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 GW31 yielded sporadic results. Divock Origi scored, Kamil Grosicki and Andrew Robertson both grabbed assists, and Danny Simpson helped keep a clean sheet. Eric Dier (6) and Lucas Leiva (7.5) also scored higher than their season points per match average. Meanwhile, despite making four saves, Wayne Hennessey conceded three goals in a 1-3 defeat at Southampton.
Wayne Hennessey: 2.25
Danny Simpson: 13
Andrew Robertson: 12.5
Joel Ward: -.25
Matthew Pennington: -.25
Kamil Grosicki: 13
Lucas Leiva: 7.5
Eric Dier: 6
Wilfred Ndidi: 5.50
Divock Origi: 20.5
With a quick turnaround, here are some players to consider owned in less than 50 percent of all Togga draft leagues.
Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City (47 percent): The most consistent goalkeeper in terms of points scored on a match-to-match basis over the last three weeks, Fabianski has my backing against West Ham United. The 31-year-old was in peak form against Tottenham, making a brave charging save on Vincent Janssen and a sprawling denial on Dele Alli’s header, despite conceding three goals. He’s averaged a shade over three saves per match since GW27 and made five in two of the last three. The matchup with West Ham is also much more favorable than the other streaming options, with Eldin Jakupovic and Heurelho Gomes away to Manchester City and Tottenham.
Phil Jagielka, Everton (45 percent): Jagielka scored his first goal since May 2015 in the 1-1 draw with Manchester but that’s not why he makes this column. While the 34-year-old has a season points per match average of 6.99, he’s actually outscored this figured rather well in four consecutive matches. Jagielka has scored more than 10 points in each match since GW28, recording top-notch totals in aerials won (12), interceptions (8) and clearances (28). The veteran center-back’s current fantasy form makes him a consideration for leagues of all size.
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (10 percent): The U.S. international is an underrated fantasy asset for a few reasons. The two primary points being his role as a holding midfielder and consistency in per match averages across the board. Since returning from a long injury spell Cameron has averaged 11 points per match, including scores of 18.25 against Middlesbrough (GW27) and 19.25 against Burnley (GW31). His production in defensive metrics is aided by a steady total of successful take-ons—2.75 per match over the last four weeks. He’s a consideration for 10-team-or-deeper-leagues.
Craig Cathcart, Watford (2 percent): A defender readily available in all leagues, Cathcart has ranked in the top-15 for consecutive game weeks. The Northern Ireland international has helped keep clean sheets the last two matches, and followed a 26.75 outing with a 15.5 score against West Brom on Tuesday. Although Cathcart has been irrelevant in fantasy for most of the season, his stock is on the rise—the last three weeks he’s out performed his per match averages in aerials, clearances and successful tackles. Cathcart has value as a depth add in deeper leagues.
Granit Xhaka, Arsenal (42 percent): Xhaka is a top-draw holding midfielder and I like his match-up against Crystal Palace. Arsenal should dominate possession throughout the fixture at Selhurst Park and this plays into the strenghts of the Swiss international, who ranks fourth in passes per match and ninth in pass success percent average. Xhaka should have no trouble staking his claim in the center of park and building off his success in the last three matches, in which he grabbed an assist from six chances created. He’s fourth or fifth midfielder in 12-team-or-deeper-leagues.
Adama Traore, Middlesbrough (25 percent): Being in and out of the starting XI has tapered his value this season, but Traore was great in each of the last two matches. The winger recorded 11 successful take-ons against Swansea and followed with eight more during the midweek defeat at Hull City, with his season total of 124 second best to only Eden Hazard (126). The pair of matches also saw Traore create four chances and record an assist, supplying the cross on Alvaro Negredo’s goal at the KCOM Stadium. The form of Middlesbrough may be worrisome but this weekend they play at home against a Burnley side that hasn’t won away this season. All things considered, I’m backing Traore as the top midfielder to stream for GW31.
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton (38 percent): During his last seven matches, Prowse has averaged 11.9 fantasy points. Given the large sample size, it’s a surprise to his ownership isn’t higher. However, that’s good news for owners that need a fourth midfielder. With two goals and four scoring chances created in his last three, Prowse is a consideration for 10-team-or-deeper leagues.
Islam Slimani, Leicester City (45 percent): The Algerian international scored the winner—on his four consecutive substitute appearance—against Sunderland on Tuesday. Slimani came on just after the hour mark and outmaneuvered Lamine Koné before heading home a Marc Albrighton cross from seven yards. The goal was his first since December and should result in Craig Shakespeare handing him a healthy chunk of minutes this weekend against Everton, considering Shinji Okazaki is goalless in his last 14 appearances. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Slimani score again and, as a result, displace Okazaki from the starting XI within the next two weeks. He’s an add for someone in need of forward depth.
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