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Weekly Picks

Sean's Super Subs - Week 7

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

Aside from Nick Pope (13.5) and James Tarkowski (10.5), my picks last week were flat.  Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles had poor fantasy outings, while none of the midfielders were able to hit double digits.  This week my tips focus on defenders and forwards, pointing out players with the statistical edge over the rest of the field.  To make up for the fluke returns, will get right down to business.

 

A reminder, here’s what you need to know to maximize my advice.  This column is reserved for weekly free agent and waiver-wire adds for Togga draft leagues and features only players owned in less than 50 percent of leagues.  Players who make each column will be classified as a streaming option, (one-week add), long-term add (worth holding for a specific duration of matches) or a must-add (should be owned in all leagues). 


Defenders

 

 

 

Kiko Femenia, Watford (17 percent): When fantasy managers think of Watford fullbacks, the term that comes to mind is boom-or-bust.  Jose Holebas scored two goals and provided four assists but picked up 14 yellow cards in process, and Daryl Janmaat missed nine matches through injury last season.  However, the fantasy stereotype is one that has not applied to Marco Silva’s new first-choice right-back thus far.  Across five starts, Femenia has played 268 more minutes than Janmaat and average 3.35 points more per match than Holebas.  Amongst all defenders, the Spaniard ranks 7th in interceptions (14), 11th in points per match (12.10) and 13th in total points (60.5).  Femenia is someone I see as a long-term asset who I love this weekend in a matchup against West Brom.  The Baggies have allowed the sixth most points to defenders since the beginning of the season (237) and the fourth most over the last three weeks (153.25).  He’s worth a start in leagues with 10 or more teams. 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth (34 percent):  Bournemouth’s defense has not been as good as we expected.  The Cherries have allowed the seventh most points to opposing forwards (149) and conceded 11 goals this season, just two less than Crystal Palace.  Despite the rough start, don’t overlook Daniels if you need to stream a defender.  This weekend’s visit from Leicester City pits the 31-year-old against a club that has been exposed by attack-minded left-backs so far.  Since the start of the campaign, the Foxes have allowed 29 crosses and an average of more than 10 points per game to the position.  As for Daniels, he’s attempted 23 crosses and averaged 8.75 points across his last four matches.  The Cherries left-back can be considered a streaming option for 12-team leagues. 

 

 

 

 

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle (5 percent):  If you drafted Yedlin and dropped him…like I did in multiple 12-team leagues…now is the time to pick him up again.  The United States international made his return from injury for Newcastle in GW5, playing 90 minutes in the 2-1 win against Stoke City, and was the unfortunate recipient of a stomp by Brighton striker Tomer Hemed at the weekend.  Barring any lingering effects from the incident, his third successive start will come when Liverpool visit St. James Park on Sunday.  Should you feel like taking a gamble, the Reds have allowed the 10th most points to defenders (104) over last three matches.  However, the real strength of adding him is Newcastle’s of fixtures on the horizon.  Five of their next seven matches are against clubs that have allowed more than 200 points to defenders this season.  If the statistical trends hold, Yedlin will have starting value in deeper leagues from GW8 through GW11. 

   

Club

SOU (A)

CRY (H)

BRN (A)

BOU (H)

MUN (A)

WAT (H)

WBA (A)

Points Allowed

254.5

342.5

203.75

283.25

10

164.75

237

Rank

16th

20th

11th

18rd

2nd

5th

15th

 

 

 

 

 


Midfielders

 

 

Ashley Young, Manchester United (24 percent):  Until Luke Shaw breaks back into Jose Mourinho’s first-team, Young will see a solid chuck of time at left-back.  The 32-year-old returned from a hamstring injury two weeks ago to start the 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel and retained his place at left-back against Everton and Southampton.  Across 270 minutes of action, Young recorded three successful crosses, three key passes, five successful take-ons and 10 interceptions.  His attacking quality is supplemented by his classification as a midfielder in Togga’s format, meaning he receives one point for a clean sheet but does not lose points for goals conceded.  For those reasons and the matchup with Crystal Palace on Saturday, I like Young as a fifth midfielder this weekend.  He should see enough time on the ball in positions to pick out Romelu Lukaku in the box, which bodes well against an Eagles side with the worst defensive record in the league. 

 

 

Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City (21 percent):  Ndidi has shared in Leicester City’s struggles to begin the season.  A reliable producer of defensive actions last season, it took the central midfielder six matches to have his fist double-digit fantasy outing.  Ndidi has faired better the last two matches in a partnership with Andy King, who has deputized for the injured Matty James.  The Nigeria international racked up seven aerial wins in successive game in addition to a total of six tackles and three successful take-ons, helping him to a points-per-match average of 7.25.  While still below the target for a starting midfielder, Ndidi’s stock is on rise with his next two games against Bournemouth and West Brom.  His production is due to rebound, making him a midfielder to keep an eye on.  He’s a pick up for deeper leagues who offers scoring across all key defensive actions.


Forwards

 

 

 

 

Tammy Abraham, Swansea City (38 percent):  West Ham have surrendered the fourth most points to forwards this season, which puts Swansea City forwards in the streaming conversation.  The Hammers defense has picked up two clean sheets in their last three matches, but against opposition without a true goalscorer. Furthermore, six of the 13 goals they’ve conceded this season have been to strikers—Romelu Lukaku (2), Harry Kane (2), Manolo Gabbiadini (1), Joselu (1).  Meanwhile, Wilfried Bony (49%) and Jordan Ayew (26%) started upfront in GW6 but it was Abraham who came off the bench at half-time and scored in the 2-1 defeat by Watford.  The Chelsea loanee’s goal was an easy but well poached finish.   He followed up a Bony strike, gathered the rebound and slotted the ball into the back of the net.  Abraham has found his groove after a quiet start to the season, scoring twice on three shots on target in his last four appearances.  Should he return to the starting XI, he’s the Swans striker to stream.   

 

 

 

 

Oumar Niasse, Everton (less than 1 percent):  It will be curious to see whether Ronald Koeman hands Niasse a start against Burnley on Sunday, since based on his 35-minute brace against Bournemouth he merits one.  The Senegalese international, brought on with Everton trailing 1-0, hammered the Toffees level in the 77th minute and then scored the match winner in the 82nd minute.  His first goal was a real highlight as he collected a pass from Tom Davies, touched into space and fired a rocket past Asmir Begovic, while his second was a tap-in on the goal line after his initial header was denied.  Niasse’s effort has surely moved him up the team sheet considering Sandro Ramirez has yet to score in 208 minutes and Wayne Rooney isn’t getting any younger.  Since the 27-year-old was excluded from Everton’s Europa League squad, he will also be fresh for this weekend.  If you need a forward—a common situation for Christian Benteke owners—Niasse should be on your shortlist.