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Graziano Pelle could lose his starting job after a series of horrible performances.

Pelle has been absolutely horrific in recent weeks and just can't finish regardless of how good his chances have been. Ronald Koeman might choose to bench him in favor of Shane Long or another one of his winger/forward options. Regardless of whether he plays, we recommend not using Pelle in fantasy during this rough stretch.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:16 AM

Toby Alderweireld should be available for Southampton in week 28.

Alderweireld was out for seven weeks with a hamstring issue but is finally deemed fit and should be available for selection against Crystal Palace in midweek. It's a bit risky to use Alderweireld in fantasy due to the fact he might come off the bench since he hasn't played in such a long time, but he'll be a great choice starting next week.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:02 AM

Ryan Bertrand returned from his three-match ban to produce six fantasy points in the Yahoo! game.

Bertrand couldn't help Southampton win this week but he was decent in fantasy. Six points isn't something to write home about, but considering Southampton lost this one and Bertrand was just returning from a suspension, it's a solid return. Look for the left-back to return to his high-scoring days when Southampton face Crystal Palace at home in midweek. He should be a safe fantasy play going forward.
Mar 1 - 3:14 PM

Sadio Mane was benched against Liverpool this weekend for being half an hour late to the team meeting on Sunday.

Mane missed the 1pm meet-up time for the players ahead of the weekend's match and Ronald Koeman in turn benched him for the start of the match. Many managers across a number of sports have the exact same policy and some, like NFL coach Bill Belichick, will even bench players if they are late to practice. We don't know the reason for Mane's lateness but we feel good about his chances to start next weekend. Use him as your normally would.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 23 - 9:49 AM

Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane were left on the bench to start the match against Liverpool today.

Both players have had their moments this season but it was interesting to see both of them on the bench. Eljero Elia and Filip Djuricic were given the nod to start, and despite playing well, neither finished with confidence as both could have scored at times during the game. Look for at least one of Mane or Tadic to get the start next time out.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 22 - 1:22 PM

Toby Alderweireld has been ruled out for gameweek 26 with his continued hamstring problem.

This week will come too soon for Alderweireld but the good news for Southampton is that Matt Targett is returning and can slide in at left-back, sending Maya Yoshida back to center-back. Alderweireld will most likely have a starting spot when he returns, so he should be owned in all draft leagues.
Feb 20 - 7:34 PM

Matt Targett is probable for gameweek 26 after recovering from a concussion.

Targett missed Southampton's last match with a concussion and has a chance to start this weekend against Liverpool. If he starts, Maya Yoshida will likely slide back into center-back while Florin Gardos goes to the bench. It's a tricky situation that we recommend you avoid this weekend due to the uncertainty of who starts.
Feb 20 - 7:27 PM

Shane Long and Morgan Schneiderlin face late tests ahead of game-week 26, but both are probable to feature unless they suffer any adverse reaction from Friday's training.

Long will likely be on the bench with how well the rest of Southampton's forwards have played in recent weeks so he is not a fantasy option at the moment. Sadio Mane has been spectacular and Eljero Elia has played well, with Dusan Tadic providing a much needed bench spark most weekends. Avoid Long for now.
Feb 20 - 7:20 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin returned to training on Thursday and is probable to play against Liverpool this weekend.

Schneiderlin has been dealing with a few injuries as of late and is currently struggling with a groin problem but a full session of training is very optimistic for his fantasy owners. If Schneiderlin can't go, Victor Wanyama, Harrison Reed, and Steven Davis will likely feature in the Saints midfield. Due to the risk of Schneiderlin starting from the bench, we would be cautious with him this weekend.

Nathaniel Clyne has continued his impressive season, finishing with 16 fantasy points this week and making the Best XI once again.

Southampton didn't score on Wednesday but Clyne found a way to rack up the points regardless. He intercepted four passes, won three fouls, won a corner and a tackle, and had a successful cross to add on to the clean sheet points he earned. He's averaged 9.75 points over the last four weeks and 10 points per match over the season and should be owned in all leagues. His 1.51% ownership in the Yahoo! game is extremely low and those looking to make up ground should add him as a differential play despite his high price tag.
Source: Best XI
Feb 15 - 1:13 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin returned to the squad in week 23 but started on the bench as he was lacking fitness.

The midfielder is probably fit enough to earn a start or make a long appearance off the bench, although we wouldn't want to risk playing him in leagues where lineups lock at the first match kickoff. He is also not a great option in the Yahoo! game as he doesn't do enough to be a consistent fantasy threat. Victor Wanyama and Steven Davis are likely to miss out this week although they could face late fitness tests tomorrow.
Feb 10 - 11:48 AM

Toby Alderweireld is still a week away from returning and will miss Southampton's match against West Ham United.

With Alderweireld, Ryan Bertand, and Matt Targett all out for the match, Maya Yoshida is the next in line to feature at left-back. Yoshida is a good fantasy option as he provides a decent clean sheet opportunity as well as some attacking points at an affordable price. Alderweireld should not be on any waiver-wires in draft leagues, as he is a solid fantasy defender that should have a starting job as soon as next week.
Feb 10 - 11:36 AM

Matt Targett will miss the midweek clash with West Ham United due to a slight concussion he picked up over the weekend.

Targett clashed heads over the weekend and suffered a slight concussion in the process. He had precautionary X-rays that showed nothing serious and he will likely be back in GW26. Ryan Bertrand serves the second of his three match ban, so Maya Yoshida will likely feature at left-back again.
Feb 10 - 11:22 AM

Graziano Pelle is amid his worst scoring drought as a member of Southampton, lowering his fantasy price to under 6m in Yahoo, but he should still be a consideration for fantasy XI's when Southampton host West Ham United.

While his fantasy returns have been disappointing for investors going back to before Boxing Day, one should still respect that he leads all attacking players in minutes played. He has started every league match, and has only been subbed off twice. As long as he can just get a couple of shots on target, his fantasy haul should at least validate his current price. However, one should think he is due, and with it a very large haul for a very cheap price. With other injury concerns among the Saints, he is as much a guarantee as anyone in the league to start in a gameweek that will undoubtedly offer some surprise benchings.
Feb 9 - 4:54 PM

Maya Yoshida shifted to left-back during Southampton's match against QPR yesterday and was successful in the role.

Matt Targett picked up an injury in the first half and Florin Gardos replaced him, but it was Yoshida who slid over to left-back while Gardos was utilized centrally. Yoshida was great in the win, picking up the game winning assist and a clean sheet. He finished with 16 fantasy points, which was nice to see for fantasy managers after a negative six point performance last week(due to a yellow card and four fouls). Yoshida is generally useful in fantasy when he starts, and we would expect him to start again next week. There is a chance that Matt Targett and Toby Alderweireld both return for next weekend, in which case it's worth monitoring Yoshida's starting status.


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