Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 13


Samir Handanovic: Inter have steamrolled opponents at San Siro recently and they have kept three clean sheets in a row. They no longer have the best statistical defense after giving up four goals against Atalanta, but they have allowed just four at home so far.

Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli too have conceded just four goals on their own turf so far and they have a favorable match-up coming up versus Chievo, which scored five times on their road, tied for second-worst in the League.

Aleksandar Kolarov: the Roma defense has not been rock-solid this year, but they could be in a good spot this weekend as Udinese have failed to find the target in their last three home fixtures, netting just three total goals in front of their fans. The Serbian fullback is also always a threat to pick up some bonus points offensively. Any Roma defender is worth a look in this round.

Darijo Srna: Torino are a quality opponent, weirdly especially away, but Cagliari have quietly been very stout at the Sardinia Arena, giving up only four goals so far. He is also always good for a bunch of menacing crosses within the 90 minutes.

Marco Benassi: Fiorentina have not been prolific on the road, but they will square off against a leaky team like Bologna on Sunday and the midfielder has hit the net in the last two away fixtures.

Marco Parolo: he has scored in two games in a row and, like the rest of Lazio’s offensive players, he could exploit the fact that Milan are dealing with so many injuries, especially in the back.

Dries Mertens: he has been on a path of destruction in the last few weeks, to the point that he has become the highest earner this season. He has had a goal or an assist in four of the past five appearances and he had a hat-trick the last time he took the field at San Paolo. Chievo’s back-line has been combustible this season.

Josip Ilicic: it feels like Atalanta are about to go on a monster run and he has been the engine behind their surge. He has racked up 23 points in his last four matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo: fresh after the international break and angered for the likely Balloon d’Or snub, the Portugal ace will try to inflict punishment to a SPAL team has conceded 20 goals in their last eight games and extend his nine-game streak with at least two points.

Mauro Icardi: he has knocked it on goal in his last five Serie A games, including two braces and he certainly has a good chance of keeping it up versus Frosinone. In case he is spared because of the upcoming Champions League tilt, Stephan El Shaarawy and Leonardo Pavoletti could be interesting alternatives.

Fabio Quagliarella: he has not been super consistent this season, but he is squarely among the top 10 strikers fantasy-wise and has put it on goal in the past two fixtures. Genoa’s defense has been a dumpster fire at times.

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