Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 3


Here’s the list of the recommended players to select ahead of the next Serie A round.

Thomas Strakosha: Lazio had two gruelling games to open the season, against Napoli and Juventus, and came away empty-handed, but the schedule gets easier this week with a cosy match-up against Frosinone, which have yet to score and will be without their top two guys up front Federico Dionisi and Daniel Ciofani.

Joao Cancelo: the Portuguese right back has fitted right into Juventus’ XI, providing a solid offensive contribution while he works on his defensive limitations. The Bianconeri will head to Parma in the weekend.

Sime Vrsaljko: the Croatian international got his first start last week as wing back, a role where he could be extremely productive. While the scheme and the position might change a little, he will be patrolling the right flank as Inter get a date with Bologna, which have looked very toothless so far.

Lorenzo De Silvestri: the energetic fullback had a great fantasy season in 2017/2018, registering five goals and four assists. He might be a source of bonus points as Torino host SPAL on Sunday.

Gerson: the ex-Roma was fantastic against Chievo, where he had a goal and an assist but most importantly pulled the strings in the midfield. Fiorentina are on a 11-game winning streak against Udinese and, considering the playing styles of the two team, there is potential for a high scoring match.

Dries Mertens: Napoli’s forward had a devastating impact off the bench against Lazio and could easily replicate that against Sampdoria, which did not defended well against Udinese. His ceiling this lower is lowered by the presence of Arek Milik, but he could be an excellent pick from time to time considering he is listed as a midfielder.

Emanuele Giaccherini: Chievo no-showed in Florence, but were pretty good against Juventus at home in their debut. They will take on Empoli on Sunday, a very entertaining team that however has already showed some defensive shortcomings.

Mario Pasalic: the former Milan and Spartak Moscow midfielder has inherited Bryan Cristante’s role and offensive production, already notching a goal and an assist. Atalanta will face Cagliari, which have already conceded four goals and performed poorly in the first road game at Empoli. Considering the midweek Europa League fixture, he is not a lock to start, but his fellow teammate Emiliano Rigoni could be a good bet as well following a majestic brace in Rome.

Cristiano Ronaldo: after coming as close as possible to scoring in the Lazio game, Parma could be the right place for his first ever Serie A goal. History says that he is unlikely to misfire for three matches in a row.

Ciro Immobile: he has been the only one to score, and play well, in Lazio’s magic trio. The Biancocelesti built last season’s standings on large wins against low-table teams and the Frosinone fixture could be the right opportunity for them to re-gain their mojo.

Mauro Icardi: similarly to Ronaldo, he is unlikely to stay at zero goals for much longer. Bologna are a pretty defensive-minded team, but Inter have the tools to break through, considering they bagged two in a half against Torino.

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