scored just three goals in their last five away matches.  With a good shot at a clean sheet, Shaw is a top streaming option for leagues with 10 or more teams.  


  


Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle (29 percent):  Newcastle have struggled this season, especially in the final third, but enter GW23 having conceded just once and kept two clean sheets in their last three matches.  This weekend the Magpies will be visited by Swansea City, who rank last in the Premier League in goals scored (13) and shots on target per game (2.1).  The matchup puts the entirety of Newcastle’s backline in the streaming conversation, but Lascelles remains the top option.   Lascelles has been a fringe top-30 defender this season, currently ranked 11th in clearances (107) and 16th in aerials won (54).  The 25-year-old was forced off during the FA Cup win over Luton Town at the weekend because of a groin injury, but posted on social media the removal was a precaution, suggesting he’ll be fit to face the Swans.  If fit, Lascelles is an above-average option for 12-team leagues.




Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace (22 percent):  PVA is in line for a start when Crystal Palace play Burnley at Selhurst Park this weekend following an injury to Jeffrey Schlupp in Monday’s FA Cup defeat at Brighton.  Van Aanholt has the pace and offensive upside to produce against Burnley, who rank 18th in the league in possession (43.9%) and 16th in shots per game (9.7).  In addition to a favorable matchup in GW23, the Dutchman would offer long-term value if Schlupp misses significant time.  In 32 appearances last season, Van Aanholt averaged a key pass every 59.4 minutes and was one of just five defenders to score five or more goals.  He’s a top-25 defender for me this week, with top-40 potential if he remains a starter for the second half of the campaign. 


Midfielders




Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth (17 percent):  Fraser was nothing short of exceptional in GW21.  The Scotland international buried an acrobatic volley to open the scoring against Everton and completed his brace on 88 minutes, as his strike on target deflected of Michael Keane’s heel and found its way into the back of the net.  Fraser’s outing was made all the more impressive given his dominance on the left wing, putting in eight crosses (three successful), three key passes and drawing three fouls.  The youngster has found his groove of late, whipping in 23 crosses and creating seven scoring chances across three successive starts.  Fraser has already matched his goal output from last season (3) in just 872 minutes, while hitting the target with 46 percent of his attempts through 13 appearances.  I like Fraser as a top-40 midfielder for the second half of the season. 




Andre Carrillo, Watford (7 percent):  With much to show from seven straight starts, Carrillo should be a target for managers in deeper leagues.  During that span, the Peruvian averaged 3.7 successful take-ons per match and created 10 scoring chances.  The 28-year-old now ranks fifth in successful take-ons with 52 this season, which is the same amount as Mohamed Salah.  Carrillo enters GW23 with a goal and an assist in his last two matches and Watford’s schedule is rather favorable the next two months, meaning now is the time to scoop him.  The winger’s newfound confidence has him positioned firmly in the streaming conversation for this weekend’s match against Southampton, as well as an excellent second half of the season.    




Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Burnley (1 percent):  Having struggled for regular first team opportunities at Tottenham, Nkoudou has joined Burnley on loan until the end of the season.  The winger made his move to Spurs back in August 2016 following a breakout season for Mariselle, during which he scored five goals and tallied three assists in 28 appearances.  The 22-year-old now arrives at Burnley to reinforce the left side of Sean Dyche’s midfield and will compete with Scott Arfield for a place in the starting XI.  Known for his lightening quick pace and on-ball ingenuity, Nkoudou is an add for managers looking to make an investment for the second half of the campaign.  If the Frenchman can see regular minutes at Turf Moor, he could offer third midfielder value in deeper leagues.


Forwards





Cenk Tosun, Everton:   The Turkey international became Everton’s first signing of the January transfer window earlier this week when he completed a £27million move from Besiktas.  Tosun established himself as a professional scorer during his four-year stay at Besiktas, scoring 56 goals in 124 Super Lig appearances.  This season, the 26-year-old netted eight goals in 16 league appearances and four times in six matches during the Champions League group stage, also being Turkey’s top scorer in World Cup qualification with five goals in nine appearances.  In short, Tosun is a physical striker with a body of work that foreshadows success at Goodison Park.  With Wayne Rooney adapting well to a secondary striker, Tosun seems like a good fit to commandeer Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order up front.  However, in the event his resume and situation hasn’t convinced you of his potential, this side-by-side comparison with Romelu Lukaku should.  The last two seasons, Tosun fired 68% of his shots inside the penalty area, averaging a goal every 4.96 attempts.  His numbers stack up well to Lukaku, who cracked 66% of his shots inside the penalty and averaged a goal every 4.18 attempts.  If Tosun is available in your league, add him. 




Jose Izquierdo, Brighton (2 percent):  Coming off an electric performance in GW22, Izquierdo has my attention for Brighton’s trip to West Brom.  The Columbian tallied two assists during the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, picking out Anthony Knockaert with an exquisite ball across the box early before setting up Glenn Murray with a first-time pass in the second half.  The £13.5million summer recurit from Club Brugge was lively throughout the match as he attempted five shots and made 51% of his touches in the final third.  Available in 98 percent of leagues, the pacy forward seems a good choice as a third forward against Baggies.  

  

 


 









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