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Sean's Super Subs - Week 24

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


GW24 offers an intriguing batch of matches that should yield diverse returns across the slate.  Brighton defenders are downgraded as Chelsea have scored 20 goals in 11 away matches this season, the third most in the league. Burnley is another backline to be skeptical of for their home match against Manchester United, who have scored two or more goals in each of their last five travels.  In turn, if you need a defender, late adds can be found with West Brom vs. Everton and Stoke City vs. Huddersfield.  Need goals?  Look at West Ham vs. Bournemouth. Over the last three matches, the clubs have scored a combined total of 14 goals.




With that said, here’s what you need to know to maximize my advice.  This column is reserved for weekly free agent adds for Togga draft leagues and features only players owned in less than 50 percent of all leagues at the time of publication.  Players that make each column will be classified as; streaming options, (one-week adds), short-term/long-term adds (worth holding for a specific duration of matches) or a must-adds (should be owned in all leagues).


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Goalkeeper

 

 

 

Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace (13 percent):   Since reclaiming the starting role, Hennessey has been excellent. The Wales international has conceded just once in three matches, recording seven saves across clean sheets against Manchester City and Burnley.  Hennessey wasn’t tested often in the 1-0 win over Burnley at the weekend but did well when called upon, tipping a volley over the frame in the first half before coming off his line to quell a one-on-one late in the match.  This week, Crystal Palace travel to Arsenal, who ranked third in shots on target (6.2) and fourth in shot attempts (17.1) per game this season.  Having stopped all five shots he faced in the goalless draw with Manchester City, Hennessey should be considered a streaming option for 12-team leagues. Expect seven-eight points if he concedes, but upwards of 13 if he keeps a clean sheet. 


Defenders

 

 


Jonny Evans, West Brom (14 percent):   Both Manchester City and Arsenal have been linked with Evans, but until negotiations process and force him to miss a match, the center back remains an above-average streaming option. The Northern Ireland international is averaging 9.96 points per match the last seven weeks and ranked as the top defender with 28.75 points in GW23.  Evans is primed for another solid match this weekend against Everton, who rank 19th in the league in shots on target per game (2.9) and have scored just one goal in their last five matches. Should Evans make a move to City or the Gunners, expect him to see less minutes but higher value when he does play.

 

 

 

Aleksandar Dragovic, Leicester City (Less than 1 percent):   With Wes Morgan out and Robert Huth still recovering from ankle surgery, Dragovic is line for another start.  The Bayern Leverkusen loanee has started the last two matches, recording successive clean sheet against Huddersfield Town and Chelsea.  Dragovic averaged 9.13 points across those matches and performed well alongside ever-dominate Harry Maguire, which is why he’s worth a look in GW24.  Dragovic doesn’t offer a lot from peripheral metrics, however, Watford has scored just two goals in their last four away matches.  Value him as a streaming option in deeper leagues for the clash at the King Power Stadium. 


Midfielders




Jordan Ibe, Bournemouth (37 percent):   Ibe has been firing on cylinders since returning to the Bournemouth starting XI.  Across the last four matches, the left-winger has a goal on eight shots on target (19 attempts) and an assist from 12 chances created.  Furthermore, during that span, he’s registered 13 successful take-ons and attempted 19 crosses.  In form and firmly rooted in the starting XI for this weekend’s trip to West Ham, Ibe is a streaming option for leagues with 10 or more teams.




Alex Pritchard, Huddersfield (2 percent):  The 24-year-old is only an add for managers with enough depth to make an investment.  In Pritchard, the Terriers have added a versatile playmaker that can operate as a number 10 and allow Terriers boss David Wagner to play Tom Ince on the wing.  Known for his ability to pick the final pass and strike from distance, Pritchard scored eight goals and tallied 12 assists in 43 appearances during a two-year stay at Norwich City. This season, across eight appearances for the Canaries, Pritchard averaged a shot every 26.8 minutes and a key pass every 47.3.  His debut for Huddersfield came off the bench in the 4-1 defeat by West Ham at the weekend, but the creative attacking midfielder looked well adjusted to the flow of Premier League play.  Should Ince slide out wide in order for Pritchard start as a number 10, the Tottenham Academy graduate could be a really useful piece for the rest of the season.  I used middle-of-the pack waiver claims to grab him in two 12-leagues, and would advise doing so if you need an attack-minded midfielder. 




Bakary Sako, Crystal Palace (5 percent):   Sako continued his fine form in the win over Burnley at the weekend and scored the lone goal of the match with a powerful shot from a tight angle.  However, while his performance was certainly noteworthy, it’s not the main reason why he makes this column.  Sako scored his sixth goal of the season to become Crystal Palace’s top-scorer across in all competitions.  Though the majority of his league minutes have off the bench so far, the club’s deficiencies in the scoring department foreshadows the winger being given a real shot at securing a starting berth.  If Sako performs well in another start against Arsenal this weekend, consider him a good add for the next three matches—West Ham, Newcastle and Everton.


Forward




Theo Walcott, Everton (34 percent):   For the second week in a row the top forward to target is a new signing at Everton.  Walcott becomes Big Sam’s second signing of the window following the arrival of Cenk Tosun from Besitkas, as he moves to Goodison in order to see regular first team football and reignite his career.  Despite just 63 minutes of league action for Arsenal this season, Walcott should be valued as an impact signing given his prior success and fantasy relevance.  The 28-year-old, who 47 England caps, has scored 65 goals in 270 career Premier League appearances.  Walcott is primed to start on the right wing in what could be a potent frontline composed of Tosun and left-winger Yannick Bolasie, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and/or Rooney Wayne likely to operate in support.  In short, he’s worth adding in leagues with eight or more teams.  


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