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Sean's Super Subs - Week 31

by Sean Sullivan
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Most managers have the dilemma of deciding how to field a full team for Blank GW31.  The slate offers just four fixtures with the FA Cup quarter-finals causing the other six matches to be postponed.  In short, this week is all about finding a few players with the highest upside while avoiding dropping the majority of your squad.  In turn, the list I have compiled is the best of the best.  

GW31 Matches

Bournemouth vs. West Brom

Huddersfield vs. Crystal Palace

Stoke City vs. Everton

Liverpool vs. Watford

Before we get down to business, here is a brief guide to help maximize my player recommendations.  Each week, I research and identify players with the best value available in more than 50 percent of all Togga leagues.  The players selected are then given one of three specific labels. Streaming options are players worth adding for a single gameweek.  These players are best suited for owners dealing with injuries or suspensions.  Short-term adds are players worth holding for a specific duration.  In most cases, players are given this label because of a boost in form or increase in playing time.  Long-term adds are players worth adding based on potential.  Essentially, this tag is reserved for players with a good shot at becoming a reliable contributor (more risk, more reward).


 

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Defenders

 

 

 

Florent Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield (1 percent):   If you’re not familiar with Hadergjonaj, here is what you need to know.  The 23-year-old joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan from FC Ingolstadt this summer with a reputation as one of the most exciting young right-backs in the Bundesliga.  Known for his attacking and crossing capabilities, Hadergjonaj has impressed enough to overtake Town captain Tommy Smith as the club’s first-choice right back in recent weeks.  Town announced they will be exercising the clause to make his stay permanent in the summer, and boy did he make that seem like a smart piece of business last weekend. Hadergjonaj was electric in their goalless draw with Swansea City as he recorded eight successful crosses from a staggering 21 attempts and created eight chances.  While one performance might seem a small sample size since Town was playing against 10 men, the Swizterland international leads all defenders in crosses (40) since GW24. He is my top add for managers in need of a defender for GW31.

Patrick Van Aanholt, Crystal Palace (25 percent):  If you listen to my podcast (FPL 360), then you already know my stance on Van Aanholt.  PVA tallied his first goal of the season in GW29 against Manchester United and got on the scoresheet again in the defeat by Chelsea.   However, there is more to like about PVA than just his goals in successive matches. Over the last eight weeks, he has racked up eight shots, eight key passes and averaged roughly eight fantasy points per match.  The return of Wilfried Zaha is another essential factor behind my stance on the 27-year-old. Zaha assisted on PVA’s goal against Chelsea and his presence should unlock more chances for the Dutchman for the rest of the season.  Consider him a long-term add for leagues with 10 or more teams.


Adam Smith, Bournemouth (11 percent): Available in the vast majority of all leagues, Smith represents an extremely enticing option for managers searching for defenders this week.  Since GW28, the right back has operated on the right side of midfield and played a hand on two of his club’s four goals, while averaging 8.58 points per match in the process.  Smith came on at halftime and scored a golazo in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle, and assisted with a cross for Junior Stanislas in the defeat at Spurs in GW30. Furthermore, Bournemouth play at home against West Brom, who have failed to score in their last three away matches and rank bottom of the league in goals per match.  


Midfielders

Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth (46 percent):  It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see Stanislas on this list.  The 29-year-old is the most explosive midfielder eligible for my column.  Over the last seven weeks...he has three goals from eight shots on target, two assists from 10 chances created and averaged 14.21 points per match.  Compared to all midfielders, his current production is on par with Leroy Sane’s season average (13.94). In short, Stanislas should be a top-five midfielder this week given his club's home fixture against West Brom.

Badou Ndiaye, Stoke City (15 percent):  I have written about Ndiaye three times since he joined Stoke City in January.  Previously, I tipped Ndiaye because of his production across defensive metrics.  Compared to all players who have made at least five appearances this season, he ranks co-fourth in tackles won per match (3.6). However, the 27-year-old makes the list this week because he is due for a goal. Ndiaye has taken more shots (13) than any other Potter since his arrival and, during that five-match span, recorded twice as many shots as Xherdan Shaqiri (6).  This week, Stoke play at home against Everton, who are conceding the second-most shots per match this season (14.8). If Stanislas isn't available, I would add Ndiaye. 


Forward



Cenk Tosun, Everton (32 percent):  In terms of available forwards, Tosun is the guy to add for GW31.  After failing to make an impact in matches against Tottenham and West Brom, the Turkey international was dropped to the bench.  However, Tosun has scored in successive matches since returning to the starting XI. The 27-year-old has been under immense pressure since his arrival from Besiktas in January, but finding the net in matches against Burnley and Brighton seems like all he needed to finally feel comfortable at his new club.  If Everton score at Stoke City, my money is on Tosun.  



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