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Sean's Super Subs - GW29

Friday, March 17, 2017


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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GW29 Focus 

 

The short slate of fixtures made GW28 hit-or-miss for owners, and the same can be said for my picks.  Gael Clichy ranked as the top defender and Geoff Cameron ranked 11th overall, while Simon Mignolet and Martin Olsson were both flops.  In the midfield, Kamil Grosicki and Jack Cork were both top-20 midfielders but Mark Noble and Ramadan Sohbi failed to produce.  Upfront Benik Afobe, who assisted and registered two shots on target against West Ham, had an encouraging match.  On the other hand, Andre Gray found little success in Burnley’s defeat at Liverpool.

 

This week owners will relish an action-packed bundle of fixtures ahead of next week’s international break next.  While international breaks can be detrimental for FPL squads, due to the potential of players suffering injuries, owners of Harry Kane and Paul Pogba have already been dealt a blow.  To help cope with the key absentees, this edition of Sean's Super Subs provides some readily available replacements.

 

As usual, this column focuses on players that are owned in less than 50 percent of all Togga draft leagues.


Goalkeepers


Artur Boruc, Bournemouth (27 percent):  Boruc is in great form and could be an above-average streaming option at home against Swansea City.  The Polish international had his best performance of the season two matches ago against Manchester United.  Boruc made six saves, including a penalty save on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and surprisingly conceded just one goal at Old Trafford.  The 37-year-old was again in the zone last week with a five-save outing that helped the Cherries earn a 3-2 win against West Ham United.  His average of 12.5 points over the last two matches makes him a consideration in all leagues for GW29.   

 

Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace (8 percent):  Another goalkeeper in good form, Hennessey will look to record a third straight clean sheet at the weekend.  The Eagles' goalkeeper was key in back-to-back matches against Middlesbrough and West Brom, as he stopped all five shots on target and posted a combine total of 33.25 fantasy points. Hennessey’s recent form foreshadows a good outing against Watford, with the Welsh international likely to score well even if he fails to keep a clean sheet.  His season points per match average aside (5.03), Hennessey is worth a look in deeper leagues for GW29.


Defenders

 

James Tomkins, Crystal Palace (2 percent):  Continuing on Crystal Palace...Tomkins has started the last nine matches and shined the brightest during the last two.  Aided by a pair of clean sheets, the 27-year-old ranked as a top-10 defender in both GW26 and GW27.  During those games Tomkins recorded 11 aerial wins and 14 clearances, while he’s averaged 9.85 points per match over his last five. All things considered, Tomkins should have another strong performance against Watford.  He’s worthy of a start in deeper leagues for GW29.

 

Ahmed Elmohamady, Hull City (12 percent):  I have a feeling that Elmohamady, who come on as a substitute last weekend and grabbed an assist, will get a start at Everton.  Why?  Forward Ourmar Niasse scored twice last match but will be unavailable, due to his loan agree with Everton, and this could see manager Marco Silva deploy Elmohamady at right-back because of his offensive upside.  In his last five appearances, the Egyptian international has recorded two assists and created nine scoring chances.  A consideration for deeper leagues, Elmohamady has the potential to be a top-15 defender this week.

 

Billy Jones, Sunderland (1 percent):  Jones has started the last two matches at right-back and been excellent over the last five.  Jones has scored at least 11 fantasy points in four of his last five appearances, with notable outing against Tottenham, Everton and Manchester City.  Based on his last five matches—24 aerials won, 17 clearances and 11 interceptions—you can expect reliable defensive production against Burnley this weekend.  His stock is also on the rise due to an increased involvement getting forward, with two shots on target and two chances created in his last two matches.  This positions Jones as a sleeper, streaming option in deeper leagues for GW29.


Midfielders 


Morgan Schneiderlin, Everton (36 percent):  There is a lot to like about Schneiderlin.  The 27-year-old has found a spot in the Toffees’ starting XI and scored his first goal last weekend, as he chipped over West Brom’s goalkeeper Ben Foster in a 3-0 victory.  Goals won’t be a weekly occurrence but that’s okay given his defensive production.  In six starts since joining Everton from Manchester United, Schneiderlin has averaged a shade above 10 fantasy points and three interceptions per match.  He’s an above-average streaming option for Saturday’s home match against Hull City.

 

Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United (22 percent):  Fellaini is in line for a recall with Paul Pogba ruled out through injury and Ander Herrera facing a two-match domestic ban following his dismissal during Monday’s FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.  This means the Belgian international should operate alongside Michael Carrick in central midfield against Middlesbrough.  Fellaini’s physicality sees him record plenty of aerials and tackles won on a match-to-match basis, while he's always a target on set-pieces.  If you own Pogba or Herrera, Fellaini is a readily available replacement.  

 

Adnan Januzaj, Sunderland (19 percent):  The Manchester United loanee has been a sporadic performer this season but been consistent as of late.  Over the course of the last four gameweeks, Januzaj has grabbed a pair of assists and created nine scoring chances.  This is caliber of production is good news ahead of Saturday’s visit from Burnley, considering Januzaj assisted when the clubs met during GW19.  Despite Sunderland winless at home this calendar year, it should be an offensive affair as both teams are in need of points.  This is why I like Januzaj as a sleeper play for GW29.

 

Tom Carroll, Swansea City (21 percent):  If Fernando Llorente is able to recover from a thigh injury; Carroll’s value goes up for Swansea City’s match against Bournemouth.  This has everything to do with GW27.  Against Burnley, Carroll whipped in a total of seven crosses and found the head of Llorente in stoppage time to record his second assist of the season.  With Llorente in form and Carroll’s total of 11 crosses in his last two appearances, don’t be surprised to see the duo connect for another goal this weekend.  If you play in a deeper league and need depth, Carroll should be on your radar.  


Forwards

 

Vincent Janssen, Tottenham (13 percent):  In the wake of the news that Harry Kane suffered ligament damage in his ankle, Janssen will have significant value for the foreseeable future.  Although Kane’s injury is not believed to be as severe as the one that sidelined him for 10 matches earlier this season, reports suggest a four-to-six week recovery time.  This means Janssen, who hasn’t made the match-day squad since New Year’s Day, will surely be handed a chance in the starting XI.  Despite just one league goal in 19 appearances, Janssen is a consideration for all leagues given Tottenham’s explosive offense.

 

Benik Afobe, Bournemouth (17 percent):  Joshua King, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, is the Bournemouth striker to own.  However, if he can keep his place in the starting XI, Afobe has value in deeper leagues.  In a wild match against West Ham, Afobe had an assist from two chances created.  The 24-year-old was on the cusp of a major performance as he attempted a total of five shots, but registered just two on target and missed a penalty.  He makes this column for a second straight week because the Cherries have a favorable matchup at home against Swansea City—the Swans have conceded 61 goals in 28 matches this season.  If you need a third forward, Afobe is sleeper for GW29. 

 

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