Sean's Super Subs - Week 33

Sean Sullivan
Rotoworld
Andrew Gastelum delves into the depths of Fantrax's draft leagues to uncover the best bargains for Gameweek 34 in the Premier League

The Bargain Hunter-Week 34

Andrew Gastelum delves into the depths of Fantrax's draft leagues to uncover the best bargains for Gameweek 34 in the Premier League

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.  

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GW32 Recap 

Last week my picks were successful on both fronts considering ownership went up and the majority of the group delivered as expected, with the pair of players involved in the match at Goodison Park at the top of the list.  Islam Slimani hit my predication by scoring for the second match in a row while Phil Jagielka produced a fifth-straight double-digit performance, as his 24.5 points were third most by a defender.  Meanwhile, Grant Xhaka continued his chances created hot-streak with four against Crystal Palace and Lukasz Fabianski (8) outscored both Eldin Jakupovic (6.5) and Heurelho Gomes (-4). 

It’s also worth noting that GW32 saw two players who I tipped as long-term adds supplied the returns I promised.  Wayne Hennessey continued his brilliant form with a three-save clean sheet against Arsenal, marking the second time in the last three weeks the Eagles’ shot-stopper has ranked as the top goalkeeper.  Elsewhere, Eric Dier had similar success.  The English international scored his second goal in his last three matches and extended his run of three straight matches with a fantasy score better than his season points per match average.

Lukasz Fabianski: 8 points

—Fabianski has now outscored his season points per match average (3.60) in five consecutive games.

Phil Jagielka: 24.5 points

— Jagielka leads all defenders in points per match (18.7) over the last three weeks.

Geoff Cameron: 1.75 points

– Cameron has recorded at least two successful take-ons in each of his last five appearances.

Craig Cathcart: -1.25 points 

– Cathcart is owned in just 2 percent of leagues despite scoring 41 total points over the last three weeks.

Granit Xhaka: 13 points

— Xhaka has created nine scoring chances since GW29.

Adama Traore: 7 points

— Currently owned in 35 percent of all leagues, Traore’s ownership has risen 94 percent since GW30. 

James Ward-Prowse: 4 points

— GW32 marked just the third time since GW21 that Ward-Prowse scored less than 12.5 points

Islam Slimani: 13 points

— Slimani has scored three goals in his last seven appearances. 

As usual, here are some players to consider for GW33 owned in less than 50 percent of all Togga draft leagues.

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet, Liverpool (36 percent):  Liverpool travel to West Brom this weekend and that qualifies Mignolet an option to consider, if you stream goalkeepers.  This has less to do with Mignolet, who made three nice stops against Stoke City on Sunday, and more with the fact that Tony Pulis’ side ranks 17th and 18th in shots take and shots on target per match.  The Baggies also enter the match with just one goal scored in their last three.  Mignolet is not a long-term pickup but I like him as one-week play for GW33.

Darren Randolph, West Ham United (9 percent):  A goalkeeper who I sung praises of earlier this season, Randolph is back in my good graces after a one-save clean sheet at the weekend.  Although he was never truly tested against an ailing Swansea City, his lone stop on Gylfi Sigurdsson was enough to end West Ham’s five-match losing skid.  While owners will be skeptical of starting Randolph this week, consider this: Sunderland is goalless in their last seven matches.  The combination is why I’m backing him as a streaming option for deeper leagues. 

Defenders

Sam Byram, West Ham United (1 percent):  With Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and potentially Aaron Cresswell still out, Byram will hold the starting right-back role for the rest of the term.  He’s coming off his best fantasy performance of the season, in which he won five tackles and three aerials, and has a favorable matchup against the relegation-destined Black Cats.  Byram is a long-term, sleeper-add for deeper leagues.

Yohan Benalouane, Leicester City (10 percent):  The 30-year-old center-back is expected to deputize for Wes Morgan until the club’s skipper recovers from a back injury.  This gives Benalouane value as a streaming defender considering that outside of the defeat at Everton—a match that saw Craig Shakespeare rest almost half of his regular first-team—the Tunisian international has produced solid numbers.  In the three matches prior to GW32 Benalouane made 20 clearances and won 11 aerials, and helped keep a trio of clean sheets.  If Morgan is unable to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, Benalouane has value as a fourth defender in deeper leagues.

Alfie Mawson, Swansea City (12 percent):  There is no way to spin the fact that Swansea City’s defensive record is bad: the Swans have conceded more goals (67) than any other club this season.  However, Mawson has still managed to produce in fantasy.  Over the course of the last 11 matches the England Under-21 international has averaged 8.12 points per match and scored four goals, while also ranking as a top-40 defender in three of the five previous gameweeks.  While this total isn’t sufficient to qualify him for all leagues, it’s high enough for me to mention him as a deeper-league add.  Considering the Swans are away to Watford this weekend, Mawson has starting XI value in 12-team-or-deeper-leagues.

Midfielders 

Jesus Navas, Manchester City (42 percent): Pep Guardiola seems to have found a new first-choice right-back in Navas, having favored the wingers’ passing and attacking football over Pablo Zabaleta in each of the last three matches.  Defensively Navas will need time to adjust, but going forward his overlapping runs and service from the flank saw him successful in consecutive out-of-position assignments at the Emirates and Stamford Bridge.  If the Spaniard can hold the starting role for the rest of the season, he’ll have value in all leagues regardless of size.  Over the course of the last three matches Navas has scored a total of 46.5 fantasy points, with his production split 60-40 between offensive and defensive metrics.  In short, add him before it’s too late. 

Stewart Downing, Middlesbrough (22 percent):  Middlesbrough is in 18th place and six points behind 17th-placed Hull City, but with a game hand.  The relevance of this is simple: Steve Agnew must use offensive tactics for the rest of the term and Downing is the club’s best chance creator .  The 32-year-old has created eight chances and recorded seven successful crosses over the last matches, crowned by an under the radar electric performance against Burnley at the weekend. The provider of the cross that led to Alvaro Negredo’s fantastic 67th-minute bicycle kick effort, which was denied by Tom Heaton, Downing later saw his goal-bound free kick off cleared off the line by Matthew Lowton.  All things considered, he has value as a fifth midfielder in deeper leagues for the remainder of the season. 

Fabian Delph, Manchester City (4 percent):  I like Delph for a couple reasons.  The first and foremost being the 27-year-old looked right at home in center of the park in his first back-to-back starts since January 2016, putting in a disciplined defensive shift against Chelsea and scoring the third in a 3-1 victory over Hull City.  The second reason, which is rather abstract, is the assumption that Delph is playing for his future at the Etihad.  Considering Yaya Toure will be leaving during the summer, I have a feeling Pep Guardiola will use the rest of the term to assess whether or not Delph can be one of his two holding midfielders next season.  Essentially, in regards to the situation at hand, I’m expecting the Englishman to produce sustainable fantasy numbers.  He’s someone to add if you need a midfielder and play in a 12-team-or-deeper-league. 

Forwards

Jordan Ayew, Swansea City (2 percent):  Ayew’s stock is on the rise after a pair of noteworthy performances.  The Ghanaian international set up Wayne Routledge’s goal against Tottenham in impressive fashion—he tracked down a long ball and dribbled to the end-line before threading a pass into the six-yard box—and was the liveliest attacker in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham.  Given his effectiveness and need for goals to avoid relegation, Ayew should retain a place in the starting Xi even with Fernando Llorente set to return against Watford.  I like Ayew as a sleeper, third forward in deeper leagues for GW33. 

Victor Anichebe, Sunderland (9 percent): After nearly a three-month spell on the sidelines, Anichebe marked his return by playing the full 90-minutes in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.  This is great news for bottom of the table Sunderland who struggled to score during Anichebe’s absence, scoring just four goals over a seven-match span.  How good was Anichebe before his injury?  The 28-year-old scored three goals and assisted once, while creating five additional chances, in seventh starts.  Based on his production so far, there’s no reason why he can’t be a top-15 forward (on a points per match basis) for here on out, considering five of the Black Cats' last seven games will be against clubs in the bottom half of the table.  If you need a striker, add Anichebe. 

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