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Sean's Super Subs - Week 25

Monday, January 29, 2018


With three gameweeks over the next 12 days, plus injuries and the transfer window coming to a close, this mini stretch will be crucial for managers looking to gain ground.  Working the free agent market and waiver wire will be more crucial than ever, especially since GW26 coming at us this weekend.  As for this edition of my column, the players compiled are centered around finding the best streaming value.  

 

GW25 Matches 


Tuesday

Swansea City vs. Arsenal

West Ham vs. Watford

Huddersfield vs. Liverpool


Wednesday

Chelsea vs. Bournemouth

Everton vs. Leicester City

Newcastle vs. Burnley

Southampton vs. Brighton

Manchester City vs. West Brom 

Stoke City vs. Watford

Tottenham vs. Manchester United

 

 

Before we get down to business, 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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Defenders

 

 

 

Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City (33 percent):   With Shawcross fully fit, the veteran center-back should be valued as a serviceable plugin.  The 31-year-old missed three matches with a calf injury but was excellent when he returned to the starting XI for Stoke City’s first match under new Paul Lambert.  Shawcross racked up 25.25 fantasy points as he won 16 aerials and helped keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.  He's averaging 8.48 points per match this season and, in the defender rankings, currently sits 8th in aerials won (83) and 19th in clearances (111).  Shawcross benefits from a decent run of upcoming matches with Watford, Bournemouth and Brighton in the next three, so consider him a good short-term option.

 

 

 

Ben Chilwell, Leicester City (8 percent):   Chilwell is worth a look for GW25 with how well Leicester City’s defense has performed of late.  The Foxes have kept clean sheets in their first three matches of 2018, while Chilwell has averaged 10 points per match in his last three starts.  His points per match average is boosted by a pair of clean sheets but supplemented by quality peripheral production, with totals of 10 aerials won and seven successful take-ons. Chilwell is a good streaming option because of Everton’s offensive struggles in recent weeks, and a long-term consideration given his leg up on Christian Fuchs in the left-back competition.  


Midfielders

 

 

 

James Ward-Prowse, Southampton (30 percent):  Averaging 13.83 fantasy points per match over the last three weeks, which ranks 15th among all midfielders, Ward-Prowse leads the list of streaming midfielders for GW25.  The 23-year-old has become a sustainable fantasy option because of his steady offensive contributions since being moved to right midfield.  In six starts from the right flank since GW13, he has created 15 chances and attempted 62 crosses (15 successful).  Ward-Prowse shined brightest with a man of the match performance in the 2-2 draw at Watford, during which he two scored twice and posted 28 fantasy points.  Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is expected to revert to a 4-2-3-1 when they host Brighton, meaning JWP will be given freedom to get forward and whip balls in from the wing.  He’s a top-20 midfielder for me this week and a potential short-term replacement for owners without Manuel Lanzini.  

 

 

 

Oleksandr Zinchenko, Manchester City (14 percent):    Zinchenko could be in line for more starts at left-back with the long-term injury to Fabian Delph and extended absence of Benjamin Mendy.  The 21-year-old was caught out of position when Jacob Murphy scored in the 3-1 win over Newcastle, but the mistake was the lone error he made in an otherwise sound performance.  The Ukraine international lead all players in touches (139), accurate passes (107) and successful tackles (4), while his three key passes were topped only by Kevin De Bruyne.  In two starts this season, Zinchenko has racked up 17 points, seven successful tackles and four scoring chances. Furthermore, since Oleksandr is classified as a midfielder, he won’t lose points when City concede.  Averaing 8.5 points per match across two starts this season, consider him a deeper league streaming option if he's called upon against West Brom.

 

 

 

Joao Mario, West Ham:   The Portugal international arrives at West Ham on loan from Inter Milan in the middle of an injury crisis, with Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic sidelined for the next few weeks.  Mario joined Inter for in August 2016 for £38.4m following two impressive seasons for Sporting Lisbon, during which he scored 11 goals and assisted 16 times in 65 Liga NOS appearances.  While the 25-year-old failed to live up to his price tag in Italy, there’s no doubt that he’s the type of player the Hammers need at the moment.  Known for his ability to create goals, Mario is expected to slot into the creative midfield role for the duration of Lanzini’s absence.  If you play in a deeper league and need a midfielder with a clear shot at significant minutes, Mario is worth an add. 


Forward

 

 

 

Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea (36 percent):   Alvaro Morata returned to training on Monday but isn’t expected to be fit for GW25, which means Batshuayi is in line for a start against Bournemouth. The Belgian international is cemented behind Morata in the pecking order, though he has made the most of his chance in the starting XI during Morata’s absence.  Batshuayi picked up an assist in the 4-0 thumping of Brighton in GW24 and then scored twice in the FA Cup win over Newcastle at the weekend.  He’s an above-average streaming option against the Cherries who have allowed 16 goals in their last seven matches.  


 

 






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