This column serves the purpose of providing you with weekly waiver-wire adds for Togga season long draft leagues. Each week Sean Sullivan recommends players—based on availability, current form or matchups—that should be added or started. These weekly picks are meant to grab your attention, limit the often-fatal last minute lineup tinker, and help you maintain a superior squad throughout the FPL campaign.
My picks for GW29 were on point outside of the pair of players involved in the Everton’s 4-0 victory over Hull City—Morgan Schneiderlin was subbed off with an injury and Ahmed Elmohamady didn’t feature.
Wayne Hennessey and Artur Boruc both recorded clean sheets, while defensively Billy Jones ranked in the top-ten and James Tomkins posted 12.25 points. Marounane Fellaini was the cream of the crop in the midfielder; a goal and seven aerial wins, while Adnan Januzaj was a moderate sleeper play with 9.5 points. The best play of the round was Benik Afobe who, scored a goal and provided an assist, had his best fantasy performance of the season (22 points).
After a successful batch of picks, this week’s picks will focus on the injury front. At the top of the crowded list of absentees is a trio of FPL stars that are expected to miss a couple of matches: Harry Kane, Adam Lallana and Petr Cech. Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a gruesome double leg fracture.
As usual, this column includes players that are owned in less than 50 percent of all Togga draft leagues.
Artur Boruc, Bournemouth (27 percent): If you need a replacement for Petr Cech based on form, the top option is Boruc. The 37-year-old retained his place on this column after a clean sheet against Swansea City. Boruc was forced to make just one save, however, the stop was a brilliant denial on thunderous 25-yard strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson. The clean sheet was the latest feather in Boruc’s cap as it came on the heels of heroic performances against Manchester United and West Ham United. The Polish international was a top-five goalkeeper each of the last three gameweeks, and this caliber of production is too good to ignore. If you own Petr Cech, stay away from David Ospina and invest in Boruc.
Victor Valdes, Middlesbrough (23 percent): If I had to choose a replacement for Petr Cech based on upcoming fixtures, Valdes is someone to consider. Middlesbrough’s next three opponents are quite favorable, with trips to Swansea City and Hull City followed by a home match against Burnley. Boro will need some huge performance from Valdes in order to avoid relegation and, rather than viewing this as a negative, I see it as a chance for good returns in fantasy. Aitor Karanka’s No.1 made 10 saves over the course his last three matches and averaged 5.75 points per match over the last five. He’s a good option if Boruc is already owned.
Mason Holgate, Everton (30 percent): With Seamus Coleman done for the season, Holgate is expected to take over the starting right-back role. Holgate is young but that hasn’t stopped him from making a significant impact during his time so far this season. The 20-year-old averaged 11.9 points per match over the course of three starts to begin the season when Coleman was unavailable, and has since scored double-digit points in three of his last five appearances. In nine appearances this term, the future first-teamer has made 33 clearances, won 12 tackles and recorded one assist (four chances created). In short, he’s a long-term added in all leagues regardless of size.
Robert Huth, Leicester City (36 percent): The Foxes have experienced a renaissance since Craig Shakespeare took over and Huth is coming off a pair of excellent performances. The veteran center-back grabbed an assist on Riyad Mahrez’s goal against Hull City and followed with his first goal of the season against West Ham. Huth currently ranks as a top-fifteen defender (points per match) over the last three weeks and enters Saturday’s match against Stoke City in peak form. He’s an above-average streaming option for 10-team-or-deeper-leagues this weekend.
Adam Smith, Bournemouth (33 percent): Charlie Daniel has been Bournemouth’s best defender in fantasy but Smith is still worth a look. The Cherries’ right-back averaged 7.4 points per match over the course of the last five matches after a lowly average of 3.3 points in the five matches prior. While Smith’s fantasy produce has been impressive in recent weeks, so has been the overall form of Eddie Howe’s side. Bournemouth have won for back-to-back matches for the first time this season and limited Swansea City to just one shot on target during GW29. If you need to stream a defender and play in a 12-team league, Smith is a good option.
Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth (37 percent): Short and sweet: Fraser is a must-add in all leagues. The 23-year-old is on the verge of breaking into the Scottish national team and his resume this term speaks for itself. Since GW14, the winger scored three goals and contributed six assists (in Togga scoring). Furthermore, last four matches saw him create nine scoring chances and recorded six successful crosses. I would add Fraser this week and use him a fifth midfielder.
Ashley Young, Manchester United (3 percent): Young has started just three league matches this season but put in a noteworthy 90-minute performance during Manchester United 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough. The 31-year-old created three scoring chances and grabbed a great assist, as his pin-point cross to the far post set up Marouane Fellaini with an easy header. While Young has struggled for regular time this term, there’s a chance Jose Mourinho could hand him a start against West Brom on Saturday. Why? The Baggies are great in the air defensively and Young is an excellent crosser. If Young makes the starting XI, I have a feeling he’ll pick up assist at Old Trafford.
Scott Arfield, Burnley (4 percent): Until the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson returns to the starting XI, Arfield has depth value deeper leagues. The Canadian international is not a player to use on a weekly-basis, but his chances created totals so far this season makes him an interesting sleeper to hold. Although he’s too risky to use this weekend against Tottenham, he could have sleeper value in upcoming matches against Stoke City (GW31) and Middlesbrough (GW32). Why? Arfield has created two or more chances in five of his last eight matches, including four against Leicester City during GW23 and three against Sunderland last time out. If you’re in the market for speculative add, Arfield could be worth the gamble.
Sebastian Larsson, Sunderland (Less than 1 percent): Another deeper league depth option is Larsson. In match against Manchester City (GW27) and Burnley (GW29), the Swedish international posted points totals of 11 and 10.5 respectively. The 32-year-old enters Saturday’s match against Watford with five chance created in his last three matches and should see enough of the ball Vicarage Road to make some noise. Owners looking to go outside the box for a late add-and-start should keep Larsson in mind.
Enner Valencia, Everton (15 percent): The deal with Valencia is this: He is a super sub that makes things happen almost every time he graces the pitch. While this makes him an excellent asset for Everton, it makes him a tricky player to deal with in fantasy. Why? Ronald Koeman rarely uses him for more than 30 minutes per match. However, chances are high his usage will spike considering the West Ham loanee chipped in three goals and an assist over the course of his last five appearances. In short, Valencia has value in all leagues because an injury to Romelu Lukaku or Ross Barkley would see him step into the starting XI.
Rudy Gestede, Middlesbrough (1 percent): Middlesbrough lost to Manchester United last time out but Steve Agnew’s side looked much better after the introduction of Gestede. The 28-year-old entered the match in the 67th minute and buried an easy chance inside the box just 10 minutes later. Although the goal was a product of a misplayed clearance, Gestede’s close-range finish was the first goal scored by Boro since GW23. Considering lead striker Alvaro Negredo has gone six matches without a goal, don’t be surprised to see Gestede play a significant role against Swansea City this weekend. I like the chances of Gestede scoring again this weekend, which is why I will be starting him in my 12 team league.
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