Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 38


Salvatore Sirigu: Torino have kept the second highest numbers of clean sheets in Serie A thus far, trailing only to Inter in that category, and will look to finish well the season against Lazio even though there is not much on the line.

Aleksandar Kolarov: he has accounted for eight goals, by far the best clip by any defender, and will try to further pad his stats against Parma as Roma need to be victorious to have a minimal chance to grab the fourth spot, but will also try to overtake Milan to avoid the Europa League playoffs.

Domenico Criscito: he scored a penalty in the last game and will lead Genoa again in the final showdown versus Fiorentina, which have failed to score in their last four matches.

Charalampos Lykogiannis: the Greek fullback has a clear pathway to the starting job since Luca Pellegrini is playing in the sub-20 World Cup and he has been positive when called upon. Their duo of right backs, Fabrizio Cacciatore and Darijo Srna, constitute viable picks too, but in this case there is more uncertainty about who will be in the XI.

Dries Mertens: he has been Serie A’s hottest player down the stretch with seven goals and three assists in the last nine appearances and will have good chances to repeat himself in the meaningless Bologna game. On the other side of the fence, Riccardo Orsolini has been on a roll recently.

Josip Ilicic: he shook off some rust and some nagging injuries with a goal against Juventus and will be right in the thick of it against Sassuolo, where Atalanta will be seeking the final nudge to get into Champions League.

Suso: he buried a stupendous free kick in the last round and he has hit the net twice and provided two assists in the last five games, so he will be a strong pick for the contest against SPAL, which have already reached their seasonal goal.

Luca Paganini: he has been Frosinone’s best performer in the past two months, where he has been able to put his name in the stat sheet twice, therefore he might take advantage of the Serie B preview match against Chievo. He is a little banged up, but staying with Ciociari midfielders Luca Valzania is pretty interesting too.

Federico Chiesa: he has not found the mark in some time, but he has been the only Fiorentina player to perform with some conviction in the last few contests and certainly his side will need all his leadership and motor to avoid a shocking relegation.

Lautaro Martinez: he too has been shut out for few weeks and splitting time with Mauro Icardi has not helped, but he fared well and was unlucky not to score in Naples, where he hit the crossbar and had a shot cleared on the goal-line. Empoli have been racking up points lately, but they have conceded in pretty much all their away fixtures this year.

Moise Keanhe has been dynamite when given meaningful minutes and the several absences in the Juventus attack will allow him to have just that. Paulo Dybala is in a good spot too, but his scoring has been lacking.

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